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Hey! We found the banner. Whew! Thanks Max and Simon for paddling the MP4ND canoe up the creek. Race the Red, Also Connie and friend polka-ing on the RR bridge to the Auctioneer song.
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Native group from Standing Rock at the ND education summit with a song honoring teachers
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This politicin' and pickin' tour is fun. Here in Stanley, ND, Honky Tonk Hoirup makes a guest appearance with Richard and Merrill with Bumble Bee Boogie at the Sibyl Center. Happy 4th!
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Ed Gruchalla and wife, Rennae, (dishing up eggs), at the Scouts pancake feed Saturday in Fargo. Ken Elfstrum's been running this thing for years. It is also where my political career took off a few years back when, while serving him pancakes, Ed asked me, "Are you running this year"? Well, the rest is history. Thanks, Ed...I think!!

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These signs are in the yards of two of my ND District 44 neighbors. It is an honor to serve these folks whose primary concern is for others. You are inspiring. Thanks for reminding me to "Do the right thing".

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Annie Bea awaiting the arrival of Senator Santa at the Wishek ND Western Store. SS...Taking a break from "the politic" with Lexie, the elf with attitude and the Bauer family from Finley. HO! HO! HO!

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Thought former State Representative and retired State Trooper, Ed Gruchalla would appreciate the Highway Patrol Christmas Tree at the Capitol. Also, the big tree in Memorial Hall. Nice! I was in Bismarck for a natural resources interim committee meeting. It's amazing how wind farms instantly turn the oil and coal people into bird lovers! Other than wind we talked about storing high level radiactive waste in ND. I think it's a little spooky...others not so much. What do you think? Sounds like the Feds have a lot of control over the disposal/storage of radioactive material, with some limited input from states. More discussion to come.

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John Nelson, longtime asst. principal at Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo, accepting Lifetime Achievement Award for his Mom, Carolyn at the Dem Women's + banquet Monday night, Dec. 11th. Great Mom, Great Son!

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Two shots from Saturday's Veteran's Day ceremony of Fargo's Main Avenue bridge. 1-The participants representing several branches of the military. 2-My neighbor, District 44 resident and Army Vet, Linda Whaley. You are awesome, Linda. My modest contribution to the event is setting up a sound system. The group shot is perhaps typical of informal gatherings of veterans across the country. These folks got together to reminisce, have a few beers and watch the Bison trounce USD. Thanks, Vets!

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State Senator Richard Marcellais, District 9, which includes the Turtle Mountains and The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation. Senator Marcellais emceed a ceremony October 19th that presented the 5 flags of the ND tribes to the Fargo Air Museum for permanent display. Thanks, Senator.

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I was recently in Williston for a legislative interim committee meeting on energy. These shots illustrate that the oil business is alive and well on the Bakken. Notice the several pump jacks on one site. That's new in the past few years. The tall structure is a drilling rig. And yes, they're still drilling new wells.

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Photos from the 9-11 ceremony at Fargo's Memorial Bridge. Hosted by Vietnam Vets. My part? Providing the PA system and running the sound. Thanks to Angela Ernst from the Cass County Sheriff's Dept. for the fine photos.

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Again...sorry for the bother as I struggle to upload the movie of a flaring operation, which I apparently can't do right now! This is a night shot, giving you an idea of what it looks like on portions of the Bakken. The bright spots are natural gas flares. The state has taken steps to get the oil companies to reduce flaring but it is a slow go and it continues at a significant rate. Just thought you should know.

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Still flaring natural gas on Nodak's Bakken Oil Field? Looks like it. A night shot along with a large flaring operation soth of Ross ND. Lots of wasted energy going up and nowhere in flames

One of the joys of being State Senator; getting invited to the 1 year birthday party @curiouskidsfargo childcare in north Fargo. 1st, a curious kid asking Officer Schock about the new K9 partner, Blue. And 2. With owner Michelle Roeszler. Congrats, Michelle for providing a much need service.

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Former ND State Senator, Elroy Lindaas at his Mayville barn dance. Also with the lovely Connie Piepkorn. And those are the girls, Callie and Annie Bea looking out the hay mow door.

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Just across the way from the Dem-NPL tent at the RRV Fair is the 4-H bldg. Homemade rhubarb pie and Ice cream thanks to my new best friend Theresa from Harwood!

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Doug, Samantha and Kat, (watching), playing Jenga at the Cass County Dem-NPL table at Red River Valley Fair.

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If I could appoint myself to a post in state government it would be Ambassador of Fishing on Lake Sakakawea! Here with my buddy Smokey Temple. And yes, if you're counting the fish, the third in our party, old pal, fishing fanatic and photographer for this shot is Tim Ritter.

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