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The Brody File: North Dakota Goes Boom! - June 12, 2014

The Brody File goes on the road this week as we head to Western North Dakota where they are in the midst of a huge oil boom that has brought economic wealth and challenges to the state. Plus, one-on-one with the, "Sarah Palin Of The Prairie: ... ... Read Transcript


David: THIS WEEK ON

"THE BRODY FILE," ROAD TRIP,

DESTINATION, NORTH DAKOTA.

BOOM GO THE OIL FIELD, AND

BOOM GOES THE ECONOMY, TOO.

WE INVESTIGATE.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE IN THREE

OR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG

TIME, A 30-YEAR BOOM.

David: ALSO, GOING

AFTER THE UNCHURCHED IN THE

DAKOTAS.

THE CHURCH LADY REPORTS.

AND ONE-ON-ONE AT HOME, ON

THE RANGE WITH KRISTI NOEM.

I AM 100% CONVINCED THAT

GOD CREATED ME TO BE A MOM.

AND EVERY OTHER JOB OR DUTY

THAT I HAVE ARE JUST EXTRA

THINGS HE HAS PUT ON MY

PLATE.

David: BUCKLE UP,

EVERYBODY, WE'RE ON THE ROAD

IN NORTH CA NORTH DAKOTA,

AND "THE BRODY FILE" IS UP

NEXT.

*

David: AND WELCOME,

EVERYBODY, TO "THE BRODY

FILE."

CLEARLY WE'RE NOT IN

WASHINGTON, D.C.

WOULD I BE DRESSED LIKE THIS

IN THE STUFFY OLD STUDIO?

CLEARLY NOT.

WE'RE IN WESTERN NORTH

DAKOTA, ON AN ACTIVE OIL RIG

SITE.

THERE ARE ABOUT 180 IN THE

ENTIRE STATE.

BUT HERE IN WESTERN NORTH

DAKOTA, THIS IS THE OIL

BOOM, FOLKS.

THIS IS WHERE THE WEALTH IS

HAPPENING.

THIS IS WHERE ALL OF THE

ECONOMIC POSSIBILITIES ARE

HAPPENING.

SO WE DECIDED TO COME OUT

HERE TO EXPLORE EXACTLY WHAT

LIFE IS LIKE OUT HERE,

ESPECIALLY FOR FAMILIES THAT

ARE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR

SITUATION IN LIFE.

HISTORY BOOKS TELL US ABOUT

THE FAMOUS CALIFORNIA GOLD

RUSH IN THE 1800s, WHEN

PEOPLE HEADED WEST TO STRIKE

IT RICH.

WELL, WELCOME TO WESTERN

NORTH DAKOTA, WHERE AN OIL

RUSH IS ON FOR PEOPLE LIKE

CURTIS HANZEL.

THIS IS NOT A BOOM THAT

IS GOING TO FIZZLE IN THREE

OR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A

30-YEAR BOOM.

David: THIS BIG BOOM

COVERS MORE THAN 200,000

SQUARE MILES, IN THE BALKAN

OIL FIELDS.

THE OIL IS ACTUALLY IN

UNDERGROUND ROCK.

NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY

CALLED FRACKING MEANS THAT

THE ROUGHLY

170 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE

OIL CAN NOW BE UNEARTHED.

OIL PRODUCTION HAS ZOOMED UP

607% IN THE PAST SEVEN UES,

PUTTING NORTH DAKOTA AS THE

SECOND LARGEST OIL PRODUCING

STATE IN THE NATION, BEHIND

ONLY TEXAS.

WE'RE HERE IN THE BALKAN OIL

FIELDS OF WESTERN NORTH

DAKOTA.

THERE ARE ABOUT 180 OR SO

OIL RIGS HERE IN THE STATE.

AND MANY REASONS MANY

FAMILIES ARE COMING HERE TO

THE WESTERN PART OF THE

STATE IS BECAUSE OF ALL OF

THE ECONOMIC POSSIBILITIES.

