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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Rotelle With Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Most people think of a meat sauce when considering dishes such as spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli or Alfredo. A good sauce can make or break a pasta entree. But sauces without meat can be just as tasty and often are more heart-healthy. I’ll be the first to admit that a ground beef/Italian sausage tomato/marinara sauce is hard to beat when it comes …


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RON SCHALOW: Mr. Marcil, Tear Down Port’s Hate Speech Wall

Unless Forum Communications has some bizarre legal stipulation on page 63 of a contract with “a blogger” whereby FCC has no control over anything related to Sayanythingblog and Rob Port, a Minot legend for refusing to shovel his socialist sidewalk, then pay attention. Undiluted Hate Wall “Homosexuals corrode society from within and their degenerate heads deserve to be swinging at …


TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — What I Wish I Knew

My friend, Nancy Palmer O’Malley, has written a lovely and quietly provocative book, which she intends as a gift to relatives and a small number of friends. But when she shared it with me a few weeks ago, I sense immediately that her wisdom and yearning would resonate with a much larger audience. “My family never wanted to discuss delicate …

RON SCHALOW: Is Rob Port Really A Cambodian Water Buffalo?

We can’t discount the possibility. I know you’re saying, “I wouldn’t read his shoe size.” Or, “Who cares about Rob Snort,” but somebody has to keep an eye the scamp, so he doesn’t totally get away with personal shots of venom. Like his sucker punch of Jim Shaw. Shaw’s Saturday column in the Fargo Forum was an unambiguous middle finger …

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Southwestern Splendor

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, recently returned from a trip to the Southwest, specifically Arizona. Among the sites they saw were a sunrise at Watson Lake, near Prescott. “The lake is surrounded by unique rock structures that make interesting compositions for photography.” Also a sunset at Lake Powell, near Page. Antelope Canyon-Page, Arizona One of the trip’s highlights …

RON SCHALOW: Bismarck Grabs More Local Control

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to choose. So far, because the Legislature said so, no city can conduct a gun buyback, set a minimum wage, take a pistol from a depressed man, ban plastic bags or hold a gay pride parade. The last one is still on their wish list. Kevin Cramer’s office calls every day to complain …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay

My article on the Island Scrub Jay appeared in this Thursday morning’s Bismarck Tribune. Here is it below, with my photographs, including one of the Island Scrub Jay. There are much better photographs of the jay by professional photographs easily found in a simple Google search, so do check that out if you are interested. Having birded for decades, one …

RON SCHALOW: Holier Than Thou, Part One

Our tattered blue laws have been a topic of biblical proportions in Bismarck, at least for the lawmakers with the highest morality index numbers, as determined by them. They number more than you think. Frankly, I don’t care if 98 percent of businesses were locked up on Sunday, or any other day of the week. Wednesday puts out apathetic vibes, …

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

The University of North Dakota defeated the University of Nebraska-Omaha 5-4 in overtime Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to complete a National Collegiate Hockey Conference weekend sweep of Mavericks. The Fighting Hawks (18-15-2 overall, 12-11-1 NCHC) won Friday night’s game 2-1. UNO dropped to 9-22-3 overall and 5-17-2 in the NCHC. Jordan Kawaguchi scored two goals, including the game-winner …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — What Does A State Treasurer Do, Anyway?

There’s an old joke North Dakota Republican legislators tell about their worst nightmare: They’re walking down the Great Hall in the Capitol heading for the cafeteria on their short lunch break and they see Secretary of State Al Jaeger coming toward them. Knowing they’re going to get stuck in a boring 15-minute conversation, they pretend they forgot something back at …

RON SCHALOW: Legislative Road Apples

Liberty is not wearing your seat belt now. Not wearing one last month paled in comparison to the rush you get today. Just in case you were unclear as to the rules of liberty. I guess I was unclear about it, but some eloquent legislator said it was true. It seems like a low bar for liberty. I don’t know …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team picked up a National Collegiate Hockey Conference win Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena, edging the University of Nebraska-Omaha 2-1. Gabe Bast and Nick Jones scored goals for the Fighting Hawks (17-15-2 overall,11-11-1 NCHC), while Zach Jordan scored for the Mavericks (9-21-3 overall, 5-16-2 NCHC). Peter Thome stopped 23 shot in goal …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — BCA Executive Director Jan Swenson To Retire

This past Wednesday, Badlands Conservation Alliance, a grass-roots group of which I am a founding voice, announced to its membership that longtime executive director, Jan Swenson, is retiring at the end of March. Jan has been at the helm for the past 20 years. In fact, BCA would very likely not exist were it not for Jan’s leadership from the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — North Dakota Region 2 Boys Basketball Tournament Championship

