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Time to Store Water

In times of emergency, water is an essential concern. Water is not only essential to good health and hygiene, it is quite often the first thing to be affected by natural disaster. The water supply may be interrupted because of tornado, flooding, extreme weather or a power outage that affects…
May 23, 2022

Upside Down Under: Five years in the making…

It was recently announced that the North Dakota Department of Transportation has OK’d a major road construction project that will turn U.S. Highway 52, from the Canadian border at Portal, all the way to Carrington, into a “super 2,” which means strategic passing lanes will be added. Since April of…
May 22, 2022

Northern Celebrations: They’re back – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes visitors with two special upcoming events

Only a 2011 historic flood and two-year pandemic kept Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) from hosting Special Needs Fishing Day each June. While that same pandemic halted Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery’s annual Memorial Day weekend Hatchery Fun Day for two years, both activities are back and hosts are…
May 21, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Bike to Work Today

Every day is special. No, literally. Search the Google webs for “calendar of special days,” and you find out all sorts of things about the days we’re all living through. Today (or what will be today since I wrote this ahead of time because I’m a wizard of forethought), May…
May 20, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: It's Not a Vacation Destination

Last weekend we visited Rapid City. During the days we crammed in tourist activities. We hit Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, and Old McDonald’s Farm. We ate ice cream at Mount Rushmore and browsed Who’s Toy House downtown. In the evening we visited local friends over meals and later watched our…
May 19, 2022

Debt-free College

It's graduation time and hundreds of fresh-faced, enthusiastic youth are getting ready to head off to college. College can be an expensive proposition, and it appears that fewer and fewer people are able to afford it. Government reports say that nearly half of all students graduate with student loan debt and…
May 18, 2022

For the Farmer: I Will Pray for Rain, but....

In our neck of the woods, the farm weather has been terrible since, I don’t know, 1999. If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes they say. Farmers have been waiting longer than that and the tables have not turned. Sure, the weather changed in 5 minutes just like…
May 17, 2022

Provident Home Companion: Let's Talk About Cloches

Many of our favorite garden vegetables are cold-sensitive: tomatoes, peppers, basil, and vining plants like cucumber, squash and melons are all easily damaged by anything approaching the low-30s. According to weather maps, for most of us in North Dakota the average last frost date is in mid-May. But remember that's…
May 16, 2022

Upside Down Under: Welcome back to North Dakota…

In the past month, there have been a lot of vehicles with Saskatchewan and Manitoba license plates milling around Minot and on U.S. Highway 52. Covid restrictions were lifted April 1 in Canada which made it much easier for Canadians to travel across the border. It’s been a long time…
May 15, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Celebrating the joy of migration

The boisterous chirping was treasured morning music as the two Hunting Maniacs of the household and I started our early morning walking routine – they pretending to “hunt” along the muddy trail and me hoping they didn’t get too filthy in the process. The mud was welcomed even though it…
May 14, 2022

Facts of Law

I’m very excited to introduce myself as The Dakotan’s newest contributor.  I’m blessed to have this opportunity and will do my very best to entertain, inspire, or both, with each column. Now, here’s a little about me.  I’ve been a licensed attorney since 2009 and I own and operate Worthington…
May 14, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: iOwe You, iPod

Where were you when you heard the news? Certain news stories, when they happen, you will remember forever where you were and what you were doing when they happened. Stories like the moon landing, Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the O.J. Simpson verdict, Olive Garden opening in…
May 13, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: Trash Christmas

Something magical week is nearly upon us in the Magic City. It’s that special time of year that yields surprises, laughter, and neighborly cheer. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of loss, joy, victory and disappointment. It’s one of the traditions I found incredibly odd when I was a naive newcomer, and…
May 12, 2022

Save on Clothing

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” This age-old proverb is a good guide for those of us trying to live a frugal and sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away economy. Most people just find it easier to toss things when they break…
May 11, 2022

For the Farmer: Spring Update

As of now, the farmers are all getting busy with their own final preparations for spring seeding. However, they are all wondering, “What’s everyone else doing? Is anybody going yet?” From high atop the agronomy perch here in Mohall, the answer is that there have been a few acres planted,…
May 10, 2022

Plant It and Forget It

A garden is an important part of a good food plan, a plan to ensure that you will always have food regardless of what the market and economy are doing. But vegetable gardens are subject to the whims of nature. Over the years, too much or too little rain, early…
May 9, 2022

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…
May 8, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Paddlefish – a survivor of time   

They’re a treasure, a living fossil surviving millions of years found in only one part of North America. And some call North Dakota home. They’re paddlefish, a massive, prehistoric fish scientists trace back to the Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago. Only one other paddlefish species found in Asia exists…

NDistinct Chatter: Embrace Every Day with Mom

I like to think that this column is maybe a tiny moment of levity in a world that is growing increasingly darker, filled more and more with anger, hostility, anxiety and sadness. I’m feeling all those things, too; I can assure you. However, my usual intention in this space is…
May 6, 2022

Mother's Day Tribute

Mother’s Day is fast approaching the world, much as everything else is approaching, fast! Mother’s Day in a small community brings back memories of the moms that did the opposite, they slowed down enough to take time to not only raise their own children but create fond memories and examples…
May 6, 2022

Letter to the Editor

In response to Shane McLoughlin's letter to the editor. He seems like a nice man and sincere about his comments but 10 years in Minot doesn't come close to the Midwest Federal Building, that's the period of time it was closed. Let me explain. I came to Minot in 1958…
May 5, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: Mother's Day

My birthday falls right after Christmas. Often the day is spent in the car or airport traveling to or from visiting family. The business of Christmas and New Year’s can put my ideals for a birthday celebration on the backburner. Plus, I’m usually too tired from all the Christmas-ing to…
May 5, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World: It's All About the Food

It's May. Actually it's not, it's November, well it is May; but I'm thinking about what I thought about last November, because I wish I would've thought about it in May. If you're confused, so am I and that's why I'm writing this article because one of the outdoor lessons…
May 4, 2022

The Bane of Your Budget

You're walking through the store, minding your own business when suddenly it grips you. You see something on sale, a novelty item, something you've long wished for and you are seized with the impulse to buy it. Impulse buying is probably one of the biggest threats to your budget. It's…
May 4, 2022

For the Farmer: "Dear Farmer... Love, your Ag Retailer"

Spring snow has delayed the planting season.  However, there is still a lot of time to get things dried out and get a crop in the ground.  No need to worry.  Farmers now have plenty of questions about availability of earlier day corn (spoiler alert, there is not any), the…
May 3, 2022

Should you get "food storage"?

