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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.
The trouble with being a Sean Hannity wannabe in Fargo is that you're in Fargo, a small town, and the issues aren't exactly as explosive as the rest of the world offers. Instead of going to the mat to defend a president who sides with Russia, you're left to invent controversies over which you can bark "fake news" in hopes of moving to a larger market.
When is one violation bad enough to put a business out of business? It seems we have our answer right here in Fargo and whether you have sympathy for the owner, like her personally or believe she took the proper corrective action after the fact doesn't much matter. Sometimes, one mistake is just too costly. One strike and you're out, if you will.
The message posted to Sen. John Hoeven's Twitter account July 4 featured a gloriously patriotic photograph of the U.S. Capitol at night, fireworks exploding above, along with the text "Happy Independence Day." The Republican senator from North Dakota also wrote a sentence about history, heritage and veterans. A simple "Happy Birthday, America" message, right? Some forgettable verbiage, using modern technology, from a politician who rarely says much of anything worth remembering anyway.
This is complicated, because Ed Schultz was complicated. How does one eulogize such a man honestly, knowing that for every ounce of talent, there was an ounce of darkness to match?
The peak of local media narcissism occurred about 15 years, when it was reported the Democratic-NPL Party was recruiting a talk-radio host of some note (red hair, went national, now works for the Russians) to run for North Dakota governor against the immensely popular John Hoeven. Whether the host was seriously being recruited and whether he was interested—as opposed to using the attention to promote his radio show to increase ratings—remains publicly unknown.
FARGO — President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena last week went pretty much as expected, a mixture of classic hits ("Lock her up!" and "Build the wall!") and rambling word salad ("Do you see what they do? Bing, bing. Right? You see what they're doing? No, but do you see what they're doing?")