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​Hate speech leader invited to Bismarck

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 2nd, 2017

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff - online sourcesFARGO – A Bismarck pastor opened the city’s arms to one of the world’s leading “Alt-right” hate groups Saturday after inviting Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian anti-Muslim activist, to speak.

Reverend John Boustead of Solomon’s Rest in Bismarck, and his organization, called For Our Children.care, invited Wolff to speak on her belief that Sharia law is determined to end First Amendment rights in America.

The event, held at Quality Inn, 1030 E. Interstate Avenue, sparked…

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Don’t advertise CBD hemp oil, regulators say

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 29th, 2017

CBD oilWhy was Lonna Brooks’ store targeted?

BISMARCK – Shortly after stocking her shelves with cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil, business owner Lonna Zacher Brooks publicized her product online and in a news story.

And then, although police reject the term, Brooks’ store was “raided.” Her CBD oil was confiscated in May from her shelves at Terry’s Health Products. Under orders from the State’s Attorney General’s office, Bismarck Police also hit the BisMan Community Food Co-op on the…

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‘Hard-charging Democrat’ stands up to Cramer

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 29th, 2017

Ben Hanson in Fargo - photograph by Logan Macrae

Former Democrat Caucus chair talks about his campaign for Congress

FARGO – Ben Hanson is young, but politically, he’s already made a name for himself. He’s the “hard-charging Democrat opponent” running for the state’s only position in Congress.

He’s running against Kevin Cramer, bestower of the title and the congressman “too many in North Dakota know little about.” Hanson plans to represent North Dakota in Washington D.C.

“Come 2018, I was not going to let this seat go…

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‘We are here, and we are not afraid’

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

Sophia Wilansky self portraitSophia Wilansky says she’s lucky she’s right handed. Since nearly losing her left arm from an exploding projectile on Backwater Bridge one year ago, cooking has become a tedious art. She can no longer be involved in circus acrobatics.

Daily chores like carrying a purse by its strap, or lifting a grocery bag, aren’t possible. The injuries are permanent; she will carry the scars all her life.

“Makes it harder to do a lot of physical things, can’t even do a downward dog properly in…

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Keystone XL Pipeline passed, but not without dissent

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 20th, 2017

Keystone Pipeline spill in Amherst, SD aerial photograph - provided by TransCanadaLINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Nebraska regulators passed the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline project Monday morning.

After leaking more than 210,000 barrels of crude oil from Keystone I into the South Dakota prairies, TransCanada, the company behind the 1,200-mile pipeline, was approved for building a second pipeline, the Keystone XL, in Nebraska. Keystone XL has been a controversial project, facing fierce opposition by environmental groups, landowners, and Native American Tribes.

The…

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“It’s not if pipelines leak, but when they will leak”

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

Keystone Pipeline spill in Amherst, SD aerial photograph - provided by TransCanadaAMHERST, SOUTH DAKOTA – Four days before TransCanada anticipated obtaining permits for the Keystone XL project, the company’s older pipeline leaked, spilling more than 210,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil into the South Dakota plains.

The spill occurred near the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Reservation.

“It’s not if pipelines leak, but when they will leak, and we’re experiencing a leak, a pretty substantial amount,” Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Flute said in a…

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Dislike

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

[Editor’s note: HPR began investigating elected state politicians after Jake MacAulay, director of right-wing think tank Institute on the Constitution, linked with the Confederate hate group League of the South, spoke at NDSU. His speech included racist and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. A picture MacAulay posted with West Fargo’s Representative Christopher Olson and a Lutheran minister on his Instagram while on campus raised questions about elected officials in the state. While not all…

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North Dakota’s discretionary income 6th nationwide across occupations

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 15th, 2017

For several years now, the vast oil sites of North Dakota have earned it the abominable designation as the deadliest state to work in. Striking a somewhat curious contrast, it might also be one of the best.

A recent study by Trove Technologies, a San Francisco-based storage and moving company, ranked the state sixth in the country for discretionary income, or the balance left after paying monthly expenses like rent, food and taxes.

“And we as a team ask ourselves the question, 'If we…

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Betty Jo Krenz under investigation by State’s Attorney

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 14th, 2017

Betty Jo Krenz in Kevin Cramer campaign ad - YouTubeFARGO – Betty Jo Krenz is now in the Stutsman County State’s Attorney’s Office crosshairs.

Krenz, approximately 46, and formerly living in Woodworth, was once a case manager for the Spirit Lake Tribal Social Services. Her role within the tribe ended in 2011. She became a high-profile figure speaking out on tribal issues and was included in a 2014-campaign advertisement approved by Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-ND. She appeared in Cramer’s campaign ad entitled “No One Should Have…

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‘Onkel’ Stern’s list

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 10th, 2017

FARGO – In 1933, “Onkel” Herman Stern received a coded letter from a relative called “The Chammer.” Postmarked Venlo, Holland, containing one word, typed in capital letters and double-spaced.

U N B E L I E V A B L E

A warning followed: “Before saying one more thing – I must warn you never to refer to it in a letter… Whenever you write just say ‘I’m in receipt of your letter from Holland and glad to learn that everything is okay’”

The Chammer spent his savings to…

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