The news is alarming: Reports of food shortages around the world, world leaders confirming there will be even more shortages to come, food warehouse and production facilities burning down and more transportation bottlenecks. In the last month or two, I've received several emails and phone calls from people who've attended…
May 2, 2022

Minot State Athletics put on Mental Health Panel

It’s been an entire month of planning and coordinating, but this last weekend all the hard work came to fruition. This past Tuesday, April 26, the Minot State Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Council put on a mental health panel for the more than 400…
May 1, 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…
May 1, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Spring means tick season         

They’re small. They’re annoying. But they can also be debilitating and deadly. For some beloved dog owners, Tick Season is a year-around occurrence. For others, it’s a seasonal thing. How soon it starts, how long it lasts, and the types of diseases they can transmit vary with one’s location in…
April 30, 2022

Letter to the Editor

In Support of the County Commissioners, I read Duane Brekke's letter to the editor on April 27, 2022 and felt a response was necessary. I have lived in Minot for over ten years, in North Dakota for nearly twenty years of my adult life and having grown up on a…
April 29, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Get In Line

There are rules to being in lines. We live in a society. I was reminded of this hierarchy this past Saturday while in line for Record Store Day. It had been a long, lonely time since I’d been in a line like this one, I realized sometime during my 47-minute…
April 29, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: Cream of Mushroom Soup

We’ve got to talk about the blizzards one more time. Just once more. Then I’m done. Unless, of course we get another blizzard. If we get a blizzard in May, all bets are off and you betcha I’ll write about it. But for today, let’s confidently hope that blizzard warnings…
April 28, 2022

Letter to the Editor

For many years we have had a county commissioner know by many probably the most negative to ever serve as commissioner. As a farm boy, I appreciate good farm-to-market roads. His ideal is a paved road from his farm house to the elevator. He has never cared about Minot (I’m…
April 27, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 4: Final Two Tips

You may be finding it a challenge to keep food costs down, especially if you are living on a 2021 salary or a fixed income. These are financially precarious times and you need all the help you can get. So here are two more tips to help you manage your…
April 27, 2022

For the Farmer: The Urban/Rural Divide

Not very long ago, the former Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post called “In Farm Children, I See Virtues That One Sees Too Rarely These Days.”  In this article, he made note of the increasing divide between the urban and rural…
April 26, 2022

The Early Spring Garden: Brassicas

After you've planted your peas, spinach and onions, (mydakotan.com/2022/04/the-early-spring-garden/) it's time to start planting brassicas. “Wait! What,” you may ask “what on earth is a brassica?” Brassicas are a family of plants that are known for being cold-hardy and high in nutrition. They are also called cruciferous plants. That’s because…
April 25, 2022

Waiting for the call

For NFL fans second only to the Super Bowl, the biggest day of the year is the NFL Draft. It is an opportunity for teams at the bottom of the league to land the next franchise cornerstone player and pull them out of purgatory and for teams that made the…
April 24, 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…
April 24, 2022

Northern Celebrations: A big catch   

It’s not every day an angler lands a 48-inch freshwater fish and has to release because it’s too small. Yes, you read that right – it’s too small. When it comes to catching a muskellunge (muskie) in North Dakota, though, that’s exactly what happens – N.D. Game and Fish Department…
April 23, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Being Real in ND

There’s a new social media app in the world called Be Real. All the kids are using it. There aren’t ads, and it doesn’t track you across the internet and sell your information to the highest bidder. Supposedly. I don’t remember Facebook telling us they were going to do that,…
April 22, 2022

She's Not From Around Here: The Unsung Hero of Blizzard 2022

We got more snow than I expected. When I wrote last week’s column the blizzard was impending with predictions hinting at the possibility of 30” of snow. However, with my vast meteorological experience (okay, I have none), I made my own prediction: Minot would get far less snow than expected…
April 21, 2022

Letter to the Editor

The political class is up in arms over a proposed ballot measure to limit the terms of the governor and state legislators.  First, they derided the concept as flawed and told us that the ballot box is how we limit their time in office.  Now, the offices of the secretary…
April 20, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 3: Cook from Scratch

In our attempt to lower the grocery bill we've covered things like shop with a list, have a super pantry and cut down on food waste. These all sound like Grandma skills. And the truth is, these are things your grandma did. If your Grandma lived during the depression (like…
April 20, 2022

For the Farmer: How to Fire Someone 101

How to Fire Somebody: A Farmer’s Guide There is a bunch of positive career development stuff on social media about how to be successful beyond your wildest dreams; how to thrive in the workplace; how to be the best salesperson; how to motivate others; how to inspire, lead and mentor.…
April 19, 2022

The Early Spring Garden

Spring is so close, so very, very close, that we are all getting anxious to get into the garden and start planting something. Every year, after a week or two of sunny, pleasant weather, everyone rushes to the garden center and buys a whole flat of garden veggies. Who doesn't…
April 18, 2022

