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North Dakota: Where the vastness of our skies inspire the strong and intimidate the weak

By Katy Kassian

Almost Heaven, North Dakota
Rolling prairies,
Mighty Missouri River
Life is old here…Older than
the trees (really)
Younger than the rivers, flowing like a dream

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Reprinted by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader
By Charlie Barber

 

Amillion people spread out over this state [North Da­kota] is not going to seem very populated.”
– Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources

“We kind of feel like we’re drinking out of a fire hose right now.”
– Ward Koeser, Mayor, Williston, ND

“The genuine man of action is not intent on renovating the world, but on possessing it.”
– Eric Hoffer

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some.”
– Eric Hoffer

“History is made by juveniles.”
– Frederick Gentles

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“I’m Just Doing My Job, Ma’am”…

By Brenda Jorgenson, White Earth farmer

A maintainer back sloping between a Petro Hunt oil well pad and a row of Russian Olive trees on the Richard and Brenda Jorgenson farm near White Earth, ND. No one has taken responsibility for this.

The effects on these established Russian Olive trees began in the summer of 2011. I started questioning and docu­menting when my eyes perceptibly ob­served problems driving by the oil well pad. I suspected problems when the fumes from the oil well pad’s open pit and fracking chemicals wafted into our yard one-half mile away. It was not pos­sible to stand as close to it as the trees were without my body wanting to shut off any inhalation. Even during the win­ter, while snowmobiling and wearing a full head-covered helmet, smells from the pit were strong.

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