The Best Of Ardell Tharaldson

We said good-bye yesterday to a strong North Dakota voice at a remembrance service for Ardell Tharaldson. Cancer claimed my longtime friend last week, freeing him at last from a body that multiple sclerosis long ago confined to a wheelchair.  But it never stilled his mind, which plotted and schemed scenarios for liberal takeovers of…
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Who Owns YOUR Post Office?

Where I grew up, in Hettinger in southwestern North Dakota, the big brick Post Office building sat at the most prominent corner in town, the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Highway 12. Still does. A federal building, owned now by either the United States Government or the U.S. Postal Service—I’m not sure which. When…
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Just Another Day In The Oil Patch

If you go to the Williston Herald website and click on “News” today, here is a partial list of what you will find. Just another day in the oil patch. Uffda. Local News Trenton woman dies of carbon monoxide poisoning The name of a 49-year-old woman who died in Trenton Sunday has been released. Parshall…
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Matters Of Opinion?

Have you ever noticed that people who don’t have much to say often talk about the weather? It’s like they just need to be saying something, but there’s not much going on upstairs, so, let’s talk about cold, or hot, or snow, or wind. One of the ways this manifests itself frequently, I’ve noticed, is…
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$10,000 – No Questions Asked

The Legislature is coming to town Monday, ostensibly to draw new Legislative district lines, but more urgently to fix some of the state’s problems that cannot wait until the regular Legislative session in 2013. One of them is flood relief. Probably the most important one. For the record: I was not personally affected by the…
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