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    "Prophet" wrote:
    I read that article when it first came out.
    I agree with SIA that the it is somewhat annoying when people from 'civilization' visit somewhere and give their 'expert' analysis of the situation.
    I didn't find it to be as negative as NP is saying though, I just saw it more as an overview of the decline in small towns in the prairies.
    It's interesting to hear about the points they conveniently left out though.
    They come in and see what they want to see.

    Mentioning the mini Silicon (Red River) Valley would have ruined the focal point of the story.

    Bring this into terms we can understand.
    If a writer is going to write an article on how bad TJ (rural) is, they aren't going to go into a huge segment on Tom Brady (civilization) and how good he has it.

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    I kind of find it funny that they picked Epping, there has never been anything there and has never had much of a population. The only thing they are noted for is almost beating a big name school in the High School Basektball Championship with just four boys on the team....and this was about 20 years ago

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    "BadlandsViking" wrote:
    I kind of find it funny that they picked Epping, there has never been anything there and has never had much of a population. The only thing they are noted for is almost beating a big name school in the High School Basektball Championship with just four boys on the team....and this was about 20 years ago
    That is something.

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    North Dakota is a rarely visited state and surely one of the loveliest and most moving. The land swallows anyone who walks out into it. Everything begins as a promise.
    That is a positive comment.


    Second Paragraph:
    This is the place where American assumptions about the land proved to be wrong. The homesteaders believed rain followed the plow. In the grasslands of western Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, they learned better. And so for almost a century we’ve watched stranded towns and houses fall one by one like autumn leaves in the chill of October. In most of the United States, abandoned buildings are a sign of change and shifting economic opportunities. On the High Plains, they always mean that something in the earth and the sky mutinied against the settlers.
    I didn't envision Eastern ND at all, it is right there in the second paragraph.

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    One last thing......
    I don't see NG as a tabloid publisher.
    If that is what you expect from them, then that is probably how you are going to read it.
    When I see NG, I think about a world view.
    What are they going to gain on dogging a state that, "they thought no one cared about?"

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    This is 2 miles from my parents house.
    Out of staters might not vist there but there is a lot of pretty scenery.

    All I see are shooting lanes.
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    The state’s population has stabilized at around 600,000 thanks mainly to the growth around its cities—Fargo, Grand Forks, Mandan, and Bismarck. But out on the land, the population has relentlessly bled away.

    JMHO........

    No no no, I didn't read it that way.

    I read it and saw that it is not the state (ND) that people forgot about, but the rural areas that know one even the large communities in ND and SD and KS and ............. want to acknowledge.
    The big city always gets the glory.
    The big city always looks down on the rural areas, "we are better."
    It seems that the real reason for getting upset is that they lumped that depressing rural area with the populous, which they are outraged over.


    I saw the shift from small community to larger community.
    I think living in the state that at an article is written about "seems" like an attack on the whole state, but it isn't.
    It might have been better if they would have sampled more than one state but I see it as an example of that even if it was based only in ND.

    I thought they hit some history, hit some personal notes and yes they painted a bleak depressing picture of western ND.
    Everyone that has lived in a small town knows the truth (but rarely admit it) that it is depressing, that is why the "toughs" come out and fight on Fridays and Saturdays.
    You thought ultimate fighting was cool, live in a small town, the idea isn't original.

    They could have done a bit better on explaining the population distribution of ND, a simple map could have done the trick without even writing about it.
    You might be right though about the sensationalizing of the entire state.
    For someone that doesn't know anything about ND, they might associate it with the entire state.
    But once again, I don't think that was the intent.
    I hope they publish a few of the letters to the editor about the positives of the state.

    It would have been different if they tried to say that North Dakota was going under.
    They did say that the state was maintaining around 600,000 population.
    Which to me says that it is a flight from rural to populated areas.
    That was only an excerpt of one paragraph buried on the second page of the article.
    The rest of the paragraph paints a fairly intended negative view of the state:
    North Dakota is among the windiest states in the Union and one of the coldest south of Alaska. Twice the legislature has considered changing the name to simply Dakota to shake the chill from its image. The state’s population has stabilized at around 600,000 thanks mainly to the growth around its cities—Fargo, Grand Forks, Mandan, and Bismarck. But out on the land, the population has relentlessly bled away. So there is money and prosperity and the numbing sense that comes from living in a vanishing world.
    And it is also a lot less about the flight from rural areas as it is expanding farms.
    All of the land is still in use - it is just being consolidated into larger farms which take less people to run.
    This article makes is seem like there are hundreds of miles of vast wasteland, which isn't the case.
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    This is 2 miles from my parents house.
    Out of staters might not vist there but there is a lot of pretty scenery.

    All I see are shooting lanes.
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    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    "Marrdro" wrote:
    "BadlandsViking" wrote:
    This is 2 miles from my parents house.
    Out of staters might not vist there but there is a lot of pretty scenery.

    All I see are shooting lanes.

    ;D
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