IN MANY OIL OPERATIONS,

WORKERS KEEP THEIR FAMILY

AND HOME IN ANOTHER STATE.

BUT IN THIS CASE, MANY

FAMILIES CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE

PERMANENTLY.

CURTIS HANZEL LEFT HIS UTAH

REAL ESTATE JOB AND BROUGHT

HIS FAMILY HERE TWO YEARS

AGO.

I REALIZED THIS WAS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN ON THE

CUSP OF SOMETHING I THINK

WILL BE GOOD FOR US IN THE

LONG WRONG.

David: IT HAS BEEN

GOOD FOR THE HANZEL FAMILY

AND MANY OTHERS.

THE AVERAGE OIL WORKER OUT

HERE MAKES $1112,000, AND

BEGINNERS START AT $66,000.

AND THE POPULATION INCREASE

MEANS MORE DEMAND.

SO THE LOCAL McDONALD'S

AND WAL-MART ARE HIRING

WORKERS STARTING AT $14 AN

HOUR.

AND MANY TIMES THEY ADD A

HEALTHY SIGNING BONUS JUST

FOR AGREEING TO WORK THERE.

ON THE OTHER END OF THE

SCALE, THE NUMBER OF NORTH

DAKOTA MILLIONAIRES HAS

CLIMBED RAPIDLY.

LAST YEAR IT RANKS 43rd IN

MILLIONAIRE HOUSEHOLDS, AND

NOW THEY'RE UP TO 29th

29th ON THE LIST AND

CLIMBING.

WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE

VERY COMFORTABLY, AND ENJOY

SOME THINGS, FOR INSTANCE,

VACATIONS AND THOSE KINDS OF

THINGS, AND STILL PUT A GOOD

CHUNK OF MONEY AWAY FOR THE

FUTURE.

David: AND THERE IS

MORE ECONOMIC GOOD NEWS, A

STAGGERING LOW 3%

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, AND

75,000 JOBS CREATED IN THE

LAST FEW YEARS, AND A STATE

ECONOMY GROWING AT FIVE

TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

ALL OF THIS HAS LED TO SOME

GROWING PAINS, HOWEVER.

DENNIS JOHNSON IS THE MAYOR

OF DICKINSON.

THE MAJORITY OF THE

PEOPLE, 60% OR 70%, ARE

POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY THE

OIL DEVELOPMENT.

BUT THERE IS PROBABLY A

MINORITY OF 30% TO 40% THAT

IT'S A NEGATIVE IMPACT.

David: TAKE HOUSING

FOR EXAMPLE.

THE DEMAND IS SO GREAT, THAT

TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENTS THAT

USED TO RENT FOR $500,

THEY'RE NOW GOING FOR CLOSE

TO $2500.

IT HAS INCREASED OUR

HOUSING COSTS QUITE A BIT.

AND I FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE

THAT DON'T HAVE THE BIG OIL

JOBS.

David: AND THE

INCREASE IN PEOPLE HAS LED

TO MORE CRIME, ESPECIALLY

AMONG THE YOUNG, SINGLE MEN

HOPING TO STRIKE IT RICH.

THERE IS ADVICE OUT HERE

FOR WOMEN.

WHEN GIRLS COME OUT HERE

NOW, THEY THINK IT IS

FLATTERING, LIKE I DID, AND

I VERY QUICKLY REASSURE THEM

THAT IT IS NOT, AND THEY

NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL.

BECAUSE THESE GUYS WILL TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF YOU.

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT THIS BALKAN OIL FIELD

AREA HAS CHALLENGES, BUT FOR

CURTIS AND HIS FAMILY, THE

POSITIVES SURELY OUTWEIGH

THE NEGATIVE.

IF WE DO OUR PART, GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF US.

WE'VE HAD TO PUT THAT TO THE

TEST A NUMBER OF TIMES.

