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TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Legislators Are More Extreme Than Their Constituents

Ah, we meet again, as many of us have since 1991. Remember the ‘Sixties warning — don’t trust anyone over 30? What would they say about someone who’s been “opinionating” longer than that (and, in the process, inventing words)? I often have a mental lineup of topics I want to cover. Despite advice from some in the beginning that I …


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PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — Forgiveness And Love

It’s been 10 years since that night I left Ian’s basketball game at halftime because I knew I needed to go to the nursing home to see Steve. Driving through snow and bitter cold because I knew that was where I was supposed to be. When I walked in, he wasn’t responsive, but I’ve been around death enough to know …


JIM THIELMAN: Rose In The Hall? Bet It Won’t Happen

The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the results of its 2023 Hall of Fame vote Tuesday, followed once again by griping about the 1992 election. That was the first year Pete Rose was eligible but left off the ballot, which turned Pete into a cause célèbre. He was one lucky feller that day. Not being in the Hall …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — On Immigration: Keeping Lady Liberty’s Promise

Immigration has always been a fraught subject in America. We all know that except for Indigenous people (Native Americans), at some previous point all of the rest of us made the long journey to America from somewhere else. In the past 400 years, Europeans, Africans and Asians have filled up the continent to the tune of 334 million people. The liberals and …

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

Riese Gaber, Gavin Hain, Lous Jamermik V and Jackson Blake scored goals as the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team defeated the University of Minnesota-Duluth 4-2 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (10-10-4 overall, 4-7-2 NCHC) won their four straight game against the visiting Bulldogs (9-13-1 overall, 4-9-0 NCHC). Drew …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — How About A ‘Super Bridge’?

I went to the North Dakota Department of Water Resources public hearing Friday on whether they should grant the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad permission to build a new bridge over the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan. To quote from the Department’s meeting notice, “The new bridge is intended to replace an existing bridge, the proposed removal of which will …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Rise Up, Librarians; They’re Coming After Your Books

A lot of bad bills get introduced into the Legislature over the years. Most meet the fate they deserve — into the trash. But from time to time, a bad bill becomes law because of timing. A legislator catches a wave of public interest in a subject that’s in the news and takes advantage of that to introduce a bill …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Blackened Salmon

Coho salmon may not have the great-tasting reputation of its cousin, the Chinook or King salmon, but it certainly isn’t anything to catch and release. One of five species of Pacific salmon found in North American waters (along with the aforementioned King, Sockeye, Pink and Chum), the Coho has bright red flesh and a slightly more delicate texture than Chinook …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team erupted for six goals against Western Michigan University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena but surrendered seven en route to a 7-6 National Collegiate Hockey Conference loss in redshirt goalie Caleb Johnson’s first collegiate start before a hometown crowd. The Fighting Hawks (9-10-4 overall, 3-7-2 NCHC) blew a three-goal lead to …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Mr. Speaker, Remember The Crisis Of 1801

Thirty-five states gaveled open new legislative sessions last week. Many are making a point of how quickly they chose a speaker – the vote took all of 30 seconds in Washington state, for example. That is in sharp contrast to the chaotic events in the U.S. House of Representatives a week earlier, which were a sad reminder of how fraught …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Don’t Mess Around With Jim

One of the dirty little secrets about the American legal system is that might, that is money, often makes “right.” Those with the wherewithal can legally and financially exhaust others, effectively punish them with frivolous lawsuits. That seems to be the case with one of the unsung good guys in North Dakota, Jim Fuglie. Jim is a former reporter for …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team claimed a hard-fought 65-63 Summit Conference victory over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks ( (10-6 overall, 3-3 Summit) were led by Kacie Borowicz, who scored 18 points. Rakiyah Beal chipped in 10 points for UND, which remains unbeaten at home this season. …

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

Tyler Kleven scored two goals for the second straight game to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 4-2 nonconference win over Lindenwood University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Ben Strinden and Mark Senden also scored goals for the Fighting Hawks (9-8-4), while David Gagnon and Caige Sterger scored for the Lions (5-15-0). Goalie …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Sheep On My Mind And Crooks

 “Some of the old shepherds or men in the villages carve ornate sheep or sheepdog heads … to decorate their crooks, thought the best of these are never used for work but are simply for show. I will wave my crook to get the tup’s attention in the sale ring, and tickle it gently under its nose to get it …

