Unheralded

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Fishing On D-Day With An American Hero

I wrote this a year ago today. I wish I could take my father-in-law, Garland Crook, fishing today. Unfortunately, his age caught up with him in the past year, and he’s now a resident of Miller Pointe Nursing home in Mandan, N.D., where at 6:30 tonight we’ll have a special program, with music and speeches and remembrances, to celebrate the …


CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — The Zen Master At Table

I’m trying to imagine a dinner party hosted by Thomas Jefferson. Perfect food, cooked in the avant-garde French fashion, and a flight of fine wines. And Jefferson presiding, a man of perfect manners who seems to have no discernible ego. He does not hold forth about anything. There is nothing boisterous about him. He never calls attention to himself. In …

CHRIS ALLEN: Morocco Journal — What Is Morocco?

Morocco is the home of Casablanca, the largest city in the country, and the setting for the greatest movie of all time (not one frame of which was actually shot there because the world was having a war at the time). It is a Muslim-majority country with pockets of Christians and an ever-dwindling population of Jews. It is a kingdom …

JIM THIELMAN: Twins Have A Bead On A Mardi Gras Season

The American League Central standings have barely shifted since the Cleveland Indians fell from a first-place tie with the Minnesota Twins on April 21. The turbulent April weather that could have crinkled a pitching staff has been forgotten. The Twins lead their division by 11.5 games. It could become a Mardi Gras season. This franchise has reached 100 wins just …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Jeff Daniels As Atticus Finch: ‘The Role Of A Lifetime’

In the last decade or so, I’ve become an admirer of Jeff Daniels, the actor who came to prominence as the goofball character (with Jim Carrey) in the 1994 movie “Dumb and Dumber.” But it’s been his later work, hardly of the goofball variety, that I’ve found so compelling. Daniels was the brooding anchorman in HBO’s “The Newsroom”; the womanizing FBI …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Garden Notes No. 51: Digging In The Dirt Is My Therapy

Digging in the dirt is my therapy, and we have been doing plenty of digging these past few weeks at Red Oak House. Jim has planted 25 of his heirloom tomatoes he started by seed in March and given away his remaining seedlings. He reports that the peas and potatoes have sprouted with the long-awaited arrival of sunny weather, and …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Park River/Fordville-Lankin Vs. Thompson

Adam Zavalney’s 4-for-4 performance led Park River/Fordville-Lankin to it third straight North Dakota Class B state high school baseball championship, a 9-8 win over Thompson on Saturday in Fargo. Zavalney, who had two doubles and three RBI, scored the winning run on Bryce Wood’s sacrifice fly for the walkoff win. Wood was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Thompson …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — The Courage To Face The Truth

Wherever I go to talk about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, someone tries to talk me out of the idea that Meriwether Lewis committed suicide. The other day, I was in Phoenix, and someone mansplained to me that Lewis could not have done it because how do you first shoot yourself in the head and then in the gut? Everywhere …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — There Is Still Time For ‘Mail Call’

Hi everyone. There is a little over a week left for you to send a message to my Pa to thank him for his service on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He has been touched by the letters he has received to date. We are going to read selections from these at the D-Day 75th Anniversary program. If putting a stamp …

RON SCHALOW: Cramer’s 2014 Coverup

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has been doing a splendid job in his efforts to help his sociopathic low IQ pagan idol, President Trump, with tariff boy’s coverup, and there is a good reason why. He’s practiced. Cramer has put in the work for whoever puts the sparkle in the eye of his inner hyena. A year ago, Kevin was proudly …

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

East Grand Forks Senior High took its opening game in the Minnesota Section 8AA high school baseball tournament with a 10-0 victory over Crookston on Tuesday at Stauss Park in East Grand Forks. The Pirates had advanced after defeating Bagley in a play-in game earlier in the day. The Green Wave scored seven runs in the second inning to blow …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — How Do We Honor The Dead?

As I walked my dog by the Catholic cemetery that borders my condo Monday morning, I heard echoes of Taps ring through the air and reflected on the dead who were being honored this past Memorial Day Weekend — men and women who gave their lives in service to our country and its highest ideals. How do we honor the …

JIM THIELMAN: Ayyyy, What’s Up, Deck?

