Happy Father’s Day, Dad

I’m thinking about my dad, as we all do on Father’s Day. He became a father 70 years ago this fall. He was a father to me for 37 years, and to my six younger brothers and sisters for not as long, before he died young, in 1984. I wrote this article about him a…
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Our Rich Heritage. Our National Park.

Here’s a short follow-up to a story I did a couple weeks ago about the proposed Davis Refinery, the big industrial plant the California company Meridian Energy wants to build next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You’ll recall the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) sent Meridian a letter a month ago questioning some of…
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Black Butte

I crossed off another item on my North Dakota Bucket List last weekend. With Lillian, her two sisters and her daughter, I hiked to the top of Black Butte, and, at the top, promptly declared, to the amusement of the ladies, that I was the oldest person ever to climb to North Dakota’s second-highest point.…
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Meridian Refinery Application Is On The Shelf. Where It Belongs.

The North Dakota Department of Health has called “Bullshit!” on Meridian Energy’s application to construct its Davis Oil Refinery three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In fact, in a strongly-worded letter to Meridian, Terry O’Clair, Director of the Division of Air Quality, says he has actually stopped the review of the application until Meridian…
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A Trip Around Northeast North Dakota.

My wife Lillian and I just did a quick two-day trip on (almost) all 2-lane roads–you can’t get out of or into Bismarck without going on a four lane, but our exit and entrance was our only concession to four lanes)–around the northeast quadrant of North Dakota. It was wonderful. That is all I am…
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