I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT

SOUND LIKE IT IS ROUTINE,

BUT FOR MY WIFE AND I, IT

WAS JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE.

David: THAT CHALLENGE

IS PROVING FRUITFUL FOR THE

THOUSANDS STRIKING IT RICH

IN THE OIL FIELDS OF NORTH

DAKOTA.

AND ONE OF THE FOLKS IN THE

PIECE WAS CURTIS HANZEL,

AND, LOOK, HERE HE IS.

HOW ARE YOU?

VERY GOOD.

HAPPY TO BE HERE.

YOU LOOK NICE IN THE SUIT.

David: IT IS MY

WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA LOOK.

YOU'RE IN UTAH, SELLING REAL

ESTATE, AND HERE YOU ARE ON

AN ACTIVE OIL RIG WITH YOUR

FAMILY.

IT'S AMAZING.

IF YOU TOLD ME TWO YEARS AGO

I WOULD BE STANDING ON SITE

ON AN ACTIVE OIL RIG IN

NORTH DAKOTA, I WOULD HAVE

TOLD YOU YOU ARE NUTS.

BUT THINGS WERE SLOW SELLING

REAL ESTATE.

I SAW AN OPPORTUNITY HERE.

CAME UP AND CHECKED IT OUT,

AND SAW THERE WAS SO MUCH

GOING ON UP HERE, WE HAD TO

DO SOMETHING TO TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

THE FAMILY WAS A LITTLE

HESITANT AT FIRST, AS

SOMETIMES THEY ARE, BUT IT

HAS BEEN A GOOD EXPERIENCE.

David: THE FOLKS OUT

HERE, LET'S CUT STRAIGHT TO

THE CHASE, THEY CAN MAKE A

BOATLOAD OF MONEY.

A LOT OF MONEY.

David: THIS REALLY IS

LIFE-CHANGING.

IT REALLY IS.

NORTH DAKOTA HAS A LOT OF

ROLLING GREEN PRAIRIES, BUT

A LOT OF GREEN FINANCIAL

PASTURES AS WELL.

AND YOU REALLY NEED TO GET

UP HERE AND TAKE A LOOK AT

WHAT IS UP HERE.

BECAUSE ANYBODY WHO HAS ANY

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT OR A

GOOD WORK ETHIC IS GOING TO

MAKE MONEY.

THERE SA LOT O IS A LOT OF

MONEY TO BE MADE.

David: IS THE DEAL

THAT THE MAN OF THE FAMILY

COMES OUT AND TAKES A LOOK

AND THE FAMILY FOLLOWS

AFTERWARDS?

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

SEEING.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WE'RE

FACING WITH THE BOOM IS THE

HOUSING.

SO HOUSING CAN BE DIFFICULT

TO OBTAIN AND QUITE PRICEY.

USUALLY THE MAN, OR THE

PROVIDER, WILL COME UP AND

EITHER FIND A WAY TO BRING

HIS FAMILY UP HERE, OR A LOT

OF COMPANIES LIKE OURS IS

ACCOMMODATING WAY SCHEDULE

THAT ALLOWS THEM TO WORK UP

HERE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME

AND SPEND TIME WITH THEIR

FAMILY AS WELL.

David: EARLIER WE WERE

TALKING ABOUT GOD'S HAND IN

THIS.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE ARE WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED

TO BE.

MY WIFE AND I REALIZE THAT,

AND OUR CHILDREN ARE NOW

REALIZING THAT.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES, OF

COURSE, OF ACTING ON FAITH

IS ACTUALLY DOING THE ACTION

PART.

THE PRAYER PART IS EASY, BUT

WHEN IT COMES TO THE

REVELATION OF WHERE YOU

SHOULD BE AND THEN ACTING ON

THAT, IT SOMETIMES TAKES A

LEAP OF FAITH.

AND THAT LEAP HAS REALLY

PAID OFF FOR US HERE IN

NORTH DAKOTA.

