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Former Drayton Foods Employee Claims She was Fired Unfairly, Sexually Harassed After Injuries

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 25th, 2017

FHalima Kwcrwb holds up her Drayton work tag - photo by C.S. HagenARGO – A former Drayton Foods, LLC employee filed a complaint against the frozen pizza and bread dough company claiming she was fired unjustly and sexually harassed after repeated injuries.

Halima Kwcrwb, 49, of Fargo, who worked for Drayton Foods, LLC for five years, claimed she was hurt twice while on the job, and filed twice for workers’ compensation with North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance, but was denied for wage loss benefits.

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Bolt Cutters and Chrysanthemums

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

CAVALIER, N.D. – He kept the plans secret for months. Not even family knew he planned to shut down North Dakota’s Keystone Pipeline. Chilled, early morning air stabbed his lungs as he stepped from the rental car and into a beet field, bolt cutters in one hand, yellow chrysanthemums in the other.

The pipeline’s emergency shut-off valve, a secluded area wrapped by a wire-link fence, was only a stone’s throw away from where he parked along a dirt road. He’d already scouted the…

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Parched plains: North Dakota farmers and ranchers cope with drought

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 23rd, 2017

Photo by Sabrina Hornung 

Photo Slug: Dennis Neustel in his field near Robinson ND

The month of May usually ushers rains that nourish the land. This year, however, the spring showers did not come and drought gripped most of North Dakota, parching the landscape. The western half of the state has it the worst, with once lush pastures and fields sprouting feeble plants and tawny dust.

“All the [weather] models had spring rains and then the day before we were expecting to see some…

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​Big Oil Strikes Back

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

Activists leaving the main camps in February - photo by C.S. Hagen

Energy Transfer Partners sues dozens of organization and individuals involved against the Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK – Using incendiary language, big oil struck back at activists and NoDAPL organizations Tuesday, demanding a jury trial. Defendants included in the long list are called racketeers, parasites, rogue eco-terrorists, and criminals, and Energy Transfer Partners alleges they conspired to defame the oil rich company.

Filed in the United States District Court for the…

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“Point of View” Under Fire

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

Valley News Live FARGO – Expressing disgust over an interview with a local “pro-white activist” on Valley News Live “Point of View,” concerned citizens have started a campaign to pull advertising from the show.

Concerned citizens are pointing to Chris Berg’s POV interview with Pete Tefft, identified as a Nazi earlier in the year, claiming Berg attempted to normalize the alt-right ideology by refusing to acknowledge Tefft as a white supremacist. Tefft describes himself as a pro-white activist,…

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“This Is A Brave Space”

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

FDiogenes Alexander Rex and Hamida Dakane during the candlelight vigil on Veterans Memorial Bridge - photo by C.S. HagenARGO – Pete Tefft woke up Saturday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, eager to march for what he believed in: white rights. The racist hors d’oeuvres from the night before – a torch lit march to the Confederacy’s top general Robert E Lee’s statue – was too small a sampling, and he wanted more.

Sure, fights had broken out Friday night. One of the fights occurred while being filmed by a Unicorn Riot crew. He was challenged, and a like-minded person nearby clobbered the…

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Surviving hate

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

A former North Dakotan speaks about life as a racial target

VALLEY CITY – The hate Matthew Kinslow experienced while growing up in North Dakota reads like someone’s long and horrid to-do list.

Half Korean, half German, Kinslow was smaller than other children his age. He was quiet. Dark haired, brown eyed. An easy target. Poor. Sometimes people thought he was gay because he dressed differently.

“Since I travelled and saw the world I couldn’t really understand the people I grew up…

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Dakota Access faces allegations of misconduct

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

Fuel tank improperly protected - North Dakota Public Service CommissionBISMARCK – While some in the Peace Garden State claim Standing Rock activists are terrorists, jihadists, or simply troublemakers, the companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline are also apparently far from innocent.

In addition to a civil lawsuit filed by the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board against international security company TigerSwan, the company now faces allegations of misconduct filed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Two investigations from…

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Dave Piepkorn: Behind Bannon’s refugee resettlement plans?

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2017

Dave Piepkorn - photo provided by City of FargoFARGO – The Fargo City Commissioner leading the charge against refugee resettlement in Fargo claimed partial responsibility this week for helping the national push on the same issue.

During an interview Monday morning on AM 1100 The Flag Need To Know Morning Show, Dave Piepkorn responded to information related to a Freedom of Information Act request, made to the city by the High Plains Reader or HPR Magazine, into any connections between Piepkorn and Breitbart, an alt-right media…

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Police Blotter

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2017

Man Drowns in Red River

Red River of the North - photo by C.S. HagenFARGO - Fargo Police responded to a report at Lindenwood Park of an individual who possibly drowned in the Red River on Monday.

The body of Hari Kumar Pradhan, 32, from Fargo, was located by the Cass County Dive and Rescue Team.

The incident is still under investigation.

Fargo Police Officer Fired

FARGO - A Fargo Police officer was fired Monday after a hearing into the civil servant’s record.

Officer David Boelke, a 15-year-veteran of the Fargo Police Department,…

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