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North Dakota Ranks As 48th Worst State For Finding A Mate

When I first came to North Dakota in the Spring of 2011, the first things that I noticed were the miles of prairie, lack of trees, lack of women, and scarcity of attractive women.  In a way, the local people in Dickinson were aware that there was a shortage of women, and a scarcity of attractive women, because they came up with the joke themselves, “There’s a beautiful woman behind every tree.”……. Again, remember, there are no trees.

During the oil boom in North Dakota from 2007-2015, the ratio of men to women in western North Dakota towns ranged from 3:1 to as high as 20:1.  Now that the oil boom is over, the ratio of men to women in Dickinson is still about 3:1.  After having lived in Dickinson for a little over seven years, I am getting the impression that this 3:1 ratio has existed since the homesteaders came to this area in the 1890s.

If they can help it, women don’t want to come to this area of vacant, barren, desolate, cold, windy, bleak, undeveloped prairie.  Because there are no trees here, the first settlers had to build their houses out of stacked grass sod, and they had to burn animal dung for heating and cooking.  Many North Dakotans stayed very poor, living in tiny houses with no indoor plumbing up until the 1970s.

To this day, most of the women who are born in western North Dakota, if they are attractive, they plan on escaping as soon as possible.  They experience the harsh, deadly cold, the isolation, the nothingness, the ugliness, the ignorance, and they want to get out of here as soon as possible.

When you combine the fact that most adult women do not want to come to western North Dakota, and most of the attractive women who are born in western North Dakota try to get out of here as soon as possible, this is what creates the 3:1 male to female ratio.

The women who are left here in western North Dakota, are mean, snarling, sneering, scowling, no-neck, ham-fisted, cankle-calf, line-backer, battle-axe women, some of them even have tusks.  There is some evidence that the forebears of the people who settled Dickinson were offspring of the female Yeti named Zana that was captured in Russia in the late 1800s.  Here is the link to a very good article about Zana, who is remarkably similar to the women in Dickinson http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/zana.htm

Perhaps because the women in Dickinson are so unattractive, the shortage of women in Dickinson, or because of some biological remnant of the historical cross-species mating of the ancestors of the people in Dickinson, some men in the Dickinson area have sex with horses and cattle, as documented by the Grand Forks Herald newspaper article  https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/2187378-dickinson-officials-investigate-sexual-assault-horse

Now, there is a study that shows that North Dakota ranks as the 48th worst state for people finding a mate https://www.grandforksherald.com/lifestyle/4926326-Report-North-Dakota-is-among-worst-states-to-find-love-and-Minnesota-is-one-of-the-best

My Approach To Telling People About Dickinson And The Oil Field

Of all the people who write about Dickinson, North Dakota and all the websites that provide information about Dickinson, what I write is probably the most negative.  Why I come across as so negative, is because I want to tell the truth that is not being reported, and I don’t want people to get into trouble.

What the people in Dickinson don’t know, understand, or care about, and what other websites don’t care about, is that most of the people who are considering coming to North Dakota and working in the oil field, are poor, broke, down-on-their-luck people who are not doing very well in life where they are currently living.

Most people would prefer to stay where their family and friends are, where they grew up, surrounded by the people and places that they know.  When people’s lives become too difficult or impossible to continue on as they are, that’s when people make the decision to try to move someplace else.  In other words, when people’s lives are good, they don’t decide to get up and move to someplace that they have never been and know nothing about.

I think that it is cruel, inhumane, immoral, and unethical to lure people to Dickinson, North Dakota with false, misleading information and a misrepresentation about what working in the oil field is like.  This luring people here is done to keep real estate prices high, to sell real estate, to rent properties, to bring in customers for businesses, and to have a big enough labor pool to keep wages low.

The people who think that they want to come here, the people whose lives are not going very well where they are, here are some reasons for this:  Economic crash in the community where they live, unable to earn enough money in the community where they live, unable to get a job, low education level, no job skills, criminal record, mental illness, health problems, behavior problems, addiction, low intelligence, or a combination several of these factors.

These people need help, not being tricked, not being taken advantage of.  I am not saying that I like these people, I don’t like them.  But it is cruel, inhumane, unethical, and immoral to lure, trick, mislead, and take advantage of these people.

So, here are some of the things that I need to warn these people about Dickinson:

  • The real estate prices and rents here are still high.
  • The real estate prices here are artificially high, buying a home here now you will experience your home losing its value and possibly being unable to sell it.
  • There is no homeless shelter.
  • If you do not have work experience in the oil field, or a skilled trade such as welder, mechanic, electrician, Class A CDL, or construction, you will likely not get a high paying job, or have an easy time finding employment.
  • If you have little or no work experience, no job skills, or a criminal record, you may only be able to find low-paid employment in service industries such as fast food.
  • If you are mentally ill, have health problems, behavior problems, or are an addict, you may not be able to find any employment at all.
  • The Police in Dickinson try as hard as they can to stop motorists for any reason they can, in order to write enough tickets to cause people to lose their driver’s license and subsequently be arrested repeatedly.
  • You can not go out to bars or restaurants and have even a few alcohol drinks because you will by stopped by the Police for DUI and have your license suspended.
  • There is very little to do and nowhere to go in Dickinson.  You will be stopped by the Police on your way home from Walmart.
  • The ratio of men to women is 3:1.  There are very few attractive women in Dickinson.  There are no strip bars in Dickinson.
  • Prostitution is not allowed in Dickinson.  If you respond to a fake advertisement for a prostitute in Dickinson placed by the Police, the Police will later make up the fact that the fake prostitute was under 18, so that you can be sentenced to 20 years in prison for commercial sex trafficking a minor.
  • If you take your vehicle to a car dealer in Dickinson, the dealership may “go to town” on trying to perform costly repairs that aren’t needed.
  • The local people in Dickinson will treat you like a migrant worker because you are not from Dickinson.
  • The local people in Dickinson will try to undermine you and sabotage you at work, by not giving you information that you need, not cooperating, giving you misinformation, blaming you for their mistakes, and mis-reporting on your work performance.
  • There is a lack of competent, professional medical care in Dickinson.  Watch out, they will put you on the $40,000 bankruptcy helicopter ride to Bismarck from the Dickinson hospital when they don’t have adequate medical staff.

Warnings to people about working in the oil field in North Dakota:

  • Contrary to the rumors, most oil field jobs do not pay anywhere near $100K per year.
  • The oil field jobs that do pay close to $100K per year, this pay is achieved by working more than 80 hours per week, for weeks at time, at hard physical work with no rest.  Most people are not mentally and physically strong enough to work hard labor for twelve hours per day, every day, for weeks straight, outside in below freezing weather.
  • The very few entry-level job openings to work directly on a drill rig, (less than 0.5% of oil field job openings, 1 in 200), these job openings will go to young, very healthy, strong men aged 19-28 who show signs of being able to handle the mental and physical stress.  Most people are excluded, because they can not perform this job.
  • The large international oil companies and international oil field service companies, such as Marathon, Haliburton, BJ/Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger seek to hire people with no criminal record, reputable prior oil field work experience, prior military service, or an engineering degree.  They are careful, selective, and they don’t just hire walk-ins off the street.
  • For people who have prior work experience in construction, as a mechanic, welder, electrician, equipment operator, CDL truck driver, who are able-bodied and show an eagerness to work, they can usually find employment with a smaller local or regional oil field service company.
  • The smaller local or regional oil field service companies may seem incompetent, ignorant, mismanaged, inefficient, backwards, dangerous, and unsafe with the wrong people, unqualified people, uneducated people, alcoholics and drug addicts in positions that they shouldn’t be in….welcome to the oil field and North Dakota!
  • Working in the oil field, you may find that you are being endangered at work by unsafe equipment, procedures, and people, people who have got something mentally wrong with them and are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Working in the oil field, you will have to watch out for co-workers intentionally trying to get you hurt, cause an accident, or interfere with your work.  Work interference can include the removal of tools and parts necessary for a job, or sabotage of equipment needed for a job.
  • For those people with very little job experience doing anything, starting out at a construction company and working various construction labor tasks for a year would be enough work experience to gain employment at a small local or regional oil field service company:  Relevant construction tasks such as carrying material, loading material and equipment on trailers, tying down material and equipment, hooking up trailers to trucks, driving trucks with trailers, using hand tools, using power tools, digging trenches, using job site equipment, operating heavy equipment, measuring and performing layout, erecting forms and scaffolds, assembly and installation.
  • For people with health problems, mental illness, or behavior problems, you might not ever be employable in the oil field.

Haynes And Boone, The Most Insightful Oil Industry Report I Have Seen

When I first came to work in North Dakota in 2011 during the oil boom, I did not know very much about the oil industry.  I just never really cared to know, I had never had the need to know.

During my first days after arriving in North Dakota, it was so busy here, that every company I visited in Williston offered me a job, if I could find a place to live.  About every other company that I stopped at in Dickinson offered me a job.

I accepted a job at a small oil field service company in Dickinson, partly because the manager offered to let me stay in my truck camper in the company yard, and there was a shower in the office that I could use.  (At this time, small old studio apartments rented for $1,500 per month in Dickinson, if you could even find one available.)

The oil field service company in Dickinson that I went to work for, they serviced, repaired, and installed oil well pump jacks.  From my previous years of experience working as a superintendent and project manager for the erection of communication towers and construction of communication sites, I had operated crane trucks, backhoes, bobcats, excavators, and used surveying equipment to measure and layout the placement of towers and equipment on site.

Very quickly, I became a little frustrated working at the oil field service company in Dickinson, because my local Dickinson co-workers were not sharing information.  During the installation of oil well pump jacks, I would have liked to have known, where they were getting the measurements for the placement of the concrete pad, and the pump jack, relative to the well head.  I would also like to have known, the measurements for the clamping of the horse head bridle to the pump rod.

Over the past eight years of working in the oil field in North Dakota and Texas, I have experienced that people working in the oil industry don’t share information readily.  I have discovered that there are very few people in the oil industry who have vast encompassing knowledge, the majority of even the experienced oil field workers have knowledge that is just limited to the tasks that they personally perform every day.