Who would think stark realizations about shrewd capitalism and insight to human nature could come from watching nine innings of pantomime baseball? Not this little black duck, as Daffy would say during cartoons in which Bugs Bunny was the smart one and Daffy was, well, daffy. Because the Minnesota Twins have had more bad seasons than good since moving into …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Let’s Not Let Bad Politics Ruin Our Chance To Honor Theodore Roosevelt

Senate Bill 2001, passed by the 2019 North Dakota Legislature, is the appropriations bill for the North Dakota governor’s office. It’s eight sections long and contains an appropriation of about $4.5 million to pay the governor and lieutenant governor and their staff, their travel expenses and their office supplies. It has a line item with the governor’s salary and a …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — F-M RedHawks Vs. Texas Airhogs

Leo Pina to hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the F-M RedHawks to a 6-2 American Association baseball win over the Texas Airhogs on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. With the win, the RedHawks improved to 6-4 while the Airhogs fell to 2-8. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Bell Pepper And Mushroom Marinara

Marinara sauce can be thick and chunky or smooth and silky. Either way suits me, but if I had my druthers, the former rather than the latter would be my preference. Hardly any two of my marinara sauces are the same. But assuredly, they all contain tomatoes, garlic, some fresh basil, onion and seasoning. And they can be used on anything from …

JIM THIELMAN: Haircut Blood — A War Story

The Panama Canal had long disappeared. The wackiest ship in the Navy had no land in sight when Ellsworth Gregor Buechel of Pittsburgh sat down for a haircut at sea. He didn’t call the vessel he was on by its rightful name, the APL-14. He called it “The Ritz Carlton”: A football-field long, unpowered ship, four decks high, towed by …

RON SCHALOW: N.D. Legislature Moves To End Bakken Train Explosions — Albeit By Accident

Congratulations are due Reps. Jason Dockter, Craig Headland, Michael Howe and Todd Porter and Sen. Dwight Cook, who all had the hindsight to propose a tax incentive bill that might draw companies to the Bakken to buy all of our gases — the ones cooked into our sweet luscious crude. To buy less than 100 percent of it would be rude. …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — The Night I Saw The Future

My book,“I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers”was first published in 2006. On scores of occasions in the years since, I’ve told the story of our relationship to audiences large and small across the nation. It’s been a deeply meaningful experience every time. It seems you can’t bring up the name of Fred Rogers without changing the molecules …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — The U.S. Senate: The Backbone Of A Chocolate Eclair

We have been living for a very long time with the idea of executive supremacy. Some misguided attorneys have argued, since the presidency of George W. Bush, for what they like to call the Unitary Executive. By this they mean that the power of the president is virtually unlimited not only throughout the executive branch of government but in the …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — The Comments Are In: What Should We Do About The Bice Bridge?

There’s this fellow who works in the Montana office of the Bureau of Land Management named Seth Jackson who’s as good at his job as anyone I’ve ever known who works for the U.S. government. I haven’t met him, but I’ve e-mailed back and forth with him at least a dozen times, And I always get the information I need …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Central And Grand Forks Red River Vs. Fargo Davies

Grand Forks Central clinched first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 10-6 high school baseball win over Fargo Davies on Thursday at Kraft Memorial Field. The Knights, who finished the regular season with a 9-1record in the EDC and 12-4 overall, were led by Parker Stroh, who was 4-4 with four RBI, and Brandon Holt, who was 3-3 and …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Beef Stroganoff With Green Beans And German Cabbage

Fusion cuisine, the combining of two or more culinary traditions, has become quite popular worldwide over the past couple of decades, particularly in culturally diverse and large metropolitan settings. Many believe it was started in the 1980s and ’90s, when the public was introduced to creations such as buffalo chicken spring rolls, grits with butter and soy sauce and sautéed foie …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Mail Call For The Boy From Attala County On The 75th Anniversary Of D-Day

June 6, 2019, will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal battle of World War II, which took place near Normandy, France. “The largest seaborne attack in history, it was also one of the bloodiest, with a combination of strong winds, unruly tidal currents, and a formidable German defensive, resulting in the loss of 2,400 American lives by the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Ninth Annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service

Local and state law enforcement officers from North Dakota and Minnesota agencies, federal law enforcement, the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police participated in the Ninth Annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service on Tuesday on the front lawn of the Grand Forks County Courthouse. The ceremony included presentation of the colors, reading of roll call for fallen officers, …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — The Worst Threat To The Little Missouri State Scenic River EVER!