Melting Pot of Minot State Athletics

Entering the 2021-2022 school year there were 14 athletic teams on the campus of Minot State University. Next fall the 15th team in Women’s Wrestling will join MSU Athletics. Excluding Women’s Wrestling since their roster is not yet finalized as they continue starting the program, there is only one team…
April 17, 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…
April 17, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Think spring, think fishing

Spring means throngs of migrating waterfowl resonating overhead as they return to nest. It’s wildlife awakening from their winter survival mode. It’s green grass and early wildflowers as crocuses and other flowers pop seemingly out of nowhere. And it’s fishing. Finally, it’s open water fishing. To Jason Lee, an avid…
April 16, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: No Shame in Snow Game

I was recently told by an expert on human feelings that there are two of the feels that we humans feel so intensely and so negatively that we will go to extra efforts to avoid feeling them: shame and loneliness. Most of us, anyway. Maybe not politicians. I was thinking…
April 15, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Spring Snow

You know how some board games can force your pawn to return to start? Or at least make you to move back several spaces? That’s spring snowstorms in Minot. You can play the game. You can execute strategy — but in classic board games like Life, Sorry or Trouble it…
April 14, 2022

Saving on Groceries Part 2: Eliminate Waste

More Tips to Save at the Grocery Store Last week I gave three tips on how to save at the grocery store. They were: 1-Start a Super Pantry2-Shop with a list3-Go easy on the perishable foodsYou can read them in detail here: https://mydakotan.com/2022/04/saving-at-the-grocery-store-part-1/. Let's continue with more tips on how…
April 13, 2022

For the Farmer: Current Events and Your Farm in 2023

Yes, that’s right. That’s not a typo. 2023. Farmers have a lot of questions about what will happen to commodity prices and crop input prices for 2023 given that 2020-2022 has been such a roller coaster ride. The following is some very early speculation about what to expect for 2023.…
April 12, 2022

Ten Skills for Self-Reliance

The Internet is full of articles with titles like “Top Ten Skills Every Survivalist Should Know.” I know a lot of people are prepping for some end-of-the-world-doomsday-apocalypse  kind of event and in that case, these would be skills you’d want to know. But how likely is that? I think the…
April 11, 2022

Student Athletes Come Together to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Very few communities are as diverse as the athletic community on a college campus. When you add the addition of Minot State’s higher than most international student population, MSU Athletics is one of the most community of people. From players to coaches all the way up to the athletic offices,…
April 10, 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…
April 10, 2022

Always a Special Place

T.R. National Park-North Unit WATFORD CITY — It is the very definition of a National Park – beauty, majesty, serenity, wilderness. Take your pick. You’ll discover it all, and more, at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I’ve never forgotten my first view of the North Unit. I’m…
April 10, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Maple sugaring North Dakota style

Maple syrup – thick and deliciously oozing true maple syrup – is probably any pancake lover’s true delight. Home-grown, North Dakota maple syrup isn’t a reality because the maple tree species producing maple syrup don’t grow in the state. But Chad Trautman, Garrison, discovered a passion for a different type…
April 9, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Watch the Watch

I have a complicated relationship with my wristwatch. It wasn't always like this. When I was so much younger, I wore a watch for the same reason most people do: telling time. But even way back then, in the Before Times, watches had other purposes. Remember calculator watches? One of…
April 8, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: The Library Sale

A local friend once told me the library sale is an ideal place to observe North Dakotans being North Dakotan. It’s a place to see Dakotaness on display. Like a lot of things, I didn’t understand until I saw it first hand. Let me explain. First of all, the fact…
April 7, 2022

Letter to the Editor

I can’t say thank you enough… Our campaign earned the support of 46% of the NDGOP State Convention vote against the most popular politician in modern North Dakota history. This was done on a shoestring budget through grassroots supporters of all stripes across our great state. We ran a campaign…
April 6, 2022

Saving at the Grocery Store Part 1

For most people, food is the third highest expenditure in the family budget (after housing and transportation) and food costs are going up. Way, way up. In the last year — from September 2020 to September 2021 — the cost of food rose 31%. That’s the steepest increase the U.S.…
April 6, 2022

For the Farmer: Family Farm Commo

Two-way radios. Business-band radios. Cell phones. CB radios. Texting. Hand-and-arm signals when backing up the tractor to the planter. How do you talk to each other on the farm? Ok, not that communication. Good old-fashioned talking to each other on the farm communication. Families that farm together, that run the…
April 5, 2022

Letter to the Editor

I have a confession to make… I didn’t expect to win the election on Saturday to chair the ND GOP convention. Why? I didn’t campaign, only a few knew I was going to have my name placed in nomination and I arrived at 10:50 a.m. (It started at 11:00 a.m.)…
April 4, 2022

The Embarrassing Bean

In many parts of the world, beans (and their legume cousins, lentils) are eaten every day at virtually every meal. By comparison, Americans eat very few beans. And this may be one big reason for it: gas. Many people have a reaction to beans that, well, alerts others to what…
April 4, 2022

Changes on College Campus with Name, Image, and Likeness

Very few divisive topics have hit centered stage more in college athletics than allowing players to receive financial compensation for their play. For years the NCAA has argued that paying players transcends the athletes from amateurs to professionals. This has changed with the new Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rule…
April 3, 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.…
April 3, 2022

Letter to the Editor

Biden's solution to gas prices: "Under my plan, which is before Congress now, we can take advantage of the next generation of electric vehicles, that a typical driver will save about $80 a month from not having to pay gas at the pump."So allow me to break that baby down…
April 2, 2022

Letter to the Editor

Confessions of Modern Day Patriot I have a confession to make: I haven’t always been a Republican. It was my senior year in high school. The year was 1976. Jimmy Carter was running for President. Being the democrat I was raised, and the bleeding heart that cries at movies, I…
April 1, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Bald is Beautiful, Not Funny

In response to Will Smith’s recent choice to slap Chris Rock in the face at the Oscars, there is currently a war in the Ukraine and the cost of living is running laps around salaries and wages. I'm not an expert on geopolitical conflicts or macroeconomics the way I'm a…
April 1, 2022

