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​North Dakota will not join U.S. Climate Alliance

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 7th, 2017

BISMARCK - North Dakota will not be joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, even though the state’s neighbor, Minnesota, joined on Monday.

So far, the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Minnesota, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, have joined the growing movement to stand by the United State’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord signed under President Obama’s Administration.

"The governor does not plan to join the…

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TigerSwan and Government Twist Narrative Over Dakota Access Pipeline

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 6th, 2017

By C.S. Hagen
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CANNON BALL - As at Wounded Knee in 1973, the Federal Bureau of Investigation used informants to infiltrate the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline camps, according to government emails leaked to media outlet The Intercept.

The claim was widely believed true by activists in the Standing Rock camps against the Dakota Access Pipeline, but was never proven until now. Law enforcement from five different states, the North Dakota National Guard, the National Sheriff’s…

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​Fall From Grace

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 5th, 2017

Pastor Grace Murray, formerly of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, after she was fired - photo by C.S. Hagen

Local pastor claims racism and church infighting behind her sudden dismissal
UPDATE: Protesters picket church Wednesday evening - at end of story

FARGO - For years, Pastor Grace Murray opened the doors of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ to New Americans and the LGBT community, and then she was fired.

Despite a massive banner hanging outside the 90-year-old structure at 901 Broadway, declaring “We leave judging to God,” Murray and church members said the church council…

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​Standing Rock Leaders Acquitted

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 31st, 2017

By C.S. Hagen
MANDAN - Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II and Councilman Dana Yellow Fat were found not guilty Wednesday in a jury trial on charges of disorderly conduct.

Dave Archambault at police line August 2016The charges stemmed from an August 12, 2016 incident near the Cannonball Ranch, where Archambault was filmed pushing his way through a police line, and Yellow Fat grabbed a police officer’s arm. The video was definitive proof of guilt to many critics, but not to Bismarck attorney Erica Shively, of…

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​TigerSwan Counterterrorism Tactics Used to Defeat Dakota Access Pipeline “Insurgencies”

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 30th, 2017

CANNONBALL - Documents leaked to media outlet The Intercept showed private security firm TigerSwan worked closely with law enforcement from five different states, and used military-style counterterrorism measures against the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Eviction Day at the camps outside of Standing Rock - photo by C.S. HagenActivists were identified, then tracked by name through sightings, Tweets, and Facebook posts. Protest sites were allocated numbers, and detailed accounts of day-by-day actions were monitored and reported to Energy…

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Where have all the pollinators gone?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 24th, 2017

Katrina Klett grew up running in fields with bees stinging her bare feet. Her parents constantly reminded her to put on shoes, but she rarely listened.

Today, the family company she helps run in Jamestown, Klett Beekeeping, has more than 1,200 commercial bee colonies. She lives in southwest China, but returns home to help her father during the busier months. More than 10,000 miles away and at an elevation where any Red River Valley native would demand an oxygen tank, her main calling is…

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​North Dakota Deadliest State To Work - Again

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 23rd, 2017

By C.S. Hagen

FARGO - North Dakota, once again, topped national charts to become the deadliest state in which to work in America, five years running.

ThThe Bakken - photo by C.S. Hagene 2017 edition of “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” compiled by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization, a national trade union center and the largest federation of unions in America, reported that for the fifth year in a row North Dakota had the most fatalities of workers while on the job,…

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​Former Bismarck Federal Officer Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 18th, 2017

By C.S. Hagen

FARGO - A federal officer who once hid cell phones in store dressing rooms to record females changing was found guilty and sentenced in Fargo for charges related to the exploitation of minors.

Michael David Rivera, 30, Bismarck, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to seven years imprisonment, five years supervised release, and fines, after his conviction of Receipt of Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, according to the U.S.…

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Fourth estate for sale

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 18th, 2017

Jason Stverak and The Franklin Center

Working from inside a taffy shop in Medora, a little-known conservative nonprofit quickly rose to the national frontline by infiltrating statehouses with trained and like-minded journalists.

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, part brainchild of former executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party, Jason Stverak, was registered in North Dakota during a record-setting blizzard on January 13, 2009 with one main goal: to…

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​Might and money win again

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2017

 Rep. Kevin Cramer and Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren - photo posted on Povnow Facebook page

The collusion between might and money historically has been the beginning of the end for countless empires.

From China’s Shang Dynasty more than 3,000 years ago to the American Revolutionary War against a corrupt monarchy, when power marries money, downfall always follows.

North Dakota government’s collusion with private corporations is “so expansive that there does not appear to be a sense in the general public where there is anything wrong with this,” Barry Nelson of the…

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Culture

Millennial

by James Osborne

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Albert Einstein once said, “The revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the revolution.”This past Sunday marked the 58th year of the Rourke’s Great Midwestern. Though Jim O’Rourke, founder of the…

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Author, professor, historian and now playwright: Dr. Charlie Barber has taken his love of history to the stage with his new musical, “No Backseat Driver.”Barber’s play is the story of two North Dakota heroes: “Wild Bill”…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

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Wellness

​Natural sleep aids

by Erin Oberlander

As I interact with clients and friends and family alike, one of the issues that comes up commonly is that of sleep. It seems that in our modern world, getting deep, nourishing sleep has become a challenge for some and a complete…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

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By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

The North Dakota Department of Health has called “Bullsh*t!” on Meridian Energy’s application to construct its Davis Oil Refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park.In fact, in a strongly-worded letter to…