Thompson defeated Hillsboro-Central Valley 59-53 in the championship game of the North Dakota Region 2 boys basketball tournament Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Tommies will make their first state tournament appearance next week in Minot with the win. Thompson was paced by Hayden Overby, who scored 26 points, and Cadyn Schwabe, who added 16. The Burros were …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Meditation For Lent

Today marks a kind of a milestone for me. Five years ago, I decided to give meditation a whirl. Actually, I’d be giving it a second whirl. A million years ago, I took a religion class in college called Mysticism. It was a very popular class. I was lucky to get in. It was taught by a young rabbi who …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — North Dakota Region 2 Boys Basketball Tournament

Thompson and Hillsboro-Central Valley won semifinal games in the North Dakota Region 2 boys basketball tournament Tuesday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center and will meet in the championship game Thursday in the Betty. The Tommies were 57-44 winner over Hatton-Northwood, while the Burros defeated Grafton 58-44. Candy Schwabe (19 points) and Marcus Hughes (15) led Thompson to the win, while Hatton-Northwood …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Lenten Discipline

Seven years ago I gave up plastic bags for Lent. Every year it seemed that when I did my Lenten Disciplines, they were self-serving. Changing a dietary pattern, improving my prayer life or decluttering. Things that would make MY life better. So in 2012, I decided to do something that would make the planet better. I gave up using plastic …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Black Bean Vegetable Soup

Beans and legumes rank near the top of the list among the most nutritious vegetables. Most professional agree that they are a key food group for helping prevent disease and for optimizing health, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular and blood sugar problems, including Type 2 diabetes. That fact is borne out in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans developed by …

RON SCHALOW: N.D. Legislator Makes Nicholas Kristof Squeal

Rep. Luke Simons is perturbed to peaches. His House Bill 1381 aiming to permanently disallow any North Dakota city or one man’s last stand to form a government, from initiating a gun buy-back, ever, was called stupid by lots of people, including me, but this is the jab that got the young lawmaker worked up: Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for …

RON SCHALOW: A Cramer Replica

Fear not, if you were worried that Kelly Armstrong’s feet wouldn’t be small enough to fit into Kevin Cramer’s shoes. The wingtips feel fine. No room for growth, so perfect. Like Cramer and many others in his party, Armstrong will follow Donald Trump into the always popular “obese size” executive time tanning bed slash toaster oven to retrieve an unknown …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay & Other Desert Musings

Every few years, my husband and I embark upon an adventure outside of our beloved Bad Lands and North Dakota, seeking to fulfill our mutual goal of visiting all of the national parks. Thus, my blog has been on hiatus since the end of January. Because we garden, we find it necessary (for the most part) to travel in the …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — We Can Fix This Broken System

The American people regard the U.S. Constitution as a sacred document — even though Jefferson specifically asked us not to — and historically we have been very reluctant to tamper with it. Too bad because it is badly in need of fundamental revision. Our Constitutional order has broken down. After years of thinking about this, I offer the following amendments. …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Great Northern Bean Stew

Good recipes can come from a variety of sources. Some people are fortunate enough to have ones that have been in their family for years. If you are really lucky, you might have you mom’s recipe box like I do. The internet is also a good source as are friends and newspapers. The publication that I worked at for more …

RON SCHALOW: White Nationalists Of North Dakota Beware

White nationalists and their ideological cousins on the far alt-right won’t like this. As climate change projections for North Dakota have shown, the state will warm; we’ll have enough moisture. Not so bad, eh? We’ll be an island of relative calm, at least in the early stages of warming, if we don’t immediately act to remove the excess greenhouse gases …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — DAKOTA

I’ve got a problem. I need to write a column that is going to be kind of critical of three people I like, and I’m trying to figure out how to do it without making them all angry at me. Their names are Sara, Doug and Marvin. They’re all kind of half-ass friends of mine. And I’m not sure I …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Red River Vs. Wahpeton

Grand Forks Red River advanced to the semifinals of the East Region boys basketball tournament with a 52-51 victory over Wahpeton on Tuesday in the Riders’ gym. Red Rivers will play regular-season champion Fargo Davies on Friday in Scheels Arena in Fargo.. The Roughriders (12-10) were led by William Obioha and Brady Dvorak, who both scored 14 points. The Huskies (12-10) were …

RON SCHALOW: There’re No Guns In Baseball

The gun activists in North Dakota are feeling the cattle prod after losing out on carrying a sidearm to “99 percent of everywhere” due to the unpatriotic nay votes in the Commie Republican Legislature. The guy who publishes the MinuteMan Blog is really steamed. How dare a legislator vote closer than usual to their conscience or as their constituents want? …