The tradespeople working in the oil industry are guarded about the particular jobs that they do, they don’t want competition, someone else trying to do what they do, and possibly taking their job.  But it’s that way throughout the entire oil industry, whether its a truck driver, drill rig floor hand, work over rig hand, pumper, automation & controls, engineer, or land man, they have knowledge that is mostly limited to just what they personally do, and they are reluctant to share what they do know.

It is very hard to get accurate, concise, useful information about the oil industry, partly because most of the people working in the industry have just small bits and pieces of knowledge, and what they do have, it is guarded and not shared.

I was very surprised, astonished, when I was reading a news article yesterday about the price of oil, and the article referenced data compiled by a law firm Haynes and Boone.  I couldn’t believe it, Haynes and Boone had compiled complete lists of every oil company and oil field service company in the U.S. that had filed for bankruptcy since 2015.

One of the areas that the law firm Haynes and Boone specializes in, is oil company bankruptcy and restructuring.  In order to identify what is happening in the oil industry at any given time, they compiled complete lists of the oil companies and oil field service companies that had filed for bankruptcy, and how much debt these companies have.

The reason why this information compiled by Haynes and Boone is interesting to me, is because I am so sick and tired of misinformation and propaganda being spread by local Chambers of Commerce, business magazines, and newspapers, that gladly relay the press releases and marketing ploys of the oil companies.

When things are going bad in an industry, often times the companies will make a big effort to make the public believe the exact opposite of what is actually happening, in order to keep company stock prices high, in order to continue to receive investments and operating loans, to put employees at ease, and to keep up the charade for as long as possible when on the verge of collapse.

Another reason why the Haynes and Boone bankruptcy information is interesting to me, is for me to be able to decide what kind of work that I want to do in the future, where do I want to live, and where do I want to buy property.

During the North Dakota oil boom from 2007-2014, there were rumors being spread around the World about everyone making over $100K per year working in the oil field of North Dakota.  This was far from being true, but the rumor persisted.  If workers were being paid $100K per year, how much money could you make by starting an oil company or an oil field service company?

When I looked at the Haynes and Boone bankruptcy lists, I saw some oil field companies on the lists that I had applied to work for in the past, such as Key Energy and Weatherford, but there were other company names that I recognized.  Key Energy and Weatherford had hundreds or thousands of employees, company yards and warehouses, trucks, cranes, and heavy equipment.  They performed a great deal of work in the oil field, but they filed for bankruptcy???  How do I make sense of that?

It turns out that the oil industry really is a boom and bust industry.  People think that they are going to become rich, but bankruptcy is the result instead for many people and businesses.  We think of oil company owners as billionaires and millionaires, but if you look at the bankruptcy lists, many oil companies went out of business, owing creditors hundreds of millions of dollars.

Here is the link to the Haynes and Boone lists:  https://www.haynesboone.com/Publications/energy-bankruptcy-monitors-and-surveys

Is This A Case Of I Dindu Nuffin In Dickinson, North Dakota

A 24 year old Dickinson resident, Chelsey Borden, has filed a complaint against Dickinson Police Officer Chad Hopponen alleging that the officer used excessive force in arresting her on January 18.

I will try to give a brief timeline of events as reported by the Dickinson Press newspaper in their January 23 article  https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/4879312-Woman-accuses-Dickinson-officer-of-using-excessive-force-department-to-investigate .

On January 18 at approximately 1 a.m. Chelsey Borden left “Army’s West” sports bar and went to the Holiday gas station and convenience store located approximately two city blocks to the east.

Chelsey waited inside the Holiday convenience store and talked to the cashier while waiting for a friend of hers to arrive.  When her friend arrived, Funmi Ujima, the two of them continued to talk together inside of the store.

Within a short time, another woman walked into the store, who was known to both Chelsey and the friend that Chelsey was talking to.  Chelsey said that she had had problems with this woman before, and that this woman began to argue, act aggressive, and then this woman physically attacked her.

 A physical fight ensued, and Dickinson Police Officer Chad Hopponen arrived while this physical fight was still in progress.

The above timeline is roughly what happened, the bare facts.  For the rest of the story, Chelsey Borden has her version, and Police Officer Chad Hopponen has his version.

Chelsey’s Version:

Chelsey said that the other woman pushed her, took a swing at her, and that she was only trying to defend herself when Police Officer Hopponen arrived.  Chelsey said that Officer Hopponen yelled at her, put his finger in her face, yelled at her to put her fucking hands behind her back, and yelled at her to fucking get down on the floor.

Chelsey’s quote from the Dickinson Press then said at this point, that Chelsey put her hands up, and said, Sir, please calm down, and let me explain what happened.  Then, “Without notice or warning he swiped at my face and aggressively forced me to the ground causing my injuries,” she said. “I was thrown into the back of Officer Hopponen’s police cruiser, and he never asked me what happened or listened to my pleas for him to loosen the cuffs, which left bruises on my wrists to this day.”

Some of Chelsey’s complaints are, the Police Officer used excessive force, she suffered a cut on her cheek, she suffered bruising because the handcuffs were used improperly, and the Police Officer didn’t use the training he was taught for de-escalation.

The Police/Officer Chad Hopponen’s version:

The Dickinson Police stated that they do not want to discuss this arrest prior to the completion of both the criminal case and their internal investigation of Police Officer Chad Hopponen, beyond a few initial statements.  “According to police, Borden was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. inside the store for what police say was disorderly and tumultuous behavior. Police say Borden resisted the officer’s attempts to gain compliance and take her into custody.”  “Capt. Joe Cianni, Dickinson Police Department, said that the altercation and subsequent arrest were captured on audio and video footage.”

The Dickinson Press newspaper article covering this incident was fairly well written, it was detailed, and thorough.  I wouldn’t say that it was leaning in either Chelsey Borden’s favor or Police Officer Chad Hopponen’s favor, but this article does not include Police Officer Chad Hopponen’s observations, assessments, or opinions, only Chelsey’s.

In a way, this Dickinson Press newspaper story is one-sided, because Police Officer Chad Hopponen wasn’t able to tell his side of the story.  Many months from now, probably not until the criminal case against Chelsey Borden is concluded, the video and audio, of the altercation and the arrest will be made public.

I am writing about this news story, because I am angry about it.  I want to point out what is not being told.  Someone called the Police that night, it was probably the Holiday convenience store clerk.  Everything was not going along fine, everything was not going O.K., there was an argument and then a physical fight between two people at 1:30 a.m. inside the store.

Whoever called the Dickinson Police Department, they didn’t just say that there was a fight inside the Holiday convenience store, the Police Dispatcher asks the caller to explain who is fighting, give a description, what are they wearing, are there any weapons, what is happening.  I believe that it is likely that the caller told the dispatcher who attacked who, and who was hitting who.

Something else that is not being told, is that there was probably alcohol involved.  It was 1:30 a.m. following a Friday night, Chelsey had just come from a bar, one or more of the parties involved had probably been drinking alcohol.  Stop and think about it, when was the last time that you saw a fist-fight between two women at the Family Dollar or Family Fare grocery store during the day?  This is not normal behavior.

My opinion is that when Officer Hopponen arrived at the Holiday convenience store, the Police Dispatcher had already given a description of the aggressor to the Police Officer, based on the information that was given by the caller.  Or, that based on what Officer Hopponen saw as he approached, he was able to determine who the aggressor appeared to be.

I believe that Officer Hopponen encountered two very angry, combative, aggressive women who were currently engaged in a fist-fight inside the store.  My opinion is, that one or both of the women were probably under the influence of alcohol, were not using normal judgement, and were not complying with Officer Hopponen’s instructions.

In Chelsey’s statements to the Dickinson Press reporter, she said that she was being yelled at by Officer Hopponen to put her fucking hands behind her back, and fucking get down on the floor, but instead of doing what he asked, she stood there with her hands up, saying let me explain.

When Police Officers arrive somewhere to possibly make an arrest, they do not know if the people that they are dealing with have any weapons on their person, such as a knife or a firearm.  They would like to have compliance in handcuffing the person, rather than resistance or refusal, because they do not know if the person is armed or what they will do next.  Failing to comply with the Police Officer’s request, means more to the Police Officer than just a difference of opinion, it poses a threat to the Police Officer.

Chelsey said that Officer Hopponen should have used his de-escalation training.  He wasn’t trying to de-escalate, he was trying to make an arrest, take someone into custody, and transport them to jail.  De-escalation, what does that mean in this case, not being arrested, not being taken to jail, and not having two misdemeanor charges on your record?

Prior to publishing this blog post article, I went to the North Dakota Court Repository internet site, and typed in “Chelsey Borden” for Stark County criminal cases.  There is no record of her arrest, which probably means that the prosecutor or the police have dropped the charges against her.

Once the internal Dickinson Police Department investigation of Officer Chad Hopponen has been completed, the Dickinson Police said that the audio and video of the altercation and the arrest will be released to the public upon request.  I am very interested to see and hear what happened.

What Is Happening To The Stolen Bicycles In Dickinson, North Dakota

Between 8 p.m. Sunday night and 4 a.m. Monday morning, someone cut the chain on my neighbor Matt’s bicycle in his front yard, and stole it.  This is the second bicycle that has been stolen from my neighbor Matt in this past year.

This most recent bicycle that was stolen from Matt was only worth about $100.  However the previous bicycle that was stolen from Matt was worth about $500 to $2,000 because it was a very good condition mountain bike that was a rare, collectible bicycle, that there are very few of in existence.

Six months ago I had my white color Mongoose mountain bicycle stolen where I live in downtown Dickinson.  This bicycle had a 1/2″ diameter steel Master Lock cable going through its frame and tires.  The thieves made an unsuccessful attempt, then came back one week later with a Dremel type cutting disk, and cut through the steel cable.   I say “thieves”, because there were two of them, the theft was recorded by my security camera.

The Mongoose mountain bicycle that was stolen from me was rare.  In the seven years that I owned it, I never ever saw another one like it where I bought it in Texas, or in Idaho, Utah, and North Dakota where I was living.  It had a white frame, with green/black accents, and green/black parts.