David: CURTIS, A

PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

David: CURTIS HANZEL.

WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE

MOVING AWAY FROM THE ACTIVE

OIL RIG.

AND WE'RE GOING TO GOING

DOWN TO DICKINSON, STILL IN

THE OIL BOOM TERRITORY, BUT

WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING

ABOUT ANOTHER THING THAT HAS

GONE BOOM, AND NOT GOOD FOR

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION --

THAT'S RIGHT, ANYBODY CARE.

AND WE'LL SHARE HOW IT

EFFECTS PEOPLE HERE IN NORTH

DAKOTA WHEN WE COME BACK.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK, EVERYBODY, TO "THE

BRODY FILE."

WE'RE IN DICKINSON, NORTH

DAKOTA, ABOUT AN HOUR SOUTH

OF WHERE WE JUST WERE, ON

THAT ACTIVE OIL RIG, OUT IN

WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, WE

HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THIS

STATE.

WE HAVE BEEN TO FARGO, NORTH

DAKOTA.

WE'VE BEEN TO THE MOUNT

STALKING CORN.

YOU KNOW WE'RE ALWAYS IN

FULL STALKING MODE.

AND WE WERE STALKING CORN.

AND WE'VE BEEN TO

COOPERSTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA,

AND WE MET ONE WOMAN WHO IS

LIVING AN OBAMACARE HORROR

STORY.

AND IT IS NOT JUST HER AND

HER PREMIUM THAT HAS SHOT

UP.

IT IS ALSO HER HUSBAND'S

PREMIUM THAT IS GOING UP,

AND THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE

OUT WHAT TO DO.

I'M PAYING ABOUT $200 A

MONTH, AND THAT IS MORE THAN

LIKELY GOING TO DOUBLE IF

I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR ANOTHER

20%.

SO THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT

INCREASE.

IT WILL BE, YOU KNOW, $2400

OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR.

LESS THAN I'M BRINGING HOME,

BECAUSE IT IS TAKEN OUT OF

MY PAYCHECK.

IT IS GOING TO AFFECT US.

HONESTLY, I WAS EXPECTING

IT.

WITH EVERYTHING ELSE THAT I

HEARD ABOUT OBAMACARE AND

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, I

DID EXPECT IT.

BUT I THINK I KIND OF FELT

SICK TO MY STOMACH, IS WHAT

IT CAME DOWN TO.

THE MONEY HAS GOT TO COME

FROM SOMEWHERE, YOU KNOW.

IF WE NEED TO CUT BACK ON --

I DON'T KNOW, MY SON'S

COLLEGE ACCOUNT OR, YOU

KNOW, OUR SAVING OR

SOMETHING, WE'RE GOING TO

HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

AND SO THE FIRST THING I DID

WAS I WENT ON TO THE

OBAMACARE WEBSITE AND TRIED

TO SEE, OK, IF THIS IS SO

GREAT, SHOW ME WHAT YOU

HAVE.

I TYPED IN ALL OF THE

NUMBERS TO KIND OF GET AN

ESTIMATE ON WHAT IT WOULD

COST US, AND, OF COURSE, FOR

MY HUSBAND ALONE, THE

PREMIUM WOULD BE LOWER THAN

WHAT WE WERE ORIGINALLY

TOLD, BUT IT IS STILL GOING

TO BE $100 MORE THAN WE PAY

NOW.

AND THE DEDUCTIBLE IS GOING

TO BE TWICE AS MUCH.

IF OBAMA WANTS TO HAVE THIS

PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE WHO

WEREN'T INSURED OR WHO DID

HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS,

I'M FINE WITH THAT.

BUT DON'T TAKE AN AWAY THE

PLAN I HAD BECAUSE I LIKED.

I'M OKAY WITH THE SWISS

CHEESE PLAN THEY'RE OFFERING

BECAUSE I DON'T NEED THE

COVERAGE THEY'RE OFFERING.