Discernment 101: Stepping Up  

At the beginning of 2022, most people in the United States had never heard of the trucker convoy. It could be argued they didn't spend a lot of time paying attention to Canadian news sources at all. Many of us were just trying to figure out what to believe or…
March 31, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Prom in Hot Dish Territory

On Saturday, Minot’s teenagers will dress to the nines and scoot off to prom. Which means, this the perfect time to chat about an outsiders take on Hot Dish prom. Before going further, let me be candid. I love prom. Though my prom years are long passed, I still carry…
March 31, 2022

The Worst Topic of All

Budgeting. Such a boring word and a tedious topic. It's also an emotionally fraught subject. So much of what we feel emotionally and how we respond to society is wrapped up in how we spend our money.  Yet budgeting is the first step to managing finances and is essential if…
March 30, 2022

For the Farmer: “The Road Greater”

It is March Madness! What do basketball referees and County Motor Grader Operators have in common? They are both out there going back and forth and have lots of angry people criticizing the job they are doing. There is nobody pulling them aside to say “Hey, splendid work! We are…
March 29, 2022

Letter to the Editor

Confessions of Modern Day Patriot “A Room Without Books is a Room Without a Soul”William Shakespeare I have a confession to make. I haven’t read a lot of Shakespeare in my life, but this is one quote that has made me stop and think. About things that you instinctively know…
March 29, 2022

The Magical Fruit

Beans, beans, the magical fruit... School yard rhyme aside, you really should be eating beans at every meal. They are super high in fiber, protein and lots of vitamins. They are a tasty, inexpensive and filling, making them the ideal food for those trying to keep their food budget under…
March 28, 2022

Director of Fun

Fans of Minot State Men’s and Women’s Hockey will recognize him as the voice of Beaver Hockey and anyone who follows MSU Baseball knows he ended his career in the record books. Celestino “Sal” Rodriguez finished his playing days on the baseball diamond as Minot State’s all-time leader in homeruns.…
March 27, 2022

Bass Bracket Fishing

March Madness on the Water STANTON – A bass fishing version of bracketology was introduced at Nelson Lake this month. And what fun it was! The event was the culmination of a winter fishing circuit conducted by bass fishing enthusiasts of the Badlands Bass Bandits, a fishing club that made…
March 27, 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…
March 27, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Navigating the waters                                 

It might not seem possible in a prairie state like North Dakota, but the N.D. Game and Fish Department manages more than 450 lakes. Some are as grand as massive Lake Sakakawea or ever popular Devils Lake while others are as tiny as the North Dakota State Fair Community Pond…
March 26, 2022

What’s All the Fuss About Eminent Domain?

The topic of eminent domain has come up again recently in the current discussions surrounding the carbon capture pipeline project. Many North Dakotans are at least tangentially familiar with the concept of eminent domain, but if you don’t own significant amounts of land, especially located in the western half of…
March 25, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: I'm Not Psychic, But Neither is Tyler Henry

Watch this, I’m psychic. You, the person reading this, are you from North Dakota? Do you know someone who’s died in the last two years, be it from COVID or another illness complicated by COVID, or they died in a motorcycle accident and tested positive for COVID afterward? Does your…
March 25, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: The Honor Code

I’ve never been robbed. Not really. There have been two instances in which something of mine was stolen. They are as follows: Once, at a pumpkin patch in Delaware, I painted a small pumpkin that came complimentary with each corn maze admission. I brushed on minimalistic black and white stripes,…
March 24, 2022

Making Ends Meet

Last week my husband and I sat down with an adviser to begin the paperwork for his retirement. This feels like the second scariest decision we've ever made during our marriage. The first was when we decided to live on one income so that I could be at home with…
March 23, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World: Fire Wisdom

One thing Mother Nature will teach you is that what you think you know may not be true. This reality highlighted itself back when our family was learning how to archery deer hunt. One evening as Peter and I were getting out of the tree stand we heard the shrillest…
March 23, 2022

For the Farmer: Industry Update

Current Events By now, everyone knows the direct effects of the war in Ukraine on our agricultural way of life here in rural North Dakota.  The war is an unfortunate situation for the people of Ukraine.  Imagine yourself in their shoes. I pray for God to be near to them…
March 22, 2022

Discernment 101: Why?

Fake news, misinformation, de-platforming, canceling and other terms are now part of everyday conversations in our country. Along with these terms and parts of these conversations are many questions and statements. When did fake news start? How can we let people get away with misinformation? Who deserves to have a…
March 21, 2022

Why Heirlooms?

There’s a buzz going around about “heirloom seeds” especially heirloom tomatoes, leading people to believe that heirlooms have more flavor or are otherwise superior to all other tomatoes. And that's why they can charge you double for the seeds or plants. That’s only partly true. Yes, they do taste good, but…
March 21, 2022

New Face of the Beaver Defense

With spring break coming to a close, spring practices for the Beaver Football team are just getting started. Over the next month, the Beavers are allotted 14 practices and 1 spring game for offseason training. Football, unlike the rest of college athletics, is very restricted and limited in the amount…
March 20, 2022

Upside Down Under: Slava Ukraini!…

I’m sure many of us watched Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy live via video on American television Wednesday as he addressed the U.S. Congress about the need for more aid to stop the Russian aggression. It came one day after he spoke via video to Canadian Parliament requesting more aid. Whether…
March 20, 2022

Letter to the Editor

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As a farmer and an active North Dakota Farm Bureau (NDFB) member that has worked directly with their policy, I took great interest in Joel Heitkamp’s interview…
March 20, 2022

