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North Dakota: Civil Rights Wasteland
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ACLU closes its North Dakota office; Minneapolis office to help fill gap
Associated Press

Updated: 07/09/2009 08:12:43 AM CDT

FARGO, N.D. The American Civil Liberties Union has closed its North Dakota office.

The organization attributes the closure of the Fargo facility to the poor national economy and to losses major contributors suffered in the Bernard Madoff scandal. The New York financier is serving a 150-year prison term for a giant Ponzi scheme.

State ACLU officials say a board of directors will remain in place in North Dakota and continue the work of former director Jennifer Ring, who lost her job when the office was shuttered.

People seeking to reach the organization now have to call the ACLU's Minneapolis office, which has dedicated a phone line and a part-time staff member to North Dakota issues.

The ACLU is a national organization that advocates and defends rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

rights loving North Dakotans fear a flood of civil rights violations may wash over the state in a deluge that will make the Red River overflow look like a leaky kitchen sink

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"What if they closed an ACLU office and nobody noticed?"

Just how busy was the N.D. branch of the ACLU?

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