JIM THIELMAN: Fate — Life’s Tricky Pal

One of Dad’s tasks as autumn hummed into winter was lifting his golf clubs from the car trunk and storing them in the basement. He was doing this one October when I was about 16. “Why’d you ever come back to Minnesota from San Diego after the war?” I asked. “You could play golf all year.” Fate had made the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team dropped a defensive battle against the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena, falling 3-2 after a 4-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win against the No. 3 Bulldogs on Friday night. The Bulldogs (19-9-2 overall, 12-7-1 NCHC) took advantage of UND penalties, scoring twice 5-on-3 power plays, both goals …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team clinched a spot in The Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship with an 81-63 victory over the University of Denver on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Arena. UND (11-16 overall, 5-9 Summit) was led by Kienan Walter, who had a game-high 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Also in double figures were Billy Brown (18), …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team staged a dramatic comeback against the University of Denver on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Arena but fell short, losing 92-91 in overtime to the Pioneers in Summit League action. The Fighting Hawks (10-17 overall, 5-9 Summit), trailed the Pioneers (15-12 overall, 8-6 Summit) by 18 points in the third quarter but took a three-point …

RON SCHALOW: Who Is The Loneliest Patriot?

This one has been in crisper for weeks and it still feels fresh to me. So the great patriot whips the bag of snacks to the ground, stomps the delicious Doritos into dust, then pours a can of motor oil on the mess. Because a kooky bill didn’t pass. “Is there any patriots in the North Dakota House? This pro-gun …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team knocked off the University of Minnesota-Duluth — the No. 3 team in the country — 5-1 in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (15-13-2 overall, 9-9-1 NCHC) jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period before adding an empty-net goal in the …

RON SCHALOW: Known Suicidal Citizens Allowed To Keep Guns

I’ll repeat that for the hard of listening. Known Suicidal Citizens Allowed To Keep Guns. Our Legislature voted down the “Public Safety Protection Order Bill.” “The ‘Public Safety Protection Order Bill’ (aka a Red Flag law) allows law enforcement or family members to petition a court to temporarily ban someone considered a danger to themselves or others from possessing guns.” — …

ERIC BERGESON: Photo Gallery — Sabino Snow

It appears not even our country’s warmer climes are immune from snow this winter. A winter storm ravaged the Southwest U.S., dumping snow on parts of Greater Los Angeles and Tucson, Ariz., before moving eastward into the Plains. Northern Arizona was hit particularly hard, with Flagstaff reporting its snowiest single day on record, with more than 35 inches of snow …

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

East Grand Forks Senior High defeated Red Lake Falls 9-0 on Thursday at the East Grand Forks Civic Center to advance to the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A high school hockey tournament Saturday. The Green Wave will meet Detroit Lakes, a 2-1 winner over Crookston. The other semifinal game will pit Warroad against Thief River Falls. Scoring goals for …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Baked Cod With Tomatoes and Olives

Lent is just around the corner, so that mean’s there will likely be a fish fry or two on tap in your neighborhood, not to mention Friday fish specials on many a restaurant menu. Walleye is the fish of choice at a lot of frys in my neck of the woods, although Alaskan pollock is a good substitute, especially if …

RON SCHALOW: Nullification Of The Future Directed At Fargo

Two bills aimed right at Fargo. Hardly a liberal oasis, but frightening enough that some paranoid lawmakers feel a firewall is needed to prevent any progressive action on the things they hold dear. Keeping workers poor — and guns. Any brand, weight or color. Any size, grip or muzzle. And don’t you forget it! Kevin Cramer was in Fargo without …

RON SCHALOW: N.D. House Bill 1160 Protects Gun Buyers From Discrimination

There used to be a bar in Minot called Tiny’s. A little shack of a place across from the fairgrounds. It might have been a tavern,  a pub or maybe just Tiny’s. Anyway, it was claimed that Tiny, who did in fact exist, did not allow anyone under 25 into his place. That was the word. He just didn’t like …

RON SCHALOW: The Republican Big Lie For 2019 Is Socialism

They don’t know the meaning of socialism and they don’t care what it means. Furthermore, they don’t want to learn the truth and they’ll label any Democrat they target with the American swear word, which will probably be the whole party. This isn’t the social media clods tossing around the socialist, communist and Marxist words to troll the libs. This …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s tennis team won its fourth match of the season with a 7-0 rout of visiting Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday morning in Choice Health & Fitness. The Fighting Hawks (4-3) received singles wins from Isa Sullivan, Kaede Amang, Preethi Kasilingam, Allie Ochotorena, Zahra Finnigan and Alex Revenig. The doubles teams of Amano-Masha Lobanova, Kasilingam-Ochotorena and …

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

Lexi Klabo scored 24 points and added nine rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped a 80-58 Summit League decision to Oral Roberts University on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North Dakota fell to 10-16 overall and 5-8 in the Summit with the loss. Faith Dooley chipped in eight points. …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team picked up a big Summit League victory with a 85-73 decision over Oral Roberts University on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (10-16 overall, 4-9 Summit) were led by Marlon Stewart, who led all scorers with 23 points. He was joined in double-figure scoring by Aanen Moody (21) and …