Category Archives: Etc

Taxpayers Can Track State Refund Online

As the tax filing sea­son wraps up, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today reminds taxpayers who are expecting a North Dakota individual in­come tax refund to use the “Dude…Where’s My Re­fund” online tool.

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Are our Small Towns and Communities Killing Themselves?

Stock photo of Hazen

By Katy Kassian

Often, I think so. So many of our towns now lie quiet and on the brink of extinction. Others have become noth­ing more than bedroom communities. Places people go to sleep, while they seek shopping and entertainment else­where.

“A town or city is a geographical expression of an economic reality.”

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The Secret World of Arriety

By Todd Ford

My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.

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Interview with “Trail Blazer” Ian Easton

Interview by Don Morrison

Ian Easton racing at the Dakota 50 near Spearfish, SD in 2011.

Ian Easton, 32, is a mountain bike racer. Ian’s enthusiasm and hard work is contagious and inspiring. He’s raced in many events around North Dakota, as well as the Almanzo 100 near Spring Val­ley, MN and the Dakota 50 in Spear­fish SD, where he was 37th of 600 last year. He rides with Grimsly’s Garage and the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult. Born and raised in Bismarck, Easton bartends at the Sports Page. In the wintertime, he plays amateur basket­ball and does a lot of training at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA.

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Ryan Taylor Letter: North Dakota Communities, North Dakota’s Legacy

Dear Editor:

Senator Ryan Taylor

North Dakotans are strong people, not often prone to uttering discouraging words, but one can tell when that strength is tested.

Last week, as a member of the interim energy development committee, I heard phrases like ‘we are in crisis,’ ‘we need help,’ ‘our quality of life is gone,’ and ‘I am heartbroken’ from sincere, reasonable leaders of Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie and Dunn Counties – where oil drilling and development has been fast and furious. Continue reading

More than just “Pipe Dreams”

Pipe Dreams is a documentary film produced by Jane Kelly Kosek and Leslie Iwerks. The film was just recently nomi­nated for the shortlist of the Academy Awards. Eight documentary films out of 48 were selected to the short­list and then will be judged in three large cities. T he final announcement for the academy nominations will be announced on January 24.

Photo by EcoWatch

Pipe Dreams is a film about the ongoing debate of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 40-minute documentary that explores the social, political and environmental impacts of the $7 bil­lion construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

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New Column Explores Progressive Past, Present and Future

By Sharon Carson

Editors note: North Dakota’s past is rich in progressive ideas. From the origins of the Non-Partisan League to Governor Link’s “When the Landscape is Quiet Again” speech, the state has a tradition of looking out for the prairie and its peo­ple.

In the Prairie Independent’s new column, “History Notes,” UND pro­fessor Sharon Car­son and others will explore that past – pointing readers to important books and other media that bring our history into sharper focus – and the many ways it resonates today.

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Third Week of Occupy BisMan Rallies Draws Growing Attention

Occupy Bismarck-Mandan held its third rally today, this time at the state capitol.

About 50 participants stood at the intersection of State St. and E. Boulevard Ave. holding signs calling for less corporate dominance in US politics.

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Occupy Bismarck Mandan Rallies at Capitol

By Cat McClintock

Jessica Hegland

A group rallied today at what organizers say will be just the first gathering for Occupy Bismarck Mandan.

“I saw what was happening on Wall Street, and figured it needed to happen here,” says Eric McCommon. “I wanted to show North Dakota and the world that there are people who support this movement here.” Continue reading