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FARGO—Ken Koehler has been a regular presence among picketers outside the Red River Women's Clinic and its predecessor for more than 35 years in his enduring crusade to end abortion. Along with his like-minded counterparts, he has had the occasional satisfaction of persuading a woman not to enter the clinic to end her pregnancy. Koehler admits, however, that those triumphs are sporadic, often months apart.
MEDORA, N.D.—It was a gorgeous day for a hike in the Badlands. Not too hot, with some moody clouds that made the sky interesting and the sun less intense. Everything was perfect until my dog yelped. Zooey, my yellow Labrador retriever, whimpered and held up her front left paw, which she started licking furiously. I immediately suspected that she'd stepped on a prickly cactus, which were all around us. I crouched down and inspected her paw, which had begun to swell.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Fourth of July fireworks display near the Pavillion on the shore of Detroit Lake draws throngs of spectators who line the beach for a mile while others crane their necks from their perches on an armada of pontoon boats. The annual aerial display, which has grown over the decades, is reflected on the water, adding a shimmering mirror image to the pyrotechnics. Smaller versions, private displays from the hundreds of people who live around the lake, add more celebratory color and noise.
MANDAN, N.D.—North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has a renewed contract that runs to 2020 following action by the State Board of Higher Education. The state board, meeting on Thursday, June 28, gave contract extensions to six of the North Dakota University System's 11 campus presidents through June 30, 2020, following routine evaluations of their performance. The contract renewals did not come with salary increases, given the slumping revenues that have plagued state government for the past two years. Bresciani's annual salary remains $354,568.
WEST FARGO — Farmers, confronting slumping crop prices that don't cover the cost of production and finding themselves pawns in an escalating trade war, rallied hours ahead of an appearance by President Donald Trump to deliver a message. "We need to tell them we need a price that will let us make a living on the farm," Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, said at a rally of farmers at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27.
WEST FARGO — Farmers will rally at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27, hours before President Donald Trump will stump for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who is trying to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in the North Dakota Senate race. The rally, organized by the North Dakota Farmers Union and others, is not billed as a protest, but seeks to draw attention to issues confronting farmers, including trade disputes and a potential decrease in an ethanol production benchmark, which would decrease demand for corn.
FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.
FARGO—Al Jaeger will be armed with a letter of support from the North Dakota Republican Party once he files petition signatures to get on the November ballot to run as an independent for secretary of state, the office he currently holds as a Republican. The North Dakota GOP's executive committee voted unanimously on Saturday, June 16, to give Jaeger the letter of support for his independent candidacy.
FARGO – Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field. Gardner’s official exit, filed Thursday, June 14, according to a Facebook post by Gardner, was expected after he announced he would withdraw shortly after The Forum reported that, in 2006, he had been arrested in connection with a window-peeping incident outside a female dormitory at North Dakota State University.
FARGO — North Dakota Republican leaders reportedly have been informed by Will Gardner that he intends to follow through with his planned withdrawal from the secretary of state race. Gardner, who was the endorsed GOP candidate and the only Republican on the ballot in the secretary of state race in the primary on Tuesday, June 12, came away with 93 percent of the vote.