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‘Do yourself a favor and don’t come to jail’ for Christmas

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 15th, 2018


Captain Andrew Frobig at his desk at the Cass County Jail - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Early Tuesday morning Captain Andrew Frobig seated himself at his office desk, quickly discovering that the jail count was up. About 76 people had been incarcerated over the long Veterans Day weekend bringing the total inmate population at the Cass County Jail up to a number he wasn’t happy with, 305.

Frobig’s overall goal to reduce inmate population and lengths of stays is beginning to work, however, with the implementation of the Cass County Community Supervision Unit…

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​FEMA refuses to help Natives in state of emergency

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 14th, 2018

Hail damaged homes including windows, doors, roofs - video screenshot by Charles Banner

OGLALA, South Dakota – Hundreds of Natives at the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation face life threatening danger after the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused to assist the tribe still suffering from a devastating summer hailstorm.

Approximately 550 houses, trailers, many of which are FEMA houses that were set up in and around Oglala after an earlier tornado, suffered collapsed roofs, smashed in windows and doors, and little to no protective siding after the July 27 storm that…

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A Battle Lost, A War Not Won

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


by Jacques Harvieux
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At first, optimism filled the air on Election Day at the Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. Earlier, Cole Haymond, the political strategist and campaign adviser for Legalize ND, expressed his optimism.

Here's a rundown of what we've done in the last week:
1. Direct mail - mailed to households in Bismarck and Minot
2. David Crosby radio ad - Bismarck/Minot/Grand Forks
3. $14k in Digital ads targeting women under 40 statewide
4. Digital Ads IP address…

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​A ‘Democratic bloodbath’ in North Dakota

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 7th, 2018

Democrats react to outcome in the heated Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer U.S. Senate race early in the evening - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO — The promised blue tide didn’t sweep North Dakota; the state is redder than before. Across the nation, however, Democrats won majority of the U.S. House and Congress is now split. Republicans increased their hold on the U.S. Senate as one of the nation’s most watched races featuring Heidi Heitkamp fell to her opponent Congressman Kevin Cramer.

Cramer is now one of two Republican U.S. Senators in North Dakota, and attorney Kelly Armstrong took Cramer's seat, the only U.S.…

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​‘Standing Rock will vote’

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

Dale Brave Crow holds up his Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ID card - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FORT YATES – The Standing Rock Sioux are not angry. After centuries of unfair treaties and mistreatment they’re shrugging away the latest government attempt to suppress their votes, and heading to the polls in record numbers.

Absentee ballots have quadrupled this midterm election from previous years with 320 received by the Sioux County Auditor’s office by November 5. More than 1,480 Standing Rock Sioux have already voted, and at least 650 more will vote November 6 after they…

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​Sen. Cory Booker: Heitkamp is ‘the antidote to what ails us’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 2nd, 2018

Senator Cory Booker - photograph provided by North Dakota Democratic-NPL

CANNONBALL – As Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s four-day tour neared Standing Rock, Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey disclosed why he joined the North Dakota Democrat’s last push before Election Day.

“She corrals me all the time to advocate her issues,” Booker said. “God, I’ve got so many stories, some times things I’m really reluctant, but that goes to show the power that she has. She brings people together on both sides of the political aisle.”

As an example, Booker said…

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The final Democratic push for North Dakota

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 1st, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Fargo Air Museum to kick off Bring It Home Heidi! final campaign stretch before Election Day - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – The differences between competing political rallies in North Dakota is palpable. Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s last push before Election Day – former Vice President Joe Biden attending – was lively, filled with people from all races, and featured Indigenous music performed by the Turtle Mountain Drum Group.

Few people among the hundreds that attended “Bring It Home, Heidi!” rally on Thursday at the Fargo Air Museum wore hats. Parents held months-old babies and swayed to…

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Abuse of power?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 1st, 2018

graphic by Raul Gomez

BISMARCK – After medical marijuana’s Measure 5 was passed by more than 64 percent of North Dakotans in 2016, but before the legislature gutted the measure and enacted laws, André Thom, J.D. worked at a Minnesotan marijuana manufacturing company.

When invited to speak before the legislature Thom asked for a no vote on Senate Bill 2344, because he saw the state stripping the original intent of Measure 5 away. And then he lost his $60,000 a year job because the North Dakota Attorney…

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Voter suppression begins

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 31st, 2018

Margaret Landin and Dan Francis - Necessary P.O. Box Not Allowed - wet plate collodion photograph by Shane Balkowitsch recently named Shadow Catcher in Hidatsa

BISMARCK – The state’s agenda to suppress the Native vote is already working during early election. A handful of votes have already been denied because their addresses didn’t match the Secretary of State’s confusing database.

The suppression is backfiring, however. Indigenous voters are applying for new IDs in record numbers. Absentee ballots in some reservations have quadrupled. Native voters are fighting back and yet the state remains mostly quiet and callous to Native…

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Justice for Savanna?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 31st, 2018

graphics by Raul Gomez

FARGO – Hours after Savanna Lafontaine Greywind’s body was stuffed into a cramped bathroom closet, police came to search Brooke Lynn Crews’s and William Hoehn’s apartment. They found nothing suspicious, not then, not during a second search, nor a third.

The first time police arrived Hoehn was resting on the apartment’s only bed, drinking a beer, playing a video game, with baby Haisley Jo, ripped viciously from her mother’s womb, quiet, wrapped in blankets beside him. 

After…

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Sunday, November 25, 3-10pmSanctuary Event Center, 670 4th Ave. N, FargoA special benefit show for Joe Swegarten and his family. Joe sustained injuries from a hit and run accident this summer. Musicians from across the FM area band…

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by Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.com Fall is once again upon us. The leaves are turning, gardens have been pulled, and Summer’s heat has waned into Autumnal frosts. Along with the change of seasons comes a change of seasonal flavors.…

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