National Geographic returns to N.D., this time it’s not about abandoned farmhouses

FARGO — A national magazine criticized in 2008 for running a story about North Dakota’s abandoned farm houses is covering the state again.

This time, in an ironic twist, National Geographic sent a crew to cover the growth of the state, specifically in the Bakken region.

The story, titled “America Strikes Oil: The promise and risk of fracking,” graces the cover of the March 2013 edition. Its photos were shot by Eugene Richards, the same man who photographed abandoned farmhouses for the January 2008 edition that sparked widespread derision from North Dakotans.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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