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TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — North Dakota Politics

Every legislative session, there should be kiosks in the malls to sell Lisinopril because Lord knows my blood pressure sure goes up. In North Dakota, any maniac can propose a bill. Well, not just any maniac off the street — elected maniacs. Take, for instance, Senate Bill 2136, sponsored by Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, that would force schools to offer …


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JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — No Man’s Life, Liberty Or Property Are Safe While The Legislature Is In Session

It was newspaper editor Gideon J. Tucker who wrote those words in 1866. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but we’re all well-advised to keep an eye on what goes on over at the North Dakota Capitol this winter. I’ve got my eye on a couple of pieces of legislation, one bad and one good, and I expect there will …


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

Lexi Klabo scored 27 points and added 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Western Illinois University women’s basketball team handed the University of North Dakota a 92-80 loss Sunday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Summit League play. Olivia Kaufmann led all scorers with 28 points, one of five players in double figures for the Leathernecks (6-12 overall, 2-3 …

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

Jordan Kawaguchi’s goal just 50 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 3-2 win and a sweep of Colorado College in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (11-9-1 overall, 5-5 NCHC) gave up a 2-0 lead for the second night in a row before Kawaguchi’s winning …

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

Connor Avants and Marlon Stewart each scored a game-high 21 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 71-65 Summit League win over Western Illinois University on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Cortez Seales’ three-pointer with 13.5 seconds left in the game sealed the win for UND. Avants, who was 7-of-11 shooting from …

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

Ludvig Hoff’s goal with just 46 seconds left in overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 4-3 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over Colorado College on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (10-9-1 overall, 4-5 NCHC) had jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a first-period goal by Nick Jones and a second …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Anise Candy

Candy-making is one of those skills that not too many people possess. It’s not because the task is too difficult, rather it’s that a lot of people are afraid to give it a try or maybe have been unsuccessful once and don’t want to fail again. I was fortunate to come from a family (my mother’s side) that was into …

RON SCHALOW: T-bones Will Outlast Us All

It’s getting a little chippy out there in Forum letters-to-the-editor land, regarding the delicious bovine’s monster recurring donation to the greenhouse gases mix. Miracle meat or not, cows and other farm animals emit methane. The kangaroo does not, I understand. And methane is 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. So, there’s that. Hell, in North …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Nebraska-Omaha

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, despite playing without the Summit League’s leading scorer, defeated the University of Nebraska-Omaha 68-57 Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. With Lexi Klabo sidelined because of an injury, the Fighting Hawks (8-9 overall, 3-1 Summit), received big efforts from Julie Fleecs and Melissa Leet at the post position. Fleecs had a game-high 14 …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Black Beans, Rice And Sausage

Beans and rice are a staple in the diets of many people across the world, particularly in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Nutritionally, they offer a dish that is high in protein, low in fat, rich in fiber and a good source of carbohydrates. They are also cheap and can be very tasty as well. This dynamic duo …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Essential Reading In The National Crisis

Hello, everyone. I’m urging you to do me the following favor. Get a copy of Robert Kagan’s recent book, “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World,” and read it over the next few weeks. It’s a short book. It’s a brilliant book. It’s an exceedingly important book. And it explains a lot of things that may seem puzzling …

TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Gov. Burgum And The Five Mousketeers

Remember when Gov. Doug Burgum reimbursed Xcel Energy $37,000 for expenses it had paid for his and his wife’s trip to the Super Bowl? He made the repayment after questions of ethics in government were raised. That helped spur passage of Measure No. 1 last November — an initiated measure to counter the rampant gifts, meals, liquor and perks bestowed by corporate …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Dance Shaming

I’m no psychologist, but Republicans seem unnaturally obsessed with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They’ve spent an inordinate amount of time telling everyone what an inconsequential airhead she is. She was dismissed as “a little girl” by GOP strategist Ed Rollins. I dunno, a 29-year-old knocking off a 10-term incumbent sounds consequential to me, but then I find Tomi Lahren …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade V

Here’s the final installment and photo (above) in my series documenting the cameras I own. This one — a Canon EOS 5D Mark III — is the best of the lot. Also shown are my favorite lenses: 50mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm (here with a 1.4x extender). They have given me much pleasure and are destined when I can no longer …

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Most people associate the Potomac River with Washington, D.C., but perhaps some other most spectacular scenery along that waterway is at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia. Photographer Jeff Olson recently spent some time in the national park, on the Maryland side of the Potomac. The park was …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Centennial Of Theodore Roosevelt’s Death

The Old Lion is Dead Jan. 6, 2019 — Theodore Roosevelt died 100 years ago today. He was just 60 years old. As he said when he determined to run South America’s River of Doubt against the stern warnings of the American Museum of Natural History, “Tell Osborn I have already lived and enjoyed as much of life as any nine other men I know; I have had my full share, and …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade IV

This (above) is the Nikon FM2(n), manufactured in Japan from 1982-2001. In 1995, it would have cost you $775. The film camera was sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s Leica.” I bought one for peanuts on e-Bay a few years ago, still in its original sealed package, and later acquired a number of lenses for it, including a 300mm …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade III

I promised to post one of the pictures I took in New York City in 1964 with my first camera, a Kodak Pony 135 (see it in a previous post). Here (above) is an iPhone-taken copy of a photo shot with the Pony, framed and normally hanging on a wall at our place in Bloomington, Minn. The photograph was taken …