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

Tyler Kleven scored two goals to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 4-3 nonconference win over Lindenwood University on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Portz and Farmer scored the other goals for the Fighting Hawks (8-8-4), while David Gagnon, Hunter Johannes and Caige Sterzer scored goals for the Lions (5-14-0). Goalie Jakob Hellsten, …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — My Grief Journey: Epiphany, Again My Mother Comes To Me In A Dream

Again my Mother comes to me in a dream: My hair is long, down to my waist long. I wake up and my hair is long, but not down to my waist, which it has never been, which is silly. Hers as a young girl was. When I was a little girl, mine was thin and my older sister’s hair …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Wanderlust: Return To Hawaii, California And New Mexico With 32 New Life Birds

It took me almost 60 years to return to Hawaii, but I finally can say I have. Home from a 31-day trip to Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Arizona, we’ve spent the better part of two days unpacking and catching up on mail. After four states, 10 flights, four rental cars and a whole bunch of hotel rooms, I don’t …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Signing Off

As of today I have signed off as a contributor to my favorite magazine, Dakota Country. I’m old, and I’m tired of a lifetime of deadlines. Today, Jan.1, 2023 — it’s gonna take some time to get used to typing that number and getting it right on checks — is the first time in almost 10 years I haven’t sent …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team dropped a 71-49 Summit League contest to North Dakota State University on Friday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Bison (4-11 overall,1-2 Summit) led 36-20 after the first half and the Fighting Hawks (6-9 overall,0-2 Summit) couldn’t quite recover from the deficit.  Grant Nelson and Andrew Morgan led NDSU with 15 …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — ‘Break The Rules Day’

I was a very strict parent, especially until my sons turned 13. My boys still comment on how I wouldn’t let them watch “Rugrats” because Angelica was mean spirited.    But on Dec 31, we always celebrated “Break the Rules Day.” As long as their actions were not mean-spirited or destructive, they could break all of the rules. Have ice …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — My Grief Journey: A Visitation By My Mother, The Shepherdess In Last Night’s Dream

On Tuesday, we visited Hubbell Trading Post in northern Arizona, an exceptional National Park Service historic site. They keep a demonstration herd of sheep and I had a quiet moment with them after the Navajo park ranger talked about Mother Earth and Father Sky. Last night I had a visitation in a dream from my mother, who in her childhood …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Too Much Stuff: Americans And Their Storage Units

As the holidays approach, I thought it might be useful to lighten the tone a little as we survey the national political situation in 2022. Two weeks ago, former President Trump’s attorneys came forward with two top security documents that they said they found in a storage facility rented on Trump’s behalf near Mar-a-Lago. Putting aside for the moment the fact that …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Heading Home

OK, indulge me one more time, please, while I write just one more very personal column. Then I’ll shut up for a while, maybe even until after Christmas. I’m sitting in my hotel room at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco. It’s a place I’ve stayed before — sort of. On Dec. 18, 1971, the …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — A False Narrative

If you want to understand what straight white privilege and implicit bias looks like, the response to Brittney Griner’s release is a case in point. Over the years, there have been many prisoner exchanges the United States has had with countries that have unjustly imprisoned American citizens. Rarely if ever are there even exchanges and when they happen, other Americans …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Terminating The Constitution In 225 Characters

“No honest person can now deny that [Donald] Trump is an enemy of the Constitution,” Liz Cheney said after the former president appeared to call for terminating the U.S. Constitution in a post on his alternative social media site, Truth Social, on Dec. 3. The Truth Social post heard across the Republican Party as former president Donald Trump appeared to …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Vacation Resumed!

The Army docs fixed me up just fine and sent me back to Waikiki late Friday, just in time for a Goodbye-To-Oahu supper. Joined my family and they splurged for dessert. Today it is off to the Big Island of Hawaii and Volcanoes National Park (if it is still there). First, a Bloody Mary on the beach (it’s still morning …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Vacation Interrupted

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, is a day that will live in infamy (to borrow a catchy phrase from my favorite president) for me. While visiting the USS Arizona Memorial on Pearl Harbor Day, I experienced severe chills in 80-degree weather. I went to the gift store and bought a really cool Pearl Harbor jacket, put it on and zipped it …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Carpetbagging Explained: Dirty Socks, A Soiled Shirt And An Old Carpetbag

