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President Donald Trump resuscitated his famous—and unsuccessful—line from the 2016 campaign during a high-dollar fundraiser last week in Fargo. "What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump asked Native American voters in North Dakota at a brief stump stop for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.
If you don't want to spend $1,000 to see President Trump when he's in Fargo, here's what you'll miss: "It is great to be back in the wonderful city of North Dakota! Last time I was here we set records with our crowds! The biggest crowds! It's amazing how popular I am! The most popular! (Cheers) "Crooked Hillary! Maxine Waters! Nancy Pelosi! Chuck Schumer! (Boos)
The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal. "It's not a done deal," was the tagline used by groups opposing a massive casino, resort, convention center and RV complex proposed three years ago by then-leaders of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. It was to be built on Indian trust land and other property acquired by the tribe on Star Lake, a large and popular body of water located in a remote area of Otter Tail County east of Maplewood State Park near Dent.
To see Fargo Rep. Jim Kasper on a stage in Bismarck recently, pontificating against a government ethics measure North Dakotans will vote on in November, was a gut-buster of Chris Rock proportions. Those of us old enough to remember still call him "Antigua Jim," based on a freebie vacation, er, fact-finding trip Kasper took to that Caribbean island years ago. Or we could call him "Montreal Jim" or "Vegas Jim," because Kasper took lobbyist-paid vacations, er, fact-finding trips to those places, too.
That Rep. Kevin Cramer is a fanboy of Donald Trump comes as no surprise, since an unrequited love for the president has been Cramer's only discernible strategy to defeating U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Given North Dakota's political tilt, it just might work. But something Cramer said the other day to a friendly Bismarck radio host should be seen as alarmingly odd, if not downright disturbing, even for somebody who worships at Trump's altar as much as Cramer does.
Ricky Marquart did the right thing. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his graduation from West Fargo High School with old friends and classmates on June 14, he found himself in the Silver Dollar Bar early the next morning. So he ordered a Lyft ride from the app on his smartphone. The driver, identified as Travis on the app, arrived promptly and drove Marquart home. The ride took 13 minutes, from 2:21 a.m. until 2:34 a.m. on July 15, according to the receipt Marquart received on his phone.
Fargo Most of the Little League Baseball Midwest Regional games being played currently in Westfield, Ind., are carried by ESPN Plus, a little-known streaming service of the television sports giant that requires a direct fee to consume. Most of the Little League World Series, scheduled for Aug. 16-26 in Williamsport, Pa., is broadcast by ESPN, the television network available in almost everybody's home. ESPN. The ESPN. No "Plus" at the end.
Billie Sutton has a story to tell about how he's gotten to the point of having a puncher's chance of being South Dakota's next governor. It involves a young man possessing a bright and unlimited future, having that path he'd paved disappear in an instant, followed by a new future that might end up in the governor's mansion. Pretty good stuff, no? Particularly when you take into account Sutton happens to be a Democrat in a state that glows about as red politically as its neighbor to the north.
Greg Madia of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., does an excellent job covering James Madison University’s football team. He recently did a piece that asked players and coaches in the Colonial Athletic Association, of which JMU is a member, a series of questions pertaining to players, coaches and teams in the league. He gave anonymity to those who agreed to answer with the hope of getting honest responses. You can read the entire article here , which I recommend. It’s a fun read.
There was a time not so long ago when Republicans looked at a government bailout as socialism. There was a time not so long ago when Rep. Kevin Cramer viewed farm country's skittishness over President Donald Trump's trade war as "hysteria." And by not so long ago we mean, like, Monday. That was before the president's administration announced it was ready to throw $12 billion at farmers as a way to assuage their fears over Trump's escalating, tariff-fueled war with China, Canada and others.