My white Mongoose bicycle, and especially Matt’s rare, collectible bicycle, could not be painted without destroying the value.  Even if my stolen bicycle, or Matt’s stolen bicycle were painted, we would still be able to recognize our bicycles.  The point is, whoever stole our bicycles, can’t ride them or try to sell them in Dickinson, and they know it.

Unpainted, at a glance I could recognize my stolen Mongoose bicycle 1/8 mile away on the street, driving by a yard, porch, or open garage.  Matt could recognize his stolen bicycle the same as I could identify mine.  Either one of us spotting our stolen bicycles would result in us stopping the rider, going up to where it was located, talking to whoever had it, and then calling the Police.

It became apparent that these stolen bicycles aren’t being sold or ridden in Dickinson.  I will explain again, that these are not kids doing this.  The thieves recorded by my security camera stealing my bicycle were not kids.  Kids don’t come out at 2:00 a.m. with large bolt cutters and Dremel tools, to cut chains and lock cables.

In any case, even if it were kids who were stealing our bicycles, they are not selling them or riding them in Dickinson.  These stolen bicycles are being stored somewhere, out of sight, in someplace like a backyard with concealment, a basement, garage, utility shed, house, trailer, or van.

There would be no point in stealing these bicycles if the thieves couldn’t sell them or ride them in Dickinson.  The thieves must be taking these stolen bicycles to some place like Bismarck.  Bismarck is the closest large city, 100 miles to the east.

The four hour, 200 mile round trip to Bismarck with stolen bicycles wouldn’t be worth the time and the cost of the trip, unless the thieves had more than several stolen bicycles to sell.  This means that the thieves have to be using either a van or an enclosed utility trailer to make the trip to Bismarck, or wherever they are traveling to sell these stolen bicycles.

Is has occurred to me, and other people have commented to me, that it should not be that difficult for the Police in Dickinson to find out who has a van load or trailer load full of stolen bicycles.  They just have to catch the bicycle thief one time, or a neighbor has to see this happening and report it, or a criminal in custody has to snitch, or an informant has to tell, and then its over for this bicycle theft ring of criminals.

It’s kind of like the Police in Dickinson are allowing this to happen, like this is harmless.  I wonder if the Police in Dickinson aren’t using some kind of logic like, “If we let these people steal small things, and commit small crimes, then they won’t have to commit big crimes like armed robbery.”

I wish that the Police in Dickinson would try to stop all crime, and not have any tolerance for any crime.  But, crime in Dickinson is not entirely the fault of the Police.  The Judges and the Department of Corrections keep letting all the criminals loose on parole/probation instead of jail/prison.

The People, Police, And Judges In Dickinson Need To Change Their Attitude About Crime

In 2017 through 2019, many times it seemed like the crime in Dickinson, North Dakota was out of control.  I had never personally experienced very much crime in Dickinson until I moved to downtown Dickinson in the spring of 2017.  Within a couple of months my pickup truck was stolen.

By making flyers with a photograph of my stolen truck, and handing these flyers out all over Dickinson and the neighboring towns, I eventually received some phone calls and leads about who had stolen my truck.  I found out, the person who had stolen my truck, he very recently had been released from prison for vehicle theft, and that there was currently a warrant out for his arrest for possession of stolen property.

I got my truck back about a week after I found out who had it.  In the process of trying to find my truck, I read the complete criminal record of the person who had it, and the criminal records of this person’s friends and associates.  This was my introduction to the fact that Dickinson has a large amount of residents who are repeat, continual, habitual, life-long criminals.

One of the things that I used to try to locate my stolen truck and the person who had it, was Facebook.  I looked at this person’s Facebook posts, the people that he was communicating with, who these people were, and where these people were located.

The Facebook posts and Facebook friends, showed that there were easily more than several hundred drug-user, drug-addict, thieving men and women in Dickinson who were not ashamed, and not intending to stop what they were doing.  Their names were familiar from the weekly Dickinson Press newspaper articles “Crimes & Courts” and “Police Blotter”.

I had always been interested in reading the Dickinson Press newspaper articles on crime in Dickinson, reading the names of the people who were caught, and what they had been arrested for, to see if there was anyone that I knew, or to save their names in my memory in case I met them in the future.  But after seeing all the drug-addicts/criminals on Facebook, seeing that they all loosely knew and associated with each other, reading their criminal records on the ND Court Repository, I learned that not only does Dickinson have a large permanent habitual criminal population, but from reading the Dickinson Press, I now saw that these people are continually arrested again, and again, and again, over and over, with no end in sight.

I wasn’t the only person who saw this.  The parent company of the Dickinson Press newspaper, Forum Communications, their owners, editors, staff, and reporters noticed this too.  In August of 2019, Forum Communications, through each of its newspapers published five articles on crime, courts, prisons, parole, and probation written by reporter Sam Easter.  Here is the link to the gateway article: https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/crime-and-courts/4046635-Too-big-too-fast-North-Dakota’s-other-housing-problem

The reporter Sam Easter was so thorough and detailed in his newspaper articles, that I think many North Dakotans lost one of the main, most important observations and conclusions:  There are so many habitual, repeat, life-long criminal offenders in North Dakota because they are not being sent to prison, or being kept in prison, because it costs $43,000 per year to keep them in prison, and only $1,700 per year to keep them on parole/probation.

For some of the families in the Dickinson area, a life of crime is just a lifestyle choice.  To them, a little bit of marijuana, a little bit of methamphetamine, a little bit of heroin, some drug dealing, some stealing, some robbery, some check fraud, some assault, fleeing & eluding, probation, and violation of probation, make for a good way of life, that they pass on to their children.

When will you learn, to just put each of these fuckers in prison for ten, fifteen, twenty years, and just leave them there for their entire sentence?  You think that it costs $43,000 per year to keep them in prison, how much does it end up costing when they are not in prison and breeding five to ten children who will be exactly like them?  How much does it end up costing when they are not in prison and introduce 50 to 100 people to meth or heroin and get them addicted?

The People, the Police, and the Judges in Dickinson are too tolerant and lenient on crime.  In the past in Dickinson, there probably were individuals who might have committed a crime only out of desperation, impulsiveness of youth, or drunkenness.  Their criminal behavior might have been corrected by a short time in jail and probation.  But this is generally not the case in Dickinson anymore, the people who are being arrested, have been arrested again, and again, and again with no indication that they are going to stop what they are doing.

The policy or practice of no jail time, suspended jail time, short jail time, and probation is sending a message to the hundreds of habitual repeat criminals in Dickinson that they have nothing to fear, they can keep right on doing what they have been doing.

The Thieving Continues In Downtown Dickinson, North Dakota

At this point, I have written approximately fifteen blog posts about the crime, drug use, drug dealing, theft, and vandalism in downtown Dickinson, North Dakota where I live.

I have covered what got stolen from me, how it got stolen, what got stolen from others, the security cameras I installed, videos from my security cameras, calling the Police, how the Police responded, who got caught, the “Drug House”, and the indicators of thieving about to take place.

In the past year, on four different occasions, myself and my neighbors witnessed people walking beside our vehicles with their cell phone held out in front of them, video recording what was inside our vehicles, so that they could review it later to determine whether the vehicle doors were locked, was there a car alarm, and what was worth stealing.  One time this summer, the Police did catch and arrest one of these people about one hour after he was seen videoing our vehicles.  He was arrested in our neighborhood following a domestic dispute, for fleeing, eluding, resisting arrest, and other charges.

The last three times that myself and my neighbors witnessed someone walking beside our vehicles while video recording, we followed them and watched them from a distance, trying to find out where they were going or where they lived.  When we were spotted by these people while following them, these people did not show up on our city block again.

In the past, I have had some difficulty when I called the Dickinson Police dispatch, because what I was reporting to the dispatcher did not appear to be a crime to them, such as someone video recording what is inside of our vehicles, or someone who does not live in our apartment building walking around the parking lot.  Now, I often hesitate to call the Police, because it mostly does not turn out well, the dispatcher does not understand what I am trying to tell them, why I am calling them, or what I want.

What I want, and why I am calling, is for the Police to come right now and hopefully catch these people in the act of doing what they are doing.  Even if they don’t have any stolen property on their person at the moment, the Police can at least get their I.D., learn who they are, and get a look at them so that they can recognize them in the future.  If anything, this would at least be a deterrent to these people stealing in this neighborhood.

Yesterday at 3:00 p.m. I went outside of my apartment building to my vehicle.  I needed to move some tools from one vehicle to another.  At that time, I noticed a person wearing black pants, black jacket, and a black hoodie pulled up over their head.  They had a bright orange scarf covering their face, and they were wearing a backpack that had a bright orange bottom.

When I first noticed this person, they were on the other side of the street from me, walking in a haphazard, hesitating manner.  Because they were thin with a slight build, and they seemed to be unsure in what they were doing, I believed that this person was in their late teens.  I have seen this behavior before, where a person walking on foot really does not have somewhere that they need to be, and they do not have somewhere that they are trying to get to, and they have no legitimate purpose for being in the area, they appear to be lost, uncertain where they are going, stopping, starting, looking around, hesitating, changing directions.

I stopped attempting to move any tools out of my vehicle, because this person was acting suspicious, and I didn’t want them to see that I had any property in my vehicle, or what I had.  They crossed over to my side of the street, stopped, and looked at my apartment building entrance doors, and acted like they were going to try to enter onto the property.  They began moving like they were going onto the property, then stopped, then changed direction to continue heading south on the sidewalk.  Maybe they saw that there was a security system company sign on the apartment building door, or that there was a magnetic scanner and a magnetic lock on the door.

This seemed strange to me, for a person to briefly act like they intended to enter an apartment building after walking there, as if this was their destination, but then turn away and continue walking on, like this was not their destination.

The very next house that this person came to, was a large two-story house on a double lot that had a for “For Rent” sign out in front of it, that was currently vacant.  This person stopped at the driveway, looked at the house, then stepped into the driveway a few steps, then came out and kept walking south on the sidewalk in a hesitating, halting, no destination, no business being in this neighborhood kind of way.

