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Federal judge blocks ND ‘heartbeat’ anti-abortion law

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A federal judge in Bismarck has blocked a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a woman is more than six weeks pregnant. The Legislature approved the law earlier this year. It is the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says the law is a [...]

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UPDATE: ND oil production tops 800,000 barrels a day

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota’s oil production has set another record. The state Department of Mineral Resources reports that May’s average production was 810,000 barrels a day. That’s an increase of 2 percent from the previous month. Agency director Lynn Helms calls the numbers “a happy surprise.” He says he’s expecting more oil production [...]

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UPDATE: Dalrymple appoints two new ND district judges

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed two western North Dakota lawyers to new judgeships in Williston and Watford City. Robin Schmidt will take the Watford City job. She now has a solo legal practice in Watford City. Paul Jacobson was picked for the Williston position. He’s the top attorney in charge of [...]

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ND oil production tops 800,000 barrels a day

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota’s oil production has set another record. The state Department of Mineral Resources reports that May’s average production was 810,000 barrels a day. That’s an increase of 2 percent from the previous month. But there are some signs things may be slowing down in western North Dakota’s oil country. Drilling [...]

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Dalrymple appoints two new ND district judges

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed two western North Dakota lawyers to new judgeships in Williston and Watford City. Robin Schmidt will take the Watford City job. She now has a solo legal practice in Watford City. Paul Jacobson was picked for the Williston position. He’s the top attorney in charge of [...]

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Congressmen say ND key to US energy future

By   1 year ago

MINOT, N.D. (GPN) – Members of a U.S. House energy committee say North Dakota is crucial to the nation’s energy security. North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer took six Republican committee members on a tour of some energy facilities in northwestern North Dakota. Michigan Congressman Fred Upton is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. [...]

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Rail accident shouldn’t deter oil shipments, Cramer says

By   1 year ago

MINOT, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer says a oil train accident in Quebec shouldn’t put a crimp in oil shipments from North Dakota. The train was carrying Bakken crude in the Canadian province of Quebec when it derailed in a small provincial town and exploded. Fifty people died. Cramer says rail transport [...]

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ND regulators say new electric power line will boost service reliability

By   1 year ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Two utilities want to build a new 160-mile electric power transmission line in southeastern North Dakota and northeastern South Dakota. Otter Tail Power Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. say the proposed line would stretch from near Ellendale, N.D., to the Big Stone power plant near Milbank, S.D. North Dakota’s Public Service [...]

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50 Shades of Grey: the movie we all deserve as a society

By   12 months ago

Good news for fans of Twilight fan faction porn 50 Shades of Gray! Actors have been cast for the lead roles of Mr. John Gray and Mrs. Jane “50″ Shades (NOTE: Author does not know the name of the lead characters of 50 Shades of Gray, or even if he’s spelling Gray right. He’s not, is […]

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Miley Cyrus ruins everything, everywhere

By   12 months ago

You may or may not have noticed (My bet is on “may not”), but I didn’t liveblog the Video Music Awards on MTV this last Sunday. Because it turns out that I am 35 years old, and thus I did not watch them. So did I miss anything? Anything crazy happen? Any sort of weird, […]

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Many very good reasons not to call 911

By   1 year ago

It is assumed that most people know what the intent for 911 is: it is for emergencies only. Problem being, of course, that an emergency has a bit of an open definition to it, meaning that different people consider different things to be emergencies. For instance, earlier today I was trying to look underneath my […]

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In response to a person who is honestly just the worst

By   1 year ago

First off, it’s my birthday today. I don’t mention that because I want you to say “Happy Birthday” to me, because obviously I can’t hear you. Mostly, I just want you to be aware that today is my birthday, and to spend the rest of the day thinking about it. Unless you’re reading this some […]

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What Do I Do? How Long Do You Have?

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By   1 year ago

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living, I swallow hard before answering. This reflex life response is a result of years spent fielding responses from others who expect an answer which gives them some idea of what I actually do.  My answer has more to do with who I am than what […]

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City of Mandan enters the commercial real estate business

By   1 year ago

Look out developers and real estate investors, you now have a new competitor – the City of Mandan.  In recent actions, the City of Mandan and the City park district have approved the use of our public hospitality tax to buy 1.7 million in land and then in turn lease it to a potential new […]

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Dear Canada, please come pick up Justin Beiber

By   1 year ago

The following is an open letter to the citizens of the nation of Canada. Wait, is Canada a nation? We think they might be. We are not entirely certain. Anyway, to the whatever of Canada, we the people of the United States of America (We’re that country that’s just to the south of you. Do […]

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Opinion: Even Some Republicans Know Talking Points Don’t Fix Problems

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By   1 year ago

Opinion: Even Some Republicans Know Talking Points Don’t Fix Problems ~by Mac Schneider~ Touting so-called “great advances in meeting the needs of those affected by oil development,” Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner lauds the work of the GOP supermajority when it comes to addressing oil impacts in western North Dakota in his July 18th op-ed […]

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50 Shades of Grey: the movie we all deserve as a society

By   12 months ago

Good news for fans of Twilight fan faction porn 50 Shades of Gray! Actors have been cast for the lead roles of Mr. John Gray and Mrs. Jane “50″ Shades (NOTE: Author does not know the name of the lead characters of 50 Shades of Gray, or even if he’s spelling Gray right. He’s not, is […]

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Miley Cyrus ruins everything, everywhere

By   12 months ago

You may or may not have noticed (My bet is on “may not”), but I didn’t liveblog the Video Music Awards on MTV this last Sunday. Because it turns out that I am 35 years old, and thus I did not watch them. So did I miss anything? Anything crazy happen? Any sort of weird, […]

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Many very good reasons not to call 911

By   1 year ago

It is assumed that most people know what the intent for 911 is: it is for emergencies only. Problem being, of course, that an emergency has a bit of an open definition to it, meaning that different people consider different things to be emergencies. For instance, earlier today I was trying to look underneath my […]

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In response to a person who is honestly just the worst

By   1 year ago

First off, it’s my birthday today. I don’t mention that because I want you to say “Happy Birthday” to me, because obviously I can’t hear you. Mostly, I just want you to be aware that today is my birthday, and to spend the rest of the day thinking about it. Unless you’re reading this some […]

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Dear Canada, please come pick up Justin Beiber

By   1 year ago

The following is an open letter to the citizens of the nation of Canada. Wait, is Canada a nation? We think they might be. We are not entirely certain. Anyway, to the whatever of Canada, we the people of the United States of America (We’re that country that’s just to the south of you. Do […]

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Living hand to mouth? I’m loving it!

By   1 year ago

Times are tough all around. You know it. I know it. Or at least I know I know it. I guess I don’t know about you. You might have an oil derrick you let them build in your back yard, or potentially you’re the one who built the oil derrick in that guy’s yard, in […]

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Naming the future king, because somebody ought to

By   1 year ago

IT’S A BOY! No, I’m not talking about myself (although I am having a boy, sometime in November, thank you for asking). I am, of course, referring to the ROYAL BABY. Because certainly you have heard of the ROYAL BABY by now. It’s on all of the news. It’s the ROYAL BABY, for Pete’s sake. […]

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On the subject of having a boy or a girl

By   1 year ago

It was roughly five years ago that I was in the ultrasound room with my wife, sitting next to her, holding her hand, gazing at the image in front of me that looked vaguely like a Teddy Graham, and waiting and hoping and praying that the ultrasound technician would tell me soon that we were […]

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