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Heitkamp considered for energy secretary

Heidi Heitkamp

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp was invited to Trump Tower today for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Rumors are circulating that the North Dakota senator is being considered for Secretary of Energy. With oil and gas production as one of the top revenue-driving industries in the state, having a North Dakota advocate in the position would ensure the state’s needs ...

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North Dakota asks pipeline company to explain ranch purchase

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline to explain its purchase of a ranch where a protest turned violent earlier this month. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners recently purchased the 7,000-acre ranch last week for an undisclosed price. Stenehjem is giving the company 30 days to say ...

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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

Dakota Access pipeline, Clay Jenkinson, Lakota, Four Bears

Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Pentagon chief pledges $108 billion to fix nuclear force

Korea, nuclear weapons, Pentagon

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday the Pentagon is committed to correcting decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including forging ahead with building a new generation of weapons at a cost of more than $100 billion. In his first nuclear-focused speech since taking over the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter implicitly rejected arguments ...

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Watchdog: Charge against protest reporter should be tossed

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A broadcast journalist reporting on a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline has been charged with criminal trespass in North Dakota, and an international watchdog is calling for the misdemeanor to be dropped. Court records show Amy Goodman, the host of independent news program “Democracy Now,” was charged Thursday. A warrant for her arrest was issued ...

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Q&A: The 4-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has said he’ll rule by Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s lawsuit that challenges federal permits for the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The lawsuit alleges that the pipeline, which would be placed less than a mile upstream of the reservation, could impact drinking water for more than 8,000 tribal members ...

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Valley Mortgage Breaks Ground on New Office Building in South Fargo

Valley Mortgage, rendering, office building Fargo

Valley Mortgage, Inc. announced last month construction began on a new 13,200 square foot building located at 3315 45th Street South in Fargo, North Dakota. The new office building will provide much-needed space for the award-winning mortgage firm. As the experienced staff of underwriters, originators and processors has grown substantially over the past several years, a new building will help ...

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