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Mouse River Ravaged Minot

Dear Editor:

Bismarck, let’s discuss your 2011 flood tragedy as a whole AFTER driving through Minot and visiting friends living in FEMA trailers. I did that this past Sunday afternoon, a year after the sirens sounded and a summer of flooding inundated the Mouse River Valley.

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Keystone XL Pipeline decision should be made with true numbers

Pipeline expansions and present pipeline. From Anthony Swift, NRDC switchboard.

By Barb Price

Discussions about the Keystone XL pipeline have been throwing around numbers like candy at a parade. Supporters of the pipeline have been making promises of up to 250,000 jobs being created; lowered gas prices; energy security; thousands of gallons of North Dakota oil being sent south in the pipeline. . . It goes on and on.

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The Oil Genie and the XL Pipeline

Approval of the proposed Keystone XL would help protect western North Dakota’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 1/12/12

“Hopes for the Keystone pipeline to provide a meaningful outlet for Bakken oil are unrealistic and mis­guided.”

– A.L. “Bud” Johnson – CIA Oil and Gas Analyst

“Colorado company proposes oil pipeline in N.D.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 2/17/12

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Help Rebuild Minot

By Janell Cole

Ethel Pagett of Minot watches volunteer David Wilson of New Albany, Ohio, finish drywall in her flood-damaged home that's being rehabilitated with the assistance of Lutheran Disaster Response. LDR is assisting Minot homeowners who don't have the resources to rebuild their homes.

Rebuilding of the flood-dam­aged Minot area houses owned by the elderly and oth­er vulnerable populations is progressing slowly because there have been few volunteer laborers this winter.

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is coordinating rehabilitation of about 500 homes. Their efforts will last through 2014.

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Gary Granzotto: New President of North Dakota ALF-CIO

By Don Morrison

Gary Granzotto, President of the ND ALF-CIO

(Gary Granzotto of Minot was elected President of the North Dakota AFLCIO at the state labor federation’s fall convention in Grand Forks. He succeeded Dave Kemnitz of Mandan who served as president for the past 28years. The Prairie Independent’s Don Morrison recently talked with Granzotto about the importance of what he does.)

DON MORRISON: How did you get involved in the labor movement? Continue reading