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TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Santa Village: A Brief History

It’s a Grand Forks holiday tradition if there ever was one. Santa Village opens its doors each year to visitors just after Thanksgiving until just before Christmas. It is visited by “children” of all ages, the oldest on record is 101. Lynne Roche and several other Grand Forks Park District workers created Santa Village something like 20 years ago. At …


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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team solidified its No. 1 ranking in  the country with a 5-0 victory over Bemidji State University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to complete a weekend sweep of the Beavers. The Fighting Hawks (11-2-1) received goals from five different players — Jackson Blake, Dane Montgomery, Ben Strinden, Jackson Kunz and Garrett …


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

Jackson Blake scored 50 seconds into overtime to give the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 3-2 win over Bemidji State University on Friday Night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks UND (10-2-1) rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Beavers (5-8-0). Cameron Berg scored the other two UND goals, while Kasper Magnussen and Jackson Jutting …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — The Coach (And Friend) Who Loved Me Into Being

This happened 50 years ago almost to the day, but I remember it down to the overcast skies outside and fading autumn light of that late afternoon in northern Minnesota. There were about 30 of us aspiring young hockey players gathered in the classroom that day, and it’s safe to say that none of us were particularly concerned about the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Miami University

Riese Gaber scored two goals to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Miami University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (9-2-1 overall, 4-0-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) also received goals from Jackson Blake, Griffin Ness and Jayden Perron. UND netminder Ludvig Persson had 21 saves. The lone goal …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Miami University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team remained unbeaten in conference play with a 6-4 victory over Miami University on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (8-2-1 overall, 3-0-0 National Collegiate Hockey Conference) were led by Jackson Blake who had a goal and and two assists and Owen McLaughlin who chipped in a goal and an …

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

The University of North Dakota rallied late in the fourth quarter to eke out a 22-21 Missouri Valley Football Conference win over Illinois State University on Saturday in the Alerus Center. Gavin Ziebarth scored his second touchdown of the day with 25 seconds left in the game to secure the win for UND. Ziebarth  carried the ball 16 carries for …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Billings County Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled

The heirs of North Dakota’s U.S. Congressman Donald Levingston Short are going to get their day in court. You can join them Jan. 22, 2024 if you sit quietly in Courtroom 1 of the U.S. Courthouse in Bismarck. At precisely 9 a.m., U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor will gavel the audience to quiet and begin hearing a request from attorneys …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — The Shining Light Guy

In all my years as a reporter, I had never done an interview with someone spending time “behind bars.” Not until the other day. I talked via Zoom with Matt Hippen of Thompson, N.D. He has been incarcerated in the James River Correctional Center at Jamestown since April 2020. His story is nothing if not compelling. From the outside looking …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Hunter’s Chicken

Sometimes I like to try recipes that are posted on my Facebook feed. One such is for Hunter’s Chicken. It came from the website Les Repas de Mon Enance, which translates to “Meals from my Childhood. The author of the recipe is Daniel Parenteau, who describes himself the child of French-Canadian parents who was raised a small town called Biddeford …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — If COVID Wants You …

Eventually, I kept saying, everyone is going to get COVID. Everyone. Eventually. My “eventually” time came this past week. Lillian and I came home from New York with raging cases of COVID. It’s the worst disease I’ve ever had. It’s the sickest I’ve ever been. For a full week. We came home late Saturday night. I started coughing Sunday. I …

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

The University of North Dakota claimed an overtime victory against Indiana State University on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center, defeating the Sycamores 36-33 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. The No. 15/17 ranked Fighting Hawks (5-3 overall, 3-2 MVFC) trailed 30-27 with less than a minute to play in regulation before kicker C.J. Elrichs booted a 32-yard field goal …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Minnesota State University Mankato

Jackson Blake scored two goals and added an assist to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 6-2 nonconference win over Minnesota State University Mankato on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Also scoring for the Fighting Hawks (4-1) were Owen McLaughlin, Jayden Perron, Logan Britt and Hunter Johannes. Sam Morton and Luc Wilson scored for …

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

Freshmen Jayden Perron and Jake Livanavage scored goals and goaltender Ludvig Persson stopped 21 of 22 shots to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 2-1 win over the University of Minnesota on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The victory for the Fighting Hawks (3-1) gave them a weekend split with the Gophers (3-1). Minnesota …

