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Oil puts North Dakota in big league politics

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States policymakers across the country have always been plagued by undue political influence whenever an economic interest develops a huge stake in state policies.

Montana had its Anaconda Copper; West Virginia its coal; Delaware its DuPont Chemical, and North Dakota its Alexander McKenzie who facilitated control of the state by Minneapolis-St. Paul railroads, banks and chain elevators.

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Lloyd Omdahl
Omdahl is former North Dakota lieutenant governor and a retired University of North Dakota political science teacher.
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