National Geographic writer tells North Dakotans to 'get over it'

Full story: TwinCities.com

North Dakotans who felt an article on "The Emptied Prairie" unfairly put down their state should get over it, the writer said, later suggesting to a reporter that Gov.

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johnny

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hurt to pouch added, what an idiot...
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I haven't read the article, and I'd probably agree with it, but Bowden's ad hominem attacks read like those of a 10 year old.
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Remember that old joke: "...I'm easy to find, I live by the tree"?
Obamanomics

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Jun 11, 2008
 
I went to the National Geo website and read the article. It paints a depressing picture. I have to say, the article probably isn't going to help improve the tourism industry in ND. Which raises the question, "Does North Dakota have a tourism industry?"
Help Please

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Deal with it!
Go DFL

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It is probably failing because they keep electing GOPer over and over and over again.
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Dear "Go DFl" the Nodak's have been sending the Libs to Washington to bring home the bacon for decades, however there smart enough not to put the art major in charge.
Cindy Stainker

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And this guy is suppose to be some sort of professional? I agree with Gus, and this guy really should be ashamed of himself.
Right Wing is Broken

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The federal government earlier admitted that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant. Many students recall being beaten for speaking their native languages and losing touch with their parents and customs.The judge was alerted after some of the jurors were observed writing their notes vertically, rather than horizontally.That leaves time for a new diplomatic push. But GOP officials left without it.
Bob

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I'll tell ya what when gas gets to $1 a gallon because of the oil from ND we will take a trip up there to see the oil fields.
Wondering

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Jun 11, 2008
 
NoDak has sent nothing but ultra libral Dems to Washington DC for ever, so don't try to blame all this on the GOP!! The big city liberals don't have a clue as to what the midwest (MN, SD, ND and IA) do, or are!!
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Bridget Bardo was fined in France for publishing her unpopular opinion to president Sarkozy. In America the 1st admendment still protects free speech and I don't understand how this is news. Maybe we should talk about all the oil in North Dakota.
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I love North Dakota
Paul

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n dakota is a total waste of a state that dude is right its a wasteland they have fargo with like the metro of a 100,000 then there is nothing else in the state if you look at some of their counties they are like populations of 700, 800, 1000, 2000 many of them thats not just funny its pathetic.
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Jun 12, 2008
 
To make everybody happy, National Geographic should have included photos of topless female natives of the state. That drew NG a lot of new "readers" when I was a boy, and these days it might filter off some of the tourists otherwise bound for South Dakota.
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National Geographic is a waste of good pulpwood.
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Jun 12, 2008
 
Sounds like National Geographic is going to continue losing what readers it still has. North Dakota is a beautiful and historical state.
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"North Dakota is a rarely visited state and surely one of the loveliest and most moving."
Perhaps previous commenters did not read the entire article. The line above is a direct quote from the article. The article is beautifully and respectfully written, giving the land almost more due than it deserves. This story is an elegy to the state where I was born. A few years ago, USA Today coined the phrase "economic thoroughbreds" to describe our children who are well-educated, industrious and honest. There are tender stories about people everywhere. But in North Dakota, where people actually knew and cared about their neighbors, you are more likely than not to get many wonderful tales that are remembered by people willing to share them. As for what North Dakota actually has ... the Williston Basin, the richest new oil discovery in the lower 48. You will be showing us the money for some time to come.
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country girl is right!
A Traveler

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I would rather live here in North Dakota than any other state. No Grid Lock, friendly citizens, neighbor helping neighbor. Lots of open space, clean air. The Medora Music, Thoedore Roosevelt National Park, The Big One in Minot and many more attractions. After spending 30 years in many BIG cities, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Cape Kennedy,Portland, Boston, Chicago - I will take a North Dakota over any of them. I at least have a chance a a natural and peaceful death in North Dakota.

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