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

The no. 1-ranked University of Minnesota men’s hockey team blanked the University of North Dakota 4-0 on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Brody Lamb, Oliver Moore, Bryce Brodzinski and Jimmy Snuggerud scored for the Gophers (3-0) while holding the Fighting Hawks (2-1) off the scoresheet. Minnesota goaltender Justen Close stopped all 25 UND, while Fighting Hawks goalie Ludvig Persson …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — In ‘I’m Proud Of You, An Actor Just Right For His Role

“I realized that this show is not about Fred Rogers. It’s about the feeling that Fred Rogers conveys and gives to the world. The nuances, the beliefs, the spirituality of him, the feeling … because I think that is what it is. It’s the love, the compassion. It’s the looking for the good, not for the bad. It’s the positive, …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Doug Burgum For Speaker?

OK, so we don’t have a Speaker of the House. And there’s no one stepping forward from the ranks of the U.S. House Republican caucus to grab the gavel. Well, no problem. The House can pick anyone it wants to be the Speaker, according to Article I, Section II, Clause 5, of the U.S. Constitution, which reads: “The House of …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota Vs. Army

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team defeated Army 7-2 Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jackson Blake and Hunter Johannes each scored twice as UND opened its season with a victory. Jayden Perron, Cameron Berg and Riese Gaber each scored once. Ludvig Persson had 10 saves in goal for the Fighting Hawks. (Check out more photos from Russ …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — The Actor Who Plays … Me

One of Fred Rogers’ favorite things was making connections between people, so he would be delighted by recent events at Circle Theatre in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. It is there that I have been privileged to observe the cast, crew and theater staff as they prepare for the premiere of “I’m Proud of You,” the stage play based on my …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — October Test: Twins Time To Celebrate

Minnesota baseball fans will forever remember the Twins’ two world championships. The roaring crowds in the Metrodome. “Sweet Music” Frank Viola baffling the Cardinals in ’87. Kirby Puckett’s walk off home run and leaping catch at the wall. Jack Morris dealing zeroes into extra innings to down the Braves in ’91. Ahh, the good old days! Unfortunately, the “good” is …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — How Bad Does It Have To Get?

The image of a frog in boiling water shows us how things can heat up incrementally so that you don’t realize how bad it is until it is too late. This past week, the former president claimed that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, committed treason and that such action in the last called for DEATH …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Bring Back The Name ‘Redskins’; Now I’ve Seen It All

I swear, I thought this was a spoof story, a la The Onion,until I got down to the bottom and saw this: “NAGA president Eunice Davidson released a statement through theg roup’s media advisors Global Impact Campaigns. Global Impact Campaigns is run by marketing and PR veterans who have worked as strategists for various government, political, and media organizations, including for …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — My Week With The Lakota

In the early morning of Sept. 3, 1855, 600 U.S. soldiers commanded by Gen. William S. Harney surrounded a peaceful Lakota Sioux village — about 250 people whose tipis were pitched along a clear stream in the Sandhills of northwestern Nebraska. On Harney’s order, the village of a revered Lakota leader named Little Thunder was destroyed. Lodges were set ablaze …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Pembina Gorge

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert recently took a road trip to the Pembina Gorge in northeastern North Dakota. The Pembina Gorge extends from the Canadian border west of Walhalla and encompasses one of the largest uninterrupted blocks of woodlands in North Dakota of approximately 12,500 acres and the longest segment of unaltered river valley in the state. Surging waters carved …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — “I’m Proud Of You” Comes To The Stage

“When people come to see the play, I hope they learn what Tim learns.” — co-writer and director Harry Parker  On Saturday evening, Oct. 28, Circle Theatre in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, will host the world premiere of “I’m Proud of You,” the stage play adapted from my memoir of the same name. My life and career is indeed about …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Skillet Sausage With Cabbage And Potatoes

Cabbage is a German tradition. It doesn’t matter if it is fresh or in the form of sauerkraut. Or if it’s red or green. Or steamed or pan-fried. Germans love affair with cabbage is second to none. And pairing cabbage with sausage is about as German as you can get. You don’t have to be German to enjoy the following …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Sept. 11 Thoughts Revisited