The next house that this person came to, it had a “For Rent” sign in front of it, and it was currently vacant.  He stopped, waited, looked around, and then he walked up the driveway to this house.  At this point I didn’t know if this person was looking for a vacant house to break into in order to have a place to stay, or looking for whatever he could steal from a house where there was no one home.

Readers from other parts of the country, or women, would probably like to interject that maybe this young man was looking for a house to rent.  Dickinson is a town in the oil field of North Dakota.  One bedroom apartments typically rent for $700 to $1,000 per month.  There aren’t any teenagers renting 4BR/3BA houses in Dickinson.

I called the Police dispatcher, and I said that I wanted to report a suspicious acting person.  I described what this person was doing, and I gave a description of the person.  As I was explaining all of this to the Police dispatcher, this person exited the vacant rental house driveway, and began walking north, back toward the apartment building where I live.

I tried to watch and keep sight of this individual while I waited for the Police to show up.  I saw that this person had now removed their bright orange scarf that was covering their face, and that they had now put their jacket on over top of the backpack that they were wearing.  This person walked past the apartment building where I live, he turned the corner at the next cross street, and he continued walking west.

At the middle of this city block, there is a small employer-owned apartment building where only employees of this company live.  This building is more like individually owned condominium units, because nothing is for rent, and only residents have access keys to enter this building.  This building property and its small parking lot are dead-end, the building property abuts the yards and fences of the neighboring single-family homes.  This is where the suspicious acting person turned into, and he walked through this and other people’s private property.

He cut through this apartment building dead-end private property, and about five minutes later, I saw that he was now back near the vacant rental house adjacent to the apartment building where I live.  He continued walking east.

When the Police Officer arrived, about ten minutes after I had called the Police dispatch, the last time I had seen the suspicious acting person was about two minutes ago.  I told the Police Officer what direction and street the person was walking on.  The Police Officer drove around the neighborhood, but wasn’t finding him.  I got in my vehicle and I drove around looking for him too, but I didn’t see him anywhere either.

I was upset and frustrated.  If you lived in downtown Dickinson, and you had your vehicle stolen like I did, had $2,500 worth of tools and equipment stolen like I did, had your mountain bike stolen, had multiple attempted thefts of property like I did, your neighbors had their houses and vehicles broken into, and you kept seeing people walking by your vehicles video recording what was in them so that they could come back and steal it later, you wouldn’t like people who didn’t live on your city block and had no business being on your block, loitering around for no apparent reason other than to break into a house and steal.

Today, when I had the chance, I called my neighbor Matt to tell him that he needed to quit leaving his doors unlocked because I had seen a suspicious acting person wandering around the neighborhood yesterday.  Matt said, “You know, it’s funny you should say that.  Yesterday evening I thought that I heard noises coming from one of the vacant houses next door, like someone had gotten into one of them.  I swore it sounded like someone was in there.”

Another Indicator That St. Alexius Hospital In Dickinson Is Incompetent

On Thursday January 9th at approximately 3:45 p.m. I was driving south on Hwy 22 on the south side of Dickinson.  At SE 8th Street, beside the Loaf N’ Jug store, a new white color Chevy pickup truck towing a utility trailer, entered Hwy 22 from the east, and proceeded south on Hwy 22.

The enclosed utility trailer that was being towed was approximately 7’W x 7’H x 14′ L.  This enclosed utility trailer had an “advertising wrap”, it was completely covered in advertising for CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson.

The Chevy pickup truck towing the St. Alexius Hospital utility trailer traveled at the 65 mph speed limit for eight to ten miles south out of Dickinson, past the Dickinson Airport, and into the sparsely populated rural farming area.

I was following the St. Alexius Hospital utility trailer at a distance of at least 300 ft.  I was not in a hurry at all, I had plenty of time to get where I was going.  The highway was clear of snow, but there was probably some frost on the highway, because the skies were overcast and it was about 20 degrees F outside.

About four miles south of the Dickinson Airport, I noticed that the St. Alexius Hospital utility trailer had slowed down, because my following distance had decreased to about 250 ft.  Within a fraction of a second, when I was at a distance of maybe 225 ft., I realized that the utility trailer had come to a complete stop in the middle of the road!

I began braking my vehicle as hard as I could without going into a skid, when I was about 200 ft. from the stopped utility trailer, I was still going 60 mph.  I had no expectation or warning that the utility trailer would come to a complete stop in the middle of the highway, in the middle of nowhere, for no reason!

I believed that there was no way I was going to be able to stop in time to not hit the back of the St. Alexius Hospital utility trailer, I would have to go around it on the left side or the right side, but was the white Chevy pickup truck tow vehicle about to turn to the left or to the right?

I made my decision to go off the highway to the right side, to try to avoid the rear-end collision, and I began steering my vehicle in that direction.  When I began going onto the right highway shoulder, I could then see that the while color new Chevy pickup truck tow vehicle had its brake lights lit up bright, at their brightest intensity, the brake light intensity for a complete stop with the driver’s foot hard on the brake!

Those God Damn, mother fucking, stupid, incompetent Catholics couldn’t be bothered to hook up the utility trailer light plug to the Chevy tow vehicle!  Every new truck that has a tow hitch, comes with a plug installed at the rear bumper, where the trailer light plug gets plugged in.  It is not a courtesy, it is required by law that all trailers have operating running lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights.

I knew instantly that I had no warning that the St. Alexius Hospital utility trailer was slowing down and had come to a complete stop, because it had no brake lights, because the Catholics had not plugged the trailer light cable into the Chevy pickup truck plug.

To make things even worse, as I was braking and steering my vehicle towards the right shoulder in order to slide past the utility trailer on the right side, the Chevy pickup truck tow vehicle began making a right turn!

This was at the turn-off for the Dickinson Southwest Speedway race track, at 47th Street SW.  I could see that there was a small side-by-side UTV on 47th Street SW that appeared to have been waiting for this white Chevy truck and utility trailer.  What appeared to have happened, was that the driver of the Chevy pickup truck tow vehicle had not known the exact location of the turn-off, that is why the driver came to a complete stop in the middle of the highway, they didn’t know where the turn-off was, and they probably almost drove past it.

My vehicle speed was down to about 30 mph when the St. Alexius Hospital idiot made the right hand turn onto 47th Street SW.  I slowed down even more, and I considered for about a minute, turning onto 47th Street SW and pulling the Chevy pickup truck driver over, whatever it took to get the driver to stop, and angrily confronting them about the vehicle accident that they almost caused by not having their utility trailer lights hooked up.

I drove on, and I considered calling someone at the St. Alexius Hospital the following day to explain to them the vehicle accident that they almost caused, and that they are required by law to have operating brake lights and turn signals on their utility trailer.

The problem is that the Catholics in Dickinson who work at the St. Alexius Hospital, they excuse themselves in every failure and every stupid thing that they do, and say that it is “God’s will”.   Not hooking up their utility trailer lights, “It’s in God’s Hands”, they are not responsible, or accountable, and they have no intention of changing.

A Woman Showed Me One Of The Weapons She Uses To Kill People

Have you ever thought about walking into someone’s office, place of business, home, garage, driveway, or parking lot and shooting them?  You might have actually done it, if you thought that you could get away with it.  Or maybe you have.  Getting caught, is a deterrent.

There are all kinds of things to consider and plan in order to not get caught.  One very important thing, is selecting the correct weapon.  You would probably want a quiet firearm.  For those of you who don’t know very much about firearms, revolvers are going to be noisy because there is a gap between the cylinder and the barrel, which is an additional outlet for noise, besides the end of the gun barrel.

Semi-automatic pistols which have an ammunition magazine in their grip, instead of a rotating cylinder like a revolver has, can have a silencer added.  To add a silencer to a semi-automatic pistol requires the pistol to have its standard barrel replaced with a longer barrel that extends at least 3/8″ beyond the end of the slide.

Obtaining an extended barrel for a semi-automatic pistol means ordering a gun part which is specifically made for your gun.  This can lead to requests for your full name, mailing address, credit card, and all of this transaction information has a date on it, identifying a specific make, model, and caliber pistol.   In most places, it is not illegal to have a threaded barrel or an extended barrel on a semi-auto pistol, though it is suspicious.

The purchase and possession of a silencer for a firearm is very strictly controlled and regulated.  It involves very thorough documentation and record keeping by the licensed authorized seller of silencers, which includes the purchaser being fingerprinted and photographed.  The purchaser information is sent to the Federal Government for approval, but this information also goes to local Law Enforcement.

In short, by this point, there will be records of you having purchased a threaded/extended barrel for a specific make, model, and caliber firearm.  Records from the silencer purchase include your firearm serial number, your photograph, and your fingerprints.  All of your personal information and these records are sent to the Federal Government and local Law Enforcement.  Does this sound like a good way to begin if you are trying to not get caught?

One way to bypass the silencer process that I described above, is to not use a semi-auto pistol.  For those of you not very familiar with firearms, there are some rifles that operate very similar to a pistol in some ways.  One of the most common, inexpensive, and reliable rifles in the U.S. is the Ruger model 10/22.  Rifles like this can be shortened quite a bit, and they possess some other useful, desirable features.

The Ruger model 10/22 rifle can be purchased new for about $300.  This rifle features a small, compact, 10-round, rotary ammunition magazine, that fits inside the rifle receiver, it does not protrude below the rifle frame.  Without interfering with the firing of the rifle, the barrel can be cut off at or near the front stock end, and the rear stock can be cut off.  Once this is done, even though it is still longer than a semi-auto pistol, its profile can actually be more slender than a semi-auto pistol, because the 10-round rotary magazine is tucked inside the receiver, there is no pistol grip with an ammunition magazine inside of it extending down.

The cut rifle barrel can be threaded to receive a threaded silencer, or a clamp-on silencer can be used, or a barrel clamp-on to threaded adapter can be used.  There are probably one hundred YouTube videos showing how to make a firearm silencer in general, and some specifically for a Ruger model 10/22.  This cut-down and modified Ruger model 10/22 rifle is probably not illegal in most places, but possessing a rifle modified like this would cause a high level of suspicion.

