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CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Radicalized

I’ve been writing recently about the ways in which I am being radicalized by the collapse of American civilization. I no longer think we need only to undertake a few thoughtful reforms to save the country. The colossal farce of the Trump impeachment, wherein the most important material witness to the central allegation of the articles of impeachment was not …


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PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Health Crisis

Occasionally, I will hear from people that they don’t care about politics, that what happens in Washington doesn’t affect them. They don’t like the chaos or behavior of the current administration, but the stock market is doing well, so they can look the other way in the face of the rise in autocratic fascism that is threatening our national security …


TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — A Prayer For Black History Month

In the year 2000, as part of my research for a book on the Tulsa, Okla., race massacre of 1921, I interviewed an elderly man named Richard Gary, who told me this story. On a day in early June 1921, his father, a white Tulsa resident named Hugh Gary, loaded his young sons, Richard and Hubert, into the family Dodge …

RON SCHALOW: Ukrainian Family Freaks Out Burleigh County Corgis

How many Ukrainian refugees can move into the city of boring blank walls without riling up the usual small pack of those yappy little territorial Burleigh County Corgis the corrupt president enjoys lying to? Zero. They’re banning light bulbs. No, it’s murals. Bismarck is banning murals or morals to the story. It’s extreme vetting for everyone to mayoral standards, nowadays. …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team increased its lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings to nine points with a 3-3 tie with St. Cloud State University on Friday night in Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The Huskies picked up the extra point by winning the shootout after a scoreless overtime. Westin Michaud, Shane Pinto and Jacob …

RON SCHALOW: A Mural Of Greta Versus The Mob

Well, that’s just great. A few villagers got wind of a yet-to-exist innocuous mural with a whiff of science implied, and now we have to inspect all of the art in the state for depictions of Swedes wearing Native jewelry. It seems the mere thought of a mural featuring a 17-year-old girl got a handful of North Dakota wankers so …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — You Say You Want A Revolution

Thomas Jefferson has somehow gotten under my skin. As I’ve grown older in my tights and wig, in some respects I’ve become a radical and even, at times, a paper revolutionary. When I began investigating Mr. Jefferson 30 years ago, tentatively beginning to portray him, I was mostly interested in his agrarian vision for this country. The sentence that then …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Who’s the Snowflake Now?

The silly controversy over Shane Balkowitsch’s proposal to mount a 7-foot-high portrait of the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on the outside wall of a downtown building in Bismarck comes just as we learn that Antarctica has experienced the two hottest days on historical record and just when an iceberg the size of Malta has broken free from the Pine …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Stovetop Chicken

Comforting, affordable, versatile. Those are three attributes of chicken breast that make it a great go-to meat for many people. Plus, there’s something about golden-brown chicken breasts that make them hard to resist. A new favorite of mine is preparing the breasts on the stovetop. And more often than not, I like to substitute pheasant for chicken, a perk of …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team solidified its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the country with a 3-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over the University of Denver on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Collin Adams, Matt Kierstad and Jasper Weatherby scored goals for the league-leading Fighting Hawks (23-3-3 overall, 14-2-2-2 NCHC), who recorded their ninth …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s tennis team shut out the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 7-0 on Saturday morning in Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks (2-3) won all six singles matches and both doubles matches against the Bobcats (3-3). Winning singles matches were Kaedo Amano, Allie Ochotorena, Isa Sullivan, Andrea Jannson, Nina Zdravkovic and Frida Soko. …

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

Shane Pinto, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Westin Michaud and Collin Adams each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the No. 1-ranked University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 4-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over the University of Denver on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The win lifted the league-leading Fighting Hawks to 22-3-3 overall and …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Our Bonhoeffer Moment

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  — George Santayana Living as we are, in a time of extremes, it becomes  easy to fail to see the incremental steps in history.  Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, people started making comparisions to Nazi Germany and the discussion became immediately polarized. From a historical perspective, as …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — On Art, Architecture And, Of Course, People

Here is an excerpt from my latest book, “Of the First Class: A History of the Kimbell Art Museum.” Chapter 1 Sacred Ground On a muggy summer Saturday in 2014, 8,000 people converged on the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district: the “Great Lawn” of the Kimbell Art Museum. The crowd was double what organizers of that day’s festival had …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — A Tale of Two Presidents, 100 Years Apart

