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Plain Talk: Criminal record overshadows cryptocurrency mining project

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Gov. Doug Burgum, left, speaks with FX Solutions's Richard Tabish and Atlas Power's Kevin Washington at an event debuting plans for the Williston, North Dakota, data center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
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MINOT, N.D. — This week Gov. Doug Burgum helped announce a nearly $2 billion investment in developing a datacenter in western North Dakota that would primarily be used to mine cryptocurrency. But that announcement was overshadowed, somewhat, by the extensive criminal record of the man who heads up the construction company that would build it.

Jamie Selzler, the former executive director of the North Dakota Democrat Party, who has spent years working in online commerce, joins this episode of Plain Talk to discuss whether Burgum deserves criticism for being involved in the announcement, and if cryptocurrency mining is really a viable industry for North Dakota.

Also on this episode, Jamie and I talk about the looming fight over a new appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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