Northern Celebrations: A Treasure in Paradise Found

The late Dr. Valerius Geist, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, was the first scientist to study Stone’s sheep native to northern British Columbia. Expecting to find “some modest scientific gain…”, as he described years later in his book, Wild Sheep Country, instead, he wrote:…
March 19, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: The Batmen Face Off in March Madness

It’s March Madness, and offices across the country are pooling money, building their brackets and watching in disbelief as their brackets fall apart and money flies away. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is 64 teams going head-to-head, and with 63 games played, the odds of guessing the outcome of each…
March 18, 2022

The Blessings and Challenges of Seeking Vindication

Religion in Society North Dakotans received some startling and for most people welcome news this week when an arrest was made in the 15-year-old murder investigation of the death of Anita Knutson. While a trial won’t likely occur for some time, and it may be many months from now before…
March 18, 2022

Nanny State

The poop was running down the back of my hand and inside my sleeve. I couldn't help but smile. I realized how much I love my new job as a nanny to my 9th grandchild. My wife and I signed on (begged for the chance, really) to nanny our 8-week-old…
March 17, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Lighter Days

I think the darkness is harder to bear than the cold. Everyone who comes to Minot thinks about the cold. Everyone dreads the cold. Everyone talks about the cold. But very few mention the darkness. In the fall we ride a slippery slope to days spent in the dark. It…
March 17, 2022

For the Farmer: The Finest American Crop

My dad wrote this for the Minot, North Dakota Rotary Club newsletter – “The Prairie Flower.” It was March 18th, 1999. 23 years ago, almost to the day. It provides a neat historical perspective on how far farming has advanced, how it is still much the same, and what is…
March 15, 2022

Time to Plan Your Garden

Right now it looks like spring is a long way off. But don’t be fooled — before you know it, it will be time to plant your garden. That makes this the perfect time of year to sit down and plan what you want this year’s garden to look like.…
March 14, 2022

This is College Baseball

Minot State Baseball has been predicted to finish as one of the top teams in the NSIC this spring and deservedly so. The Beavers return of 30 veteran players from last year’s team, that went 22-12 in conference play. Experience is key for this Beaver team with many of whom…
March 13, 2022

Step into the Outdoors

State Parks Hiking Challenge BISMARCK — It is a terrific way to step into some of the most scenic places in all of North Dakota, enjoy some quality family time, and reap the health benefits of hiking in the outdoors. North Dakota State Parks has brought back it’s Hiking Challenge…
March 13, 2022

Upside Down Under: Make customer service a priority…

Those of us who live in North Dakota like to think we are up-to-date with the rest of the nation, savvy about technology and on top the world because we are “North Dakota friendly.” Sorry to burst your bubble, but we’re not even close. We are so far behind in…
March 13, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Fish need oxygen, too

We don’t see it because they’re under water, but fish need oxygen, too. Granted, they get it differently than us humans but just as sunlight and oxygen are critical for people, it’s critical for fish. One problem snowy states like North Dakota face is that while it melts to provide…
March 12, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: I Saw the Sign

Do you believe in signs? I suppose I do, and I’d like to tell you about a few of them I’ve seen in the recent past if you have the time. We start with a sign I saw on the side of Interstate-94, just outside of Jamestown. It was a…
March 11, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Why Is Winter Taking So Long?

“Mom, why is winter taking so long?” My four-year-old has asked me this question exactly every day for a week straight. When he says it, the phrase is drawn out. It carries that tone of voice only a genuine child can produce when talking to their parents: Mo—ommm. My name…
March 10, 2022

For the Farmer: What’s in your water?

In the realm of making improvements to your farming practices, there are certain topics that you read about all the time. For example: what the newest and greatest herbicides are this year, what seed traits are the best fit for your acres, new planting equipment technology, and software you should…
March 8, 2022

Ten Reasons to Grow a Garden

Gardening is the most popular hobby in the U.S. right now. Each year more people take up gardening. Last year saw the biggest increase. An estimated six million gardened for the first time last year, and this year it is expected that even more people will join in this favorite pastime.…
March 7, 2022

Philled In: Mental Game

Sports are athletes' escape from the world. For me stepping on the football field, the basketball court, or the baseball diamond was an opportunity to block out reality for an hour or so. Seeing athletes playing their respective sports is where I have seen many at their happiest. It never…
March 6, 2022

Upside Down Under: Give credit where credit is due

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit the Dakota College campus in Bottineau. The reason for my visit was to meet a student and a staff member. What I found out, however, is having a lasting impression. It’s obvious that the big guys; University of North Dakota, University of…
March 6, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Finicky March

A person probably doesn’t want to think back through the past month of February and the number of days the thermometer dipped below the zero mark. For that matter, there’s no need to mention the number of days it didn’t even get above zero for daytime highs. Instead, let’s reminisce…
March 5, 2022

NDistinct Chatter

Introductions are always a little awkward, I think. Especially for columnists. Because I know what you’re thinking. Who is this guy? What is this thing he’s written, and why did he do it? Why am I reading it? What’s with the photo of his face? All questions I’d be asking…
March 4, 2022

Breath of Fresh Air

Letter to the Editor We experienced a severely needed breath of fresh air Saturday night from Dr. Scott Atlas at The Barn at 52 Pines in Burlington. I came to the event with a low bar of expectations as Dr. Atlas had just written his book, A Plague Upon Our…
March 4, 2022

Can We Coherently Define the American Dream Anymore?

