Mike McFeely / Forum News Service
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Jay Breckheimer seems to be a lonely voice in the fight over Devils Lake's water. The fishing guide is an outspoken advocate for keeping the lake as high as possible, contradicting most who speak out on the issue. Farmers and many in positions of authority in the North Dakota lakes region want the flooded Devils Lake lowered to uncover agricultural land. "The landowners have spoken loud and clear and have stood up for their livelihoods and way of life. Who can blame them?" said Breckheimer, who works with Bry's Guide Service.
MOORHEAD - Gutless to the end, presidents of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools that decided to boot St. Thomas from their league refused to defend their decision.
North Dakota Game and Fish director Terry Steinwand admits his department jumped the gun when it declared Tom Volk's lunker walleye a state record. The ensuing controversy about whether Volk caught the fish legally or foul-hooked it was a statewide story that led to the Lincoln, N.D., angler being heavily criticized on social media. So, Steinwand said Tuesday, May 21, Game and Fish is instituting a new process when it comes to declaring state-record fish.
Mark Kennedy, who will leave his job as University of North Dakota president to take a similar position at the University of Colorado, told a Colorado newspaper that the controversy over him attempting to have his chief of staff work remotely was racially motivated.
The letters submitted to Judge David R. Jones of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston are heartbreaking. There are hundreds of them from coal miners around the United States, begging the judge to make Westmoreland Mining Co. live up to its contract with workers and continue to provide the health-insurance benefits it promised retirees. The letters came from coal miners who worked for Westmoreland, sometimes for decades, mostly in places like Kemmerer, Wyo., and Appalachia, Va. And Beulah, N.D.
FARGO — Many head coaches have used success at North Dakota State to move to a higher level of college football. None have come anywhere near replicating that success at their new jobs. Chris Klieman is the latest Bison coach to parlay victories and national championships into a bigger job with a higher profile and larger paycheck. Klieman accepted the head coaching job at Kansas State of the Big 12 Conference two weeks ago after five years of remarkable prosperity in Fargo.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Opponents of a proposed casino project on Minnesota's Star Lake won an important victory Tuesday, Aug. 22, but whether it's a lasting one is far from determined. This story has all the makings of an it's-never-over-'til-it's-over tale. The five-member Otter Tail County board of commissioners voted unanimously to require an environmental impact statement on the proposal by the White Earth Band of Chippewa, which wants to build a 270-acre gambling and resort complex on the south arm of Star Lake.
FARGO — If the 41 Republicans in the North Dakota House of Representatives who voted for House Bill 1203 in this year's session haven't watched the horrifying video from Charlottesville, Va., they should, just on the off chance it might get them to engage their brains and think about what they tried to do.