Reporter: THEY SAID

TIME AND TIME AGAIN, IF YOU

LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU CAN

KEEP HIM?

IT'S A LIE.

IT'S A LIE.

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY.

TURN ON THE NEWS.

IT IS REALLY SAD.

AND THIS IS ONLY THE

BEGINNING, I'M AFRAID.

David: WELL, WE WISH

ALL OF THE BEST TO BROOK

FREDERICKSON AND HER

HUSBAND.

UP NEXT, HOW DO YOU SAVE THE

UNCHURCHED AROUND SIOUX

FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, AND ALL

UP AND DOWN THE MIDWEST,

ALONG THE I-29 CORRIDOR.

THE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ARE

COMING TO THE RESCUE.

THAT STORY WHEN WE

CONTINUE.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "THE BRODY FILE."

WE'RE IN DICKINSON, NORTH

DAKOTA.

WE WERE ALWAYS IN SOUTH

DAKOTA.

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA,

AND BELIEVE ME, WE DID SOME

DRIVING TO GET THERE.

SIX HOURS.

WELL, QUITE FRANKLY, ALMOST

SEVEN HOURS TO SIOUX FALLS,

SOUTH DAKOTA.

BUT THERE IS A GREAT STORY

THERE.

THE CHURCH LADY, TRACY

WINBORN, ON THE SCENE THERE,

AS SHE TALKED TO SOUTHERN

BAPTISTS WHO ARE TRYING TO

SAVE FOLKS BECAUSE THEY'RE

PRETTY MUCH UNCHURCHED IN

THAT AREA.

HERE IS

TRACY ON

THAT.

*

* MY SWEET LORD

Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT,

DAVID.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADERS HIT

THE I-29 CORRIDOR ALONG THE

MIDWEST, BECAUSE IT

REPRESENTS ONE OF THE MOST

UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS IN

THE COUNTRY.

THEY LAUNCHED THE HEARTLAND

INTERSTATE STRATEGY.

THEIR PLAN INCLUDES PLANTING

MORE EVANGELICAL CHURCHES IN

SEVEN HUB CITIES AND THEN

SPREADING THE GOSPEL INTO

MORE REMOTE AREAS.

I SAT DOWN WITH ORGANIZERS

OF THIS MOVEMENT, AND HERE

IS WHAT THEY TOLD ME.

ONE OF THE HEARTBEATS OF

THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST'S LIFE

IS WE HAVE A HISTORY FOR

EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS, AND

WE WANT TO WORK TOGETHER TO

GET IT DONE.

SO TAPPING INTO THAT BASIC

D.N.A. OF A SOUTHERN

BAPTIST'S LIFE.

WE WONDERED IF WE COULD

TAKE THE STRENGTH OF

MISSOURI AND COME STRAIGHT

UP I-29 INTO THE MAJOR

CITIES, ST. JOSEPH'S, OMAHA,

SIOUX FALLS, AND EVEN INTO

WINNIPEG, AND PRESS UP I-29,

AND STRENGTHEN THOSE

CHURCHES ALREADY ALONG THE

INTERSTATE, AND PRESS EAST

AND WEST TO PLANT NEW

CHURCHES IN THOSE AREAS THAT

WERE UNDERREPRESENTED AMONG

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES.

THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO

PLANT A CHURCH.

SO EVERY STORY -- THERE IS

NO WRONG TACTIC.

SOME OF THEM WORK OR DON'T

WORK DEPENDING ON HOW YOU

MEASURE IT, WHAT YOUR METRIC

IS FOR WHAT A SUCCESSFUL

CHURCH IS.

OUR PASSION CAME FROM THE

BOOK OF ACTS.

WE WANTED TO SEE THE GOSPEL

GO OUT IN AN AREA THAT HAD

EITHER BEEN IMPERVIOUS TO IT

OR COMPLETELY UNAFFECTED BY

IT.

