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Birds of a Feather

by Jim Fuglie | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 22nd, 2020

Proposed Davis Refinery site. The best little weed patch in Billings County. The earth mover has been sitting there since October of 2018. photo by Jim Fuglie

It’s time for an update on Meridian Energy Group and the Davis Refinery. You probably remember them, although it’s been a while since I last wrote about them. Meridian is the California/Texas company that wants to build an oil refinery just outside the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. The price tag is somewhere in the 800 to 900 million dollar range.

The project has been beset by delays, mostly of the company’s own making. By putting it so close…

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Developing a new citizenship exhibit at Stutsman County Courthouse

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2019

1883 Stutsman County Courtroom - photo by Sabrina Hornung

by Rob Hanna

history@nd.gov

As I write this, the beautiful Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site in Jamestown is only partially furnished. But this photo, taken by my one-time colleague Guinn Hinman, caused me to see the place in a whole new light. She concentrated some of the historic paperwork, office equipment, and books in one room to stage this historic vignette. Don’t you want to step into that room? You just know you’d be immersed in another time. It makes you want to…

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Fargo VA: Helping the homeless Vets

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2019

by Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

In 2008, North Dakota had around 1200 homeless living in the state and 30% of them were veterans. In ten years, the Fargo VA has housed 1500 veterans and significantly decreased the mortality of the homeless veteran population. The Fargo VA’s Homeless Program has worked tirelessly with the city of Fargo and the state to end veteran homelessness. This year, the numbers are promising and the focus has begun to shift to prevention measures. For…

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Red, white and Burn

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 11th, 2019

Photograph and design by Raul Gomez

FARGO — Since 2016’s Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has said very little about North Dakota. Until now.

Never an essential swing state, North Dakotans feel overlooked, at times, and appear mostly proud of being partisan. The state threw 63 percent of its weight behind President Donald Trump in 2016, but North Dakotans have not always bled red. In fact, as the most socialistic state in the Union, North Dakota has voted for Democratic presidents such…

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​Sen. Cramer defies ND motion on Armenian genocide

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 11th, 2019

Hadji and Nouritza - photograph provided by Sabrina Hornung

By Sabrina Hornung and C.S. Hagen
sabrina@hpr1.com

BISMARCK — When Senator Kevin Cramer blocked a bipartisan motion for the United States to officially recognize the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire last week, he not only bowed to President Donald Trump’s wishes, he also defied both houses of state government.

In 2007, the Governor, and North Dakota House of Representatives, and the state Senate officially recognized Resolution 3003 on January 3, 2007 and became the…

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​Fargo residents call for ‘revolution’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 27th, 2019

Fargo City Commissioner John Strand listens while residents speak their views on climate change - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO — Climate change has been known and ignored for half a century, but Fargo residents made their voices known Wednesday during a city organized Town Hall event, demanding an end to fossil fuels and for the city to declare a climate change emergency.

More than one hundred people showed up to the event organized by Fargo City Commissioner John Strand. He emphasized the importance that all opinions on the issue were important, but only one person stood up to deny climate change was…

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​Legacy Fund hearing disrupted by protest

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 13th, 2019

Screenshot of the RRVDSA disruption

FARGO — The North Dakota Legislature Legacy Fund Earnings Committee hearings started off Tuesday night by listening to the public on a range of ideas on how to spend the state’s $6.36 billion surplus from oil and gas revenues. On Wednesday, however, the hearings turned sour after a representative from an out-of-state bill mill took the stand.

Members of the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America immediately disrupted the speaker, Jonathan Williams, the chief economist and…

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Soybeans in the snow

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 13th, 2019

Bob Bowerman, a Kidder County farmer, holds up a picture of his combine stuck in the mud - photograph by C.S. Hagen

By C.S. Hagen and Sabrina Hornung

ROBINSON — On the second day of deer season hunters and farmers gathered in Carol’s Kitchen for bacon and eggs, coffee, and stories. Extreme precipitation including 14 inches of snow this autumn were still making front page news as many farmers struggle to bring their corn, soybeans, wheat, canola, and to the east sugar beets in from frozen fields.

The ground is saturated, and now rock solid. Thin ice covers a foot of water over some roads, including…

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​Standing Rock vs. Energy Transfer Partners part 2

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 13th, 2019

Protestors on Veterans Memorial Bridge in Fargo 2017 - photograph by C.S. Hagen

LINTON — The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline is not finished, part two began Wednesday morning during a public hearing conducted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Energy Transfer Partners — the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline — wants to expand the pipeline’s capacity, nearly doubling the flow of crude oil south. The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the principal opponent against the expansion, said such a change would put the environment, drinking…

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​Abortions on decline even as Roe v. Wade is threatened

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 12th, 2019

Kathryn Kolbert before speaking at a Planned Parenthood event in Fargo - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO — In some places across the state the words Planned Parenthood are spoken as curse words, but the facts say differently: abortions are down, young women are finding information and assistance, and the poor can afford to plan their families.

“It’s always like a curse word until they need the help,” Kathryn “Kitty” Kolbert said before speaking at the 15th annual Progress on the Prairie Planned Parenthood event Tuesday night. “And that’s been my experience over the…

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