As the Georgia Senate runoff election enters its final days, the Republican candidate, Herschel Walker, has been accused of carpetbagging. Tapes have surfaced in which he nonchalantly tells the people of Georgia that his home is in Texas. “I live in Texas,” Walker said in January 2022 while speaking to the College Republicans of the University of Georgia. Why did …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham And Bean Soup With Kale

Cold weather is always a great time for soup. It’s a good way to warm up if you’ve been outdoors shoveling the sidewalk after a snowfall or on a walk with the dog. One kind that’s caught our fancy recently has been a version of ham and bean soup, which I’ve been enjoying since childhood. (It was one of my …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Kendley Plateau: ‘The Heart of the Badlands’

This article is reprinted from the December issue of Dakota Country magazine, on newstands and in the mail this week. I wish I could tell you there’s a lot to see on Kendley Plateau, south of Medora, N.D. I wish I could, but I can’t, because there’s not much to see there. Mostly Bad Lands, prairie grass, sagebrush and scattered …

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

The University of North Dakota football team’s valiant rally in the second half of Saturday’s FCS playoff game in Odgen, Utah, against Weber State University fell just short as the Fighting Hawks fell 38-31 to the Wildcats. The Hawks trailed 24-0 in the first half and 31-14 heading into the third quarter before staging the comeback. UND quarterback Tommy Schuster …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Should We Leave The Indictment Of Ex-Presidents Alone?

Donald Trump announced a new run for the presidency Nov. 15. This comes at a time when several investigations seem to be closing in on him. The Justice Department is investigating his appropriation of government documents, some of them highly classified, that belong to the National Archives. For this he may be indicted. The state of Georgia has been investigating Trump’s attempts …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — Actions, Or Inactions, Have Consequences

Just after midnight on Nov. 20, which is Trans a Day of Remembrance, to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of hate and violence, an armed gunman entered an LGBTQ nightclub during a drag show and shot and killed five people, two of whom were transgender individuals. In recent months, anti-gay rhetoric has been …

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

No. 4 North Dakota State University handed No. 16/23 University of North Dakota a 42-21 Missouri Valley Conference loss Saturday in the Fargodome. The Fighting Hawks (7-4 overall, 5-3 MVFC) trailed 28-14 after the first half but couldn’t overcome the 14-0 first quarter lead racked up by the Bison (9-2, 7-1 MVFC). Cam Miller led NDSU, rushing for 93 yards …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — What Do Museums Represent In The 21st Century?

In London this past week, I ventured to the British Museum (above) to spend some time in the Enlightenment Room, home to an amazing array of artifacts that characterize “the long 18th century” — globes, sextants, maps, telescopes, pressed plant collections, mammoth and mastodon bones. What I principally wanted to see was the Orrery — a tabletop planetarium so ingenious, with …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — 20 (Or So) More Questions For Doug Allen Nash

We have subjected Nashville recording artist Doug Allen Nash to our 20 (or so) questions before. But since he’ll be back into Grand Forks with an all-new Christmas show at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Empire Arts Center, it seems appropriate to question him yet again. This time about all things Christmas. Doug’s Country …

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

The University of Denver men’s hockey team scored 3-2 come-from-behind National Collegiate Hockey Conference win against the University of North Dakota on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Griffin Ness and Chris Jandric scored for the Fighting Hawks (4-4-2 overall, 1-1-1 NCHC). The Pioneers (8-3-0, 4-1-0 NCHC) received goals from Carter King, Aiden Thompson and Jared Wright. UND goaltender Drew …

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

Tommy Schuster was 24-for-28 passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the University of North Dakota football team to a 28-19 Missouri Valley Conference win over the University of South Dakota on Saturday in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (7-3 overall, 5-2 MVFC) trailed twice in the first half but a blocked punt inside the 10-yard-line of …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Pigs

“The other morning, when the scorching sun had shot the mercury up to the hundred mark, we got to reminiscing with one of Minot’s real old-timers, and gleaned some interesting old-time stories that we will now pass on to our readers. We got to talking about ‘pigs’. Thirty or 40 years ago, Minot had a lot of pigs, but many …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — What If They Gave An Election In North Dakota And Nobody Came?

Headlines from this week’s papers: “GOP grows supermajority in North Dakota’s Legislature; Dems have ‘collapsed completely’” “North Dakota sees worst voter turnout this millennium” “DFL wins full control of Minnesota government” “Minnesota voter turnout shaping up to be highest in nation yet again” The Democratic-NPL Party (my party, sadly) in North Dakota is now almost nonexistent. The number of Democrats …