This is the Thomas Jefferson Hour. Why are we talking about Theodore Roosevelt today? Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. He took office 100 years after Thomas Jefferson became the third president. They are condemned to spend eternity on Mount Rushmore together. Right next to each other, in fact. There is no way that Jefferson could …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — A Democracy In Shambles

We are in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis, as the elected leader of the country is using the Justice Department to punish his enemies and reward his defenders who committed crimes to get him into office. This is not the action of a free democracy. This is the action of an authoritarian leader and dictator. The kind of …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Winter Notes No. 5

January and February are a time when I turn to indoor chores and savor the fallow time of rest and restoration. I read books from the nearly toppling piles and I write. I shovel snow as needed and watch the winter birds from my office window while I write. This January and February have been anything but “normal,” whatever that …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Boiled Dinner

My dad was a heckuva cook, and boiled dinner was one of his specialties. He generally made it in the winter, when a bowl of something warm was the perfect answer to the cold weather. I have many fond memories of big bowls of boiled dinner, served with dash of vinegar. It was a meal in itself and one that …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Outdoor Skate

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team, which has this weekend off, resumed its traditional annual outdoor skate Wednesday morning in Riverside Park in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks (21-3-3) are in first place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and are are ranked No. 1 in the country. The players, who donned random jerseys, played a couple of …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — The Death Of The American Republic

My friends, When the Senate of the United States voted on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, not to call John Bolton or any other witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, death rattled in the throat of the American republic. It’s over now. We will, of course, continue to be a great and powerful nation, a rich nation, with …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Birthdays And Tomatoes

In honor of my friend Clay Jenkinson’s 65th birthday today, I’m going to share a story I wrote five years ago with a little bit of an update. First, let me say that it is hard to believe that my young friend Clay is 65 years old. I remember his 18th birthday, Feb. 4, 1973. We were both working at …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team exploded offensively in the second game of their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series with Colorado College, defeating the Tigers 8-1 Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (21-3-3 overall, 12-2-2 NCHC) won the series opener 1-0 Friday night. Jordan Kawaguchi led the offensive outburst for UND with two goals and an …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — ‘We Will Get That Project Stopped’

Summarizing,  once more, where we are with the proposed bridge across the Little Missouri State Scenic River, reprinted from the January 2020 issue of Dakota Country Magazine.    I’m going to keep writing about this stupid, harebrained, boneheaded, senseless, vacuous, selfish, destructive, egomaniacal, (insert your own adjective here), idea of the Billings County commissioners to put a bridge over the …

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

Junior goalie Peter Thome stopped all 25 shots he faced and Shane Pinto scored his 12th goal of the season to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to 1-0 shutout win over Colorado College in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The shutout was Thome’s first since his freshman year. The Fighting …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — A Day To Remember

Four things happened on the last day of January 2020. 1. We crossed the Rubicon: The United States was envisioned as a republic. In a republic, the protection the people have against tyranny is our system of checks and balances. The judiciary checks the legislative branch when it passes unconstitutional laws. The executive has the power to veto congressional legislation, …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Don’t Give Up

I’ve been quiet for a while. Not because I haven’t been paying attention but because work has been overwhelming and I haven’t had the time to digest what has been an unbelievably painful week. These are just a few of the things that happened. There was an abhorrent Mideast “peace accord” that essentially endorsed apartheid for Palestinians and a destruction …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Jefferson, Beccaria And Incarceration

Thomas Jefferson wanted us to be the most enlightened nation on Earth, then and forever, the most enlightened nation in human history. That meant we had to be the best-educated, best-informed, most peaceful and most harmonious nation on Earth. We had to become the very template for rational, productive, thoughtful and harmonious living. This is the real American Dream. We …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Night Of The (Frozen) Iguana

In an effort to shake off some of this winter’s cold, Ginny and I decided to head south for a few days, about as far south as we could without having to break out our passports. We ended up in Fort Meyers, Fla., nearly as far south as the southernmost point in the U.S., Key West, along with the other …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Samuel Johnson’s ‘A Dictionary Of The English Language’