Approximately 13 years ago, I blogged about “The American Dream.” As a real estate professional at the time, I had noticed that certain politicians continually referred to “home ownership” as the quintessential aspect of the American Dream. What directly followed that claim were fiscal policies, such as artificially low interest…
March 4, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: A Friendly Push

A few weeks ago I came across a car stuck in a bank of snow. We’d gotten snow earlier in theweek, but this was a warm, 35 ̊ day. Streets were clear, snow had even begun to melt on thesidewalks. The sky was blue, the sun was warm, the wind…
March 3, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World: Reach-Throw-Row-Go

I was scrolling through the news the other day when I saw a story of a police officer barreling out on the ice to save a dog that was heavier than the ice could handle. The story falls under the feel good category, getting good tractions with all the animal…
March 2, 2022

For the Farmer: False Motivation

The definition of “False Motivation” is buying into the illusion that you're content with someone or something in hopes that eventually you really will be. In the realm of business career advice, I’ve heard the phrase, “If you don’t like what you are doing, then find something else. Life is…
March 1, 2022

Let's Talk Beans

After you have a good store of food — the Super Pantry that we talked about a couple weeks ago — the next thing you should do is go buy 100 lbs of beans and 100 lbs of rice. I can hear you already exclaiming, “One hundred pounds! Are you…
February 28, 2022

Upside Down Under: What is happening to our shopping malls?

Have you been to a shopping mall lately? I haven’t until recently, and it’s quite surprising at the lack of activity going on. Some of it could be attributed to COVID, but somehow I doubt it because we’ve seen a shift in buying habits before the pandemic and that’s undoubtedly…
February 27, 2022

Northern Celebrations: Spring Hunting

Oops, just in case anyone missed it, North Dakota is already almost a week into hunting season. And, oh by the way, another hunting season closes in a few days. The state’s hardy tree squirrel hunters have to hang it up for another year on Feb. 28. However, that doesn’t…
February 26, 2022

Courage Comes in Different Forms 

Some types of courage may seem familiar to us. For example, many North Dakotans understand the need to regularly brave dangerously cold weather in order to care for their livestock and provide for their families. In fact, some might say that’s not even an example of courage but of simple…
February 25, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Hot Dish Airports

Since moving to North Dakota I’ve had many moments that leave me thinking I must have stepped into an alternate universe. However, few compare to my experiences at North Dakotan airports. Though locals may not bat an eye at the Hot Dish airport experience, to those of us who aren’t from…
February 24, 2022

Making a Difference: Men on Ice

I think it's really fair to say that it's easy to get discouraged when you take a look at the news now-a-days. Just the other day I heard somebody say that our country is going to hell in a hand basket yet again and definitely agree that it's easy to…
February 23, 2022

For the Farmer: ND Farm Bureau President responds to allegations and explains what the Farm Bureau is doing to close the urban-rural divide

If you are a farmer and you have not seen the recent New York Times Opinion online videos demonizing farmers, then your blood pressure is likely still at a reasonable level. If you have seen them, and you work in agriculture like I do, your blood pressure is probably through…
February 22, 2022

Talk to Your Neighbors

We've had a hard winter and some of us are feeling pretty battered by all the storms. Soon the government will be issuing its flood predictions for spring of 2022. Hopefully, the flood forecast will not be too dire. But no matter what's on the horizon, now is a good…
February 21, 2022

Upside Down Under: We all need to be better listeners

I’m sure you all remember Craig Cobb? He was a self-proclaimed white nationalist who came to the Grant County community of Leith and tried to take over the town by buying up properties and bringing like-minded individuals to Leith. Cobb caused quite a stir that lasted a long time. His…
February 20, 2022

Northern Celebrations: A Dark Side

They glistened like hidden treasures awaiting discovery. Lying in the bottom of a coulee, they beckoned to be released them from their fate, which, granted would probably have provided food and nourishment for a happy rodent. The sheds were precious, they begged to be appreciated because, given their size, they…
February 19, 2022

The Very Road They Tried to Avoid 

ND legislature’s fumbled sub-districting demonstrates submission to fear  Every once in a while, a pithy film line displays substantial wisdom. In the animated movie Kung Fu Panda, Master Oogway tells a spooked Master Shifu, “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it,” a quote slightly…
February 18, 2022

She’s Not From Around Here: Talk Like a Local

When you move to a new place it’s common to feel like an outsider. Obviously, you expect it to take some time to find your stride and your people – but that stage of relocation is never fun. I’ve never felt so foreign in a place than when I moved…
February 17, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World: When the bad thing happens

As I sat in the icehouse catching up with a couple of friends I faintly heard in the distance “dad…Dad…DAd…DAD!” That day I was at an ice fishing retreat with forty plus anglers and about half of them were dads. One of my buddies said, “Someone must have a fish,”…
February 16, 2022

For the Farmer: Roundup Force Majeure

You know how the White House Press Secretary’s office sometimes does the political stunt of dropping big news late on a Friday when everyone is going into the weekend? Usually at that time, everybody wants to get out of there and nobody really cares, right? Well, Bayer Crop Science, the…
February 15, 2022

Food Storage Part II

Chances are good that your grandma kept a well-stocked pantry. She called it “putting by” and she thought it was just common sense to always have a good supply of food on hand. But with the prosperity in the decades following the Great Depression, this practice has fallen into disuse.…
February 14, 2022

Upside Down Under: Swinging the pendulum 

The world of communications is constantly changing and most of it runs parallel to the changes in technology. And for those of us who work in communications, it’s sometimes been a difficult transformation. As an example in each of the past three years, North Dakota has lost three weekly newspapers…
February 13, 2022

Upside Down Under: Regina to Minot 250 

It wasn’t quite the Iditarod, but we had our own version of long-distance winter recreation that was fun for a lot of people.  How many of you remember a snowmobile race that started in Regina and ended in Minot? It was called the Regina Minot International 250 that took place…
February 12, 2022

Northern Celebrations: It’s almost turkey time

For all of the love one glitzy import gets from North Dakota hunters, it almost seems unjust another import doesn’t garner the same amount of affection and attention. Especially considering that less respected import here in North Dakota is so highly revered by hunters virtually everywhere else. We’re talking turkeys…
February 12, 2022

Does North Dakota Truly Have a Citizen Legislature? 

