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TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — The Politics Of Beer

The campaign for 2020 is in its infancy, but I’m close to eliminating one candidate — Elizabeth Warren. Not because she’s a Harvard professor or any of the inevitable pretense that comes with academia. It really comes down to inauthenticity. Her painfully awkward live streaming on New Year’s Eve was an attempt to ingratiate herself to “regular folk” by opening …


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RON SCHALOW: N.D. Gun Fringe Yells NO To Saving Lives

Not on their watch, by golly. Panic has set in with a small dish of the loudest North Dakota gun extremists. They felt a paranoid twinge and immediately turned up the dial on the “what don’t you understand about ‘shall not be infringed?’” It’s not unusual. Many the hobby or ideology winds up with fanatics on the fringe. Most North …


JIM THIELMAN: Maybe Oliva Is Too Good For The Hall Of Fame

After we arrived at the expansive field on the outskirts of Cooperstown, N.Y., that smoldering Sunday in July 2001 for Kirby Puckett’s Hall of Fame induction, Tim, Shari and I needed to visit the port-a-potties, all blue, lined in a row by the road. We joined one of the dozens of human anaconda lines packed with tomorrow’s sunburn victims. A …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Lunar Lumination

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert braved bone-chilling temperatures Sunday night to capture these images of the first full moon of 2019. It was also the night of the first lunar eclipse of 2019, but clouds moving in after 9:30 p.m. prevented a comprehensive panel of the event, which occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Someone To Tell It To

In 2012, two ministers in Pennsylvania stepped away from traditional church work to form a remarkable nonprofit called Someone To Tell It To. The mission of Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden was as radical as it was simple: They would be there to listen — in person, on the telephone, via email or Skype — to anyone who needed a …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Smirk Seen ‘Round The World

It is the smirk that haunts me. That self-satisfied, smug, arrogant look of condescension and feeling of superiority, for no reason other than the fact that he is privileged white boy wearing a red hat that claims that he wants to “Make America Great Again.” The story of Nathan Phillips, the Vietnam veteran and Omaha elder who chose to stand …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. North Dakota State University

The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s basketball team played its first conference game with North Dakota State University since 2004 on Saturday afternoon in the Scheels Center in Fargo but came up short, losing a 67-65 Summit League decision to the Bison. UND (8-12 overall, 2-5 Summit) were led by Marlon Stewart, who scored 14 points and added six …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mom’s Apple Bars

Mastering the art of baking is something that can take years to achieve — if ever. It’s become one of my goals in retirement. Cooking has always come easy for me, whether it’s making soups, casseroles or main-course entrees such as a Thanksgiving turkey or an Easter ham. But I never baked much until the past couple of years, despite having …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. South Dakota State University

The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s basketball team put a scare into the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits, the three-time defending Summit League champions, but came up on the short end of a 78-74 game Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (8-11 overall, 2-4 Summit) trailed by 13 points in the second half but …

RON SCHALOW: Mid-January Punditing

Since the Fargo Forum’s shill for the overdog and slacker political pundit, who refers to himself as a humble observer and the most influential political blogger in North Dakota, isn’t being humble or most influential, he obviously isn’t up to his own hype and requires a hand. Need an example? “Port: State lawmakers should be wary of their own revenue …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Dad’s Vegetable Beef Soup

Winter is the perfect time to make soup. I won’t argue with that, although soup during any season with fine with me. Vegetable soups, whether they are made with fresh, frozen or canned veggies, are among the most popular of soups. The reasons are myriad: They make a great appetizer or a main courses. They are relatively quick to make and …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — ‘The Mountains Are Calling And I must Go’

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir wrote these words in the early years of the 20th century. He lived much of his life near to the mountains. Mountains have been on my mind of late, although I don’t live near any. Perhaps the trigger was that one night not long ago we watched an excellent documentary …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — North Dakota Politics

Every legislative session, there should be kiosks in the malls to sell Lisinopril because Lord knows my blood pressure sure goes up. In North Dakota, any maniac can propose a bill. Well, not just any maniac off the street — elected maniacs. Take, for instance, Senate Bill 2136, sponsored by Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, that would force schools to offer …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — No Man’s Life, Liberty Or Property Are Safe While The Legislature Is In Session

It was newspaper editor Gideon J. Tucker who wrote those words in 1866. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but we’re all well-advised to keep an eye on what goes on over at the North Dakota Capitol this winter. I’ve got my eye on a couple of pieces of legislation, one bad and one good, and I expect there will …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Western Illinois University