RON SCHALOW: White Male Victimization Anxiety Epidemic Fades

So what happened to the women haters who had a crush on the rabidly unconventionally handsome Bret Kavanaugh and slithered into the slimy pits to smear a sexual assault survivor? Are they taking a break? The Men’s Rights Movement, a lot like the mildly obese Donald Trump finding too many pieces of chicken in the bucket, is back to a …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — If You’re Going To Talk Like Teddy Roosevelt, You Better Act Like Teddy Roosevelt

I’ve listened to a few State of the State speeches by North Dakota governors — probably somewhere between 15 and 20 — and even had a hand in writing a few of them, so I think I’m qualified to offer a few comments on the one Doug Burgum gave Thursday to the North Dakota Legislature. As they go, his was …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade II

This is the first camera (above) I ever owned, a Kodak Pony 135 which came on the market in 1955. My father, who was interested in photography himself, bought me one as a birthday gift a few years later when I was a senior at Harvey (N.D.) High School. In those days, digital photography was still a distant dream. I …

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

Tanner Mack and Jake Hjelle scored goals 37 seconds apart in the third period to break a scoreless tie and give East Grand Forks Senior High a 2-0 boys high school hockey win over Grand Forks Red River on Thursday night in East Grand Forks Civic Center. The Green Wave (11-1), the the No. 4-ranked team in Minnesota Class A, …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Word For The Wise

I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I think that’s because they set me up for failure. All too often they are big and broad and take an incredible amount of discipline to be successful for a whole year. I suspect it is the same reason I really like Lenten disciplines. They are time-limited to 40 days, …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Standing Where Rembrandt Stood

My introduction to the art of Rembrandt came indirectly, through my friend, Fred Rogers. In the fall of 1995, I traveled to Pittsburgh to interview the children’s television icon for a newspaper story, and in one of our early conversations, Fred mentioned that his favorite author was Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest. Henri, as I would soon learn, was …

RON SCHALOW: 2019 In Trump Years

Later this month, Donald Trump tells Justin Trudeau to keep those low IQ Canada geese on his side of the loser border. “Or what?” asks the Prime Minister. “We’ll hit them with the tear gas, that’s what, junior. No, wait. I’ll have them lined up and shot. Did you hear that, Trudy? We’re going to shoot them with our guns. …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — North Dakota Has Its Own Version Of The Beverly Hillbillies

Here’s an update on the strangest, and most fascinating, story I’ve written in all the years I’ve been writing on this blog. This story appears in the current — January 2019 — issue of Dakota Country magazine, where it reaches a hell of a lot more readers than I have on this blog. But for faithful Prairie Blog readers, welcome …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Happy New Year, Everyone

I’ve been thinking about Lewis and Clark, dispatched into the wilderness by President Jefferson, who lived his long and productive life at a very high level of comfort. It’s impossible to imagine Jefferson roughing it. The closest he ever came, probably, was his first years in the White House, when it was still unfinished — not even proper entrance stairs …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Purdue University Fort Wayne

Lexi Klabo scored 21 points and added eight rebounds as the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team won its Summit League opener, a 79-60 victory over Purdue University Fort Wayne on Sunday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Three other players for UND (6-9 overall, 1-0 Summit) were in double figures. Melissa Dailey and Jill Morton each scored 13 points …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — A Very Dickens Christmas

This was written just before Christmas. Happy holidays, everyone, from all of us at the Thomas Jefferson Hour. I’m going to be alone this Christmas for the first time in 20 years — so do feel free to send presents — cognac, figs, books, music, frankincense and myrrh, whatever they are. Don’t cry for me Argentina. I have plans. I …

RON SCHALOW: A Small Pile Of 2018

Because I can’t stop clicking on Amazon ads with pictures of things I don’t recognize, I know what more things look like than I did last year, which only counts for tots. I spotted the “Future Fork” that is not for eating future meals, as it turned out. It’s a modern, I guess, pitchfork/shovel for moving manure. Amazon recommends that …

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — Cameras On Parade!

I’ve likely invested more money in cameras over the years than I should have. (I believe in the Irish saying “There are no pockets in a shroud.”) I’ve got a large inventory, including my favorite, the Canon 5D Mark III and an assortment of lenses. More on my collection later. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that the Mark III …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. U.S. Under-18

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team received goals from six different players en route to a 6-2 exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 team Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Rhett Gardner, Ludvig Hoff, Casey Johnson, Grant Mismash, Collin Adam and Gavin Hain  scored for the Fighting Hawks, while Matthew Boldy and Alex Turcotte scored for the U.S. team, …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Purdue University Fort Wayne

Anon Moody scored a career-high 21 points and Marlon Stewart posted a double-double but that wasn’t enough as the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team dropped a 84-73 Summit League decision to Purdue University Fort Wayne on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Stewart scored 18 points and added a career-best 10 assists for the Fighting Hawks (6-8 …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — A Death In The Family

I don’t know why, but as each passing year draws to a close, I get a little verklempt. For me, one of the saddest things this year was learning that WDAZ-TV newscasts would no longer originate from Grand Forks but rather from WDAY in Fargo. No surprise, but still very sad. I suppose because I worked at Channel 8 for so …

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 …