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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "snowinapril" wrote:
    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?"
    I didn't until this. I used to view them with some authority.
    But when I read that article it honestly changed my mind.
    They did very little research in the area, and picked and chose what they wanted to write about and photograph.

    "snowinapril" wrote:
    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.
    One positive comment in four pages of negativity doesn't really impress me.

    "snowinapril" wrote:
    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.
    This is how most envision the entire state of North Dakota.
    The article did nothing to try and alter the impression that Eastern North Dakota was any different.
    Plus, you are pruposly leaving out some pretty important parts in what you bolded.

    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.
    Abandoned building always mean that omething in the earth and the sky mutinied against the people living there?


    You can try and pick apart the piece all you want to find small items of positiveness, or glimmers that point to just a rural decline instead of the entire state, but overall it was simply a very negative article written about North Dakota.
    Maybe the author intended it to be something else, but obviously couldn't convey what he want to.
    And the editors apparently didn't either.
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

    =Z=

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    Gezzzz, ya blind me in that orange coat BLV!
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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    Gezzzz, ya blind me in that orange coat BLV!
    LOL
    Blame the state, lol

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    People live in North Dakota?

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "vikes2456" wrote:
    People live in North Dakota?
    Apparently not, according to NG.
    It is all a bunch of abandoned houses and burnt down churches...
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "vikes2456" wrote:
    People live in North Dakota?
    Yes

    BLV
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    I'm sure there's more

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "BadlandsViking" wrote:
    "vikes2456" wrote:
    People live in North Dakota?
    Yes

    BLV
    NodakPaul
    Shutz
    Vikes_4_life_42
    NDvikingfan66

    I'm sure
    So you are saying 80% of ND is filled with Viking fans, sounds like a pretty sweet state for me.

    All joking aside I have a great appreciation for places that are not overwhelmed with people

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    and yes we do have indoor plumbing

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    "BadlandsViking" wrote:
    and yes we do have indoor plumbing
    Usually.
    Of course with -35 last night, I bet that more than one house had breaking pipes.
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: North Dakota - The Emptied Prairie

    North Dakota has some pretty good comapanies, these are just a few

    Alerus Financial - local financial institution
    Alien Technology - an RFID manufacturer
    Altru Health System - local healthcare provider
    Amazon.com - operates a call center in Grand Forks
    Baker Boy
    Basin Electric Power Cooperative
    Bank of North Dakota
    Bobcat/Ingersoll Rand
    Cass-Clay Creamery - local creamery founded in 1934
    Cirrus Design - aircraft manufacturer
    CNH Global - manufacturer of agricultural equipment
    Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc
    Forum Communications - owns many regional newspapers, radio stations, and television stations
    Global Electric Motorcars - manufacturer of neighborhood electric vehicles
    Hebron Brick Company
    Hornbacher's - local chain of supermarkets
    Hugo's - local chain of supermarkets
    Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing
    LM Glasfiber - Danish wind turbine company, largest manufacturer in Grand Forks
    MeritCare Health System - The largest health care provider in North Dakota and one of the largest employers in the state
    Medcenter One Health Systems
    Microsoft - a division (Microsoft Dynamics GP, formerly Great Plains Software) of the software giant is located in Fargo
    NAVTEQ - a provider of Geographic Information Systems
    Nodak Mutual Insurance Company -local insurance company
    North Dakota Mill and Elevator - largest flour mill in the United States
    PRACS Institute, Ltd. - provider of medical testing
    RDO Equipment Company - regional chain of agricultural stores
    J. R. Simplot Company - potato processing plant
    Scheels All Sports - regional chain of sporting goods stores
    SEI Information Technologies[1] - call center, operates remote drive-thrus for national chains including McDonald's
    St. Alexius Medical Center
    Space Aliens Grill & Bar

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