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If Al Jaeger had a wisp of vengefulness—or pride—in his 74-year-old bones, he'd tell North Dakota's Republican Party to take a long hike down a short trail. The party deemed Jaeger too old and too archaic to be secretary of state any longer and it traded him in for a younger, more tech-savvy, more God-fearing model. Then the new guy got caught with his hand in the ... well, somewhere ... and now the GOP needs Ol' Al again.
Properly and legally handling deadly chemicals is apparently not one of the criteria the state of North Dakota held in high regard when granting licenses to grow medical marijuana. David Meyer, a rancher from Flasher, N.D., was one of two businessmen granted a license to manufacture medical marijuana, according to a press release from the North Dakota Department of Health this week. Meyer, doing business as Pure Dakota LLC, was given the Bismarck growing facility while an LLC from Chicago will operate the facility in Fargo.
You would hope a reluctant candidate for the U.S. Senate would be swayed to run for such an important office, first of all, by the unrelenting drive to serve citizens of his state. Failing that, if the candidate was still undecided, perhaps the final factor in running for Senate would be to serve the citizens of the United States. Not as good as actually wanting to make the lives of people in your state better, but still acceptable because we're sort of all in this together.
Yes, valuable readers of The Forum and other Forum Communications Co. properties, we hear you. Rob Port, the company's conservative blogger/columnist, writes about Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp a lot. And he trashes her a lot. A ... freaking ... lot. Not every day, but it sure seems like it. Same goes for listeners of 970 WDAY radio, the Forum Communications radio station on which Port has a two-hour weekday show. We hear you. He talks about Heitkamp a lot. A ... freaking ... lot. Almost every day.
Maya Rao went where North Dakota media often dared not go during the peak of the oil boom in the western part of the state. She talked to, in her words, "pioneers, outcasts, losers, tramps, dreamers, do-gooders, failures, drifters, deadbeats, felons, freaks, dodgers, bootleggers, scum, miscreants, missionaries, stumblebums, sneaks, bastards, loan sharks, hustlers, millionaires."
Moorhead Mike Trom wants to be buried in a Minnesota Vikings helmet, which might seem like an odd request. Unless you know Mike. We chronicled him in this column last week. Mike Trom is better known to local sports talk-radio listeners as "Mike the Viking Fanatic" or "Vikings Mike." If you happened to hear him call programs in the Twin Cities, he was "Mike from Fargo." The 57-year-old Moorhead resident was a frequent caller to sports shows and he always—always—trumpeted optimism about his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings.
The Great Minnesota Muskie War is getting ugly. It includes threats, intrigue and vindictive backroom politics that would make Tammany Hall politicians blush. And it's all over a fish that, according to scientific studies, has no negative effects in the lakes in which it swims.
Moorhead "Mike the Viking Fanatic" is as feisty as ever, dressed in his Minnesota Vikings gear as always. From the ballcap that says "NFC North Champions" to the purple No. 14 jersey to the logoed blanket across his lap, he is unrelenting in his love for the Vikings and his dislike for the Green Bay Packers. "The only good Packer is a deceased Packer," Mike says, eyes ablaze and a finger jabbing the air for emphasis. He is joking. Sort of.
MOORHEAD — It is time for Moorhead to think big, perhaps bigger than it's dared think before. Does that mean anything fruitful will come of trying to fill the black hole left behind by the Herberger's store in the Moorhead Center Mall going out of business? Certainly not, but for some reason the death of Herberger's seems like a critical moment and one that can't pass without a major reaction.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The family of a 6-year-old boy slain in Fergus Falls says it knows of multiple people who called social services in Otter Tail County to warn of possible abuse by the child's accused killers, but says nothing was done. The child's mother also says she called social services two times in the days leading up to his death.