The manufacture or possession of an unlicensed silencer carries up to a ten year prison sentence.  For those readers who don’t believe me, here is an excerpt from a 2017 criminal court case:

“Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging Bernandino Gawala Bolatete (69, Jacksonville) with knowingly receiving and possessing a silencer not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the criminal complaint, on November 27, 2017, Bolatete asked for assistance in purchasing a firearm silencer from an undercover detective from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Bolatete specified that, to avoid government scrutiny, he did not want any paperwork associated with the sale. On December 1, 2017, Bolatete took possession of a silencer after the undercover detective sold it to him for $100 and he was subsequently arrested.”

On the one hand, your modified cut-down, low-profile, silenced Ruger model 10/22 is now concealable in ordinary everyday objects like a blue-print cardboard tube holder, or a florist flower box, on the other hand, merely possessing it carries up to a ten year prison sentence.  And, using a firearm equipped with a silencer while in commission of a crime, carries an additional twenty year prison sentence.

I have thought about all kinds of ways of killing people, and yes, putting poisonous snakes in someone’s vehicle is illegal too, and it is a specific criminal charge too, as is setting vicious crazy dogs loose on people.

It is frustrating sometimes that I can’t get even with people, because of the likelihood of getting caught.  Friends offer to let me borrow their crossbow, or tell me that they have a really good place to bury bodies that no one will find, but I am still discouraged.

Yesterday, there is a woman who I have known for about one year, who said that she wanted to show me something.  I had no idea what it was going to be.  She brought out a very nice, large metal case with locks, about 24″x16″x4″ in size.  I still had no idea what it was.

She opened the case, and in it was one large metal firearm silencer, and one custom-built, cut-down, shortened, modified 22 caliber semi-auto rifle, with laser sights.  I couldn’t believe it.  Why did she have this?  Just being in possession of this is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, plus probably endless questioning for days about what you have been doing.

This was not home-made and amateurish, this was custom-built by a professional.  Though it was cut down, grips were made for it, the barrel had an adapter to allow the silencer to be screwed on and it fit well, there was an accessory rail installed where the laser sight was mounted.

One of the clues to this woman’s nature, which stands out a little bit more from the rest, was about eight months ago when I asked her if she was scared of some man accosting her, she said, “No, I normally carry a knife in my sock.”

I was thinking, some women carry mace or pepper spray, which they plan on spraying someone with so that they can then run away to safety.  Or, some women carry a handgun in their purse so that they can draw it out to warn someone to not come any closer, or they’ll shoot.  But this woman, she was planning if a guy grabbed hold of her, she would have the opportunity to get her knife from her sock, and then start cutting and stabbing the guy to death.

In other words, given other options, if attacked by a man who was bigger and stronger, she would rather use her knife.  Military, Law Enforcement, criminal investigators, and psychiatrists, they will tell you that using a knife on someone is a very emotionally/psychologically hard thing to do, unless the person is under extreme duress with adrenaline, or the person’s nature has become accustomed to killing.

The Ghettos Of Dickinson, North Dakota

What inspired me to write this blog post, was more problems at the low-rent, older apartment building where I live in downtown Dickinson, North Dakota.  Recently a couple of my neighbors were drunk, high, driving recklessly, and engaged in some vandalism late at night in the area where I live.  After about twenty-five minutes of watching them drive recklessly up and down the street, into and out of the apartment building parking lot, not stopping what they were doing, I called the Police.

When the Police arrived five to ten minutes after I had called the Police dispatcher, by that time my drunk/high/vandalizing neighbors had driven away from the area and they were not caught in the act of what they were doing where I live.  However, in the next hour or so, the Dickinson Police were called by other people reporting damage/vandalism and the Police did eventually catch up to my neighbors and they were arrested.

Later, a Dickinson Police Officer called me and he wanted me to explain more clearly, exactly what had happened at the apartment building where I live.  I told the Police Officer that he could have the twenty-five minutes of security camera video that recorded what had happened.  The Police Officer came to the apartment building where I live, he watched the security camera video of what had happened, and he then collected some of the physical evidence from the vandalism.

One of the reasons why there is so much drug dealing, drug use, theft, vandalism, and other crime in downtown Dickinson, is because it does not get reported to the Police.  A small part of the non-reporting, is because some people have had bad experiences with the Dickinson Police, sometimes failure of the Police to do anything, and sometimes the Police being unfair and unreasonable with people.  I feel like this sometimes about the Dickinson Police, this is part of the reason why I waited twenty-five minutes before I called the Police, I didn’t look forward to dealing with the Police.

The main reason why the people in downtown Dickinson do not call the Police about drug dealing, drug use, theft, vandalism, and other crime, is the same reason why the people in downtown Dickinson don’t try to say or do anything themselves about the crime, they are scared of retaliation and other consequences.

The neighborhoods of downtown Dickinson that extend northward and southward from the east/west running Villard Street that bisects downtown, are ghettos.  They are ghettos because they have a high concentration of poor people, problems going on, and a high amount of crime that does not get reported to the Police.

I want to briefly explain why these downtown neighborhoods in Dickinson are ghetto and high crime, using some approximate numbers that are based on my observations and analysis.  Approximately 20%-25% of the residences in downtown Dickinson are single-family homes owned by local residents.  About 10%-15% of the residences in downtown Dickinson are single-family homes rented by local residents.

Approximately 10%-15% of the residences in downtown Dickinson are single-family homes owned by workers from out-of-state.  About 10%-15% of the residences in downtown Dickinson are single-family homes rented by workers from out-of-state.  This leaves a remainder of about 30%-50% of the residences in downtown Dickinson being rental housing consisting of subdivided homes, duplexes, apartment houses, and apartment buildings.

In downtown Dickinson, the local people who actually own their home (20%-25% of residences), these people probably care the most about what happens in their neighborhood, because it affects them the most.  They consider whether they, their children, their grandchildren, and property are safe.  Are they safe from burglary, robbery, assault, arson, vandalism, harassment?  They don’t plan on moving, so they care about the condition of their neighborhood and what happens in their neighborhood.

The workers from out-of-state in downtown Dickinson who own single-family homes (10%-15% of residences), they care about what happens in downtown Dickinson because it affects them, but they are prepared to sell their house and move if they have to, they are even prepared to take a loss on the sale of their house.

The local residents in downtown Dickinson who rent a single-family home (10%-15% of residences), they care about what happens in their neighborhood, they may have school-aged children who they worry about, but in many cases these renters would chose to move rather than deal with or confront a bad situation in their neighborhood.

It begins to become evident, that for people living in downtown Dickinson, the strength of their feeling for protecting their home, the degree to which they care about what goes on in their neighborhood, their willingness to confront or report crime to the Police, has a lot to do with whether they are a long-time resident who owns their home, or are they a renter.

My approximation is that 60%-70% of the people living in downtown Dickinson are renters of single-family homes, subdivided homes, duplexes, or apartments.  If or when these renters are faced with a bad situation or crime, rather than confront the situation, crime, or call the Police, they think about retaliation and other consequences, and instead do nothing.

Here are some examples of the retaliation and consequences that these downtown renters fear from confronting crime or reporting crime to the Police:  Damaged personal vehicle so that they can’t get to work, cut tires, broken windows, water in gas tank, loosened wheel lug nuts, vehicle arson.  Damaged  work vehicle, stolen tools, stolen equipment from work vehicle.  Break-in, theft, damage, vandalism, and arson to home.  Theft of mail.  Threats of violence, intimidation, and bullying to themselves or family members.  Acts of physical violence, bodily injury, or death to themselves or family members.  Creation of altercations to cause arrest by Police.

In summary, for approximately 60%-70% of the people who live in downtown Dickinson who are renters, they feel that it is not worth it to them to confront crime or report crime in their neighborhood to the Police, this is why downtown Dickinson is a ghetto.

One solution, which I will probably write about later, is that because the residences in downtown Dickinson consist of approximately 60%-70% rental housing, at least the apartment buildings should have some kind of on-site manager, whose job it is to watch out for crime and report it immediately to the Police.

The Downfall Of The Oil Industry Beginning In 2024

Since 2011, I have traveled to North Dakota, Utah, and Texas to work in the oil field.  I have spent about seven years working in North Dakota.  For the towns of Williston, New Town, Watford City, and Dickinson, the oil boom that occurred from 2007 through 2014, completely changed everything.  These towns that I named, they doubled and then tripled in population in just a few years time.

Since 2015, after the price of oil had dropped from over $100 per barrel down to $40 per barrel, the oil companies began to slow down on drilling new wells in North Dakota.  As the price of oil continued to remain low through 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, all oil field operations began to gradually decrease, accompanied by oil company layoffs, oil field service company layoffs, and an economic down turn in the oil field towns.

The reason why there was an oil boom in the first place, was because the high price of oil occurred just when horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing were proving to be successful in places like North Dakota.  It was known that there were very large underground oil formations in North Dakota, like the Bakken and the Three Forks, but prior to horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and high oil prices, the North Dakota oil was not profitable to produce.

In my previous blog post, I explained that I believed that Donald Trump would probably be re-elected in 2020 and serve as president through 2024.  However, due to the trend of the changing demographics in the U.S., where each of the cities in every state are becoming more and more populous, with most of these city dwellers voting Democrat, by 2024 the rural living conservatives will be out numbered and out voted in almost every state.  In 2024, the presidency and one or both houses of Congress will be Democrat controlled.

Many elected Democrat leaders and Democrat voters have seen the coal, natural gas, and oil industries as enemies of the people.  The use of these fuels has polluted the environment with carbon dioxide and other chemicals; the mining of coal has destroyed the landscape and habitat for animals;  the mining of coal and drilling for oil has caused the contamination of water and oceans;  the transport of oil by tanker ships, rail, trucks, and pipelines has led to oil spills.

When Democrats are in power, they will attack the energy industries.  The EPA will be expanded.  Environmental activists and protesters will be given every opportunity to influence change, by being appointed to the presidential cabinet, and being appointed to leadership positions in every government department, bureau, and agency.  The energy industries will be fought over everything they are doing, and everything that they try to do.

