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JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — The Best Day Of My Life

Today I am celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Best Day Of My Life. On Jan. 19, 2002 I met the most extraordinary, fascinating, person I have ever known. Two years, two months and two days later, I married her, in the same place I met her.  Her name is Lillian Crook. I love her. In early January 2002, I was …


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PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — Following the Path Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Growing up, my sisters and I were never asked if we wanted to serve or give of our time. It was expected. It was truly ingrained in us as part of our DNA. This morning, as we were reflecting on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in our “sisters” chat, we recalled how our parents instilled this into …


TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Remembering Madame Wilkins

I just learned of the passing of Wynona Wilkins. She died a few days before Christmas and a couple of weeks after her 105th birthday, beating out Betty White by several years. I knew her first as Madame Wilkins. For years, she taught French to many, many UND students. I was one of them. Along with her historian husband, Dr. …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Greener Acres: A Journey From San Francisco To Iowa

Three years ago, Beth Hoffman left her career as a college professor and journalist in San Francisco for the life of farming. She and her husband, John Hogeland, headed to Iowa with $19,000 of savings and a vague and ambiguous plan to take over as the fifth generation on his family’s 530-acre farm. The simple life, however, turned out to be not …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Bridges, Oil Wells And Open Meetings

I’ve written about the proposed bridge across the Little Missouri State Scenic River north of Medora, N.D., enough times that I don’t need to go into a lot of background to bring you up to date on the project. I decided this past week that I needed a little Bad Lands time, and the Billings County Commission was going to …

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

Paul Bruns scored 21 points and added eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team dropped a 75-68 Summit League decision to the University of South Dakota on Monday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (4-13 overall, 0-4 Summit) also received double-figure scoring efforst from Tsotne Tsartsidze (13), Matt Norman …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period and lost 4-3 to No. 14 Cornell University on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Mark Senden, Ashton Calder and Jake Schmaltz scored for the No. 5 Fighting Hawks (13-7), while the Big Red (10-3-1) received goals from Sam Malinski, Jack O’Leary, Max Andreev …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — An Essential Detour To Wounded Knee, South Dakota

My young adult daughter and I were driving from Bismarck to a village in far western Kansas on Dec. 30, a distance of 753 miles. It is a journey we have made together a dozen times over the years. We were in something of a hurry on this occasion. When we stopped for gas and sodas, I found in my …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Nothing beats down the cold weather better than a bowl of hot soup, which is the perfect remedy for the subzero temperatures and wind chill that have held this part of the Midwest captive for the past week or two. A good choice always is wild rice soup, which can be made a number of ways. My favorite is one …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — Rethinking Winter Sports

When I was a kid, Whitey, Gare Bare, Hawkeye and I would play football in the snowbanks beside my house. Because we had brain damage. Tackle football in subarctic temperatures didn’t help. The end result is my career choices came down to either column-writing or politics, but I still had too many healthy brain cells for the latter. You don’t …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Rescuing Great Books From The Elites

It was in May 1985 that young Roosevelt Montás emigrated from the Dominican Republic to Queens, N.Y. He arrived in America in time to celebrate his 12th birthday. The plane trip, the first of the boy’s life, took only 3½ hours, but the figurative distance he traveled was immeasurable. The boy landed in the United States poor and disoriented and …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — One More ‘Last Dance’ For The Sage Grouse?

“I’ve shot probably half-dozen, or maybe as many as 10, sage grouse in my life. I’m likely among a small group of North Dakotans alive today who can say that. And that group is not going to get any bigger. Ever. Because there’s an awfully good chance we’ll never have another sage grouse season in North Dakota. In fact, I’ve …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Red Oak House Winter Notes No. 6

Journal entries 20 October 2021 3:15 p.m. Sunny calm autumn day. A very large and healthy coyote just ran up my street, ahead of my vehicle a full block, and then zipped behind the house next to Red Oak House, in broad daylight (no photo, I was driving). I grew up in Slope County and I know what I saw, …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped its Summit League conference opener 67-61 to North Dakota State University on Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, despite a game-high, 25-point performance by Kacie Borowicz, who also added seven rebounds and four assists. The Fighting Hawks (6-6 overall, 0-1 Summit) also received 13 points from Olivia Lane. The Bison …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — 50 Years … And Counting

At about 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 18, 2021), my friend, Rick Maixner, and I poured a couple ofshots from the bottle of cognac he keeps stashed at the Sunset Nursing Home in Mandan, N.D., and toasted the fact we are still here, 50 years after we walked off the gangplank of the USS Oriskany, CVA-34, at the Alameda (Calif.) Naval …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Accident Report

