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Down on the Farm -- The problem with fame

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North Dakota boosters, right up to Gov. John Hoeven himself, are furious with a feature in the current National Geographic magazine which depicts, in haunting pictures and a brief article, 14 virtually abandoned North Dakota hamlets.

When national media types come through, you know they are going to get it wrong. National reporters have their agenda set before they get off the plane. It has been that way since they got off trains.

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