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JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Never Mind

Well, that was a waste of time. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak and sent copies to her fellow commissioners,, Randy Christmann and Brian Kroshus, asking them to assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery project being proposed for construction beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I also wrote here asking …


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MARTIN C. FREDRICKS IV: Four The Record — You Can’t Judge A Bison By His Coat

The guy I roomed with for most of my first two years of college is one of the best. Brian Johnson started as an architecture major, then became a mechanical engineering student at North Dakota State University from 1986 to 1991. We shared rooms, first in Stockbridge (a.k.a., “Jockbridge”), then in University Village. You’d be hard pressed to meet a …


TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — October Optimism For Old-Timers

Minnesota’s average temperature in mid-October is just short of 60. So when it’s been raining for a week, we’re already covering our plants, and there’s 6 inches of snow in parts of North Dakota, depression can set in easily. For the baseball fan, October is supposed to be a happy time. Play-in games followed by playoff games followed by the …

MARTIN C. FREDRICKS IV: Four The Record — Tears Of Us Clowns

In the context of the hearings to determine if Bret Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Rep. Kevin Cramer has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he isn’t fit to represent anyone. Again. Again. The only time North Dakota’s lone congressman makes national news is when he’s inserted his foot so far down his …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Cheese Curds Anyone?

The Facebook comments were harsh.  “WHAAAAA!?!?!?!??” “Terry, I am legitimately baffled by this factoid.” “I weep for you.” “Unfriending.” Some were even harsher. “YOUAREDEADTOME!” “You some kinda Commie?” “No, but definitely one of those Socialists!” You’d think I had voted for Hillary, or something. What’s the cause of all this? What did I do to deserve such criticism? I wrote one simple …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Boogiemen

Halloween must be coming because there sure are a lot of boogiemen out there trying to scare you into doing the right thing. For them. I’ve been getting flyers in the mail more frightening than Stephen King novels, Shark Week or a Kavanaugh tantrum. According to one mailer, the scariest thing facing North Dakotans is Measure 1 — the ethics …

RON SCHALOW: But Kevin, What If It Was Your Daughter?

Based on his related comments, it’s hard not to imagine a Kevin Cramer conversation with a sexual assault survivor that doesn’t go something like this. A Cramer-related female rushes in the front door, and yells, “Father, er, sir, I’ve been attacked.” Cramer doesn’t look up. “Who are you?” He continues smiling down on a photo of him trying to give …

TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — This Is My Country, And I’ll Vote

At the risk of losing her Senate seat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., cast a true and heartfelt “NO” vote on the nomination of Brent Kavanaugh to a lifetime position on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an attorney, has served as North Dakota attorney general, has dealt with Native American issues and sex trafficking and has broad, solid legal experience. …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — We Are Tough, We Are Survivors, Kevin Cramer

I am a survivor. That is what I always call myself. I am not a victim of sexual assault. I am a survivor. One of the titles for the many talks I’ve given over the years about my sexual assault is “From Victim to Victor: Finding Healing and Strength in the Face of Violence.” In it, I address the so called …

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

The University of North Dakota received goals from five different players en route to a 5-0 win over Western Illinois University in Summit League play Thursday afternoon at East Grand Forks Senior High Field. Mimi Eiden, Brittany Mueller Olivia Knox, Cassie Giddings and Emma Bangert scored for the Fighting Hawks (8-2-1 overall, 2-0-0 Summit). Goaltender Olivia Swenson recorded her seventh shutout …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — The Transcript

SEPT. 27, 2018, WASHINGTON — Senate Judicial Committee Chairman Charles Grassley is seated. Brett Kavanaugh fastidiously adjusts the items on his desk. Cory Booker snaps a selfie. Jeff Flake nervously chews a Lifesaver. Lindsey Graham pages through the latest edition of Good Housekeeping. GRASSLEY: (whispers) “Where’s my gavel? Sen. Feinstein, did you swipe my gavel?” FEINSTEIN: (snores softly) “Huh, wah? …

MARTIN C. FREDRICKS IV: Four The Record — The Alleged “Distractees” – Not Our Daughters And Sisters — Must Change

Gender Bias Needs to Be Removed from Dress-Code Enforcement in Fargo Public Schools Each year, Fargo Public Schools officials tell our daughters  — sometimes explicitly, often implicitly — they will be a “distraction” to other students and teachers if they wear spaghetti-strap tops that are “too revealing,” pants that are “too tight” or skirts that are “too short.” The “too” statements are …

RON SCHALOW: All Of The Things I Don’t Remember

Caution: Some meandering ahead. I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford because I can see, hear and comprehend sincerity. It isn’t a tough call. As for this Brett Kavanaugh character, he has a disposition that would embarrass a Rottweiler. All that snarling would get irritating after about 10 minutes. I’ve seen his type before, and they usually screwed me out of …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Ev’s Back!