What would it take to achieve such a body?  In an ideal world, our state legislature ought to reflect a “citizen legislature,” where North Dakotans from all walks of life could run, get elected, and serve in the legislature. In doing so they could have a hand in enacting the…
February 11, 2022

She's Not from Around Here: Cold is Relative

When you find out you’re moving to Minot, the first thing you wonder about is the cold. Whenyou move to Minot the first thing you’ll think about is the cold. When you tell someone you live in Minot, the first thing they ask about is the cold. Yes, there’s more…
February 10, 2022

For the Farmer

Promoting Agriculture This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C.  Being out east, I had the chance to reconnect with some old friends and meet new ones.  A trip like this always offers the opportunity to talk to big city folks about…
February 8, 2022

Food Storage

Let's talk food storage   At first blush, talking about food storage may sound hard core prepper, but it's really not. It's hard core common sense.  When preppers talk about food storage, they are usually talking about a long-term food storage made up of MREs and freeze-dried foods that will see…
February 7, 2022

Lasting Change Takes Time 

About a month ago, many people were making New Year’s resolutions. I have no idea how many people have, up to this point, succeeded in keeping them, but I do know we also saw a number of articles at that time about the attributes and mindsets that lead to meaningful…
February 4, 2022

A North Dakota Legacy x3 

The community of Minot has benefited from Minot State University in many ways.  Some of the benefits are long lasting residual over the years.  The stories of Rick Hedberg, Kevin Bohl, and Chris Lamoureux  are intertwined and have had a lasting impact on the Minot community.  The three each had…
February 3, 2022

She’s Not from Around Here 

A casseroler’s take on life in hot dish territory  “Wow, look at all those shades of brown.” The comment was delivered with faux awe from my passenger seat. Her sarcasm was friendly, not fiery. We both laughed.  “Now, now — don’t be judgmental. Look,” I said while pointing out the…
February 3, 2022

Letter to the Editor

Healthcare workers deserve our thanks I write this letter to all of North Dakota’s healthcare workers and organizations with a message of hope and health. I/we look forward to a year ahead, free of this dark cloak of COVID-19 that has challenged all of us for the past two years.…
February 2, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World 

That's Mine  You don’t need to be a parent to understand that kids can get very protective of their toys. Sit down at any local café in our country, and it takes less time to realize we adults don’t have anything to brag about when it comes to humility and…
February 2, 2022

For the Farmer

Ag Expo Recap “Did you learn anything at the Ag Show?”  A common question to commence the small talk and maybe pry a little if you were not able to make it to Minot any of those three days.  Now that the KMOT Ag Expo in Minot has come and…
February 1, 2022

A Prescription for Congress in 2023

Although nothing is a sure bet in politics, at this point it seems that the Republicans are well poised to take back both the House and the Senate.  Unfortunately, as is often the case for elections, it will be due more to the poor performance of the Biden administration and…
January 31, 2022

Budgeting

“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28  Budgeting. That is the first step to having a Preparedness Plan in place. If you are serious about…
January 31, 2022

Northern Celebrations

Check out the GBBC – Great Backyard Bird Count                              The Great Backyard Bird Count is underway Feb. 18 through Feb. 21, and participants don’t have to be expert ornithologists to participate. In fact, they don’t even have to be expert birders. Even if one’s interest is merely as a…
January 29, 2022

Rules for Thee and not for Me 

Just about every breathing adult today knows we live in a more polarized society than at any other time in recent memory. And some people will simply vote for whichever candidate is aligned with whatever party they feel most aligned with, regardless of any individual traits that candidate has or…
January 28, 2022

For the Farmer

INDUSTRY UPDATE  A farmer’s best tool is information.  With the farm show season in full swing, the KMOT Ag Expo kicks off this week in Minot and farmers will come equipped to quiz equipment dealers, agronomy centers, seed dealers, grain marketers, and all sorts of other industry reps on what…
January 25, 2022

Citrus Fruit

In the dead of winter, when everything is frozen and bleak, Mother Nature blesses us with a ray of warm sunshine: citrus fruit. This is the season that citrus fruit is harvested, and so there’s plenty. This abundance also means it’s often on sale during the winter months. And a…
January 24, 2022

Politics Shape Our World

This has been an eventful week for me, politically speaking.  I announced my retirement from the state legislature at the upcoming completion of my term in December.  It will have been a 10 year stint.  Like many, I viewed the legislative seat not as mine to fight for and keep,…
January 24, 2022

Northern Celebrations

Kick-sledding through Winter   Sometimes the combination of ingenuity and necessity make for fun things, born out of a way to make life simpler and easier while providing some fun along the way.   Or sometimes something designed to be fun turns out to be quite functional.   Maybe that explains kick-sleds.…
January 22, 2022

Why Do So Many Judges Run Unopposed? 

Last week I reported on Judge Gary Lee’s decision to seek a fourth term as North Central District Court judge. The conversation I had with Judge Lee got me thinking: why do so many of our district court judges run unopposed?   Now, please hear me: I’m not in any way…
January 21, 2022

Special Request

For D-Day Veteran who will turn 99 on Feb. 8 It was June 6, 1944, D-Day….  As part of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division (known as the Ivy Division), Sgt. Edward John Zilli had crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, landed in Scotland, rode a blacked out train…
January 19, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

Will I Make It Perspective is one of those things that’s more important than we give it credit for. Perspective is so powerful that it controls how and why we act in every situation of life…we just lose track of that fact more than we like to admit. There’s a…
January 19, 2022

NDYR Pass Two Resolutions at Convention

Two resolutions passed by the North Dakota Young Republicans at their annual convention in Bismarck this past weekend addressed key issues being debated nationally.  The first, a “Resolution Affirming Free Speech with Emphasis on Educational Environments”, introduced by NDYR secretary Rory Somsen, speaks to the fact that college campuses have…
January 18, 2022

