The Coal Creek Station Power Plant as Seen Wednesday, May 13, Near Underwood, N.D. Great River Energy Has Announced the Plant’s Closure in 2022. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

From left, activists Tara Houska, Jane Fonda and Winona LaDuke spoke of the civil rights and climate change threats they say Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project brings to northern Minnesota. Shannon Geisen / Forum News Service

MINOT, N.D. — I missed last week’s mailbag column because I was busy fighting off the side effects of my first shot of the Moderna vaccine. It was rough, but worth it for protection it will afford me, my family, and my community.

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