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TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Wake Up, North Dakotans

I’m going to type very slowly so you can keep up. Don’t get me wrong, I used to think North Dakotans were even more above average than residents of Lake Wobegone, blessed with sound cognitive abilities. According to some legislators, I was wrong, so I’ll try to keep this as monosyllabic as possible. Republicans in the North Dakota Legislature have …


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RON SCHALOW: Are AR-15s the New Cadillac?

Only 25 percent of Americans own a gun and just 3 percent of Americans own half of them. Some of folks own an AR-15 or a dozen. And a number of owners feature their AR-15 on their Facebook page. “They just look scary, you stupid lib$%&# snowflake cuck.” Anyway, back when cars didn’t all look alike, the across-the-street neighbor with …


TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Charlotte Joko Beck: The Wisest Spiritual Teacher You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Fred Rogers described truly great human beings as those “in touch with the eternal.” Of all the extraordinary people I have known in my life, two in particular most fit that description. One, of course, is Fred himself. The other is a female Zen master named Tuan, who I met many years ago. Tuan is Vietnamese. She was visiting a …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — End Of The Year Quiz

I’m on an early deadline. Happy New Year, folks! Out with the old and in with the new! And that has nothing to do with cleaning my refrigerator. True story: A couple of years ago, my daughter discovered some Italian dressing with an expiration date that coincided with Obama’s inauguration. Really. Since it was basically oil and vinegar, I insisted …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken In Paprika Sauce

Chicken is one of those foods that can be prepared any number of ways, and that is no exaggeration. If you do a Google search of chicken recipes, 907 million pop up immediately. Most of us are most familiar with chicken that is fried, baked or roasted. But more and more people are opting for skillet entrees that take less …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Some Christmas Poetry: ‘Pure As The Soul Of Christ’

OK, if you came here looking for that sappy poem “Billy Peeble’s Christmas” that I usually put on my annual Christmas poetry blog, you’re going to be disappointed. Even Lillian rolled her eyes when I headed for my office to start writing. She didn’t say much, but I got the hint — aren’t you tired of that by now? Isn’t …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — A Christmas Tale

In the spirit of the season, we bring you one of Tony J Bender’s columns from 2002. The teapot whistled, and the old man rose from his rocking chair by the window where he watched the sunrise. He pulled two cups out of the cupboard, a force of habit developed over 53 years. He filled one cup, dropped an Earl …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Jefferson’s Second American Revolution

Every era faces its own set of issues, and every president attempts to address the challenges and opportunities of American life and to reset the country to the extent that it is possible. It was easier to influence what Jefferson called “the course of human events” back then because we were just beginning. Decisions made then were going to percolate …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — For The Holidays: My Father’s Gift

It’s been seven years since my dad, Myke Madigan, died after a noble struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Last February, after months of praying that God take her home, Lois Madigan, my mom, finally “got her wings.” Both of them have been on my mind and heart an awful lot lately, which might explain why a few days ago I remembered …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Christmas Bird Count: Bad Lands Waxwing Day

Each year, when our time permits, Jim and I try to participate in an area Christmas Bird Count. Friday, we traveled to festive Medora, N.D., for a dusk drive through the national park, some Comet Wirtanen and Geminid meteor shower viewing in the dark Park and a good night’s sleep in the Rough Rider Hotel. And Saturday, we participated in …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Winter Notes No. 3: Life’s Passages

There are no “Garden Notes” this time of year at Red Oak House (although Jim did already order his 2019 tomato seeds), but I do occasionally write “Winter Notes.” This entry is deeply significant for me because of a life passage my family and I have been experiencing. Autumn was short, cold and somewhat gloomy, and snow came early. Jim says …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Making homemade sausage is a popular pastime, especially among hunters. For many people, it’s a family tradition to get together after the deer or elk hunting season to make sausage. In the old days, the grinding and stuffing was done manually. But these days, sausage-making is made easy with electric meat grinders and stuffers, kitchen scales, premixed seasonings and readily available casings. …

RON SCHALOW: Three Blind Rodents And Other Things

Most semi-sentient Americans with an Internet connection, or a library card, knew that Donald Trump has been a lying criminal National Enquirer sleazebag for decades. What a surprise to find out that goober doesn’t have a little president’s hat. Or functional cap. It is an impressive collection of hats, though. Every large inebriated polar bear I’ve ever met in a …

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

Four players scored in double figures, including Julia Fleecs who poured in a career-high 19 points, to lead the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team to a 84-50 win over Mayville State University on Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Lexi Klabo (18), Melissa Dailey (15) and Jill Morton (14) joined Fleecs in double figures for UND (3-7). …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Madison’s Gift

