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FARGO—You should have visited Cannon Ball by now, Governor. Maybe you still could. It might help clear up some things, for all of us. You might have noticed, but possibly not, that we have two distinctly different narratives being pitched about the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the gathering of Native Americans at the Sacred Stone Camp. It's confusing for many.
FARGO—Our hearts break, again. And this idea of "closure?" Overrated. We finally know what happened to Jacob Wetterling and even after all these years, even after we suspected this might have been the outcome all along, we hurt one more time.
FARGO—A western North Dakota legislator said of the North Dakota State University president: "The guy thought he was the second coming." "It's so obvious that he got carried away with his own ego and thought he could do just about anything he felt like doing. In a way, I feel sorry for him. So many people enabled him," the same legislator continued. A different western North Dakota legislator had this to say, also, about NDSU's president: "Either the man was arrogant to the extent that he did not think he was touchable, or he was incompetent."
FARGO—In an exclusive interview Thursday, Aug. 12, North Dakota State University president Dean Bresciani reiterated he welcomes an independent investigation into what he knew—and when he knew it—regarding controversial media coverage guidelines briefly implemented by the university's athletic department. A state Board of Higher Education committee voted Friday to hire an independent third party to look into whether Bresciani's handling of the situation violated any board policies.
The re-birth of the Red River Valley Speedway began a couple of years ago, when Nick Skalicky ran into Jake Bitker at another area race track. Skalicky brought up the topic of restarting racing at the fairgrounds track, in his words, "half-jokingly." "I said, 'Let's start up West Fargo again,'" Skalicky recalled."And I said, 'No,'" Bitker said.