Pierre, SD - President Barracks Obama today again warned Canada not to interfere with the ongoing conflict between North and South Dakota. The two states have been at odds after both ended up having competing teams in the regional hockey finals.
"That's all that I can figure is going on." said South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, referring to the hockey match-up and the friendly wager he made with his Flamboyant, if not erratic, counterpart to the north, Jack Dalrymple.
"It was a simple wager." added Mr. Dalrymple "If our team lost I'd spend a day picking up trash around Mount Rushmore, and if his team lost he'd serve up dinner in a tribal soup kitchen. We have no idea what Mr. Obama is on about. But of course, we seldom do."
A statement from the Canadian government stated that "while it maintains friendly ties with North Dakota, it was up to each state to decide it's own destiny without interference from the United States or any other foreign power. Eh."
President Obama, mean while, has beefed up troop presence at the DMZ zone which separates the two warring states, assigning more fighter jets to bases in the south and sending an aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, as far up the Missouri River as possible.
Efforts to free the craft from the notoriously shallow river are underway. War games with South Dakota are scheduled to begin next week pending the results of those efforts.