An interesting little item buried on Page 4 of a long April 30 North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting agenda read: “Overview of Oil and Gas Development in western North Dakota along the Little Missouri River.” (approx. 3:30 pm) Piqued my curiosity, so I went. What I learned is that I should have been paying more attention to some things my …

RON SCHALOW: North Dakota Delegation’s Oil Pipe Dream

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office recently received a terse letter from Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Kevin Cramer and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, the most powerful set of unrelated triplets in North Dakota. The crowd roars. I don’t think Inslee honestly gives a rip, but he might admire their optimism. The super important envelope is surely somewhere on the governor’s desk, likely …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — What If Jefferson Had Not Gone To France?

What if Jefferson had not gone to France in 1784? What if he had never left the United States? How would things have been different? Jefferson had turned down two previous high-level government invitations to take up a diplomatic post in Paris. He finally made the journey in July 1784 because his wife, Martha, was dead, because he was still …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Wild Badlands Weekend

It has been a long and tiring winter and spring has been slow to arrive. We both have been ailing. Jim slipped on the ice and fractured three ribs and I’ve been struggling with Lyme disease since our February Channel Islands National Park adventure. Thus, it was that we were both delighted to be able to pack up the car …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River

Cache la Poudre River is Colorado’s only wild and scenic river. The upper stretch was designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act because of its outstanding recreation, scenic and hydrologic features, including The Narrows, a narrow cleft where the river has cut through rock walls; Profile Rock and Sleeping Elephant, two picturesque granite rock formations; and Poudre Falls, a deep chasm that roars …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team, after dropping a pair of games to North Dakota State University on Saturday in Fargo, came back to win 6-4 Sunday in the season finale for both teams. The Fighting Hawks (22-33 overall, 7-11 Summit League) lost 3-0 and 14-0 to the Bison on Saturday. On Sunday, UND was led in batting …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Democracy At Crossroads

I know. I know. It is hard to stay actively engaged with what is happening in our country. It would be so much easier to just tune things out. It’s just so overwhelming. So exhausting. The truth is, if I stayed as outraged as the situation warranted every time a norm was obliterated, an egregious lie was told or the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Grand Forks Central Vs. West Fargo Sheyenne

Four Grand Forks Central players had two hits, including Joey Grabanski who smashed a grand slam home run and had five RBI, to lead the Knights to a 9-2 win over visiting West Fargo Sheyenne on Friday at Kraft Memorial Field. Will Eagleson, Brandon Holt and Parker Stroh (three RBI) also collected two hits for the Knights, who lead the …

RON SCHALOW: The Fictional Senators Of North Dakota

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” — Charles E. Weller, who authored the words to be a typing exercise. Many times I hammered out that seemingly patriotic sentence on an old clacking Smith Corona during typing class in the 10th grade, not once without peeking. Currently, I couldn’t tell to you …

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

Grand Forks Red River won a pair of Eastern Dakota Conference baseball games Thursday at Kraft Memorial Field, edging Fargo Shanley 2-1 and shutting out West Fargo 7-0. Red River improved to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the EDC. Shanley dropped to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the EDC and West Fargo fell to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the EDC. (Check out …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Honey Garlic Salmon

Anybody who’s cooked with honey and garlic in tandem knows that combination can produce some pretty tasty results. Honey garlic chicken and honey garlic shrimp are just two popular recipes that come to mind. But there just might be another good reason to combine the two: Both have been linked to healthy eating. And when combined, honey and garlic become a …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Why Journalism Matters

A year or so ago, someone approached me at a party and said, “So how about this fake news?” By her tone and facial expression, I knew she was really saying something to the effect of, “If the president is saying it, it must be true.” This person, of course, knew that I had spent most of my career as …

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

Sunday was a big day for University of North Dakota women’s softball coach Jordan Stevens. Not only did his Fighting Hawks team clinch a spot in the Summit League Softball Tournament in Fargo in two weeks with a 7-1 win over South Dakota State University at Apollo Sports Complex in Grand Forks, Stevens also claimed his 100th career win at UND, …

JIM THIELMAN: Can’t Die; I Haven’t Figured Anything Out 

Jazz the Cat thudded to the master bedroom’s wood floor followed by rapid tapping at 3:30 a.m. It sounded like a seizure. I went to college. Turning on the light proved me right once again. Cats with cancer migrating to their central nervous system don’t come home from the emergency veterinarian. There, they stopped the seizures with valium at 4 …