A Couple Reasons Why I Like Politics

SPEAKING OF NEW DRESSES Wednesday I wrote a long story about lieutenant governors, mostly, and in it, I poked some fun at my friend Jim Poolman. If you missed it, click here. But here’s another addition to the story, and it demonstrates why I like Jim Poolman. He has a sense of humor and a thick skin. Last…
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Of Lieutenant Governors And Knit Dresses

WAIT A MINUTE Okay the story below about State Senator Nicole Poolman is funny, but according to her husband, it is not quite true. Almost, but not quite. The real story is even funnier. Way at the very end of this blog, I repeated a story that’s been making the rounds in political circles these…
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Return To The Scene Of The Crime

Every time I hear the phrase “return to the scene of the crime” I smile and chuckle a little inside. It goes back to an evening about ten years ago when Lillian and I and her two teenage daughters were living on a small farmstead north of Dickinson. One early Spring evening, just after dark,…
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Super Tuesday? Not In North Dakota

Super Tuesday. Republicans and Democrats all over America will  line up tomorrow to cast their votes for their favorite Presidential candidates. By the end of the night, we might have a pretty clear picture of who the two national party candidates will be, although 34 states and a handful of territories won’t have completed their…
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Burt on "Dress-up day." Didn't happen very often.

Burt Calkins Was One Cool Dude

March 5 Update: In an e-mail from Burt’s son, Craig, I learned there will be a brief service for Burt on Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan. Friends are invited to attend. Most of you didn’t know Burt Calkins. Too bad. He was one of the most…
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