Lexi Klabo scored 27 points and added 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Western Illinois University women’s basketball team handed the University of North Dakota a 92-80 loss Sunday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Summit League play. Olivia Kaufmann led all scorers with 28 points, one of five players in double figures for the Leathernecks (6-12 overall, 2-3 …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Colorado College

Jordan Kawaguchi’s goal just 50 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 3-2 win and a sweep of Colorado College in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (11-9-1 overall, 5-5 NCHC) gave up a 2-0 lead for the second night in a row before Kawaguchi’s winning …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Western Illinois University

Connor Avants and Marlon Stewart each scored a game-high 21 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 71-65 Summit League win over Western Illinois University on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Cortez Seales’ three-pointer with 13.5 seconds left in the game sealed the win for UND. Avants, who was 7-of-11 shooting from …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Colorado College

Ludvig Hoff’s goal with just 46 seconds left in overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 4-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over Colorado College on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (10-9-1 overall, 4-5 NCHC) had jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a first-period goal by Nick Jones and a second …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Anise Candy

Candy-making is one of those skills that not too many people possess. It’s not because the task is too difficult, rather it’s that a lot of people are afraid to give it a try or maybe have been unsuccessful once and don’t want to fail again. I was fortunate to come from a family (my mother’s side) that was into …

RON SCHALOW: T-bones Will Outlast Us All

It’s getting a little chippy out there in Forum letters-to-the-editor land, regarding the delicious bovine’s monster recurring donation to the greenhouse gases mix. Miracle meat or not, cows and other farm animals emit methane. The kangaroo does not, I understand. And methane is 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. So, there’s that. Hell, in North …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Nebraska-Omaha

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, despite playing without the Summit League’s leading scorer, defeated the University of Nebraska-Omaha 68-57 Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. With Lexi Klabo sidelined because of an injury, the Fighting Hawks (8-9 overall, 3-1 Summit), received big efforts from Julie Fleecs and Melissa Leet at the post position. Fleecs had a game-high 14 …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Black Beans, Rice And Sausage

Beans and rice are a staple in the diets of many people across the world, particularly in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Nutritionally, they offer a dish that is high in protein, low in fat, rich in fiber and a good source of carbohydrates. They are also cheap and can be very tasty as well. This dynamic duo …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Essential Reading In The National Crisis

Hello, everyone. I’m urging you to do me the following favor. Get a copy of Robert Kagan’s recent book, “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World,” and read it over the next few weeks. It’s a short book. It’s a brilliant book. It’s an exceedingly important book. And it explains a lot of things that may seem puzzling …

TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Gov. Burgum And The Five Mousketeers

Remember when Gov. Doug Burgum reimbursed Xcel Energy $37,000 for expenses it had paid for his and his wife’s trip to the Super Bowl? He made the repayment after questions of ethics in government were raised. That helped spur passage of Measure No. 1 last November — an initiated measure to counter the rampant gifts, meals, liquor and perks bestowed by corporate …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Dance Shaming

I’m no psychologist, but Republicans seem unnaturally obsessed with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They’ve spent an inordinate amount of time telling everyone what an inconsequential airhead she is. She was dismissed as “a little girl” by GOP strategist Ed Rollins. I dunno, a 29-year-old knocking off a 10-term incumbent sounds consequential to me, but then I find Tomi Lahren …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade V

Here’s the final installment and photo (above) in my series documenting the cameras I own. This one — a Canon EOS 5D Mark III — is the best of the lot. Also shown are my favorite lenses: 50mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm (here with a 1.4x extender). They have given me much pleasure and are destined when I can no longer …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Most people associate the Potomac River with Washington, D.C., but perhaps some other most spectacular scenery along that waterway is at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia. Photographer Jeff Olson recently spent some time in the national park, on the Maryland side of the Potomac. The park was …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Centennial Of Theodore Roosevelt’s Death

The Old Lion is Dead Jan. 6, 2019 — Theodore Roosevelt died 100 years ago today. He was just 60 years old. As he said when he determined to run South America’s River of Doubt against the stern warnings of the American Museum of Natural History, “Tell Osborn I have already lived and enjoyed as much of life as any nine other men I know; I have had my full share, and …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade IV

This (above) is the Nikon FM2(n), manufactured in Japan from 1982-2001. In 1995, it would have cost you $775. The film camera was sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s Leica.” I bought one for peanuts on e-Bay a few years ago, still in its original sealed package, and later acquired a number of lenses for it, including a 300mm …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade III

I promised to post one of the pictures I took in New York City in 1964 with my first camera, a Kodak Pony 135 (see it in a previous post). Here (above) is an iPhone-taken copy of a photo shot with the Pony, framed and normally hanging on a wall at our place in Bloomington, Minn. The photograph was taken …