Reporter: THE HEARTLAND

INTERSTATE STRATEGY IS STILL

IN THE BUILDING PHASE.

THEY PLAN TO DO A MAJOR

LAUNCH BY THE FALL.

IN THE MEANTIME, THEY'RE

ASKING FOR PRAYER, THAT THE

LORD WOULD RAISE UP THE

RIGHT PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM

STRENGTH AND WISDOM.

THAT'S ALL FOR THE CHURCH

LADY FOR NOW.

DAVID, BACK TO YOU.

David: ALL RIGHT.

WHEN WE COME BACK, KRISTI

NOEM, ONE-ON-ONE.

SHE IS A CONGRESSWOMAN, SHE

IS AUTHENTIC.

SHE LOVES JESUS, AND SHE

MEANS BUSINESS.

BACK IN A MOMENT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK, EVERYBODY, TO "THE

BRODY FILE" HERE IN

DICKINSON, NORTH DAKOTA.

NOW, WE WANT TO TRAVEL TO

CASTLEWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

NOT NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH

DAKOTA.

WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF

DRIVING.

ABOUT SIX HOURS OR SO FROM

HERE, KRISTI NOEM LIVES

THERE WITH HER HUSBAND AND

HER KIDS AT THEIR RANCH.

AND WE HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK

WITH HER.

SHE IS AN UP-AND-COMING

CONGRESSWOMAN.

SHE IS ONE OF THE FRESHMAN

LEADERS, AT LEAST BACK IN

2010 WHEN SHE JOINED

CONGRESS.

THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS

INTERESTED IN WHAT SHE IS

GOING TO DO IN THE FUTURE

BECAUSE SHE HAS A LOT OF

POTENTIAL.

WE WERE STRUCK BY WHAT AN

INTERESTING JOURNEY SHE HAS

HAD.

AND HERE IS SOME OF THAT

INTERVIEW.

IT IS ALL MADE OF

GROUND.

IT HAS NEVER BEEN BROKEN.

David: HOME ON THE

RANGE, THE PLACE WHERE

KRISTI NOEM FEELS TOTAL

PEACE, AN ORDINARY MOM ON

HER SOUTH DAKOTA FARM.

A WORLD AWAY FROM HER

CAPITOL HILL DUTIES IN

WASHINGTON, D.C.

I AM 100% CONVINCED THAT

GOD CREATED ME TO BE A MOM.

AND THAT EVERY OTHER JOB I

HAVE, OR DUTY THAT I HAVE,

ARE JUST EXTRA THINGS HE HAS

PUT ON MY PLATE.

David: THOSE EXTRA

THINGS HAVE KEPT HER BUSY

SINCE HER ELECTION TO

CONGRESS IN 2010.

SHE IS CLEARLY A G.O.P.

UP-AND-COMER AND MADE GOOD

NEWS FROM THE BEGINNING.

REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT

KRISTI NOEM IS GOING TO GET

THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART

OF THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP.

THAT IS A HUGE HONOR,

FOLKS.

David: NOW AT THE

REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TABLE,

SHE COMMUNICATES THE PARTY'S

MESSAGE TO ALL AMERICANS.

THE PRESIDENT CLAIMANTS

CLAIMS TO BE LEADING US

FORWARD, BUT HIS POLICIES

HAVE US STUCK.

David: AND SHE

REPRESENTS THE LARGE TEA

PARTY CONTINGENT THAT

SURPRISED WASHINGTON IN

2010.

IT WASN'T MY JOB TO SIT

AT THE TABLE AND TELL THEM

ONLY WHAT KRISTI THOUGHT.

IT WAS MY JOB TO TELL THEM

WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE

THOUGHT.

David: AND SHE TAKES

THE LEAD AGAINST THE

SO-CALLED G.O.P. WAR ON

WOMEN STORY LINE.

WE'VE GOT TO BE WILLING

TO BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GET

OUT THERE ON THE AIRWAVES

AND PUSH BACK.

