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JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — A $30,000 Check And A $100,000 Bond

It looks like Wylie Bice is going to have to write a check for $30,000 to the U.S. government and tuck away $100,000 in a bond bank somewhere as his penalty for building an illegal bridge on public land in the Bad Lands. (If you’re not familiar with this story, here’s the background.) Those are the numbers being floated around …


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PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Discordant Melody That Refuses To Be Silenced

Today we crossed the border and entered into the reality of the struggles of those who live in Juarez, Mexico, and those who are forced to wait there as they seek asylum. It was a short trip across the river and a long journey into the depths of human pain. It was hard to comprehend that the squalor in Juarez …


PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — An Asylum Policy Gone Awry

Imagine you have walked for months from El Salvador to the United States with your family, fleeing threats of death from where you came and untold horrors on the journey. You finally arrive in Juarez, Mexico, and legally present yourself for asylum. Then the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent takes your family into a room and they take your …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — What Are You Doing?

“Don’t come here asking what you can do at the border to help. The work that must be done is where you came from.” So began Ruben Garcia, advocate for asylum seekers and the founder of Annunciation House, a place of refuge that houses those who have come to the El Paso, Texas, border seeking asylum. He told our delegation, …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Broken Immigration System

Nothing about the current immigration crisis in our country is simple or easy. After one day as part of the Abriendo Fronteras/Opening Borders delegation, spending six days in El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, exploring issues related to immigration, that is my greatest take away. Our morning began early, at 6 am. The group of 16 — which includes our two …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Promises, Progress And Penn State

As an instructor at Brown College several years ago, I taught a course in Broadcast Sales. I recall there were two cardinal rules, supposedly instrumental for success: 1. When working with a client, be sure to underpromise, but overdeliver. 2. A-B-C stands for Always Be Closing. University of Minnesota football Coach P. J. Fleck is now in his third season …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — ‘Do What You Want, But Stay Off Of My Little Mo’

Here’s part of an article that appears in the November issue of Dakota Country magazine, on the newsstands now. “If we find the moral courage to save the Little Missouri River Valley today, we will congratulate ourselves 100 years from now, just as we congratulate Theodore Roosevelt for bucking the industrial zeitgeist a hundred years ago to set aside 230 …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Beneath Human Dignity

I cannot show you any photos of the women whose stories we heard today because their lives are at risk. But it broke me. We heard from five of the six women living in a safe house in Juarez, Mexico. They all fled their native Central American countries with their children  because they were facing death threats from the police …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — St. John’s Pottery Johanna Kiln

The firing of the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-burning kiln in North America at St. John’s University and Abbey in central Minnesota only happens every two years. The 87-foot-long brick kiln was designed and built 25 years ago by the university’s master potter and artist in residence Richard Bresnahan, along with help from apprentices and volunteers.  The latest firing was completed …

RON SCHALOW: Why Won’t Kelly Armstrong Leak Testimony?

What the hell is going on? Why isn’t Congressman Kelly Armstrong patriotically leaking the great impeachment news — that the lamestream media refuses to report — that would exonerate Donald Trump of airtight charges stemming from a super successful witch hunt? The congressman is sitting right there as the “never Trumpers” testify. It’s the least he can do if he were …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Bemidji State University with a 4-1 win Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Grant Mismash, Colton Poolman, Mark Senden and Jonny Tychonick scored for the Fighting Hawks, who improved to 4-1-1. Aaron Miller scored the lone goal for the Beavers (0-2-2). UND Goalie Adam Scheel had19 saves, …

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

A fourth quarter blocked punt in the end zone by Alex Cloyd and recovery for a touchdown by Jason Coley propelled the University of North Dakota football team to a 16-12 win over No. 9 Montana State University on Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Quarterback Nate Ketteringham was 27-of-36 for 220 yards for UND (5-3), and wide receiver …

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

Westin Michaud’s goal just 52 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 2-1 win over Bemidji State University on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jordan Kawaguchi scored the other goal for the Fighting Hawks (3-1-1). Owen Sillinger scored for the Beavers (0-1-2). Adam Scheel made 16 saves in goal for UND, while Zach …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 55: Autumn Sunshine

