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OUR VIEW: Helping one another through a blizzard and keeping our kids safe online

From time to time, The Press Editorial Board looks at the good, bad and ugly news that made headlines throughout our region and state. The Good Only in North Dakota would anyone consider a blizzard that brought a foot to two feet of snow a good t...

From time to time, The Press Editorial Board looks at the good, bad and ugly news that made headlines throughout our region and state.

The Good

Only in North Dakota would anyone consider a blizzard that brought a foot to two feet of snow a good thing, but the mild and dry winters we have recently experienced left our soil too dry. The moisture is nothing short of an economic blessing for area agriculture. The blizzard presented the normal challenges for traveling and it was heartwarming to see folks helping others when they were stuck.

Thank you to snow city, county and state workers who worked day and night to plow us out from Blizzard Blanche. Thankfully through their efforts and those of area law enforcement there were no serious local injuries.

Thanksgiving is the official start of the season of giving congratulations to the countless groups including the House of Mana, Amen Food Pantry, and the Dorcas Society who put help those in need during the holidays and throughout the year.

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The Bad

The interim suspension of McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger by Gov. Jack Dalrymple based on the recommendation of the State Attorney General. Rarely does our governor override the will of the popular vote to remove an elected official.

There are so many that use the internet to target our children, and necessitates the Dickinson Police Department to hold an internet safety night for parents and their children. Parents and grandparents need to attend the sessions to insure the safety of their children.

North Dakota population size is such a small state and we all mourn when we lose one of our own. We were sadden to learn of the tragic death of ND native Trooper Cody Donahue, an 11-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol, who was hit and killed by a passing semi while working near Denver

The Ugly

The continuing saga that seems to have no end in sight that the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline south of Mandan and just when we think it can get any worse it does.

This week Veterans Standing for Standing Rock said they will mobilize 2,000 veterans, to assemble in platoons and company formations at the protest front line and have identified the Morton County Sheriff's Office and state police agencies as their enemy.

The group plans to assemble on the day the Army Corp of Engineers gave the protesters to vacate the main protest site. This protest has become so much more than a about a pipeline and it has been nothing short of a miracle that someone hasn't lost their life. Social Media is fueling so much misinformation that makes an already tense situation even more.

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We were encouraged by Gov. Jack Dalrymple offer to meet with the tribal council to discuss the situation because until this protest returns to face to face meetings between the tribe and the state about only the pipeline there can be no peaceful resolution.

Every week there is good news, bad news and ugly news. This week Dickinson and North Dakota had the whole spectrum and that's something we have gotten used to.

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