David: SHE KNOWS A

THING OR TWO ABOUT PUSHING

BACK AND TAKING CHARGE.

LIFE MEANT HARD WORK,

ATTENDING RODEOS, AND

SINGING AT CHURCH.

SHE GAVE HER YOUNG LIFE

WHILE AT BIBLE SCHOOL, AND

THEN WHILE IN COLLEGE, SHE

RECEIVED TRAGIC NEWS: HER

FATHER DIED IN A FARMING

ACCIDENT.

WHEN HE PASSED AWAY, MY

WHOLE LIFE CHANGED.

I REMEMBER LAYING IN BED

THAT NIGHT, NOT EVEN KNOWING

HOW WE WERE GOING TO DO

TOMORROW.

BECAUSE IF WE HAD A PROBLEM

IN OUR LIVES, WE DIDN'T KNOW

WHAT TO DO, DAD ALWAYS KNEW

WHAT TO DO.

I SAT UP FOR SEVERAL WEEKS

AND JUST READ MY BIBLE.

Reporter: SHE LEFT

COLLEGE EARLY AND CAME HOME

TO RUN THE FAMILY FARM.

IRONICALLY, HER FIRST CRISIS

CAME IN THE FORM OF A TAX

BILL FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

THAT'S WHAT GOT ME

INTERESTED IN GOVERNMENT AND

POLICY.

WE HAD OUR FAMILY OPERATION

ALMOST DESTROYED BECAUSE OF

BAD TAX POLICY.

David: SO AFTER

ATTENDING TO THE FAMILY

FARM, SHE ENTERED LOCAL

SOUTH DAKOTA POLITICS, AND

GRADUATED TO WASHINGTON,

WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY WORK

ON A CRUCIAL FARM BILL.

I RISE TO TALK ABOUT THE

IMPORTANCE OF GETTING A FARM

BILL DONE THIS YEAR.

David: EVEN THOUGH

KRISTI, THE CONGRESSWOMAN

PUSHES FOR CONSERVATIVE

POLICY, AS A BELIEVER IN

JESUS CHRIST, SHE HAS

SOMETHING EVEN BIGGER ON HER

MIND.

GOD KIND OF TAUGHT ME A

LESSON, HE PLACED ME THERE,

YES, TO WORK ON POLICY.

BUT MAYBE MY BIGGEST JOB WAS

GOING TO BE TO ADMINISTER TO

INDIVIDUALS.

Reporter: SHE SAYS SHE

SPENDS HER TIME NOT JUST

TRYING TO CHANGE MINDS ON

POLICY, BUT TRYING TO CHANGE

HEARTS AS AN EFFECTIVE

WITNESS IN A CITY WITH

DESPERATE NEEDS.

THE WAY HE IS GOING TO

CHANGE PEOPLE IS MAYBE BY

CHANGING THEIR HEARTS.

David: GOD DID

BUSINESS WITH HER, TOO,

SOFTENING HER HEART TOWARDS

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

I FELT MY HEART GET

HARDENED.

I FELT GOD REALLY CONVICTED

ME.

THE WAY THAT I WAS PRAYING

OR THE WAY I WAS FEELING

WASN'T ACCURATE.

WHAT I NEEDED TO BE DOING

MORE WAS PRAYING FOR THE

PRESIDENT.

MY WHOLE PERSPECTIVE CHANGED

AND I FELT A REAL CONVICTION

ABOUT THE WAY I WAS PRAYING,

AND THAT GOD COULDN'T

POSSIBLY USE ME UNTIL I

STARTED TO PRAY HOW HE

CALLED ME TO PRAY.

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT GOD ALWAYS HAD A PLAN

FOR HER LIFE, EVEN IN HIGH

SCHOOL.

THE SOUTH DAKOTA SNOW

QUEEN.

OH, MY GOODNESS, YOU

BROUGHT THAT UP.

David: THERE IS A

THING CALLED THE INTERNET

AND I DID MY RESEARCH.