Getting Bad News (From the Online Journal of Everett Charles Albers, Friday, Sept. 20, 2002) “A few weeks ago — but about 20 days past — I turned yellow, most jaundiced in eye and skin. Damning whatever gods may be, convinced I had somehow contracted infectious hepatitis, I went to see a general practitioner. I did tests, ultra-soundings, CT scans, …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Living And Dying: It’s (Past) Time To Do Our Wills

There’s nothing like a funeral to remind you of your own morality. Especially when you’re 73 and the person’s whose funeral you’re attending is younger. So today, as I sat in the pew at Temple Israel listening to Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman talking about a man I’d ironically never met (though I knew his wife), that’s where my mind drifted. I …

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

The University of North Dakota used a strong running game, with James Johannesson and Brady Oliveira each rushing for over 100 yards, en route to a 38-13 win over Northern Colorado University on Saturday at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo. Johannesson ran for 141 yards and Oliveira chipped in 123 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Hawks improved to 3-2 …

NICK HENNEN: Now I See — Me, Too

My first memory was playing in the dirt with a hand trowel just inside a wooded area near my home. I was digging deeply into the tan soil, pulling up chunks to later break down in search of “gold” — all of the good stuff was going into my dump truck, which was nearby. I was really into the moment. …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team made its Summit League debut one to remember with a 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 24-26, 15-9) victory over the instate rival North Dakota State University on Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Senior Jordan Vail led the Fighting Hawks (10-8 overall, 2-1 Summit League) with a career-high 19 kills. Several other UND …

RON SCHALOW: Why Do Kevin Cramer And Cronies Detest Females?

The regular Kevin Cramer hijinks and loathsome burbs is required writing because the belligerent stupidity is such great fun to opine. After the stomach stops churning. I mean his last gullet convulsing diatribe, on the attempted illegal something versus the completion of an illegal something equals Q was brilliant in it’s combative contempt for women, girls and sanity. I assume …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Time To Get Involved

A LOT of people read Monday’s post about the North Dakota Public Service Commission and the Davis Refinery on The Prairie Blog and Unheralded.Fish, and I had a number of requests asking how they could get involved. Here’s how: Write a letter. Elected officials react to public contact. Letters, e-mails, phone calls and attendance at meetings all influence their actions. …

CHRIS ALLEN: Dubai Journal — Dune-Bashing

There is a certain, unequaled thrill sitting in the front seat of a four-wheel drive SUV, its engine roaring like a locomotive as it churns its way up a 15-foot sand dune and slides diagonally down the other side, only to bounce across a valley, take aim again and repeat the scream-inducing ride all over again. This is dune-bashing in …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Don’t Do It, Julie; Don’t Back Down

A letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Don’t do it. Don’t just blindly accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge to reject the idea that you could assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery, which Meridian Energy wants to build three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That judge based his recommendation on a strict reading of …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Move Over, Dorian Gray

I spent more time on my fantasy football picks than the Senate has on Brett Kavanaugh. No matter how it turns out, I’ll have another chance next year. But the Supreme Court is for keeps. If the 53-year-old nominee serves to the age of 90 like Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. did, he’ll reign until 2055. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be …

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Fall Colors Road Trip

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, recently took a two-day northeastern North Dakota road trip to view fall colors, which were in full display. On their way to the Turtle Mountains and the Pembina Gorge, with a final stop at Turtle River State, in Cavalier they found colorful painted bales on display throughout the town.

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — The Cool Kids

As a kid, I used to look forward to the new television season each fall. The return of TV shows I liked and the start of new ones. Lately, not so much. Except this year. I’m going to be very disappointed if a new show called “The Cool Kids” on Fridays on Fox turns out to be a dud. It …

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

The University of North Dakota, after leading Idaho State University 21-19 at halftime, failed to score again and gave up a late fourth-quarter touchdown to fall 25-21 to the Bengals on Saturday in the Alerus Center in the annual Potato Bowl and Homecoming game. The Fighting Hawks (2-2) were led John Santiago, who rushed for 111 yards and ran for one …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s soccer team hung with the University of Portland for 68 minutes before Taryn Ries broke a scoreless tie to give the Pilots a 1-0 victory Friday afternoon at East Grand Forks Senior High. Porland (6-4-0) is a Division I power, having won two national titles. UND (6-2-1) returns to action next Sunday for a Summit …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — As A Survivor, I Stand With Her

This has been a tough week for survivors of sexual assault. And today, it just got worse. Donald Trump, who prior to this morning had used uncharacteristic restraint, tweeted, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Reefer Madness

