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August 25, 1996
I would like to thank you for printing the article about North Dakota ("North Dakota?" July 7). It is the almost-forgotten state. I was born and raised in the eastern part of the state, mostly in Fargo. It's perhaps just as well if people don't hear about the positive aspects about the state--they might all decide to vacation there. DONNA MORK Tustin It was with delight and appreciation that I read Adam Z. Horvath's "North Dakota?" As a native North Dakotan, I am touched by Mr. Horvath's genuine interest, respect and accurate description of the usually maligned (or not even acknowledged!
April 16, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
North Dakota's law banning abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, striking down what critics had called the nation's most extreme limit on the procedure. The law, which was approved last year but never took effect, made it a crime for a woman to abort a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. Offending doctors faced up to five years in prison. An exception was allowed for medical emergencies. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the law was “in direct contradiction” of the Supreme Court's 40-year-old decision in Roe vs. Wade, which established “viability” as the critical point at which states could begin restricting abortions.
November 27, 2000
Re "Hunters Win Constitutional Cover," Nov. 21: Am I the only one who sees the irony in a group of North Dakota hunters who form a circle to trap red foxes and shoot toward the center? As an opponent of "sport hunting" (and a student of Darwin), I can only hope that this winter perhaps a few of them will aim high. MARK PICKELL Pasadena
March 20, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- This Pacific Northwest pod has turned into a “snub hub.” North Dakota State became the second No. 12 to take down a No. 5 at the Spokane Arena on Thursday when the Bison upset Oklahoma, 80-75, in overtime. North Dakota State (26-6) advances to Saturday's West regional game against the winner of San Diego State and New Mexico State. 2014 NCAA tournament Bracket Earlier in the day, on the same court, No. 12 Harvard defeated No. 5 Cincinnati in a second-round East regional game.
August 31, 2003
I was thrilled to see the article on Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota ["Roosevelt's Home on the Range," July 20]. I am a native of North Dakota, and my heart will always be there. It was great to see the state reflected in a positive light instead of as some place almost off the planet. The colors in the Grand Canyon may be beautiful, but the colors in Theodore Roosevelt Park are beyond description. The article did not mention that the Maah Daah Hey Trail now connects both units of the park [through Little Missouri National Grassland]
March 26, 2009
March 10, 2006
Re "South Dakota vs. Roe," editorial, March 8 The first thing that is very apparent from the first sentence of the editorial is that "pro-choice" does not mean pro-choice at all. It means "pro-abortion." I am sure you would not allow people to call themselves pro-choice and then make the choice to save the life of their unborn babies. News outlets keep promoting the lie that if Roe vs. Wade were overturned, abortion would go away. It would not; it would simply go back to the states.
February 28, 2006
Re "S.D. House Approves Abortion Bill," Feb. 25 One couldn't tell it is the 21st century by watching the attempt by South Dakota's legislators to get abortion outlawed everywhere in this country by pushing the issue on the Supreme Court. It is a total waste of time, effort and tax dollars to even discuss an issue such as abortion because it is a personal issue and not one the government should be involved in. It is a moral issue that should be decided by the individual. Anything less amounts to legislated religion.
April 19, 2009
South Dakota's Black Hills region encompasses Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, several majestic state and national parks, magnificent roads, incredible scenery and wonderful wildlife. It was one of our best trips ever. South Dakota Office of Tourism, (800) 732-5682, Joe and Sue Berk Upland
A nearly 14-hour standoff on a ranch ended with the arrest of two men who escaped from a rural Alabama prison more than 1,200 miles away, a federal law enforcement official said. Joshua Southwick, 26, and Ashton Mink, 22, were apprehended after two shootouts with North Dakota law enforcement, nearly two weeks after their escape from the Perry County Detention Center in Uniontown, Ala. Also taken into custody were two women who authorities said helped the men escape -- Mink's sister and wife, Angela Diana Mink and Jacquelin Rae Kennamer Mink, both 25. The four had eluded law enforcement in at least seven states until a robbery at a video store in North Dakota around midnight Friday.
March 14, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Saul Phillips is different. “I've always been an underdog myself,” the North Dakota State men's basketball coach said in a telephone interview. “I don't really look like the typical college basketball coach. I don't talk like the typical basketball coach. I don't act like the typical basketball coach. I'm looser than most in my attitude toward the game.” After the Fargo, N.D., school won the Summit League tournament Tuesday to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second time since 2009, sleep eluded their coach.
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
North Dakota and its only abortion clinic have resolved part of their dispute over the state's new abortion law, meaning the facility will remain open. At issue was the requirement that physicians performing abortions have hospital privileges. The state and clinic agreed that doctors at the Red River Women's Clinic would maintain such privileges. The agreement was announced Friday by the state and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which assisted the clinic, located in Fargo.
March 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A North Dakota Catholic high school principal has been charged with setting fire to the building, forcing classes to be canceled for the week and rendering the half-century-old schoolhouse unusable until at least summer. Thomas Joseph Sander, 30, is accused of torching the contents of a file cabinet in Trinity High School's office vault early Monday with the intent to burn down at least part of the structure, which is in Dickinson. Sander is charged with arson and endangerment by fire.
February 21, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Despite the sunshine and the palm trees, the mountains and the beaches, California residents are not the happiest people in America.  In a new Gallup-Healthways poll that ranks well-being by state, California doesn't even make it into the top 10. People from North Dakota had the highest-well being in the country with an overall well-being index score of 70.4 out of a possible 100. Their neighbors in South Dakota came in second place with a...
February 6, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Fifty Shades of ... Ana!" Actress Dakota Johnson assumed the character of B&D plaything Anastasia Steele for Elle magazine's March issue. The "50 Shades of Grey" star poses for the cover and inside spread wearing all the trappings of a boudoir babe: thigh-high stockings, sexy heels and that smoldering come-hither stare. Johnson poses on the cover bedside -- on her knees -- in a demure John Galliano frock juxtaposed with the headline: "Meet Dakota Johnson, the star of '50 Shades of Grey.'" PHOTOS: Meet the '50 Shades of Grey' cast & crew The shoot, it turns out, is several shades tamer than what the starlet is willing to do for the highly anticipated film based on E.L. James' erotica trilogy.
January 13, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
About 400,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from 18 rail cars after after a Dec. 30 derailment near Casselton, N.D., the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary investigation report Monday. An ensuing explosion sent a massive mushroom cloud of fire above the prairie and forced the evacuation of 1,400 residents. Damage was estimated at $6.1 million, the NTSB said. The accident occurred when a BNSF Railway grain train derailed on the  westbound tracks, obstructing the eastbound tracks less than a minute before the 106-car oil train arrived.
January 2, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A federal safety alert Thursday warned that crude oil flowing out of new fields in North Dakota may be more flammable than expected, a caution that comes several days after a train carrying about 3.5 million gallons of the same oil crashed in the state and set off a massive explosion. The accident on the BNSF Railway, the fourth such explosion in North America involving crude oil trains, has fed mounting concerns over public safety as the rail industry sharply increases the use of rail to transport surging crude production in North Dakota, Texas and Colorado.
December 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Ralph Vartabedian
A small community in North Dakota was evacuated Monday evening after a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a large fire and explosions, according to the local sheriff's department. No injuries have been reported, Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff's Office said. Officials received a report at 2:12 p.m. of a train derailing about a mile west of Casselton, a city of 2,432 people about 20 miles west of Fargo, Morris said. Steven Forsberg, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, said the accident occurred when a grain train derailed and hit a crude oil train on a second main track, causing it to derail as well.
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