On Friday, I worked joyously in the autumn sunshine at Red Oak House, on a rare still day, planting 92 tulip bulbs at the request of my husband. He had asked me last spring to plant more and when I received an email from a seed company mentioning bulbs, it hit me that there was still time. On Thursday night, …

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

Freshmen Kacie Borowicz and Lilly Keplin scored 19 and 15 respectively to lead the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team to a 98-19 exhibition win over Concordia College on Thursday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Julia Fleecs added 18 points for the Fighting Hawks, who travel to Arizona for a Thursday game against the 2019 WNIT champion Wildcats. (Check …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — The Republic On The Brink Of Collapse

“Checks and balances, Mr. Jefferson. Checks and balances,” said John Adams. We are only a republic if each of the three branches of the national government has some capacity to check the excesses of one or both of the other two. The Founding Fathers sought to ensure that no single individual or entity would ever have unlimited, unchecked power. The …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s soccer team was defeated 7-0 by the University of Denver in its final homestand of the season Thursday afternoon at Bronson Field. The Summit League champion Pioneers upped their record to 8-4-3 overall and 4-0-1 in the Summit. The Fighting Hawks (9-6-1 overall, 3-3-0 Summit) ended weekend play Sunday against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. …

ERIC BERGESON: Photo Gallery — Flora, Fauna And The Land

Arizona is much more than the Grand Canyon, as these images from photographer Eric Bergeson show. These picturesque photos taken along the Catalina Highway, Sabino Canyon and the area around Patagonia show off some of Arizona’s other beautiful sights that await travelers to the Southwest.

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Democracy At Risk

“You people with this phony Emoluments Clause.” — Donald Trump, Oct. 21, 2019 “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8 You …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with second-ranked Minnesota State University-Mankato on Friday night at Mankato Civic Center in nonconference play. Westin Michaud, Harrison Blaisdell, Dixon Bowen and Jackson Keane scored for the Fighting Hawks (2-0-1), while Lucas Sowder, Edwin Hookenson, Nathan Smith and Connor Mackey scored for the Mavericks (2-0-1). UND …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — My Tomato Herb Phyllo Tart

I love to cook and I love to share food with family and friends. I’ve been cooking on my own for a crowd since I was 10 years old. The other night, I made this dish, which makes my husband very happy. Many friends requested the recipe. Here it is, a first for WildDakotaWoman. Tomato and Herb Phyllo Tart 7 …

CHUCK SCHUMACHER: Coach Chuck — Why It’s Important To Train Right

Everything we do amounts to training — intended or unintended — and you become what you’ve been trained to become. If correct movements are repeated and the correct mind-set applied, progress will be made; belief and technique are one. But if incorrect movements are repeated and they become habit, it won’t matter what you believe. If it’s a person’s goal …

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

Despite Ashley Brueggeman’s second-straight double-double —17 digs and 18 kills — the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team dropped a four-set match to in-state rival North Dakota State University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (9-11 overall, 1-5 Summit League) fell 22-25, 26-24, 20-25, 23-25 to the Bison (8-11 overall, 3-4 Summit). Lydia Rutten …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — In Memory Of A Giant … And A Challenge

“As a country, we are so much better than this, When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?” — Elijah Cummings Elijah Cummings was the moral voice and conscience of the U.S. House of Representatives. The son of sharecroppers, he rose to the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — German Potato Salad

I’ll have to admit, traditional potato salad the way Mom made it and Therese’s version are high on my list of favorite foods. But a good German potato salad is hard to beat. Therese made the following recipe, an update of one in her Better Homes and Garden cookbook. It was the perfect complement to a ring of cooked beef …

NICK HENNEN: Now I See — Dakota Magic

Despite how this looks, and I suppose partially because of it, North Dakota is a beautiful place. I sometimes miss the wide openness and wildness of a good blizzard. The whole world shuts down and you can crawl under the covers with a good book for hours unnoticed. Stopping to listen to the wild wind. Appreciating the warmth of your …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Our Gang’s Got a Hole in It

