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Print Column: Let’s Hope the Anti-Pipeline Activists Don’t Set Any Fires This Time

Print Column: Let’s Hope the Anti-Pipeline Activists Don’t Set Any Fires This Time

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission will be holding a hearing in Emmons County this week concerning a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The capacity would roughly double to more than 1 million barrels per day. There is a large turnout expected from both supporters and critics of the pipeline. What many North

Print Column: Winning Elections by Dividing Is Bad for Society

MINOT, N.D.—It’s a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why—the word “obnoxious” may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate—but to describe this as a recent development is simply inaccurate. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson,

Print Column: Something Seems Fishy in Wahpeton

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman has long been desirous of further expanding his campus from Wahpeton, where it is mandated by the state constitution to reside, into Fargo. Many, including this observer, feel the hiring of former state lawmaker and current Fargo City Commission member Tony Grindberg to

Print Column: Who Expected Sen. Heitkamp to Be in This Much Trouble This Early?

MINOT, N.D. — Last week Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign rolled out her first video advertising of the election cycle. Like many observers, I was surprised to see that it was a rerun. An ad featuring Heitkamp and her family goofing on one another which the campaign used in 2012. Why would Heitkamp, at the

Print Column: I’m a Dangerous Nazi (Allegedly)

MINOT, N.D. — I’m a dangerous Nazi. That’s according to a professor at Minot State University who was supposed to moderate an event I’d been invited to speak at by Dr. Robert Kibler who chairs the Department of Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Literature there. Kibler told me the colleague he’d chosen to moderate the event

Print Column: Sen. Heitkamp Pretends at the Accessibility North Dakotans Demand

MINOT, N.D.—Tessa Gould is not a household name in North Dakota. Most of you readers probably don’t know who she is. But if you work at a media outlet which has published or broadcast something which can be perceived as critical of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp you probably have an intimate knowledge of Gould’s caustic approach