A Full Moon? Easter? April Fool’s Day? Well, Kind Of.

Did you see that big old moon setting in the southwest this morning? Me too. And then I thought this is really cool, a full moon, Easter and April Fool’s Day, all at once. Except that’s not possible. It’s not possible to have a full moon on Easter Sunday. Because the rule is, Easter is…
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Another Set Of Eyes On Our Wild Bad Lands

  North Dakota has more than a million acres of public land, most of it in western North Dakota, our Little Missouri National Grasslands, managed by the United States Forest Service.            Most of it is grazing land, although it’s grazed by more than cattle and sheep. Pretty much every creature that lives in North Dakota…
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Remembering Two Great Men

Yesterday I attended the funeral for one of the greatest men I have ever known, George Sinner, Governor of the state of North Dakota from 1985 to 1993. I worked for him those years, and came to know him and love him, much like a son might love his father. He was just 20 years…
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The Race For An Open Seat In Congress

North Dakota’s Democrats will hold their state convention in Grand Forks later this week, and the highlight, if there’s to be one, will be choosing a candidate to run for North Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. So I’ve been thinking a bit about politics and conventions, especially past ones, similar to…
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Memories Of A Great Governor

Calm was the day in late July And bright was the sun across the sky But inside his chest the calm had broken Governor Sinner had started croakin’. I laughed the first time I read that, and I’m still laughing every time I think about it. It’s a poem written by a sixth grader from…
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Seems To Be A Lot Of POS’s Around These Days

North Dakota’s district political conventions are about over, and state conventions are coming up, so I thought I might write a few political columns for the next few weeks. I’ve been hanging out around politics for a few years, and still have a pretty good memory (something my wife would dispute), and I still know…
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I Wish For A Friend

The mailman brought me a small package this week, book-sized, postmarked and with a return address from the town in which I grew up, Hettinger, North Dakota. Well, it was obviously a book, and I love it when people send me books, so I opened it immediately. It was indeed a book, a very special…
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Colonel Jocelyne & Colonel Monique

Forty-three North Dakotans have been honored with the rank of Colonel in the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders since North Dakota began giving its highest award to its highest achievers in 1961. It’s time to make it forty-five. The award was created by former Governor William L. Guy as part of North Dakota’s commemoration…
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Whither The Measure 6 Coalition?

Word comes this week that the organizing committee for a group of North Dakotans who want to raise North Dakota’s Oil Extraction Tax back to the level it was at before the Legislature cut it in 2015 has decided to postpone its initiated measure campaign. Postpone, but not abandon. A wise choice, I’d say. Although…
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Donald Trump, Harold Hamm And Kevin Cramer

Most of my Democratic friends have a hard time understanding why I like Kevin Cramer. I think it’s because they’ve never been a part of a brotherhood. Let me explain. I’m thinking about this today because of Gary Emineth’s announcement yesterday that Kevin Cramer would run for the U.S. Senate against Heidi Heitkamp. Thanks for…
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