Sometimes I wonder what it must have been like to be James Madison. He was a diminutive genius who did not call attention to himself. He was a balding hypochondriac who was always sure he did not have enough vitality for the hurly burly of our early national politics. He was a profound reader, a digester of the history of …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — The Truth Will Set You Free

Last night, I went to the new play “Lifespan of a Fact,” starring Daniel Radcliffe. It was brilliant and debated what happens when we lose track of facts and truth. That is probably one of the things that bothers me most about what is transpiring in this country (besides, you know, kids in cages, the destruction of the environment and …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Self-Reflection

I begin today in a self-reflective state of mind at the urging of Kevin Cramer, who took umbrage over criticisms of Precedent Trump’s un-Christianlike behavior at George H. W. Bush’s funeral. Trump didn’t sing, recite the Apostles’ Creed, or offer Michelle Obama even one piece of candy. Apparently, he was fearful of violating her nutritional guidelines. Since she left Washington, …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — ‘The Paris Husband’

I first heard of the author Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, when I was a freshman at the University of North Dakota. He had committed suicide in July, two months before I arrived on campus It was perhaps for that reason that my ”Intro to Fiction” professor chose to begin his course that fall with Hemingway’s short story “A Clean Well-lighted Place,” …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Cortez Seales scored 19 points and had a career-high five steals to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 83-72 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Joining Seals in double-figure scoring for the Fighting Hawks (5-5) were Aanen Moody (18), Kienan Walter (14) and Conner Avants (12). Darius Roy …

RON SCHALOW: Too Good

You get an email. “To all employees. You’re all doing too good. Knock it off for crissakes! We’re getting killed. If you people sell 10 more product things and/or doodads this month, we’ll have to close the doors. Not literally the doors of the building, Larry. Somebody go talk to Larry. I suppose they will get locked though. Anyway. What …

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

Goalie Adam Scheel stopped 21 of 22 University of Denver shots, including a penalty shot in the third period, to lead the Fighting Hawks to a 4-1 win over the Pioneers on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND (9-6-1 overall, 3-4 NCHC) jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Gavin Hain and Mark Senden. Matt Kiersted made it …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University Of North Dakota women’s basketball team jumped to an early first-half lead but fell victim to some hot shooting at the start of the second half by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in losing 64-46 in nonconference play Friday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (2-6) were led by Lexi Klabo, who scored 14 points. The Panthers (4-5) …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Notice: Comment Period Extended On Forest Service SEIS

UPDATE: The U.S. Forest Service will announce today that it has extended the comment period on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Leasing on our Little Missouri National Grasslands. The 30-day extension means comments will be accepted on the Draft SEIS, outlined below, until Jan. 16, 2019. Although the announcement comes Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, as …

JIM THIELMAN: Christmas Letters: The Good, The Bad

I grew eager each December when the Christmas cards feathered out from a neatly stacked pile into a pitcher’s mound on the dining room buffet. It meant the one mimeographed Christmas letter would soon arrive. As I reached junior high, I couldn’t wait for what was the genre’s quintessential stereotype. The letter — who had a mimeograph machine? — addressed …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Gratitude: From Aspens To Zen

The gratitude list is hardly a new concept, but several friends have taken it to another level, attempting to find reasons to be grateful for every letter of the alphabet. I decided to try it myself. It certainly wasn’t easy. I mean, am I really grateful for X-rays and xylophones? And I wouldn’t allow myself to use the names of …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Liberals Are Gunning For Your Freedom

I’ve about had it with snowflakes and it’s barely December. I saw on Fox News that the #MeToo movement is trying to stamp out romance. What’s under assault is the revered seasonal classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” A Cleveland radio station took the song off the air under pressure from radicals in pink hats because it’s about a guy trying …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Remembrances of L. Ray Wheeler

By his friends, students, and colleagues. North Dakotan extraordinaire, Dr. L. Ray Wheeler, passed away on November 27, 2018, in Dickinson, N.D., after a long and remarkable life. Even his death notice was poetry: “Brush off the snow and bang the drum, L. Ray Wheeler’s release has come. Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning November 27, …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Watching Out For Our National Grasslands —Protecting The Places We Hunt And Play

There are a million acres of public land in western North Dakota called the Dakota Prairie Grasslands, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. A management plan was written in 2001 to guide Forest Service employees, and in 2003, a “Record of Decision for Oil and Gas Leasing” identified lands open for lease and how oil and gas development should be …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team snapped a three-game National Collegiate Hockey Conference losing streak and won for the first time its last six visits to Duluth’s AMSOIL Arena with Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jordan Kawaguchi and Grant Mismash scored first-period goals and and goalie Adam Scheel  stopped 28 of 29 shots as …