We all know how this works. The older we get the more often we’re reminded of it. Each entrance begets an exit. We contemplate these things as grandparents and parents get slow and gray, as we track the lines in our face in the mirror some mornings. But I never imagined a world without Gary Edwin Schlosser in it. Gare …

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

Seven different players scored goals to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to an 8-1 win and a weekend sweep of Canisius College on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Cole Smith scored twice and Gabe Bast, Mark Senden, Westin Michaud, Andrew Peski, Harrison Blaisdell and Collin Adam added single tallies for the Fighting Hawks (2-0). Austin …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — A Long-Overdue Wild Badlands Day

My family journeyed west earlier this week for a long-overdue wild Badlands day. Our first stop was to view the ongoing bison round-up at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The corrals were full of bison and from outside the fence, we watched the trailers being loaded, and we could hear the racket those massive beasts make when their bodies meet steel. …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team opened its regular season in fashion with a 5-0 win over Canisius College (0-1) on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jeff Bowen scored two goals to pace the Fighting Hawks (1-0). Shane Pinto, Grant Mishmash and Gabe Bast added single goals. UND goalie Adam Scheel had 11 saves, while the Golden …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — We Deserve Better

On Monday the U.S. withdrew approximately 1,000 troops from the Syrian border, allowing Turkey to slaughter our faithful allies, the Kurds, and leaving no one to guard the ISIS soldiers, allowing them to escape. On Friday the Turks dropped bombs so close to the U.S. troops that they almost returned fire. As fellow NATO members, the Turkish Army knows where …

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

In a high school football game dominated by defense and played in wet, cold and windy conditions, Grand Forks Red River dropped a 10-0 Homecoming decision to Fargo Shanley on Thursday afternoon at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. The Roughriders fell to 2-5 on the season, while the Deacons raised their record to 6-1. The only scores came on a …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Taking Care Of My Eyes, One Canadian Drop At A Time

I wasn’t going to write about drug prices again because I like my pharmacist and don’t want to create any ill will toward him or Bismarck-Mandan pharmacists in general. Our pharmacists are not to blame for the outrageous behavior in the prescription drug business. They’re simply retailers, pawns in the big game of chess being played by the pharmaceutical and …

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

Emma Bangert and Mimi Eiden scored goals to lead the University of North Dakota women’s soccer team to a 2-1 Summit League win over the University of South Dakota on Thursday at Bronson Field in Grand Forks. Bangert’s goal came just 78 seconds after South Dakota tied the match 1-1 on a penalty kick by Alexis Mitchell. UND goalie Catherine …

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

Linemates Grant Mismash and Gavin Hain combined for six points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 5-1 exhibition win over the University of Manitoba on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Hain scored two goals and Mismash chipped in four assists for the Fighting Hawks, who had a 49-12 edge in shots on goal. Shane …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University of California-Davis

Nate Ketteringham threw three touchdown passes and Brady Leach kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the game to lift the University of North Dakota to a 38-36 Homecoming victory over No. 12 University of California-Davis on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (3-2) were  paced on the ground by James …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Gene Autry

Ken Burns’ wonderful, new documentary series “County Music” on PBS is just terrific. I hope you got a chance to see it. I was especially taken with one particular section of the film, on the country’s “singing cowboys” of the late 1940s and early 1950s. It got me thinking. That’s not always a good thing, but in this case harmless …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Powerful Exhibition

Dorette and I devoted part of Wednesday to visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art. We accomplished our main goal of seeing MIA’s new exhibition, “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War: 1965–1975.” The artwork was organized by and is on loan from the Smithsonian’s American Art collection in Washington, D.C. Above is my iPhone picture of one of the …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — October (Scam) Fest

I don’t like online scammers very much. You know, the kind who steal the identity of a Facebook friend and then try to convince you to give up your personal information. It’s not very nice. So, from time time, I like to turn the tables on the scammers a little bit and, at the very least, waste some of their …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — ‘Robinson Crusoe’

Over the past few days, I have had the wonderful guilty pleasure of sitting down to read “Robinson Crusoe” cover to cover. I know I should have been doing other things, some of them pressing, but I just sat there and read this famous and fabulous account of a man who is shipwrecked on a small island off Venezuela and …