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Marvin Baker

Highway Isolation?… 

Upside Down Under  Most of us love North Dakota because of the sunsets, fishing, hunting and open roads. I love the open roads.  We may not have the longest open road opportunities, but we are certainly up there toward the top. You can look at a map of the state…
October 2, 2022

100 years and counting… 

Upside Down Under  It isn’t easy to stay in business for 100 years, especially given that in the past century, any business to survive that long had to endure the Great Depression in the 1930s.  But there are two businesses that have daily impact on many North Dakota residents, and…
September 25, 2022

Honoring an icon… 

Upside Down Under  For the past several days the news has been dominated by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, and rightfully so. She was probably the best known person on the face of the earth.   And while some people believe it has been overdone, there are plenty of…
September 18, 2022

Harvest and the prairie skyscraper… 

Upside Down Under  Now that harvest is in full swing, a lot of things come to mind, but there is one thing I doubt many people think about and that is the loss of the old, wooden elevators, sometimes called prairie skyscrapers.  On Sunday, we made a trip to Bismarck…
September 11, 2022

Terrific explosion revisited…

 Upside Down Under  Marvin.baker@mydakotan.com  Some locals in the Carpio area still talk about an explosion on a nearby farm that happened 100 years ago on Aug. 31.  This was no ordinary explosion like you would think. It wasn’t gasoline and it wasn’t spontaneous combustion. This bomb went boom when 500…
September 4, 2022

Paris on the Prairie

Upside Down Under Marvin.baker@mydakotan.com A woman with four young children stopped by the farmers’ market last week and she said they had just moved to North Dakota from Louisiana. “From hurricanes to blizzards,” she said. But she seemed happy to be in Minot and her kids were relaxed and appeared…
August 28, 2022

Arreter le sucre...

If you don’t know or understand French, let me clarify what this headline means. Simply put, it’s “stop the sugar.” As mentioned in the past, this weekly column is mostly about events happening in North Dakota, or the surrounding states or provinces. This week I feel compelled to write about…
August 21, 2022

Children found safe…

A kidnapping that was solved last week received little attention in the U.S. media, but had possible implications for North Dakota and Montana. It certainly did in South Dakota because that is where two children, a brother and sister, were found safe. A man named Benjamin Moore, a known sex…
August 14, 2022

Upside Down Under -- A Party of Parties

A party of parties…  What happens when a group of 20 somethings with nothing to do get together? They have a party. That’s what a group of us in Edgeley did on March 16, 1981. But this was no ordinary party.   Yes, it was 41 years ago, but I…
August 7, 2022

We Should Showcase the Magic City

Normally I don’t complain in this space because I see enough of that on Facebook, and quite frankly, it’s disgusting.  However, last week the North Dakota State Fair was held in Minot, as it has for many years in late July. People come to the State Fair from all over…
July 31, 2022
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