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Culture surely a factor in higher suicide rates

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

The suicide of Robin Williams hit us in our national solar plexus. Unexpected and utterly bewildering to legions of fans of all age groups, political persuasions, and economic and educational levels, his untimely death stopped us cold, needing a seco…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Column: Sympathy for the devil?

August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — It may seem strange to work up much sympathy for a booming industry that killed 47 people while virtually leveling their Quebec town last year and later touched off a giant fireball over Casselton, N.D., on the Minnesota border, but that…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Sympathy for the devil?

August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — It may seem strange to work up much sympathy for a booming industry that killed 47 people while virtually leveling their Quebec town last year and later touched off a giant fireball over Casselton, N.D., on the Minnesota border, but that…continue reading on dglobe.com

Omdahl: Ballot measures spice up November election

August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

With a number of challenging and contentious measures on the November ballot, North Dakota voters may be lured to the polls in a “ho hum” nonpresidential year election.
Repeating the nature of the seven measures on the ballot is important becaus…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Baumgarten: Chill on the ice bucket challenge

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

There’s another challenge making its rounds on social media, but its chilling effect is beginning to become more about the person doing it rather than helping people.
I’m talking about the ice bucket challenge. If you haven’t heard about it, y…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Eucs, grass and a tear

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well.

The spot selected is in the middle of a native grass pasture. Who knows the age of that native gra…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ND board of higher ed works for taxpayers, not presidents

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen it happen if you’ve served on a board: Candidates campaign for board membership.
They win a seat. They attend their first meetings.
And pretty soon, the executive director — not the board — is running things. Again.
It…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ‘Bakken 101’ a good initiative

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A series of meetings in Minnesota to discuss the safety of oil trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play is symptomatic of states’ concern all along the rails that carry the volatile crude. Minnesota is one of several states, from Wash…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ‘Bakken 101’ a good initiative

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A series of meetings in Minnesota to discuss the safety of oil trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play is symptomatic of states’ concern all along the rails that carry the volatile crude. Minnesota is one of several states, from Wash…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Heitkamp: Following our state’s energy strategy

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

To truly talk about a national energy strategy for our country, we should look to North Dakota.
And this past week, we did.
On Friday in Bismarck, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and other top administration officials held a meeting to hear from…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com