This is a re-run of something I wrote a dozen years ago, Sept. 11, 2011. And now I’m going to forget what today’s date is and have a good day in the garden. Yes, it has been a long 10 years. On August 29, 2001, I sat beside my wife’s bed as she looked up at her doctor, exhausted, pale and …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — They’re Eating Your Lunch

I doubt many of us consider what Labor Day is about or think about what the labor movement did to build the middle class. It astonishes me that people who’ve unwittingly benefited from unions spend so much time demonizing them. Government statistics will tell you that a union worker’s family gets 10% to 15% higher wages, and they bring nonunion …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cabbage Roll Soup

Some people say too much cabbage can be bad for your health. It’s true, eating cabbage in excess can result in abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and flatulence, but the benefits strongly outweigh the health risks. Cabbage is highly nutritious vegetable, rich in vitamins C and K, fiber and potassium and may help with heart and digestive health. Studies show those who …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Gift Cards, Golf Balls, Toddler Shirts and Koozies; Good Grief

OK, a couple of months ago, I bit on Doug Burgum’s now-famous gambit to send $20 gift cards to anyone who would send him a dollar to help him qualify for the debate last week. I sent him a dollar July 17. I immediately got an e-mail that said, “Thank you for your donation! Due to high demand the gift …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cheesy Eggplant Marinara

Many people who grew up around gardens in this neck of the woods probably aren’t real familiar with eggplant, a delicate tropical perennial plant often cultivated as a tender or half-hardy annual. I wasn’t. Dad’s garden had all the usual suspects — tomatoes, beans and peas, onions, cucumbers, cabbage, plus a few other vegetables such as radishes, carrots, beets and …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sausage Potato Soup

There’s something very special about vegetables straight from the garden that just can’t be replicated by supermarket fare. If you’ve ever eaten a tomato from the store know what I mean. Many of those are shipped before they are ripe and taste nothing like one from your garden or the farmers market. That’s why I so love this time of …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — A Big Day In The Bad Lands

Forty-mile-per-hour winds drove a pouring rain sideways outside the Billings County Courthouse in Medora, N.D., this past Thursday afternoon, washing the Bad Lands dust from a dozen or more cars and pickups (mostly pickups) parked on the streets outside. Inside, another storm was brewing, this one going on behind closed doors, as a handful of drivers of those vehicles waited …

JIM THIELMAN: Hall Of Fame Honor? Thanks, But No Thanks

Joe Mauer didn’t reject his induction to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame this summer, and if he gets enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame next year, he won’t turn that down, either. I’m not saying he should. It’s just that no one turns down an award. Who are you to deny your admirers if you’re to be …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — It’s About Democracy

It is intellectually dishonest to say that the indictment of former President Donald Trump that happened Thursday was unfair without reading the indictment itself.  And anyone, upon reading it, who is not deeply disturbed by the allegations to subvert our democracy and actively work to discount a free and fair election can’t say that they are committed to democracy or …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Newspapers Deliver Knowledge, And That’s Power

You’re holding in your hand something akin to a miracle in an increasingly authoritarian world, a reflection of incredible foresight on the parts of the Founding Fathers. They understood that democracy couldn’t exist if the voice of the governed was stifled. Free speech wasn’t an afterthought, it wasn’t the Second Amendment, it was the First. It’s enshrined in the U.S. …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — So Long, Squirrel

His full name was Squirrel The World’s Grumpiest Cat. He was the boss around here for 19½ years with a grating, tuneless, demanding meow. For a long time, we didn’t know exactly how old he was. You see, we kept his records taped to the inside of kitchen cabinet, and when we pondered his age years ago, India mistook the …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Campaigning With Crook Redux

“Campaigning with Crook,” by Capt. Charles King, (excerpts), Harper and Brothers, 1890 “At 2 p.m. we bivouac again, and begin to growl at this will-o’-wisp business. The night, for August (1876), is bitter cold. Ice forms on the shallow pools … and the thermometer was zero at daybreak. “The grandest country in the world for Indian and buffalo now … …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Northern Lights

An e-mail from an old friend, the filmmaker John Hanson, came out of the blue Wednesday, the day before the newspapers all said we were going to have a northern lights display tonight. The front page headline in the Bismarck Tribune on Wednesday blared “Solar storm to create Northern Lights.” Whoa. Not so fast. The correction at the bottom of …