If energy prices rise significantly due to the struggle of these private energy corporations against an uncooperative and combative government, the Democrats will use this opportunity to paint these private energy corporations as villains in the eyes of the people.

The Democrats are different.  I will try to explain why in recent years the Democrats have begun to publicly espouse socialist and communist beliefs.  But my point in attempting to explain why the Democrats have come to believe in socialism and communism, is to show that the Democrats would in fact like to have the government take control of all the private energy corporations, and for the government to claim ownership of all energy resources.

The people who keep continuing to move to the cities in every state, by moving to these crowded cities, they are giving up freedom, peace, and privacy, and instead are accepting to live in a single small cell, stacked in the center of hundreds of other cells occupied by other people, being at the mercy of others for every single thing in their life: air, water, electricity, plumbing, garbage disposal, food, education, healthcare, employment.

The people who keep moving to the cities in every state, they may be primarily seeking employment opportunity.  This employment opportunity includes not only jobs, but possibly education, job training, job placement, unemployment benefits, electronic benefit cards for food, subsidized housing, subsidized daycare for children, immediate access to healthcare without request for payment.

What it comes down to, is that most of the people who move to the cities, they would gladly accept everything being provided for them by someone else, such as the government:  employment, job training, job placement, unemployment compensation, social security disability, healthcare, education, housing, housing subsidy, electronic benefit cards for food, food subsidy, child daycare, child daycare subsidy.  When everything is allotted, controlled, and provided by the government, this is socialism and communism.  This is why the city dwellers vote Democrat, this is why the Democrats are now socialists and communists.

With the Democrats being socialist and communists, and with the Democrats making up the majority of voters by 2024, the new Democrat controlled government will begin the process of assuming control of all energy production, distribution, transportation, and all energy resources.  This will be the beginning of the end of private oil companies in the U.S.

Dickinson City Commissioners Study Wage Rates, But I Can Tell You What Is Wrong

A couple of months ago the City Commissioners in Dickinson, North Dakota discussed examining City of Dickinson employee wage rates to determine if they were normal, too high, or too low in comparison to wage rates elsewhere in the U.S.  Then, the City Commissioners even hired a wage analyst consultant to conduct a study/audit on what City of Dickinson employees were paid in comparison to elsewhere.

I don’t mind that the City Commissioners wanted to find out where Dickinson stood in regards to compensation for City employees.  This is probably something that needed to be done for a number of reasons, such as making sure that all City employees are paid fairly, and that Dickinson tax revenue money is not being wasted.

However, what the City Commissioners forgot to take into account, and what the wage analyst consultant probably doesn’t fully understand, is that Dickinson is a very difficult and very unpleasant place to live.  The wage rates are relatively high in Dickinson, because people don’t want to live here.

I want to explain as completely and as thoroughly as possible why the wage rates in Dickinson are high, due to the fact that Dickinson is a very difficult and very unpleasant place to live, thus wage rate comparisons with other areas are almost irrelevant and meaningless.

To begin with a quick anecdote, me personally, I get paid more than twice as much in Dickinson, as I would be paid back in Idaho where my home is.  In Dickinson at my place of employment we sometimes have difficulty filling job openings, whereas back in Idaho, if this job paid half as much, like $9-$10 per hour, there would probably be over 500 applicants for this job.  But the cost of living where my home is in Idaho is less, and daily life is easier in just about every way.

I now want to explain in an organized and thorough fashion, why and how Dickinson is a very difficult and very unpleasant place to live, and thus why the wage rates are higher in Dickinson because no one wants to live here.

Lack of opportunity for social drinking, dining, and relaxation in Dickinson:

  • Police in Dickinson are too over-eager and over-aggressive in trying to stop people for DUI in Dickinson.
  • Where the restaurants and bars are located in Dickinson, Villard Street, State Avenue, and Main Avenue, the Police drive by again and again, spot vehicles in restaurant and bar parking lots, stop patrons as they leave or are on their way home.
  • People in Dickinson can not safely go to bars and restaurants in Dickinson to relax, socialize, and have a few drinks, because of the high risk of DUI, losing their driver’s license, and losing their job.

Very poor service at bars and restaurants in Dickinson:

  • Widespread practice of hiring drug-addict women from Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and the women’s prison for bartenders and servers in Dickinson.
  • Widespread practice of bartenders and servers in Dickinson acting nasty and incompetent so that customers leave, so that they don’t have to serve anyone.
  • The server’s process in Dickinson is 1) Stand outside smoking a cigarette until the customers enter, find a table, and start looking around for their server.  2)  Take drink order, bring drinks, take food order.  3)  Go back outside and smoke a cigarette until after customer’s food is cooked and waiting.  4)  Deliver food to customer’s table, ask if anything is needed.  5)  Go back outside and smoke a cigarette, and talk on the phone until customers are getting up from table to leave.

Shortage of women and lack of attractive women in Dickinson:

  • Most women in Dickinson are overweight and unattractive, they usually sneer, leer, glare, and scowl.  Usually unkempt, with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth.  Overweight women in Dickinson can be seen trying to paddle through the air with their arms as a means of locomotion.
  • When women in Dickinson stop mid-way across a parking lot to glare and scowl at passing vehicles, it is not just out of meanness, it is partly because that is as far as they could walk without stopping to rest.
  • Shortage of women in Dickinson has led to many acts of sexual perversion such as many recent criminal charges of  “Gross Sexual Imposition on a Minor” and sexual assaults of horses and cattle  https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/2187378-dickinson-officials-investigate-sexual-assault-horse
  • Prostitution is not permitted in Dickinson.  The Police in Dickinson place fake advertisements for women wanting to have sex, then arrest the men who seek to meet these women.

Over-aggressive Policing of  law-abiding people, while criminals run loose in Dickinson:

  • The easiest and safest people for the Police in Dickinson to pull over are law-abiding non-criminals who are on their way to work, to the grocery store, or home from a restaurant, so this is who the Dickinson Police target the most.
  • Criminals, especially thieves and drug-addicts, continually run loose in Dickinson, using drugs, dealing drugs, stealing, and burglarizing.  When these thieves and drug addicts are apprehended in Dickinson, within a few days they are out of jail and loose on the streets again, doing the exact same criminal activity, only they become more and more emboldened each time they get caught and are quickly released.

Over priced real estate in Dickinson with no justification:

  • During the beginning of the oil boom from 2007 through 2010, the rents and house prices in Dickinson doubled, then tripled, then quadrupled.   Due to the gouging on rents and house prices, most workers who came to Dickinson made up their minds that they would eventually have to leave Dickinson and that there was no way that they could afford to move to Dickinson permanently.
  • The oil boom is now over, oil field workers and others continue to lose their jobs, most of the oil companies are downsizing, people are leaving Dickinson, people don’t want to live in Dickinson, yet rents and house prices remain unjustifiably high.

Lack of competent, professional medical care in Dickinson:

People in Dickinson experience hostility, nastiness, unfriendliness, undermining, and lack of cooperation from others and co-workers:

  • The people in Dickinson are mean, nasty, unfriendly, hostile, hateful, uncooperative, sadistic, cruel, and undermining, especially to people who are not from here, and especially at work.  Here is an example

I Didn’t Know That I Was Very Allergic To Amoxicillin

In mid-November I had the flu for about one week, then it turned into pneumonia.  I had pneumonia for about five days, then I began taking amoxicillin antibiotic.  After taking amoxicillin for five days, I suddenly had a rash/hives covering my entire body.

It was very frightening being completely covered in a rash of welts, and it was hideous looking.  It was also very itchy and painful.  Fortunately, I had read the list of possible side effects of amoxicillin before taking it, and I knew that it was the amoxicillin that caused the rash.

Having the flu, and then pneumonia, I had had a hard time breathing sometimes.  During periods of coughing with fluid in my lungs, a few times I was not able to catch my breath, and I nearly died.  I would have dialed 911 if I could have reached my phone and figured out how to dial it at the time, I could hardly move.

I have had so many bad experiences in Dickinson, North Dakota, where the local people have no knowledge or understanding about their own job, or anything else, and they don’t care, especially law enforcement and health care providers.  When I could think clearly, I had made up my mind that I would rather die than be dragged around by the Dickinson Police, dumped on the floor at the jail or St. Alexius Hospital, and be neglected and abused by the nurses.  But in a panic and unable to breathe, I almost wanted to call for an ambulance rather than die.

Here is an example of how the police and health care providers treat people in Dickinson when they are helpless.  A young lady named Josi Justice, who was 37 weeks pregnant was arrested by the Dickinson Police and taken to jail.  Two weeks later Josi Justice was taken for an examination at Sanford Health Clinic where an obstetrician/gynecologist determined that she “must undergo a cesarean section rather than vaginal delivery”.

Two days later, still in jail, Josi Justice began having contractions and her water broke.  The jail nurse was called on the telephone.  The jail nurse said that she was not scheduled to give birth yet.  The young lady with no help, no assistance, no medication, no treatment gave birth on the jail cell floor.  Here is the link to the full article https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/crime-and-courts/4664894-Stark-County-Inmate-gives-birth-in-holding-cell-%E2%80%94-sues-jail

I would rather just die in my own apartment, than be tortured by the Dickinson Police and health care providers in Dickinson.  This is one of the reasons why I couldn’t tell anyone how sick I was, if someone called the Police to perform a “welfare check” on me, and I said, no, no, I’m O.K., I don’t need any help, the Police would have been like “stop resisting” and beat me, tasered me, dragged me down the stairs, and thrown me in a jail cell with assault charges, and no medical care.

Or, if I made it to the St. Alexius Hospital, they would have been like, “We need to amputate your arms and your legs.”  Sadistic, sick, mother fuckers in Dickinson.

Having To Take Fish Antibiotics Because There Is No Health Care In Dickinson, North Dakota

About two weeks ago I wrote a blog post article about how I became sick with the flu in Dickinson, North Dakota.  Later, I became more and more sick, and then my flu turned into pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or chemicals.  If not treated, pneumonia can be fatal.