RON SCHALOW: White Male Victimization Anxiety Epidemic Fades

So what happened to the women haters who had a crush on the rabidly unconventionally handsome Bret Kavanaugh and slithered into the slimy pits to smear a sexual assault survivor? Are they taking a break? The Men’s Rights Movement, a lot like the mildly obese Donald Trump finding too many pieces of chicken in the bucket, is back to a …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — If You’re Going To Talk Like Teddy Roosevelt, You Better Act Like Teddy Roosevelt

I’ve listened to a few State of the State speeches by North Dakota governors — probably somewhere between 15 and 20 — and even had a hand in writing a few of them, so I think I’m qualified to offer a few comments on the one Doug Burgum gave Thursday to the North Dakota Legislature. As they go, his was …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade II

This is the first camera (above) I ever owned, a Kodak Pony 135 which came on the market in 1955. My father, who was interested in photography himself, bought me one as a birthday gift a few years later when I was a senior at Harvey (N.D.) High School. In those days, digital photography was still a distant dream. I …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Red River Vs. East Grand Forks Senior High

Tanner Mack and Jake Hjelle scored goals 37 seconds apart in the third period to break a scoreless tie and give East Grand Forks Senior High a 2-0 boys high school hockey win over Grand Forks Red River on Thursday night in East Grand Forks Civic Center. The Green Wave (11-1), the the No. 4-ranked team in Minnesota Class A, …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Skinny Skiing Dakota

My younger sister received cross-country skis for Christmas, so I finally have a companion for some of my winter expeditions. With the abundant snow, we’ve made two forays in the past week: Sibley Park, just south of Bismarck, and today, farther north to Cross Ranch State Park — both in cottonwood forests along the cold, dark Missouri River. We had Cross …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Word For The Wise

I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I think that’s because they set me up for failure. All too often they are big and broad and take an incredible amount of discipline to be successful for a whole year. I suspect it is the same reason I really like Lenten disciplines. They are time-limited to 40 days, …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Standing Where Rembrandt Stood

My introduction to the art of Rembrandt came indirectly, through my friend, Fred Rogers. In the fall of 1995, I traveled to Pittsburgh to interview the children’s television icon for a newspaper story, and in one of our early conversations, Fred mentioned that his favorite author was Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest. Henri, as I would soon learn, was …

RON SCHALOW: 2019 In Trump Years

Later this month, Donald Trump tells Justin Trudeau to keep those low IQ Canada geese on his side of the loser border. “Or what?” asks the Prime Minister. “We’ll hit them with the tear gas, that’s what, junior. No, wait. I’ll have them lined up and shot. Did you hear that, Trudy? We’re going to shoot them with our guns. …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — North Dakota Has Its Own Version Of The Beverly Hillbillies

Here’s an update on the strangest, and most fascinating, story I’ve written in all the years I’ve been writing on this blog. This story appears in the current — January 2019 — issue of Dakota Country magazine, where it reaches a hell of a lot more readers than I have on this blog. But for faithful Prairie Blog readers, welcome …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Happy New Year, Everyone

I’ve been thinking about Lewis and Clark, dispatched into the wilderness by President Jefferson, who lived his long and productive life at a very high level of comfort. It’s impossible to imagine Jefferson roughing it. The closest he ever came, probably, was his first years in the White House, when it was still unfinished — not even proper entrance stairs …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Purdue University Fort Wayne

Lexi Klabo scored 21 points and added eight rebounds as the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team won its Summit League opener, a 79-60 victory over Purdue University Fort Wayne on Sunday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Three other players for UND (6-9 overall, 1-0 Summit) were in double figures. Melissa Dailey and Jill Morton each scored 13 points …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — A Very Dickens Christmas

This was written just before Christmas. Happy holidays, everyone, from all of us at the Thomas Jefferson Hour. I’m going to be alone this Christmas for the first time in 20 years — so do feel free to send presents — cognac, figs, books, music, frankincense and myrrh, whatever they are. Don’t cry for me Argentina. I have plans. I …

RON SCHALOW: A Small Pile Of 2018

Because I can’t stop clicking on Amazon ads with pictures of things I don’t recognize, I know what more things look like than I did last year, which only counts for tots. I spotted the “Future Fork” that is not for eating future meals, as it turned out. It’s a modern, I guess, pitchfork/shovel for moving manure. Amazon recommends that …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade!

I’ve likely invested more money in cameras over the years than I should have. (I believe in the Irish saying “There are no pockets in a shroud.”) I’ve got a large inventory, including my favorite, the Canon 5D Mark III and an assortment of lenses. More on my collection later. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that the Mark III …