Unheralded

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. …


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 …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Dispatches From Theodore Roosevelt National Park

We slipped away from domestic chores this week for an interlude in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit) along with a night in the charming village of Medora, N.D., where we were treated to two very pleasant days, warm and sunny, with a gentle breeze. We took a hike on the Jones Creek trail and two drives through the Park …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Bison Dreams

I had such a riveting dream last night. I was at the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, with Jim. A baby bison wandered into the crowd, and I picked it up in my arms, trying to figure out how to rescue it. Knowing that it would not survive without a mother on which to nurse, I was perplexed. I tried to find …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — A Medora Weekend

A visit to Medora, N.D., can be memorable. Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons was there this past weekend, taking in the Medora Musical, a Tigirlily concert and the awesome sights of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Here are just a few of the images that caught his eye. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Custer State Park

Custer State Park in South Dakota was on the agenda for Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, while on a recent eight-day road trip. Beside viewing some of the park’s wonderful wildlife, they took in Sylvan Lake. Known as the “crown jewel” of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake offers picnic places, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming and hiking trails. In Dave’s …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Butte de Morale

I’m feeling nostalgic as I write this, a mood brought on by snow falling outside my window. Reminds me of North Dakota. Friends may previously have seen this image, on Facebook or even in person. In 2010, the University of Washington, which owns the original, scanned and printed a copy for display in a historical exhibit I curated, “When the …

Bev Benda: My Coach Bev — Bison Named National Mammal: Love, But Do Not Touch!

On May 9, the bison was named the national mammal through the National Bison Legacy Act. The campaign was led by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and 11 other co-sponsors. This act passed through Congress and the Senate easily before being signed by President Obama. A few facts: Bison are the largest land animal in America, found in all …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Shredded Barbecue Beef

Why are sandwiches so popular? There are a lot of reasons. Perhaps the biggest one is the sheer number of ingredients that can be placed between two slices of bread or on a bun and be eaten anytime. In the morning, for example, a person can feast on a fried egg with bacon on two pieces of toast. Or one with tuna …