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 Dakota are loathe to say anything gloomier than that, because saying “It wasn’t all that…
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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 up hope of seeing the expected nearly-full moon on Christmas Eve. They say the real…
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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 envelopes and a whole lot of stamps, spend hours addressing each envelope by hand and…
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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 a rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Nicknamed…
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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 of a well-intentioned but poorly thought-out proposal to light the Cemetery at night. Thank you…
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