Maybe marijuana is the one thing that can bring this divided country together again, uniting the coasts with the heartland, the urban with the rural, the Democrats with the Republicans. If the good folks of North Dakota need to find something in common with the crazy liberals of California or the big-city swamp creatures of Washington, D.C. -- people and regions residents of the Flickertail State seem to view with contempt and distrust -- it might just turn out to be weed.
The message posted to Sen. John Hoeven’s Twitter account July 4 featured a gloriously patriotic photograph of the U.S. Capitol at night, fireworks exploding above, along with the text “Happy Independence Day.” The Republican senator from North Dakota also wrote a sentence about history, heritage and veterans.
Controversial former North Dakota University System chancellor Hamid Shirvani has withdrawn as a candidate for the president’s job at the University of Guam, according to media reports. The Guam Daily Post reports Shirvani told the University of Guam presidential search committee Tuesday, June 5, he will “not be visiting the campus.”
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — This Minnesota lakes country town is swapping burgers. After losing its McDonald’s restaurant this spring, the Park Region Cooperative convenience store/gas station at the south end of Broadway is replacing it with a Burger King. “The Whopper replaces the Big Mac in Pelican Rapids,” said Greg Larson, general manager of the co-op.
All is quiet on the shores of beautiful Star Lake in Otter Tail County. There is no noise from slot machines, no flashing lights from signs, no hum of generators from RVs. The casino proposed to be built on the 4,700-acre lake east of Maplewood State Park, an idea generated by the White Earth Band of Chippewa, is apparently no closer to being built today than when it was first proposed nearly three years ago. But opponents are not resting.
Fargo-based radio host Scott Hennen raised the specter that teen-aged female victims of window-peeper Will Gardner might have “tried to lure somebody in to watch” by leaving their curtains open.
WAHPETON, N.D. — That’s going to leave a mark. A pontoon being transported to a local lake busted loose from its trailer Monday, May 7 and came to rest on Interstate 29 near the Wahpeton exit, according to Trooper Luke Hendrickson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Hendrickson said a local resident was moving the pontoon to Lake Elsie near Hankinson, N.D., when straps holding the boat to the trailer broke. The pontoon slid off the trailer and skidded to a stop in a lane of the freeway.
There was no doubt the U.S. Senate race between Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer was going to get nasty. With Republicans holding a narrow 51-49 majority and Heitkamp the only Democrat holding a statewide office in deep-red North Dakota, the national GOP has targeted her as particularly vulnerable. But getting nasty six months before Election Day? Before all the snow has melted in North Dakota?
I’ve been working on a column about North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick as the Bison opened spring practice this week. It will run in Friday’s editions of The Forum. The gist is that Stick has worked his way into becoming an NFL prospect and enters 2018, by some accounts, as the top-ranked FCS prospect at quarterback.
Oxbow Country Club and several individuals are punching back at a golfer who says his reputation and income have been badly damaged by allegations of drug use directed at him by members of the private course. Court papers filed on behalf of Oxbow in Cass County District Court paint West Fargo real estate agent Aaron Greterman to look more like Rodney Dangerfield’s character in the movie “Caddyshack,” the boorish Al Czervik, than an innocent golfer wronged.