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​Second DAPL whistleblower to testify

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

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BISMARCK – When Kyle Thompson decided to speak out against tactics used along the Dakota Access Pipeline, it wasn’t because of a change of heart.

“I’ve always tried to look out for the best interests of everyone,” said Thompson, the former program manager for Leighton Security Services, Inc. “Just because I did security for the pipeline, that doesn’t mean that I necessarily wanted the pipeline in the ground. I didn’t really have a view on the pipeline.”

He waited half a…

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​DAPL cases dropped by state in record numbers

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

MANDAN – After being handcuffed, forced to strip, locked in dog cages, and hauled to jails across the state, hundreds charged with crimes during the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy are finding vindication through North Dakota’s court system.

Officially, 761 people were arrested during the months-long opposition to the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, and already 114 cases have been dismissed by the state. Eleven people received guilty verdicts; 50 pled guilty – primarily on…

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IT specialists investigate cyber warfare crimes at Standing Rock

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 12th, 2017

CANNON BALLThe lawsuit against TigerSwan for illegally working security in North Dakota is a civil case, but proof now exists that cyber warfare tactics were used against activists at the Standing Rock camps, according to IT analysts. One question remains: who was responsible for launching the attacks?

Hundreds of mobile phones and vehicles were damaged as batteries were suddenly drained of power, or were “fried,” during warm and cold weather. Incidents of random hot spots for…

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​Senate Health Care Repeal Plan Not a ‘Rescue’ for North Dakotans

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 28th, 2017

FARGO - The proposed Senate bill that would overturn ObamaCare is called a “rescue mission,” but only for the rich, and not for those who are suffering in North Dakota, according to analysts.

It is a bill offering breaks for the rich and handouts to special interests, according to Democratic-NPL executive director Robert Haider and nonpartisan think tanks.

“Cramer’s bill would ‘rescue’ those who are already well-off with more tax breaks, while forcing North Dakotans who are…

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ND Board files civil action against TigerSwan

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 22nd, 2017

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BISMARCK - The morning after law enforcement cleared the “Treaty Camp” on October 27, 2016, hundreds of activists defending Native American treaty rights, water rights, and land rights, lined up north of three smoldering vehicles. Fifty yards away, construction trucks set the first cement blocks in a line, forming the second barricade on Highway 1806.

Weeks earlier and under emergency orders issued by former Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota National Guard…

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DAPL whistleblower in hiding after receiving threats

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 22nd, 2017

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BISMARCK - Former DAPL security employee turned whistleblower, Kourtni Dockter, is in hiding. Threats from “concerned citizens” have been made against her; a black truck with no license plates is surveilling her parents’ house.

“They have threatened me, claiming that I’m a junkie drug addict and they want to come beat my ass,” Dockter said. “When we get evidence of that, that could be considered tampering with a federal witness.”

Despite her checkered past…

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​VCSU goes without theatre

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

What Monika Browne calls a bubble of magic floated to a burst at Valley City State University.

Readying for a dent in state funds, whacked by diminished oil revenues and commodity prices last summer, the university resolved to gradually shed its theater minor as part of a budget reduction of 10 percent.

For Browne, who, for years, juggled her theater studies with her duties as a mother of two and office manager at a law firm, the news came crashing.

“I was heartbroken,” said Browne,…

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​Altered futures, tied purses and measured hope

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Some decked in black jerseys, others in green, more than a dozen women skated on the Ralph Engelstad Arena of the University of North Dakota. Clutching sticks and chasing a puck on May 29, they practiced for the next hockey season.

Focused on the game, little did the student athletes know that the next season would never come.

“We were on the ice and some of our seniors started to filter into the rink, which was not uncommon for them to be around,” said Head Coach Brian Idalski.…

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​Police blotter

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Hawley man arrested in mobile meth lab in Fargo

FARGO - Fargo Police “broke bad” early Monday morning after discovering a mobile meth lab along the 1800 block of South University.

The Fargo Police Department and the Cass County Drug Task Force found a man passed out behind the wheel of a Chrysler van, which was being used for manufacturing methamphetamine, police reports stated.

Paul Robertson, of Hawley, Minnesota, was awakened by police and agreed to field sobriety tests. A Police…

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​‘Much Ado About Nothing’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 16th, 2017

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DETROIT LAKES - The Detroit Lakes Shakespeare in the Park volunteer group was targeted this week with hateful criticism shortly after New York City began performing its contemporary version of “Julius Caesar.”

In a week filled with partisan violence, which left five injured and the shooter killed during a Republican baseball practice at Simpson Field, Alexandria, Virginia, the online targeting left organizers of the 2017 Shakespearean comedy, “Much Ado…

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