Author Archives: Jim Fuglie

Facing New Economic Reality in North Dakota: Fed Data Shows N.D. as One of Worst-Performing States

(Editor’s Note: I generally don’t allow others to post on my blog. No “Guest Editorials.” Usually, when someone wants to do that, I tell them to get their own blog. But the timing of this article by Doug Burgum is … Continue reading

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Oh, Woe Is Me. I’m A Democrat.

What’s a Democrat to do? Just when the North Dakota Republican Party appears more vulnerable than it has been in almost 25 years, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has retrenched into a hole so deep that it’s unlikely Democrats here … Continue reading

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Protecting Humans, Critters and the Little Missouri River Valley

U.S. Highway 85 is North Dakota’s deadliest highway. If you’re not familiar with it, it is the road that runs north and south along the western edge of the state, from our border with Canada to our border with South … Continue reading

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Giving Away A Gravel Mine

The strange saga of Roger Lothspeich and the Elkhorn Ranch gravel pit has taken a bizarre turn. Lothspeich, you will recall, is the fellow who bought the “surface minerals” (gravel, scoria, coal and uranium) on a piece of land owned … Continue reading

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A Short (Well, Sort Of) Introduction To The Koch Brothers Influence In North Dakota

Sunday, January 10 update: As I predicted, look for much about Kevin Cramer in Rob Port’s Sunday columns in the Forum Communications’ newspapers. As I point out below, Rob owes much to Cramer’s communications director Jason Stverak. So it’s no surprise … Continue reading

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Whither The Meadowlark? A Message For North Dakotans Who Enjoy The Outdoors

Here’s a question for some of you who spend a lot of time in the outdoors in the fall: How was your pheasant season? “Good enough, I guess,” would be my response. All of us who hunt pheasants in North … Continue reading

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Reflections on a White Sky

Call it our own private little Christmas miracle, if you will. It happened. After weeks and weeks of what I call a “white sky” over Bismarck every night—a function of city lights bouncing off a completely overcast sky—we had given … Continue reading

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In Lieu Of A Christmas Letter

Well, every year about this time, in past years, Lillian and I would get together and draft a “Christmas Letter,” which we would then take to the print shop, have it printed on fancy paper, buy a bunch of colored … Continue reading

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RIP, Buckshot Hoffner . . . One Of The Great Ones

Sebastian Fabian Hoffner, 91, Bismarck, died Thursday, December 17, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck. Mass of Christian burial will be said for him at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, at St. Boniface Church, Esmond. The praying of … Continue reading

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Honoring The Humility Of A Prairie Cemetery

And so the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will remain dark at night. North Dakota’s Adjutant General, David Sprynczynatyk, whose command includes the Cemetery, made his decision at the end of a week of input from the public on the efficacy … Continue reading

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