Going through some old paperwork just now, Ginny found a copy of an accident report of a little fender-bender I was involved in one evening in Grand Forks back in March 2018 not far from the Fire Hall Theatre. I remember how quickly a police officer arrived, how young he looked and how good he seemed to be at his …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — The Tricky Politics Of America’s War For Independence

It’s the tendency of Americans, suggests historian and best-selling author H. W. Brands, to simplify the past, when in truth our history is every bit as complicated and divisive as the present. Working to shine light on overlooked complexities, Brands probes the intersections of individual lives and narratives — what he calls “little history” — with the overarching accounts of …

JIM THIELMAN: That ‘Call From The Hall’ Is Backed By Intrigue

When former Minnesota Twins Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat “got the call” from Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame this month, it came from Jane Forbes Clark. Few ask, “Who is Jane Forbes Clark?” Well, she chairs the Hall of Fame’s board in Cooperstown, N.Y., where in 1839 Abner Doubleday was said to invent the game of baseball. He did …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Newspapers, Print Edition: The End Of An Era

Seriously, I didn’t think it would ever come to this, although in the past few months it seems like the writing has been on the proverbial wall. Over the past two years, I’ve gone back and forth, back and forth, looking at the irritations and aggravations that I have experienced in the dozens of times we have either had no …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Damn, It Hurts To Bury A Friend

I wrote here a few weeks ago that you can’t really understand COVID-19 until you’ve sat at the bedside of a good friend on a ventilator. I can say now that even then I did not understand it completely until I buried that good friend this past week. Until I watched that coffin being slowly lowered into the ground, as we all …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Can Political Parties Reform Themselves To Guide The Country Forward?

Party politics have always been controversial, but they have evolved into an unattractive piece of American democracy in recent decades. They have helped fuel fires of polarization and choked down legislative efforts at all levels of government. As a result, political parties themselves are under assault. Conservative journalist and historian Jay Cost, however, believes these efforts are misguided. He argues …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Remembering Ardell Tharaldson

I’m thinking today of an old friend, Ardell Tharaldson, who left us 10 years ago, Dec. 6, 2011. Our friendship dated back to Democratic-NPL politics in 1972, when he ran George McGovern’s campaign for president in North Dakot MS, which confined him to a wheelchair, and cancer, which killed him. He wrote a good book, “Patronage: Histories and Biographies of …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Tussling With An Urban Tumbleweed Invasion

In the past three weeks, North Dakota has been invaded by millions of tumbleweeds. I do not exaggerate. I live well within the capital city of Bismarck, in a peaceful and thoroughly manicured subdivision. We’ve had a prolonged drought and unusually high winds this fall, in a land that is semi-arid in a good year, and the wind routinely blows more …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — ‘Scumbags’

Some random thoughts, most of which appeared in an article in the December issue of Dakota Country magazine. How do you go about summarizing a year like 2021? Try this: It’s December, the year is almost over, and we’re still here. I’m still writing. You’re still reading. Y’know, considering everything, not much else seems very important. Like me, I’m sure you’ve lost …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Merrie Is Christmas

People seem to start thinking about decorating their homes for the holidays earlier and earlier every year. Some in October or sooner, and a few even like to have their Christmas decorations up all year. In a way, Ginny and I may fall into that latter category. That’s because one reminder of Christmas hangs on our wall year-round, too. It’s …

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

Captain Mark Senden scored a career-best two goals and an assist to lead the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over the University of Minnesota on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The No. 6-ranked Fighting Hawks (10-5) gained a weekend split with the No. 11 Gophers (9-7) after losing 5-1 Friday night. Gavin Hain …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Twenty (Or So) Questions For Misti Koop

It would be one thing to be on a cruise ship in some sunny locale during the holidays if you wanted to be, but quite another thing to be working on a cruise ship if you’d rather be celebrating the holidays at home in the Midwest with your family and friends. If it’s Dec. 24 and you’re longing to be …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team came from behind to defeat the University of Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The victory gave the Fighting Hawks (9-4-0 overall, 5-1-0 NCHC) a split in the series with the Bulldogs (8-3-1 overall, 3-2-1 NCHC), the No.-ranked team in the country. UMD …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — On Big Problems: Expect More From States, Less From Supreme Court

In today’s polarized political climate, Americans nervously anticipate U.S. Supreme Court rulings with the same fervor with that they enjoy sports, and with the same goal in mind: namely, to win. But American government is not a game, cautions U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton. By forcing the Supreme Court to make notably divisive, winner-take-all decisions, he argues, …

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

The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team was swept 3-0 by South Dakota State University in Summit League play on Saturday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Jackrabbits (18-11 overall, 10-8 Summit ) spoiled Senior Day for the Fighting Hawks (1-29 overall, 0-18 Summit). SDSU took the opening set 25-23 and the subsequent sets 25-21 and 25-16. Ashlyn …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Is A Refinery Really A Good Investment?