It isn’t often that you can vote against the Apocalypse. This November voters will be on the front lines to defend the state against the Armageddon that has befallen eight states and the District of Columbia — legalized recreational marijuana. I’ve witnessed the carnage with my own two bloodshot eyes in Colorado. Everyone is running around like Cheech and Chong …

MARTIN C. FREDRICKS IV: Four The Record — Celebrate The Weird

Flowers are Spectrum-Colored. People are Weird. And Nothing You Say Can Change My Mind. And she said, “Flowers are red.” “Flowers are red young man / Green leaves are green / There’s no need to see flowers any other way / Than the way they always have been seen.” She’s a teacher, a character in a late 1970s song by …

RON SCHALOW: The Old Men And The Sea

Saltwater. So abundant. For decades, child global cartographers have gone bonkers when the blue crayon became a nub before ever even getting to the Tropic of Capricorn. Some wannabes outside the map colorization community have suggested that we might be dealing with multicolored gulfs, epicontinental seas and fjords. Purists consider this train of thought to be pure madness. The oceans …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — ‘If You Know Wilderness In The Way That You Know Love … ‘: Two Retreats To The North Unit

It has been my great fortune to have made two retreats to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park these past few weeks, a place in the Bad Lands that is very dear to my heart.  The North Unit is the heart of wildness in North Dakota and is, right now, awash in autumn glory. My first outing was …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Still Working To Improve My Punmanship

I’ve never bothered to heed the warnings: Samuel Johnson described the pun as “the lowest form of humor.” John Dryden concurred, calling it “the most groveling kind of wit.” OK, I’ll admit that those two may be among the greatest literary figures of all-time. But what did they know? Then again, I guess I’ve had my fair share of more …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Finding Freedom From Shame

I began blogging a couple of years ago, in the aftermath of the Brock Turner sentence. Turner was the 19-year-old Stanford student who drunkenly raped a fellow student and received a ridiculously short jail sentence. I wrote about my own experience as a rape survivor and talked about how there is not a “type” of victim, but there is only …

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

The University of North Dakota football team rebounded in Week 3 of the season with a big 24-23 win over No. 5-ranked Sam Houston State University on Saturday in Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. Noah Wanzek’s 8-yard, fourth-down touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game was the difference for the Fighting Hawks (1-1) and snapped the Bearkats’ …

RON SCHALOW: Puffy Prairie Portweasel Flip Flops On Pea-Brained POTUS

When you’re the most influential political blogger in North Dakota — just ask him — a columnist for the mighty Forum Communications Company, reigning Miss Congeniality of the Sam Adams Alliance awards and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence, you’re always under tremendous pressure to come up with new and thought provoking ways to stick a …

KEVIN GRINDE: Rhythm Of The Trail — Cabela’s Moose Receive Some TLC

As the two iconic battling moose towered above, Dennis Riedhammer chiseled mortar away from the sculpture’s base, one rock at a time. Riedhammer’s job this week is just one part of a process to restore the base of the bronze sculpture in East Grand Forks, Minn., which contained a serious design flaw. Originally, the base had a lichen cover that …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — A Refinery Moves One Step Closer To Our National Park, But It’s Not Too Late To Stop It

There are two ways to look at the recommendation of Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward on Tuesday that the North Dakota Public Service Commission dismiss the complaint against that (expletive deleted) Meridian Energy for failing to get a site review from the PSC for its proposed refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. First, If you believe that two or maybe …

CLAY JENKINSON: Clay’s Notebook — The Joy Of Reading In A Distracted Time

I’ve been writing a long essay called the “Joy of Reading in a Distracted World.” I don’t know why I started down this path, exactly. I have long lists of books I want to write. All I need is more time, more energy, some clarity in my thinking and a Muse. Jefferson was a great reader, especially when he was …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Fresh Tomato Salsa

The summer of 2018 will be remembered by many gardeners as the year of the tomato. Despite a dry spell the last three weeks of August, it’s been a banner season for those ruby-red orbs of sweetness. My garden was no exception. I’ve been inundated with tomatoes since mid-July. It’s partly my own fault. After a 2017 in which my …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Welcome To Adulthood

I had the unique and wonderful opportunity to attend a “Welcome to Adulthood” Celebration for a young man in my congregation who turned 18, an event I think more people should celebrate. His parents invited adults who were a part of his life to take part in the ceremony. It began with a reflection of what it means to turn …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Let Us Now Visit France

I’m organizing a cultural tour of Jefferson’s France, so I have been reading about those amazing years, between 1784 and 1789. If ever we had a perfect ambassador to France, it was Thomas Jefferson. His oral French was never great, but he was precise and disciplined, and his command of French prose was excellent. He loved France almost as much …