Activists Emily Johnston, left, and Annette Klapstein attempt to cut chains after trespassing into a valve station for pipelines carrying crude from Canadian oils sands into the U.S. markets near Clearbrook, Minn., in this image released on Oct. 11, 2016. Courtesy Climate Direct Action

Felony Charges Filed Against Pipeline Activists In ND

CAVALIER, N.D. – Three pipeline activists accused of interfering with emergency valves on TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline near Walhalla this week have been charged with felony criminal conspiracy and other charges. A total of 14 criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to Class A felonies were filed Thursday, Oct. 13, in Pembina County District Court against Michael…
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This screen shot from a Democracy NOW! video purports to show security dogs used Sept. 3, 2016, to drive back protestors who had overrun the Dakota Access Pipeline worksite north of Cannon Ball, N.D.
Images Courtesy Democracy NOW!

Reporter Who Documented Guard Dogs At Pipeline Site Charged With Trespassing

MANDAN, N.D. — A reporter from Democracy Now! who documented security personnel with guard dogs working for Dakota Access Pipeline is facing criminal trespassing charges in Morton County. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Amy Goodman of New York for a Class B misdemeanor, according to court documents. Goodman, a reporter for the independent…
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Minnesota prosecutors allege that Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake, Minn., using proceeds from a fraudulent investment scheme involving the Bakken oilfields.

Minnesota Man Accused Of Defrauding Bakken RV Park Investors

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota man is accused in federal court of stealing more than $2 million from victims hoping to invest in North Dakota oilfield housing and using the money to fund his own entertainment and lifestyle, including buying a 17-acre island. Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., is charged with five counts of wire…
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Money To Address ND Human Trafficking Stalled

BISMARCK – Bureaucratic red tape has held up $1.25 million in state grant funding to help victims of human trafficking. State legislators set aside the grant dollars in the 2015 session, but none of that money has been distributed to victim service providers more than 13 months after it was made available. Windie Lazenko, a…
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MHA Chairman Mark Fox, from left, FBI Director James Comey, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI division, participate in a news conference on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New Town, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

As FBI Adds Agents In Williston, Tribal Leader Say Crime ‘killing Our People’

NEW TOWN, N.D. – When FBI Director James Comey visited a northwest North Dakota Indian reservation Monday, the tribal chairman didn’t sugarcoat the crime problems facing the community. “The situation of excess crime on Fort Berthold is literally killing our people and tearing our people apart,” said Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and…
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