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An anti-pipeline activist stands on top of a car as fires set by protesters burn in the background.

Whoa: Dakota Access Pipeline Owners File Racketeering Lawsuit Against #NoDAPL Activists

Whoa: Dakota Access Pipeline Owners File Racketeering Lawsuit Against #NoDAPL Activists

From last summer through the first couple of months of 2017 there was an all-out assault on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters, summoned to rural south central North Dakota by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a myriad of environmental groups, blocked roads and set fires and harassed pipeline workers all in an

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds

The Dakota Access Pipeline Has Reduced Oil by Rail Shipments by 20 Percent in First Month of Operation

The opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, many of them political extremists with a propensity for vandalism and violence, told us that the line was a risk. The truth beyond those talking points is more complicated, as it so often is. According to a recent report from the North Dakota Pipeline Authority (see below), rising

Report Shows Where You Get Divorced in North Dakota Could Have a Big Impact on Child Custody Outcomes

North Dakota has had a long-running debate over shared parenting. Multiple ballot measures, and multiple legislative efforts, over the years have resulted in some reforms though shared parenting proponents still want more reform. Opponents of reform tell us that there’s nothing all that wrong with the status quo. That custody cases are adjudicated fairly and

Weather Modification Inc. Vice President Jim Sweeney holds a device used for cloud seeding before it is retrofitted on a plane to do weather-related work in Saudi Arabia. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum

Audio: Ward County Farmer Suggests Weather Modification Efforts Are Keeping Rain From Falling

Darin Langerud, director of the North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board (the state agency in charge of cloud seeding programs in North Dakota), has said that weather modification efforts have suppressed crop-damaging hail by 45 percent and increased rain fall by 5 to 10 percent. But that’s news to Ward County farmer Nathan Smith. “Every time

David Myers, executive director of Center for Interfaith Projects, speaks during an anti-hate rally Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in front of the Civic Center, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Hate Crime Legislation Is as Pointless as the Death Penalty

Proponents of the death penalty justify that policy by suggesting that it deters crime. The problem is there’s no evidence that it does. There seems to be no causal relationship between the death penalty and crime incidence at all, anywhere. So why bother with the expensive and legally/emotionally fraught exercise of putting prisoners to death?

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck

State Rep. Rick Becker Says Decision on Senate Run May Have to Wait Until September but Won’t Hinge on Cramer

We know that state Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton is considering a run for the NDGOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (who is absolutely running for re-election despite her silly posturing). We also know that both Kathy Neset, an oil industry consultant and member of the North Dakota State Board of

North Dakota May Have Finally Found Rock Bottom in Revenues Free Fall

Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget released their final general fund revenue report for the 2015-2017 biennium which ended on June 30. You can read it in full below. Compared to the previous biennium – which set a record for general fund revenue collections – the State of North Dakota was down over $1.68

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