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

The University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s hockey exploded for four goals in the second period — two on the power play — to propel the Bulldogs to a 5-0 win over the University of North Dakota in National Collegiate Hockey Conference action Friday night in Duluth’s AMSOIL Arena. It was UND’s fifth straight loss at AMSOIL. Kobe Roth scored twice to lead …

RON SCHALOW: Do Not Resuscitate

Fair warning: If the topic of suicide is a touchy one for you, it would be best to read something else. Not long ago, I was watching a medical drama called “Chicago Med” on Hulu. It’s not a show I would seek out if it had 324 commercials. Pretty average. Anyway, a man and a small child were wheeled into …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — From The Desert: Fred Rogers’ Remarkable Request Of My DyingBrother

Tim Wright and I were born a few days apart in December 1957. (He’s older and rather looks it, I think.) Which is to say that Tim and I are both on the far side of a generational divide in America. Either you were a Captain Kangaroo kid or a Mister Rogers kid, and we were both Captain Kangaroo guys …

CLAY JENKINSON: An Interview With Dan Flores

As the editor of the Lewis and Clark journal We Proceeded On, I conduct a number of longform interviews per year. The November issue of WPO was about critters — bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, horses and beaver. You can become a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation by going to lewisandclark.org. Please do! The journal is a quarterly, …

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

Cooper Holm, Jake Hjelle, Landon Parker and Nathaniel Emery each scored a goal to lead East Grand Forks Senior High to a 4-0 win over Grand Forks Red River on Tuesday night in Fido Purpur Arena in Grand Forks in the first game in the hunt for the 2018-19 Gambucci Cup, which symbolizes supremacy in boys high school hockey in …

RON SCHALOW: Duh Don Trump (DDT) Concentrated

Just in the last seven to 10 days, a sampling of DDT: We’re shooting tear gas canisters at kids. That’s a thing I haven’t seen since the last seriously raucous protest. I guess civilians have been dodging that poison for a long time. Maybe advanced photography makes the current scene more surreal. Something about this time seems extra evil. Here …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Fracking And Flaring At Van Hook

Here’s an article I wrote for the December issue of Dakota Country magazine, which should be on the newsstands this week. If you’re not already a subscriber, you should be. Here’s the place to go to sign up. They’ve got a Christmas sale going on right now, and the price is right. A year and a half ago, I wrote …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Thanksgiving Fails

Far be it for me to complain, but I’m going to complain. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving tradition? There was a time when we remembered the reason for the season — Columbus discovering the Pilgrims. And it was more than an excuse to buy LED televisions the size of garage doors. We didn’t say, “Happy Holidays,” we said, “Happy Thanksgiving,” and …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Alaska-Anchorage

Rhett Gardner scored twice, the tying and winning goals 41 seconds apart in the third period, to lift the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 4-3 win and a weekend sweep of its nonconference series with University of Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND (7-5-1) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim the victory of …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Alaska-Anchorage

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over visiting University of Alaska-Anchorage on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Ludvig Hoff, Grant Mismash, Rhett Gardner, Casey Johnson and Jackson Keane scored for the Fighting Hawks (6-5-1). Keane’s goal was the first of his career. Nicolas Erb-Ekholm and Nils Rygaard scored goals …

RON SCHALOW: No, I’m Not Surprised

“Is anyone surprised by this?” It’s one of the most-used phrases on social media when the news pertains to Trump, It’s easy and always applicable. Would anyone be surprised by the possibility of the following?: “I got an A-plus for my handling of Hurricane Maria, but some low-energy losers blame me for people dying on Porto Recliner. A lot of …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — ‘Glad To be Sad.’ From The Desert: Memories Of Dad

The desert mountains and majestic saguaro cacti were still in full darkness when the men convened that recent Saturday morning. There was Tim Wright, pastor of Community of Grace Lutheran Church in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria, and 20 or so guys who for years had been coming together weekly to study the Bible and discuss important things, (though the …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Election 2018: Racists 1, Potheads 0

A couple final (?) thoughts on the Nov. 6 election in North Dakota. * * * * * Did racism play a role in the 2018 North Dakota election? As I’ve said repeatedly over the past few months, North Dakota Democrats needed to focus ALL their messaging opportunities on two topics: Trump’s trade wars and Republicans trying to take away health …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — A Thanksgiving Day Poem

Paging through an old book of poetry, I came across this poem by North Dakota poet Paul Southworth Bliss, from “Poems of Places.” The poems in the book were written as Bliss traveled the country in 1937. This one came from a stop in Oklahoma, which got oil a long time before North Dakota, but the similarities are striking, 80 …