During the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s recent impeachment hearings, I was surprised to hear several constitutional law scholars cite Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” for definitions of treason, misdemeanors, bribery, etc, a reference to Dr. Johnson’s 1755 dictionary of the English language. It is not altogether uncommon to hear the name Dr. Johnson — usually in …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — He Is Already An American

Amid all the talk of refugees and immigrants, and the mean-spirited people who want to stand in their way as they seek to become Americans, I thought I might just repeat here part of an article I posted about five years ago. I wish these people had known my mother. And two friends of hers, Adolf Schmidt and his wife, …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Jefferson Watch — Trump’s Impeachment

What do you do when Republicans refuse to take seriously what they would find absolutely appalling and outrageous, criminal and treasonous, disgusting and Constitution-threatening if it were done by a liberal Democrat? We all know that if the situation were reversed and Barack Obama had reached out to Pakistan to demand that it pretend to investigate Jeb Bush or Donald …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team, in need of a bounce-back performance after a 7-4 loss Friday night, gained a split in their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night in Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Just like Friday night, when Westin Michaud gave them a 1-0 first-period lead, the …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — Our Armed Forces Deserve Better

After the Iranian attack on an Iraqi air base earlier this month we were told by President Trump that there were no injuries. However, this week, it turns out what the commander in chief told the U.S. was false. The numbered of injured was confirmed Friday to be 34. Seventeen of them have returned to duty. Eight have been returned …

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

The first-place University of North Dakota men’s hockey team had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 7-4 National Collegiate Hockey Conference loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night in Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The Fighting Hawks (18-3-3 overall, 9-2-2-2 NCHC) still have a five-point lead over UMD in the NCHC standings. The Bulldogs (13-8-2 overall, 8-3-2-0 NCHC) trailed …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Thumbs, Knives And Recliners

Some things you just take for granted. Like opposable thumbs. When you lose the use of one (temporarily, I hope), you realize what a great invention they are. Here’s the rest of the story. I got a new recliner a couple of weeks ago, replacing a 10-year-old one that had served its duty. It was host to many naps, football …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Venison Tips With Egg Noodles

Red meat cooked in a sauce has probably been popular since the earliest humans first tasted it — albeit in a much cruder form than we know today — thousands of years ago. Over centuries, this type of food has evolved into dishes such as beef Stroganoff, Salisbury steak and even the ubitquitous hamburger and gravy; the list goes on …

RON SCHALOW: Trump Kicks Truth Cold Turkey

Bored mingling is suddenly interrupted by an almost familiar woman moonwalking into the White House press room with her middle fingers extended and aimed at the gaggle of journalists. “What’s up, jerks?” When she gets positioned behind the podium, the woman poses as if beseeching the harsh lighting to be kind and bellows in a deep, guttural baritone: “The Base’ …

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

Marlon Stewart scored 22 points and Filip Rebraca added 21 for the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team against North Dakota State University on Sunday in Fargo, but it wasn’t enough as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 83-74 Summit League decision to the Bison. UND (8-12, 2-4 Summit) dropped its fourth straight in conference play with the loss. NDSU …

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

Five University of North Dakota women’s basketball players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 92-82 Summit League contest to North Dakota State University on Sunday in Fargo. Julia Fleecs led North Dakota ((12-7, 3-3 Summit) with 18 points. Lilly Keplin chipped in 13, followed by Olivia Lane with 12 and Maggie Manson …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Birds Of A Feather …

In a surprising twist of fortune — or misfortune, I suppose, depending on your point of view — the company hired by Meridian Energy Group to design and build its oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park is likely to file bankruptcy this week. Bloomberg reported over the weekend “McDermott International Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — A Day With Oprah

“I can. I will. Watch me!” was Oprah Winfrey’s mantra for her “2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour. That not only resonated with me but also with the other 17,999 mostly women Jan. 11 in St. Paul’s  Xcel Energy Center. Never before have I paid so much to see anyone — $178.63 for my seat on the main floor, Row …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Bring On The Whistleblowers

Last month, I began reporting on the apparent financial troubles besetting Meridian Energy Group, the company planning to build an oil refinery near the boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Dakota Bad Lands. Since then, I’ve received more information on the company, which I feel holds much merit and credit. I’m going to share some of that …