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Surviving a North Dakota winter, at what cost to you?

Since we're all gearing up for winter here in the Upper Great Plains, I thought I'd share one of the fake forms I'd created a few years ago for my Lone Prairie Magazine.

Think tax forms are fun? Then you'll love this one. You can get a PDF here.

For all of you who vote to legalize recreational marijuana, what happens in the following years is your fault.

//  I have several updates at the bottom, in case you've read this post in its early stages. Please scroll down for those updates. Please do read the infantile comments as well, which prove my point of who we're dealing with. Keep in mind these are the more innocuous comments. Also, please do visit this website's resource page to see videos, etc. on what really happens when pot is legalized. Before you send me a message to try to "educate" me, please understand how I research, and don't leave a comment if you aren't going to use your real name. Thank you. //

Does the above graphic leave any questions? Think that title is blunt enough?


It's true.

When you decide to vote yes on Measure 3 here in North Dakota in the 2018 election, the results over the coming decades to our state's health, culture, kids, and safety is your fault. You made that decision. You own it. You don't get to cry over traffic deaths, mourn the rising healthcare cost…

Let's not forget other disenfranchised voters who don't know how to buy postage stamps.

// Read the previous post in the voter disenfranchisement series. //
For the curious, here is the actual North Dakota constitution regarding elective franchise:

Section 1. The general election of the state shall be held biennially as provided by law. Every citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector. When an elector moves within the state, he shall be entitled to vote in the precinct from which he moves until he establishes voting residence in another precinct. The legislative assembly shall provide by law for the determination of residence for voting eligibility, other than physical presence. No elector shall lose his residency for voting eligibility solely by reason of his absence from the state. The legislative assembly shall provide by law for secrecy in voting, for absentee voting, for administration of elections and for the nomination of candidates.

Section 2. No person who has been decla…

North Dakota has had 911 addresses for over a decade. Why is this so hard?

// Read the next post in this voter disenfranchisement series. //
This is the spin: a recent Supreme Court ruling upheld a North Dakota law that said that in order to vote, you must have a valid ID with your location address on it. A P.O. box is not acceptable. The spin is that since Sen. Heitkamp didn't vote to affirm Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is punishing her with a ploy to disenfranchise voters on reservations who, apparently, use a PO box as the address on their ID and are more likely to vote for the Democratic ticket.

Let's be less paranoid for a little bit, and consider whether or not a DECADE or more is enough time to find out your location address.

My parents live in a rural area. The farm we grew up on never received mail delivery. We had no location-based mailing address most of my life. We had a P.O. box address and drove into town to get our mail. When we got orders from UPS, we had to have them delivered to the Cenex station in town since we did not have a phy…

When public employees forget that you and I are their employer.

I recently removed a comment on a post in which I addressed concerns that had been told to me about Governor Burgum. I removed the comment at the request of the person who had shared those concerns, a person whose name or identity I had not revealed in the comment.

As I've said before, I don't consider myself a journalist or even a reporter (though I worked as a reporter for a newspaper years ago). I'm a blogger writing about stuff that I come across that is of interest, or my opinions, and have been doing it for over 20 years. Once in a while people will come to me with information, but that's not typical as I don't position myself as a source of news. Never have.

In the past year, I have been on the increasing receiving end of different people complaining, warning, telling me of, and in other ways sharing concerns about various elected officials in various levels of office, from the city to the county to the state. Some have spearheaded grassroots movements, usin…