Dish from the Diva: Unleashed

By Amber Rae Bernhardt

Back when being in Bismarck meant that I was visiting briefly from far out of state, I would make it a point to designate the Broken Oar as the specified location at which to reconnect with friends and family during my all too limited time in town. As I wouldn’t have the oppor­tunity to enjoy all the recreation and hit all the hot spots offered to me in the few short days I would carve out to be home.

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Marking Time

By Sharon Carson

History Notes was on summer break last month, and it’s good to be back after driving across the Dakotas: Stopped to get a fast-flattening tire fixed in Hettinger (many thanks to “Steve’s Service Plus”!), waved along the way to the lovely bovine “Salem Sue,” and returned to the Red River Valley, a.k.a. The Valley of Didac­tic Billboards: “Smile!” “Be Kind!”

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Stance on Flood Insurance Insulting to North Dakotans Affected by Flooding

U.S. House Candidtate Pam Gulleson called out oppo­nent Kevin Cramer for his allegiance to extreme right-wing group Club for Growth, which advocates eliminating the federal flood insurance program and wants to strike all new flood insurance programs. Thus far, the Club for Growth has given over $100,000 to Cramer’s campaign – $59,032.31 in Independent Expenditure support, in addition to $41,178.00 in di­rect contributions to his campaign.

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Cartoon Corner by Jim Morin

Published with permission from Jim Morin, Miami Herald.

Margaret: Story of a Teen Girl

By Todd Ford

I won’t go into how I know be­cause it might get me in trouble, potentially operatic trouble, but the lives of teenage girls are filled with drama. Reading their Face­book profiles makes daytime soaps su­perfluous. How often have you heard someone accused of being a “drama king?”

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Political Attack Ads

NorthDecoder.comBy Chet,

There’s an interesting, new, dis­honest TV ad out from slum­shark Rick Berg. I’ll describe the dishonest and hypocritical ad, first, and then give you some analysis.

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Gulleson Gulleson Attends Fargo Ag Forum

U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson joined U.S. Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp and Chair of the Senate Ag­riculture Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow at an agriculture forum in Fargo.

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Tribal Colleges Honor ND Higher Ed Leaders

Two lead­ers of the North Dakota University System were honored July 17 by the presidents of North Da­kota’s Tribal Colleges.

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Will Walmart Make Its Suppliers Stop Using Gestation Crates?

By John Michaelson, Prairie News Service

Walmart quickly is becoming the lone major corporation that still allows its pork sup­pliers to use gestation crates, according to an animal-advocacy group.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, says the video his group released last week shows the crates in use at a major supplier for Walmart.

“In the last few months, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Safeway (and) Costco have all started demanding that their pork suppliers phase out these in­herently cruel gestation crates that don’t even allow these animals to turn around or exhibit natural behaviors.”

R unkle says if Walmart hears from enough consumers who are against the practice, it would be left with no choice but to phase out the use of gestational crates.

“The writing is certainly on the wall that this is a practice that is out of step with most Americans’ values, which say that animals should be treated hu­manely.”

S ome say moving away from long-used techniques to ones considered more humane would lead to a rise in the cost of food, but Runkle says that isn’t necessarily the case.

“Many studies suggest that it’s actu­ally cheaper to raise pigs in ‘group hous­ing’ systems, so this is really just a mat­ter of the industry making a shift.”

Walmart says it already offers “crate-free” pork products in many U.S. stores and continues to work with suppliers to find ways to increase that number. The supplier in question, Minnesota-based Christensen Farms, says gestational stalls allow for the best individual care of sows and are within standard animal-welfare practices.

More information is online at chris­ and at walmartcru­

Not Much to Say About Political Ads During the Olympics

Kelly Hagen

By Kelly Hagen

I’m a humor columnist, which is shorthand for “I can’t tell a com­petent story to save my life, so … fart.” Anyway, in an effort to counteract the fact that I really don’t have 450-600 words worth of a story to tell any of you this month, I’m try­ing out a new format. It’s like, if I was editor of a daily newspaper, and I knew I didn’t like a page out of yesterday’s newspaper, but I didn’t know how to put a newspaper together myself, so I just took a scissors and cut out the parts that aren’t awful, then rearranged them and glued them back together into a weird collage, like I was an overpaid second-grader.

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