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Commentary: Maybe the Dakota Access Pipeline can also result in North Dakota’s dumb corporate farming ban getting struck down

Law enforcement stand atop Turtle Hill on the Cannonball Ranch watching as protesters stand at the base while others stand across the water on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2016, in southern Morton County. A makeshift bridge placed by the protesters allowed them access to the private property. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

In the fall of 2016, at the height of the violent left wing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Dean Meyer sold the historic Cannonball Ranch to Dakota Access LLC, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The pipeline crosses the ranch, and the construction on that property at the time was a major target of protesters who were willing to use vandalism and trespass and physical violence to try and stop it.

“It’s a beautiful ranch, but I just wanted out,” former owner David Meyer told the folks at KXNews at the time.

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