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Marvin Baker

Upside Down Under: Happy Birthday Jim Hillestad…

There was a photograph in last week’s Kenmare News showing local man Jim Hillestad with his son Kelly and daughter Terri at his birthday party. That’s not so unusual, but what is unusual is that Jim turned 102 in late April. Kelly lives with his dad in Kenmare while Terri flew in from Australia to […]
by Marvin Baker
May 8, 2022

Upside Down Under: Continuing a FM DX hobby…

For the longest time, I would sit and look at my Kenwood KT 6040 AM-FM receiver and wonder what was wrong with it. When I bought it in 2018, it provided radio reception two step above anything else I’d ever known. But in the past year, there’s been some kind of issue. Last week my […]
by Marvin Baker
May 1, 2022

Estevan is Going Solar

A project that’s been five years in the making is now reality. SaskPower announced this week that it is building Saskatchewan’s largest solar farm near Estevan. The Canadian energy company said it’s planning to have the facility completed sometime in the next four years. “SaskPower’s commitment to reducing its emissions is evident in today’s announcement,” […]
by Marvin Baker
April 29, 2022

Upside Down Under: Of Donnybrook and Donnybrook…

There’s a small town in the gooseneck of Ward County called Donnybrook. It’s common knowledge locally that the town was named for the Donnybrook Fair in Ireland. Today Donnybrook is a district in Dublin. A few days ago, I discovered there is another Donnybrook, and it’s in Western Australia. This Donnybrook is a town of […]
by Marvin Baker
April 24, 2022

Upside Down Under: On the air to stay…

If you haven’t heard about this yet, there is something unique going on at Linton High School and my friend Jay Schmaltz is largely responsible for it. Jay and I go back a lot of years when I was deep into newspapers and he was deep into radio. And Jay being from Nekoma, I’d see […]
by Marvin Baker
April 17, 2022

Upside Down Under: Look for the clues…

When I signed on to write a weekly column for this newspaper, part of the agreement was that I write about current events, history, sports figures, etc., all with a North Dakota tie, sometimes deviating to states or provinces bordering us. This week, I’m compelled to change that theme because of something I saw on […]
by Marvin Baker
April 10, 2022

Upside Down Under: We could be more diverse?…

Last week’s article showed the diversity of North Dakota and that we fall into the No. 1 category in a number of areas, mostly with grain and row crops. But, there are some areas in which we could do far better with our diversity. Let me give you some examples. One of them is horseradish. […]
by Marvin Baker
April 3, 2022

SaskPower on Board with Small Nuclear Reactors

Placing small modular nuclear reactors in communities near the North Dakota and Montana borders is 10 years in the future, but plans are now under way to make it happen. According to a joint strategic plan among four Canadian provinces, including Saskatchewan, the first SMR is proposed for Saskatchewan in 2032, with three to follow. […]
by Marvin Baker
April 1, 2022

Saskatchewan Plan Calls for Nuclear Power

Small modular reactors that generate nuclear power will likely be located near the North Dakota and Montana borders. Four Canadian provinces that include Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick released their strategic plan on Monday to expand the nuclear industry through the development of small modular reactors, or SMRs. Currently, there isn’t any power generated […]
by Marvin Baker
March 30, 2022

Upside Down Under: We’re not always No. 1…

Lately I’ve been seeing indicators of how powerful North Dakota is as an agricultural producer. Statistics are generated by the USDA, Department of Agriculture and others but numerous people have been regurgitating said statistics on social media. We’re No. 1! Following is a list of the crops in North Dakota that are considered No. 1 […]
by Marvin Baker
March 27, 2022
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