I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for about seven years now, and there is no health care in Dickinson, North Dakota.  In the past when I became sick in Dickinson, I looked in the phone book for general family practice or specialty practice physicians in Dickinson, and when I called I was told the next available appointment was several weeks out.

When I discovered a carcinoma, a quickly spreading type of skin cancer on my back about a year ago, I found that there are no dermatologists in Dickinson.  When I called dermatologist offices in the state capital of Bismarck, I was told the next available appointment was six months away.  I had to drive two states away to Idaho in order to see a dermatologist within a week.

When I have gone to the Sanford Health walk-in clinic in Dickinson, the medication that I was prescribed was extremely expensive and not effective at all.  The Sanford Health physicians in Dickinson are “locum tenens”, temporary short-term staff from out-of-state.  The comment was made to me about getting evaluated more thoroughly when I saw my “primary care physician”.  I was thinking, what the fuck, this is all the health care I have or am going to get, what the hell are you talking about “primary care physician”, this is Dickinson, this is all the health care I am going to get.

The Catholics in Dickinson managed to dupe everyone into having an enormous temple monument constructed under the pretense that it was going to be a hospital.  The St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson is an empty shell.  Another part of this sham is that the Catholics use it as a job program for Catholics, hiring Catholics to fill positions that they are not qualified for, have no training in, have no experience in, or are not suited for.  Here, go and read the Google reviews for yourself using this link https://www.google.com/search?q=st.+alexius+hospital+in+dickinson+north+dakota&rlz=1C1AVFC_enUS746US746&oq=st.+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0j35i39l2j0j69i61l3.4393j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#lrd=0x532622aa671dece1:0x121509f55e2f6d1d,1,,,

Now, when I become very, very sick, I have to decide whether I would rather die, or do I want to go to the St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson and be mistreated, or go to Sanford Health and be given a prescription for Tang orange flavor instant breakfast drink.

Faced with death, as a last resort, I went to a farm & ranch store in Dickinson, and I bought some amoxicillin antibiotic for fish, “Fish Mox”, and I began taking it.

Dickinson is worse than a third-world country.  In South America, Central America, or Mexico, I could have gotten more help and better health care.

How I Became Sick For A Week In Dickinson, North Dakota

Saturday a week ago I went to Menards warehouse store in Dickinson, North Dakota.  On the way into the store, I grabbed a shopping cart because I was expecting to buy more items than I could hold and carry in my hands.

I pushed the shopping cart all around the store, and it turned out that I didn’t buy very much after all.  When I went to one of the check-out lines to pay for what I bought, I used the debit card reader and key pad to pay.

I walked out to my vehicle in the parking lot and I tried to decide where I wanted to go to eat.  I drove to the El Puricutan Mexican restaurant, but it was closed.  I then drove to the King Buffet Chinese restaurant instead.  This led to me becoming sick for more than a week.

It wasn’t the food at the King Buffet restaurant that made me sick, it was all of the things that I had done.  When I went to Menards and handled the shopping cart and the debit card reader, and then later went to the King Buffet and handled the entry door handle and the food serving spoons, I had not washed my hands or used hand-sanitizer before I ate.

So many people go through Menards and the King Buffet restaurant every day, and some of them are sick.  They may be just beginning to get the flu, or just getting over the flu, but covering their own mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze, or using a Kleenex to blow their nose, and then shortly thereafter grabbing a shopping cart handle or an entry door handle, is what spreads the flu.

I noticed thirty years ago, that I could feel perfectly fine while at home, being around very few people.  Then after going to the grocery store and returning home, I would quickly become sicker and sicker.  I had picked up a virus from something that I had touched at the store, like an entry door handle, a shopping cart handle, a check-out line conveyor, or cash bills.

More About Why And How Car Dealerships Might Try To Steal From People In Dickinson, North Dakota

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how Dan Porter Motors’ service department in Dickinson, North Dakota tried to steal money from me by wanting to perform repairs on my vehicle that didn’t need to be done.

I was very angry and upset about what happened.  I had taken two other vehicles that I own to this dealership service department about six times over the past five years, and they never tried to do this to me before.

When I went to Dan Porter Motors on Tuesday, I did see many new people, and the service department seemed very different.  To be honest, before any work was done on my vehicle, I got the impression that this dealership service department had been downgraded.  I got the impression that there must have been a mass firing, a mass quitting, or many employees leaving Dickinson.

When the oil change was completed on my vehicle, the service-writer showed to me what the mechanic said needed to be done to my vehicle:  engine oil pan gasket was leaking oil, engine crank shaft seal was leaking oil, engine oil pressure sensor was leaking oil, transmission pan gasket was leaking transmission fluid, repairs needed totaling $1,137.

The problem was, that I check this vehicle frequently when it is running, and where it is parked in the same spot every day, it doesn’t leak anything, not one drop.  Why would Dan Porter Motors’ service department try to get me to have work performed, that does not need to be done?

I have read and heard from people who work in the automotive industry, that although car dealerships used to make most of their profit from car sales, now they make most of their profit from their service department.  I have also read and heard from the automotive industry, that dealership owners and general managers hold meetings where they tell everyone in the service department:  “When a customer brings a vehicle in for service, this is a good time to find additional work that could be performed.” and “We want to make money, and you want to make money, so you better find work that could be performed so you can keep your job.”

In Dickinson during the oil boom from 2007-2014, the local car dealership service departments were so busy that it was hard to get an appointment sooner than six weeks away.  The local car dealership service departments were so busy with a backlog of repair and maintenance work, that they didn’t need to go looking for additional work to perform.

This is probably why I never experienced a car dealership service department in Dickinson wanting to perform repairs that didn’t need to be done, they had more than enough repair and maintenance work already.

It’s possible that the mechanic who worked on my vehicle this past Tuesday, that he personally may have been over eager to try to make more money, and he wrote-up repairs that didn’t need to be done.  I think that it is more likely that the mechanic wasn’t acting alone, I think that the service-writer was in on this, and that both the mechanic and the service-writer were being pressured by this dealership to find work.

Beyond my belief that I can never trust Dan Porter Motors’ service department again to advise on repairs that actually need to be done soon, I wonder how far they were willing to go to find work?  Was the mechanic about ready to loosen the bolts on my engine oil pan and my transmission fluid pan, to be able to say, “Look at these leaks”?  Was the mechanic about ready to take a screw driver to puncture the engine crank shaft seal on my vehicle?  Did he do these things already to my vehicle?

Going forward, I don’t know exactly how to handle this.  I think that it is not safe to take my vehicle to Dan Porter Motors’ service department again.  But what if it was just a rogue mechanic, who did this on his own, and not part of the business plan of this dealership?  Complaining to the management of this dealership service department, may make it even more unsafe to ever let their mechanics work on my vehicle again.

Is this going to become something that all of the dealership service departments in Dickinson begin doing because business has slowed down?

It looks like my two best options are to take my vehicle to a different car manufacturer dealership service department in Dickinson, or drive to the actual manufacturer dealership service department in Bismarck 100 miles away to get work done.

Here is a short video showing underneath this vehicle while it is running.  I recorded this several times, with the vehicle running, not running, and coming back later after the vehicle had been running, and it all looks the same as this, no leaks at all:

Here is a second short video that I recorded earlier in the day, each video just shows the same thing, no leaks at all:

Very Angry At Car Dealership Service Department In Dickinson, North Dakota

I was very angry at Dan Porter Motors’ service department in Dickinson, North Dakota for attempting to take over $1,000 from me by performing repairs on my vehicle that didn’t need to be done.

When I first wrote this blog post article on Tuesday, I explained what happened to me, but I didn’t want to name this Dickinson car dealership at the time, for several different reasons.  One reason was, that in order to demonstrate very clearly that the repairs this dealership wanted to perform were not needed, I thought that I could show this in a video, and that may be the best time to name this dealership, when I showed video proof that there are no leaks on this vehicle.

A second reason was, I thought that I could have a second talk with this car dealership management and come to an understanding with them, that I am paying dealership prices in order to get the most competent and knowledgeable mechanic to perform repairs and maintenance on my vehicle, to advise me when repairs are needed, but how can I trust them when they are wanting to perform work that I know doesn’t need to be done?

A third reason for not wanting to name this car dealership at the time, was that I was sensing that something was wrong.  I saw many new people at this dealership, it seemed much different, it seemed like something bad had just happened, a mass firing, a mass quitting, a change in behavior of the owner?

In Dickinson, I have been to the Dodge dealer service department about six times, the Ford dealer service department about four times, and the Toyota dealer service department about six times.  At each car dealership service department in Dickinson, the maintenance and repairs were always performed competently, but the prices were pretty high.

In the past seven years of living in Dickinson, I have spent about $1,500 each, at the Dodge dealer, Ford dealer, and Toyota dealer on maintenance and repairs.  I never experienced a blatant attempt to rip me off at a car dealership in Dickinson, until today.  In the past, it was just a high shop rate for work that needed to be done.

In August I bought a very nice, very clean, very good-condition used vehicle for $2,250 from a private seller in Dickinson.  I drive 26,000 miles per year, to and from the industrial site where I work, so I want to have a low-cost, yet reliable vehicle, to get to and from work.

Before I bought this used vehicle, before I even spoke to the seller, I looked at it very closely where it had been parked in the same spot for two weeks, and I saw that this vehicle was not leaking any oil, transmission fluid, or coolant.  When I test drove this vehicle and parked it, left it running, and checked it again, it was not leaking anything at all.

After owning this vehicle for three months, driving it to and from work, putting as much as 700 miles on it per week, and checking where I park it in the same spot every day, it is not leaking oil, transmission fluid, or coolant, not one drop.  After putting 3,000 miles on it, I might have added 1/2 quart of motor oil, which is normal or very good oil consumption for an older, used, high-mileage vehicle.

On Monday, I went to work at 3:00 p.m., and I got home from work seventeen hours later at a little after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  I slept for two hours, and then I got up in order to take my vehicle to Dan Porter Motors’ service department for an oil change appointment at 10:15 a.m.

When I arrived at Dan Porter Motors’ service department, there were many new faces at this dealership, including several new-hires as service writers.  I said to the available service-writer, that I was here for a full-service oil change, that I had bought this vehicle a couple of months ago, could they be sure to check the rear differential fluid level, I don’t know when it was checked last.