IN MY DEFENSE, IN HIGH

SCHOOL, EVERY GIRL IN HIGH

SCHOOL DID THE SNOW QUEEN

EVENT.

WHAT A GOOD TRAINING GROUND

FOR GIVING SPEECHES ABOUT

THE WONDERFUL THINGS IN

SOUTH DAKOTA.

David: AND HOW ABOUT

ONE MORE WONDERFUL

BLESSING?

REMEMBER HOW SHE HAD TO

LEAVE COLLEGE EARLY AFTER

HER DAD DIED?

WELL, LAST YEAR, AS A

SITTING CONGRESSWOMAN, SHE

FINALLY GOT HER DEGREE AFTER

HER SISTER INSISTED.

SHE SAID, I'M SURPRISED

YOU NEVER FINISHED YOUR

COLLEGE DEGREE BECAUSE YOU

NEVER QUIT ANYTHING.

David: IT IS NO WONDER

THAT HER STEADFAST

DETERMINATION AND HER STRONG

BACKBONE HAVE PEOPLE

COMPARING HER TO SARAH

PALIN.

I THINK SARAH AND I WOULD

GET ALONG IF WE EVER HAD THE

CHANCE TO MEET EDUCATOR.

BUT I DO THINK I JUST WANT

TO BE KRISTI BECAUSE IF

THERE IS ANY OTHER AGENDA

THERE, I DON'T THINK THAT

GOD WILL BE ABLE TO USE ME

HOW HE WANTS TO.

David: GOD IS

CERTAINLY USING HER IN D.C.,

AND ALSO BACK AT THE FARM.

KRISTI NOEM HERE ON THE

FARM.

WHEN WE COME BACK, AN OY-VEY

MOMENT OF THE WEEK THAT HAS

US LOOKING OUT FOR THE BACON

BURGLAR.

BACK IN A MOMENT.

David: AND WELCOME

BACK, EVERYBODY, TO "THE

BRODY FILE" HERE IN

DICKINSON, NORTH DAKOTA.

ALL RIGHT, LOOK, WE'RE HERE

IN NORTH DAKOTA, SO WE HAVE

TO COME UP WITH SOME SORT OF

OY-VEY MOMENT OF THE WEEK

THAT IS NORTH

DAKOTA-RELATED, AND, BOY,

DID WE FIND ONE.

AND, I'VE GOT TO TELL, IT

TASTES PRETTY GOOD.

*

[HAVA NAGILA]

David: WELL, MEET THE

BACON BURGLAR.

THAT'S RIGHT, A GUY IN

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA,

WALKED INTO A WOMAN'S HOME,

THE WOMAN IS ABOUT 30 YEARS

OLD, AND HE ROBS HER, BUT

BEFORE ROBBING HER, HE

ACTUALLY -- I KID YOU NOT --

COOKED BACON.

THAT'S RIGHT, HE COOKED

BACON AND THEN LEFT.

STILL ON THE LOOSE BY THE

WAY, SO WHO KNOWS IF HE WILL

EVER BE CAUGHT.

BUT HE IS OFFICIALLY THE

BACON BURGLAR OF BISMARCK,

NORTH DAKOTA.

AND I KID YOU NOT, THERE

HAVE BEEN OTHER BACON BERG

LERS APPARENTLY IN OTHER

STATES.

BUT HERE IN NORTH DAKOTA,

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THE

BACON BERG LER.

WE'L BURGLAR.

WE'LL HAVE TO BRING YOU AN

UPDATE IF HE'S BE CAUGHT OR

NOT.

THAT DOES IT FOR "THE BRODY

FILE" FROM DICKINSON, NORTH

DAKOTA.

BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU, WE MUST

SHOW YOU SOME OF THE

BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

OF OUR BEAUTIFUL ROAD TRIP.

THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF

NORTH DAKOTA.

THANKS FOR JOINING US,

EVERYBODY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

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