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​To fix a broken system

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 13th, 2018

Kylie Oversen, Democratic candidate for Tax Commissioner, and Josh Boschee, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, announce their plans to modernize state government services - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – While on the road campaigning for political office one of the most frequent complaints Josh Boschee and Kylie Oversen hear from North Dakotans is how backward the state government is when it comes to the legalities behind setting up and maintaining a business.

In many cases, fax machines are still used to send information to the current North Dakota Secretary of State’s office, attorney Katie Perleberg of Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm said.

“In North Dakota it’s a long…

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Kaleidoscope: The future of LGBTQIA+

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2018

Kaleidoscope is a LGBTQIA+ youth group that meets weekly at the Pride Collective. Teens age 13-18 can meet for activities, play games, and just be teenagers! There’s planned movie nights, activities that involve working together and activities that promote personal growth. They volunteer for Pride events and even took a field trip to Minneapolis for Minneapolis Pride. All made possible through donations.

“It is a time for young people to have a community of people that are…

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Red River Rainbow Seniors: Harvesting LGBTQ History

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

When Larry Peterson was retiring he wanted to do something important. He’s part of the The Red River Rainbow Seniors and proposed that the group set out on an oral history project and collect the stories of the LGBTQ elders within their group and throughout North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. They teamed up with public historian Angela Smith and the NDSU archives to present “Breaking Barriers: Harvesting LGBTQ Stories from the Northern Plains. So far they have done 35 interviews…

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​Master of puppets

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

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In late June, as thousands clamored to see President Donald J. Trump at Fargo’s Scheels Arena, more than politics were at play. Less than 20 feet from the President’s podium sat current Congressman Kevin Cramer, all smiles, offering awkward man hugs. Doug Burgum, voted Forbes best entrepreneurial governor in the nation and yet cited twice for financial misuse in office, sat next to him. Heir to oil, centralist Kelly Armstrong, brought with him his family’s uncorrupted loathing for…

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​Woman charged with fake Native children adoption crimes turns herself in

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

Betty Jo Krenz - photograph provided by Stutsman County Correctional Center

JAMESTOWN – The woman charged with crimes related to fake adoption proceedings of Native children turned herself in Wednesday morning and is currently in jail at the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

Betty Jo Krenz, 47, of Woodworth, was charged with theft of property and the unauthorized use of personal identifying information, according to the jail’s roster.

Krenz was the former case manager for the Spirit Lake Tribal Social Services, and has been under investigation for nearly…

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​Olivia Lone Bear’s pickup truck found

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

Off Sanish Bay dock across from New Town Marina - photograph provided by Melaine Stoneman

NEW TOWN – Winter’s ice thawed months ago on the Fort Berthold Reservation, but no water search was conducted until last week when volunteers using sonar discovered a pickup truck in Lake Sakakawea that Olivia Lone Bear was seen driving.

Olivia Keri Lone Bear, 32, disappeared nearly nine months ago, and was last seen outside the Sportsman Bar on October 26 driving a teal 2011 Chevy Silverado, license plate 839 BRC, with a silver toolbox in the bed. The truck was pulled from Lake…

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GOP Congressional candidate instrumental in tougher DUI laws, convicted of DUI in 2001

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 30th, 2018

State Senator Kelly Armstrong speaking before the GOP Convention 2018 - photograph by C.S. Hagen

DICKINSON – Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, state Senator Kelly Michael Armstrong, quietly pleaded guilty in June to texting while driving in Stark County, according to North Dakota Court records. The traffic citation came 17 years after Armstrong was convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia.

A records search of Armstrong’s criminal history revealed a 2001 administrative appeal – Kelly Michael Armstrong vs. David Sprynczynatyk, director of the North Dakota…

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State sues U.S. Army Corps for entire DAPL costs

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 20th, 2018

Law enforcement closing in on Backwater Bridge - photo by C.S. Hagen

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office announced Friday it is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for gross negligence and tortious acts during the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy in 2016.

The state has already accepted a $15 million gift from Energy Transfer Partners in September 2017, and a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, but it’s not enough, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said. With approximately $18 million left of unpaid bills…

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​Prairie Public may be blocked by Kilbourne high-rise

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2018

Prairie Public CEO John Harris talking about issues between the Kilbourne Group and his radio/television station - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Kilbourne’s long-term dreams of a Dakota high-rise stirred resentment on Tuesday when the real estate company announced construction on Block 9 will begin next month, and could soon block Prairie Public’s broadcasting signal.

Discussions between the Kilbourne Group and Prairie Public have been ongoing for at least five years, but the pressure is mounting as Prairie Public has approximately nine months to find a solution.

Prairie Public is a television and radio station…

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​Traitor Trump? No political divide in North Dakota

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2018

Trump and Putin shaking hands after Helsinki summit - photograph provided by the website of the President of the Russian Federation www.kremlin

HELSINKI, Finland – While President Donald J. Trump disowned his own intelligence agencies on the world stage after siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, North Dakota politicians on both sides of the political aisle condemned him.

“Russia poses a grave threat to our national security and our democracy,” U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp said. “It is absolutely imperative for the morale and standing of our brave law enforcement officers and military who put their lives…

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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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