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The concern in Kulm, N.D., began with a Facebook post from Shannon Maresh, the granddaughter of white supremacist Gordon Winrod. Maresh, formerly Shannon Leppert, wrote that her grandfather was "setting up shop" in the old Kulm school. "We are all 'blood sucking Jews,' whatever that means. The point is, he and his followers fully believe that if you aren't one of them, it is not wrong to steal, cheat, lie, or kill you. ... The man is a predator and his followers are dangerous," Maresh wrote on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
The granddaughter of a white supremacist who preached hatred of Jews and police — and who kidnapped six of his grandchildren from North Dakota two decades ago — says he might be “setting up shop” in Kulm, N.D. Shannon Maresh said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that her grandfather, Gordon Winrod, might be planning to start a church — “Or a cult, in my mind,” Maresh said — in the old Kulm school building. The building was recently purchased at auction by Sam and Laura Leppert, Maresh’s aunt and uncle. Laura Leppert is Winrod’s daughter.
If the 41 Republicans in the North Dakota House of Representatives who voted for House Bill 1203 in this year's session haven't watched the horrifying video from Charlottesville, Va., they should, just on the off chance it might get them to engage their brains and think about what they tried to do.
North Dakota was built by immigrants on welfare, many of whom didn't speak English when they got here, which certainly will come as a blow to those who want to sanitize history into something fitting their 21st century prejudices. President Donald Trump unleashed the hounds again last week when he and his minions proposed changes to America's immigration laws that, among other things, would require legal immigrants to speak English and be skilled laborers. No more of this wretched refuse crap for the Trump cultists, they only want America-ready Americans coming to America.
Concrete, I suppose, is a sign of progress of some kind. Humans have a never-ending drive to pave over things to make them sterile and more accessible. There is little doubt we'll pave over the moon, if given the chance, so that some company can sell day-trips to dandies who don't want to get dust on their loafers.
Fargo Police Chief David Todd wants the community to learn a lesson from the meeting he facilitated between Amber Hensley and two Somali-American women who were involved in a nasty confrontation last week in a Fargo Walmart parking.
It's been a nice facade we've put on all these years. A bunch of stoic Scandinavians and Germans living and let living, lending a helping hand, looking out for their neighbors, smiling and saying "hello" to everybody. You betcha.
If you hire bad people and expect not to get burned because—well, just because—guess what? You're going to get burned. Let's christen it the Hamid Shirvani Rule, one North Dakotans should already be familiar with.
Hamid Shirvani, the controversial former chancellor of the North Dakota University System, has resigned as president of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, according to a press release from the school. “This has not been an easy decision for me to make, and is a result of a combination of family, personal and professional considerations,” Shirvani said in the release. “I have enjoyed working with the campus community, particularly with the faculty who represent the core of the university.”
The driver of a boat that broadsided another boat on an Otter Tail County lake last week has been cited for a petty misdemeanor. Myron Enter of Sioux Falls, S.D., was cited by the Otter County Sheriff’s Department for an incident that happened Wednesday, July 19 on Little McDonald Lake near Perham. Click here to continue reading.