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Mon., Sept. 23, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

North Dakotans, Racists Face Off

Craig Cobb address supporters inside the Leith Town Hall in Leith N.D. on Sunday. Cobb, a white supremacist originally from Canada, has purchased many lots in the tiny town. Several hundred people showed up to protest against Cobb and his supporters on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bismarck Tribune, Will Kincaid)

The people of Leith, North Dakota, hoped for a peaceful Sunday night after hundreds came to protest the arrival of white supremacists in the tiny western north Dakota town. The big surprise today? A sea of law enforcement officers who locked down the town and stood between those yelling at each other. The day started peacefully on the sleepy and Sunday morning in Leith. Farm work ceased hours before any trouble was expected, as the state patrol and deputies from four departments set up a command post and shut down all entrances to Leith. Troopers guarded even the smallest field roads into town. The proactive plan worked. Shortly after noon, those protesting the presence of white supremacists in Leith arrived, and the unrest began/ABC News 7. More here.

Question: Do you think supremacists have lost interest in North Idaho?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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