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March 22, 2012
North Dakota noose story features most amazing quotes in history
The lede says it all, really: ”The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out by volunteering to be the one to go to the gallows.” In perhaps the greatest individual story in Associated Press history, a North Dakota mayor wants to convince us that he’s not crazy when he wants to hold a fake hanging for tourists. This story has quotes to die for. A few samples:
one On bringing up the matter for debate at a recent meeting: “The matter was not on the agenda and they were a little taken aback. There was about five seconds of stunned silence and at first I think they thought I was joking.”
two On his vision: “My vision is to stage a shooting, where I’d gun down someone in the street, have a trial and a hanging, all within 20 or so minutes. Anything longer than that and the tourists would lose interest.”
three On allaying safety concerns with the noose situation: “The rope is just a prop—there is no danger of breaking your neck. If all goes well, it will look very realistic. I will be the only one being hanged, just to keep it safe.” source
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The lede says it all, really: ”The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out by volunteering to be the one to go to the gallows.” In perhaps the greatest individual story in Associated Press history, a North Dakota mayor wants to convince us that he’s not crazy when he wants to hold a fake hanging for tourists. This story has quotes to die for. A few samples:

  • one On bringing up the matter for debate at a recent meeting: “The matter was not on the agenda and they were a little taken aback. There was about five seconds of stunned silence and at first I think they thought I was joking.”
  • two On his vision: “My vision is to stage a shooting, where I’d gun down someone in the street, have a trial and a hanging, all within 20 or so minutes. Anything longer than that and the tourists would lose interest.”
  • three On allaying safety concerns with the noose situation: “The rope is just a prop—there is no danger of breaking your neck. If all goes well, it will look very realistic. I will be the only one being hanged, just to keep it safe.” source

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14:41 // 2 years ago
March 8, 2012
All in all, it is the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks. It attracts visitors from out of town as well as people who live here.
85-year-old Grand Forks Herald EatBeat columnist Marilyn Hagerty • Writing about Olive Garden. This review has gone viral for obvious reasons, to which Hagerty reacted: “I don’t get it. I’ve been doing this for 30-40 years. Why all of a sudden now?” The article has been a major traffic boon for her newspaper, drawing over 100,000 page views. We totally understand, Marilyn; our 87-year-old grandpa (who lives in Grand Rapids, which is like Grand Forks with a river) is on a first-name basis with the staff of the Olive Garden he goes to. It’s a great place.
18:28 // 2 years ago
June 23, 2011

The waters are rising: The scene in Minot is looking pretty bad at this stage, and the forecast is not heartening — flooding unprecedented for the region is prompting the government to issue evacuation notices, as officials will deliberately release more waters from the Lake Darling Dam to mitigate the crisis (the dam is near Minot as well as other towns). The expected drainage will be three times what Minot could handle, all but assuring the damage and destruction of countless homes. Our thoughts are with these victims, and we hope people will prioritize their own safety. source

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18:47 // 2 years ago
January 18, 2011
After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012.
Senator Kent Conrad • The moderate Democrat announced his pending retirement this morning. He’s been in the Senate since 1987, representing North Dakota, a fairly conservative state. With his announcement, the Democratic Party is likely feeling some angst that a new window of congressional opportunity may be opening for their Republican counterparts. Conrad scoffed at the notion he feared losing a potential reelection bid, insisting his age was his primary motivator (Conrad is 62). source (viafollow)
13:32 // 3 years ago
December 31, 2010
Protip: Don’t drive your car in North Dakota today: We heard a rumor about there being a 100-car pile-up somewhere in this mess in North Dakota, but we can’t seem to make it out. Too much freaking snow. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Protip: Don’t drive your car in North Dakota today: We heard a rumor about there being a 100-car pile-up somewhere in this mess in North Dakota, but we can’t seem to make it out. Too much freaking snow. source

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12:54 // 3 years ago