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​‘Pure evil does exist’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 20th, 2018

William Hoehn and defense attorney Daniel James Dorgen in court with picture of Savanna Greywind on court monitor - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – At times, William Henry Hoehn’s conspiracy to murder trial flows like an episode from “Law & Order.” Jurors and observers are on seat edges, necks craned, listening to Hoehn’s mumbling lies and hesitant admissions of guilt during his recorded interviews with police 13 months ago.

Each morning, defense attorney Daniel James Borgen wheels a rolling tote laden with boxes, duffle bags, and notebooks into the courtroom, coughing frequently as he’s at the tail end of a…

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The wild west of weed

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 19th, 2018


by Jacques Harvieux
jacquesthejock@gmail.com

North Dakota is set to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana this coming midterm election in November. In the last couple months leading up to the election, an opposition group, “North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana (NDATLORM),” has been formed. The group itself has very little information about itself, no platform, no website, no administrative structure, all the while having membership comprised of judges,…

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Conservation Groups To Refinery: Cease and Desist

by Jim Fuglie | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 19th, 2018


Earth movers at work at the site of the proposed Davis Refinery last week. Conservation groups have asked for a cease and desist order to stop the work. Thanks to Laura Grzanic for the photo.

Lest we let the threat of an oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park slip from our minds as we go about our busy fall lives, here’s an update on where things stand right now.

Meridian Energy has started dirt work at the site beside I-94 on the road into the park, flouting the attempt by conservation groups to require a site compatibility review by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

So on August 31, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and the Dakota…

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Trial begins for Greywind’s second alleged murderer

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 18th, 2018

What appears to be either a prison or self-styled tattoo with the initials BH on William Hoehn's wrist - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Day one of the trial of William Henry Hoehn and his possible role in the murder of Savanna Greywind whose eight-month-old baby was cut from her womb in August 2017 began Tuesday morning in Cass County District Court.

With District Judge Thomas R. Olson presiding, jury selection began with both sides alluding to their plans of legal attack. Defense attorney Daniel James Borgen asked questions to approximately 50 potential jurors about love.

“How many of you have been lied to…

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​Heitkamp predicts upcoming crisis for farmers

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 11th, 2018

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp moments before speaking at what was supposed to be a debate with current U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer before farmers at the Big Iron Farm Show on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp quietly took the stage at the Big Iron Farm Show Tuesday morning, first moving a large poster away from gathering eyes.

“Congressman Cramer (declined to participate),” the sign read.

She made no mention of why Kevin Cramer keeps refusing to debate her on the issues during this year’s race for the U.S. Senate, a seat she currently holds. Five times so far, Cramer has refused to debate, even as the country, and especially North Dakota, stand on…

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​All questions go to Texas

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 10th, 2018

Former U.S. Representative for North Dakota Earl Pomeroy and former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Mary Wakefield - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – All questions related to the federal Texas lawsuit set to terminate current healthcare laws are still being referred to Texas, the North Dakota Attorney General’s office reported.

“We have no comments at this time,” Liz Brocker, public information officer for the Attorney General for North Dakota’s office stated when asked. The state, under Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, joined the lawsuit along with 19 other Attorney’s General and two governors after the Tax Cuts…

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​Double CBD standards: laws for them, laws for us

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 7th, 2018

Bottle of CBD oilby Jacques Harvieux
jacquesthejock@gmail.com 

BISMARCK - While local stores are being investigated for selling hemp-based CBD oil, an illegal product in North Dakota, the state’s only U.S. Congressman implies he uses the product on a regular basis.

In 2017, two stores were “raided” by police after owners admitted on television they sold CBD oil. One of the stores’ owners, Lonna Zacher Brooks, of Terry’s Health Products, a Bismarck health food store, was targeted by local police…

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Power, poison, and pot

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 5th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

CANNONBALL, ND – A week before the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy began creating headlines around the world, 40,000 pounds of poison were spread across open fields, primarily on the Standing Rock Reservation. Instead of digging the rodenticide six inches into the ground – like the directions say – the poison, meant for prairie dogs, was scattered across 5,400 acres with a spoon and a bucket, killing bald eagles, buffalo, and other wildlife.

The incident is one of the worst…

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​Ruby red slippers found, yes, those slippers

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2018

Dorothy's ruby slippers - Wikipedia

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Dorothy’s missing ruby slippers were never far from home.

Stolen from the Grand Rapids, Minnesota Judy Garland Museum in 2005, a pair of Judy Garland’s magical slippers went missing for 13 years, but agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered “The Wizard of Oz” iconic shoes from the 1939 film during a sting operation in Minneapolis this summer.

The recovered slippers are one of four pairs, and are known as the “traveling pair,” worth…

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​‘They drink your milkshake’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 29th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

When Lloyd Ness’s cousin knocked on his front door, he didn’t need much sweet talk to sign an oil lease on family land. Lloyd Ness and his wife, Mary, read Samson Resources’ contractual fine print, received an attorney’s stamp, but put more stock in their good-natured cousin’s word as a trusted local farmer in Divide County. Slightly jaded from nodding donkeys and previous failed oil adventures, they didn’t expect much; wildcatters were a fickle bunch. But for a time, Lloyd…

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