I never requested a vehicle inspection, I was very happy with this vehicle, I had experienced no problems with it at all.  The service-writer somehow got the impression that I was interested in a vehicle inspection, or that I might have had doubts about this vehicle.  The mechanic “went to town”, and I had no idea that this was going to happen, this dealership had never done this to me before.

About two hours later, this is what the car dealership service-writer presented to me:

“Leaks Everywhere”

  • Engine oil leaking from oil pan gasket, oil leaking from oil pressure sensor, and oil leaking from engine crank shaft seal.  Oil pan gasket repair $487, oil pressure sensor leak repair $96, crank shaft seal leak repair $168.
  • Transmission fluid leaking from pan, leak repair $386.
  • Rear differential service $116.

This is $1,137 in “leak repair”.  I said to the service-writer, you must be mistaken, you must be talking about a different vehicle, my vehicle doesn’t leak anything at all.  I asked to speak to the service department manager, who I had spoken to before in the past about my other two vehicles that I had been bringing here for service and repairs.

I was very angry, but I think that I was able to convey my two main points to the service department manager.  One, I have owned this vehicle for several months, I regularly check where it is parked, and it doesn’t leak one drop of anything.  Two, I only paid $2,250 for this twenty year old, 200K mileage vehicle, why are you trying to tell me that it needs $1,137 in oil leak repairs, it doesn’t leak oil, and it doesn’t use oil.  And, I didn’t ask for a vehicle inspection in the first place.

I telephoned the private seller of this vehicle, whose profession is automobile mechanic, to ask him what he thought.  I told him that I was very happy with this vehicle, I knew that he had replaced the valve cover gasket as this was the only oil leak that he knew of, I never saw that this vehicle leaked anything whatsoever since I bought it.  I read to him the repair estimate from this car dealer service department.  I later made a copy of this repair estimate, and I went over it with the vehicle seller in person.

The vehicle seller was a little shocked at the repair estimate from the Dan Porter Motors that I showed to him, because this vehicle didn’t need these repairs.  Sometimes, either the mechanic or the dealership, takes the initiative to try to come up with repairs that they can perform, that aren’t needed.

On a twenty year old vehicle with 200K miles, there are all kinds of things that you could say needed to be replaced.  You could probably say that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced, the brake calipers needed to be replaced, the drive shaft universal joints should be replaced, the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced, the radiator needed to be replaced, the shocks and struts needed to be replaced, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced, …. because they are old, show signs of wear, or have play in them, this list is about $4,000 worth of work.  But you have to remember, the whole vehicle is 20 years old, and it only cost $2,250 to begin with, just about everything could be replaced, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced.

When the snow melts in a couple of days, when I drive this vehicle home from work, I am going to park it on a pristine, white concrete driveway and leave it running, and video underneath it while it is parked and running, then turn it off and come back later to video underneath it again, to show that it doesn’t leak a drop of anything.

If this dealership service department is going to make up repairs that don’t need to be done, how can I trust them in the future?  Would they go so far as to break things on my vehicle to cause repairs to be needed?

Here is a short video showing underneath this vehicle when it is running.  I recorded this several times with the vehicle running, not running, and coming back later after it was running, it looked the same as this each time, no leaks anywhere:

Here is a second short video that I recorded earlier in the day, each video just shows the same thing, no leaks at all:

The Intentional And Deliberate Collapse Of Dickinson, North Dakota

I am not writing this blog post solely out of hate, though I do hate many of the people in Dickinson, and I want to see them get what is coming to them, for what they did to me, and to other people.  Even so, I still feel like warning people, especially the ordinary, plain people who are usually the last to know anything.

The people in Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, the wealthy people, the bankers, the people at the highest level of government in North Dakota, they want to collapse Dickinson, North Dakota for several different reasons.

Everyone outside of western North Dakota is aware of the repeated and continual frauds committed in the Dickinson area:  enormous government funding and donation funding to build the St. Alexius Hospital which is an empty shell and inadequate;  Dickinson State University not-for-profit Foundation receiving investor funding and donations to build Hawks Point Assisted Living and the Biesiot Activities Center, yet not paying and denying liability for construction loans from banks;  $1 million private donation to open the Strom Center For Entrepreneurship and all the money is gone with no accounting for it;  Dickinson State University awarding hundreds of college diplomas to foreign students who never completed the curriculum; Civil Service Commission never once in its history ever siding with a City of Dickinson employee;  methamphetamine addicts running loose and out-of-control in the City of Dickinson.

Everyone outside of western North Dakota is aware of what has been going on in Dickinson, and it has been decided, that one of the ways to handle it, is to make Dickinson as small and inconsequential as possible, to collapse Dickinson.

For instance, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library And Museum being constructed on the DSU campus was an idea that would have increased the enrollment at DSU, increased the importance of DSU, and brought many visitors and money to Dickinson.  The Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, stepped in and used all of his influence and powers of persuasion with the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library And Museum Foundation to not build in Dickinson.

Another example, the president of DSU, Thomas Mitzel, came up with the idea, that DSU could become a polytechnic campus, providing certificates and degrees for people working in industries in the Dickinson area.  This idea would have been a tremendous boost for DSU and Dickinson.  The oil and gas industries would have gladly provided financial support to DSU for training that prepared people for employment with them.  Students from around the country would have been attracted to DSU for its ability to place graduates in high paying jobs in the oil and gas industry.  Not only did the State of North Dakota not listen to president Thomas Mitzel’s ideas, it cut DSU’s funding in order to show president Mitzel that he needed to leave.

The truth is, that the State of North Dakota does not want DSU to grow and prosper, it wants DSU to go belly-up.  It wants DSU’s enrollment, reputation, and status to decline so much, that there is clear justification to close DSU.  You just watch and wait to see all the ways the State of North Dakota has planned to decrease funding, eliminate programs, discourage administrators and professors, hire ineffective leadership.

As I have written in previous blog posts, the Banks have implemented lending policies so that people can not buy homes in Dickinson.  This will cause homes not to sell, sellers defaulting on their mortgages, and home prices in Dickinson falling drastically.

The intention is, to diminish the size of Dickinson, to collapse Dickinson, to make Dickinson about the same size as Bowman, New England, Belfield, Beach, Killdeer, Richardton, Taylor, Dodge, or Halliday.

With Dickinson being just a small-town gas stop on the interstate, it will merit only minimal funding from the State, and only minimal political influence.  At the same time, whatever oil and gas production that is occurring in western North Dakota, this oil and gas revenue won’t be going to Dickinson with its small population, it can go to fund projects in the more civilized areas of Fargo, Bismarck, Jamestown, and Grand Forks.

So what does this mean to the ordinary, plain people living in Dickinson?  It means that Dickinson is going to get smaller, and smaller, and smaller, to where it eventually looks similar to New England, Bowman, or Belfield.

This is not just due to the oil boom going away, the entire rest of the state, the bankers, the highest level politicians in the State, the Governor, they don’t want State funding to go to this area, and they want the oil and gas revenue money from this area to go elsewhere, not here.

When Dickinson shrinks to a small size, the people in this area become poor, and the property here becomes very cheap, it is certain that the bankers and the wealthy people in the eastern side of the State will buy up the land and mineral rights, and promote drilling and fracking in this area, which is one of their long term plans.  To financially ruin this area, so that they can then plunder this area for its resources.

Dunham’s Sports Has The Wrong Idea About Dickinson, North Dakota

A year and a half ago I began seeing newspaper articles about a sporting goods store called “Dunham’s Sports” intending to open a store in the Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson, North Dakota.

I didn’t think that this was a very good idea.  I had always had the impression that people in western North Dakota are not very interested in sports, recreation, or physical fitness.  I have lived in this area for about seven years, and I have noticed every day that the people in Dickinson are mostly overweight, they do not care about their appearance or health, most of the people drink and smoke, and many use illegal drugs.

The farmers in this area, they farm, work on farm equipment, work on their vehicles, work on hobby cars, motorcycles, and boats.  Throughout the day they smoke and use tobacco products.  Then they sit down, drink beer, and watch TV.

The workers in this area, the oil field workers and the construction workers, they try to work as many hours as possible per week in order to pay their bills and take care of their families.  They get up at 5:00 a.m. and get home at 7:00 p.m., they eat, and go to bed.  They don’t play sports.

The kids in this area, I have never seen such a lack of tree-fort builders, bicycle riders, ball throwers, ball kickers, and weapons makers.  The kids here mostly stay inside, because it is cold, because they are lazy, and because their parents tell them to.

So what I am saying, is that the people here, who are mostly farmers and blue collar workers, they don’t play sports.  The people here are not health and fitness conscious, they are overweight beer drinkers and smokers.  The kids here are not active, they mostly stay inside.

The Dunham’s Sports has been open in Dickinson for one year now.  I went there once when this store first opened, and though they had a large selection of many types of sporting goods, their prices were not appealing to me.  I was expecting discount prices for some reason, and I was disappointed.

Today I went to Dunham’s Sports for the second time.  They had a very large selection of kayaks, about forty different kayaks.  I bought two kayaks several years ago at Menards, on sale for about $150 each.  WalMart sells kayaks for a little more than this.  Tractor Supply and Shopko sold kayaks for a little more than WalMart.  The kayaks at Dunham’s Sports are nice, but they get into the $300 to $700 price range.

So another thing that I want to point out about Dunham’s Sports, is another way that they don’t understand people in Dickinson, people in Dickinson are cheap.  Myself, and most people in Dickinson, they are very cost conscious.  Even if they can easily afford $300 to $700 for a kayak, they won’t pay this much if they can get one at Menards, WalMart, or Tractor Supply for $200.

Altogether, I don’t know who did the market research on Dickinson for Dunham’s Sports, but somehow I think that they were led to believe that the people in Dickinson were “affluent”, “young”, “professionals”, …… “yuppies”, when Dickinson is the exact opposite of this.  The people in Dickinson are blue-collar trades people who are cheap, and not interested in sports, fitness, or health.