I have a friend who is an investment banker. I don’t know much about his business because I don’t have much to invest. But he’s been keeping track of the articles I’ve written about Meridian Energy Group, the company that wants to build a refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From time to time, he sends me a letter …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Highland Acres Historic District Is Becoming A Reality!

About 3½ years ago, a few residents of the Highland Acres neighborhood in west Bismarck sat down with some staff at the State Historical Society of North Dakota and began discussing the possibility of creating the Highland Acres Historic District and to nominate it for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Today (Nov. 17), the Bismarck Historic Preservation …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cacciatore Chicken

What do you do when you have an overabundance of tomatoes and have already made juice, canned whole ones as well as freezing 20 to 30 pounds of the juicy orbs? That’s been the dilemma I’ve been facing the past three weeks or so. Before frost put the damper on my gardens, I picked almost all of my tomatoes that …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Refinery Update: Another Day, Another Lawsuit; Ho Hum

If you happen to be in Texas, in the Houston area, the first week of January, and you’ve got a little time to kill, you could probably stop by the 215th Judicial District Courthouse for a little entertainment. There’s going to be a trial going on that might interest you. Lawyers for this company called Meridian Energy Group that I’ve been writing about …

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

Backup quarterback Quincy Vaughn threw a 3-yard pass to Gavin Ziebarth with 4:26 left in the ball game to lift the University of North Dakota football team to a 14-7 Missouri Valley Conference win over Illiinois State University on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (5-5 overall, 3-4 MVFC) were led by starting quarterback Tommy Schuster who …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Reflections On A Year Of Reading About Race In America

Since I woke up a little after the killing of George Floyd on May 20, 2020, I have done a good deal of what I regard as required reading about race in America. I started with Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” Then I read Carol Anderson’s “White Rage: The Unspoken …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — Filming ‘Fargo’

I’ve been intrigued by the movie “Fargo” ever since the cast and crew came to town years ago to shoot some of the scenes here. More accurately, north of here. I hung around the edges of the production for a couple of days, shooting television news stories, not knowing a classic American movie was being made. A new book called …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Sadness And Anger

You can read all the newspaper stories with lists of vaccination and testing sites, and death counts, and you can watch the incessant pokes-in-the-arm on the 6 o’clock news, but you can’t really understand COVID-19 until you’ve sat at the bedside of a good friend in the intensive care unit of a hospital and watched a machine pump oxygen in …

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

The University of North Dakota football team overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 24-21 come-from-behind Missouri Valley Conference victory over visiting Youngstown State University on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. Quarterback Tommy Schuster led the Fighting Hawks (4-5 overall, 2-4 MCV) to the win over the Penguins (2-6 overall, 1-5 MVC), throwing for 191 yards …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team defeated the University of Denver 4-1 on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena to complete a weekend sweep of its opening 2021-22 National Collegiate Hockey Conference series. Riese Gaber, Austin Calder, Tyler Kleven and Matteo Constantini scored for the Fighting Hawks (6-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 NCHC). Sean Behrens scored the only goal for …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Can The White American Church Find Its Way from Its Segregationist Past To A Diverse Future?

America’s racial reckoning — seen in protests in the streets and at school board meetings and even shaping this past Tuesday’s election results — comes as the nation continues to shift rapidly. The latest data — from the U.S. Census and the Pew Research Center, respectively — shows 40 percent of Americans now identify with a race other than white …

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team opened its 2021-22 National Collegiate Hockey Conference season with a 3-1 win over the University of Denver on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Louis Jamernik scored two goals to lead the Fighting Hawks (5-3-0 overall, 1-0-0 NCHC) to the victory. Matteo Costantini scored the other UND goal. Cameron Wright tallied the …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — The PPP Has Been Very Good To North Dakota

Well, my e-mails have sure been interesting since I wrote about the Paycheck Protection Program gifts earlier this week. The first was just after I wrote about Rick Becker’s plastic surgery clinic getting a couple of loans: “Hey, what about his bars and restaurants?!?!” Oops. I checked. Yes, he is the registered owner of a couple of places in downtown …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Augmenting Your Business With A PPP Loan

This might be the shortest story I ever post here. While doing some research for an earlier story I wrote, I came across the website that apparently tracks every single “loan” made under the pandemic-inspired Paycheck Protection Program. That’s the program that was passed by Congress in 2020 to help keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic. Businesses went to their …