The state’s trend-busting boom gives its political dynamic — and the tight race for U.S. Senate — a rarefied air.
Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a former North Dakota attorney general, chats during a stop at the Mandan rodeo. She and her opponent, Republican Rep. Rick Berg, are vying for the open seat of retiring Democrat Kent Conrad. But in a state where the economy is actually doing well, the political debate sounds a little different than it does in the rest of the country. Carlos Javier Ortiz/For The Washington Post
Selected from more than 26,000 entries from photographers in 59 countries around the globe, winners of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards are displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 24, 2017 through Sept. 2018.