For the Farmer

A Cohesive Partnership Between Oil and Agriculture ANTLER—What is the big deal about saltwater spills on the ground every now and then?  It naturally comes from the earth, and it cannot hurt anything, right?  Wrong.  Once this type of water spills, it has an immediate, negative impact on the ground. …
January 18, 2022

Conservation Notes

Despite legislation, improving access to public and private land has not been adequately addressed  North Dakota has long been a state that allows hunting access on private land without asking permission unless the land is physically posted.  Every recent legislative session, including the 2019 session, has had a bill introduced to…
January 17, 2022

2022

I have long lamented the state of affairs with the political parties in North Dakota.  The Republican party has become a very big-tent party.  In most of the state, if someone wants to run for office, they realize their only hope for success is to run as a Republican.  They…
January 17, 2022

Declutter and Donate 

Last week I talked about simplifying your life, paring down on things that clutter your time, your emotions and your space. Continuing with that theme, I'm going to challenge you to declutter a room this week. Choose a room—any room—and get rid of what you can't use and organize what…
January 17, 2022

Northern Celebrations

Eider's Joy I know any and all dog trainers, especially those training and working towards hunting dog tests and trials, would cringe at Eider’s antics as the 2021 pheasant season drew down.   But I don’t care. Eider was having the time of her life and she radiated with joy.   You…
January 15, 2022

Letter to the Editor

What would you have done?  Imagine our government telling a private organization (e.g. United Way) who they can hire for their management?  Our state legislators (our government) during a special session, starting November 8th, quickly forwarded and passed a bill giving the Chairman of the Republican Party of North Dakota (a…
January 14, 2022

For the Farmer

Tribute to a National Farm Leader This past month, we lost a lifelong fighter for the family farmer.  Kelly Shockman of rural Grand Rapids, North Dakota, passed away on Dec. 11, 2021.  He was 96 years old.  He died at home on the farm, surrounded by family.  Kelly was born…
January 11, 2022

Just Simplify

Stuff costs more than money  Many are beginning to recognize the emotional, spiritual and financial weight of consumerism. That is why there is a surge in blogs, Facebook pages and websites that encourage and extol minimalism and non-consumerism.  Fifty years ago, Americans consumed half of what they do today. Advertising convinces…
January 10, 2022

Challenges for My Side of the Aisle in Upcoming 2022 Elections 

 Editor’s note—The Dakotan has asked one legislator from either side of the aisle to answer the following question: “What challenges do you foresee on your side of the aisle as we enter a new campaign season in 2022?” What follows is the response we received from Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, R-Dis.…
January 7, 2022

What Challenges Face the Democratic Nonpartisan League in North Dakota? 

Editor’s note—The Dakotan has asked one legislator from either side of the aisle to answer the following question: “What challenges do you foresee on your side of the aisle as we enter a new campaign season in 2022?” What follows is the response we received from Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Dis. 9, Rolla.   We also…
January 7, 2022

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World 

Stretching Yourself  I am not sure if it's a sign of how last year went, but I’m not quite certain how I should start the new year. Part of the reason for my delay is today I am writing about stretching myself and in all honesty, I can’t tell you…
January 5, 2022

What We’ve Accomplished So Far 

In my end-of-year editorial, I stated I would not write a “year-in-review” piece because others would cover that idea better than I ever could. Nevertheless, as we ring in the New Year, it’s worth reviewing at the very least what we’ve specifically accomplished at The Dakotan in the last ten…
January 4, 2022

For the Farmer

The One Ingredient to Make Your 2022 Diet Work As you are seeing ad after ad of all the easy claims to lose a lot of pounds in no time, and ad after ad of what superfoods to eat to build muscle and cut fat, and every new online group…
January 4, 2022

Setting Goals

Last week, I gave you a quiz to see how prepared you are. Did you see anything that concerned you? January is the month of new beginnings and fresh perspective. This is the time to start getting prepared. After evaluating how prepared you are for a crisis, it's time to…
January 3, 2022

Challenges for 2022

The lingering agronomic issue from 2021: drought hangover MOHALL—2022 is upon us, and farmers cannot afford to sit back and wait to see what happens for this coming year.  It is true nobody knows what the weather will bring in the new year, but we do know what it brought last year (or what it didn’t bring – rain).  It was dry in 2021. …
December 31, 2021

For the Farmer

Roundup MOHALL—Unfortunately, in our society today, if you say something enough or the major media sources say something enough, it becomes true in the minds of many people.  This has proven true because for some reason, one of the safest pesticides in the history of the planet, glyphosate (the chemical ingredient name of Roundup) has been villainized.  Glyphosate was discovered in…
December 28, 2021

Will 2022 Be Any Better? 

Not unless we make it so  The easy editorial to write this week would be a list of New Year’s resolutions. To be honest, I’ve never been all that excited about making New Year’s Resolutions. I could also have written up a 2021 year-in-review. But I know others could, and will, do a much…
December 28, 2021

Evaluate Your Preparedness 

It's the end of the year and a good time to evaluate how prepared you are and maybe start considering if or how you want to be more prepared in the year to come. Start by taking this self-evaluation quiz:   General Preparedness Do you have a family Emergency Plan? If there…
December 27, 2021

A Coach’s Christmas Dream

What does a coach want for Christmas?  I think a dream recruit that changes your program forever would be an ideal gift for any coach.  Coaches are always looking for that once-in-a-generation recruit that can change their program and possibly get them their next contract.  What would the perfect recruit look…
December 25, 2021

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

It's a Gift This week is Christmas. Many of you have all your shopping done, and it’s just a matter of waiting for the big day to come. Others of you are frantically trying to get the last gifts bought and arrangements made. And I know there are a handful of you that…
December 22, 2021

Traditions and Customs Ground Us

Christmas is upon us. It’s the time of year in which we commonly remember and participate in a variety of customs and traditions. These are wonderful things, our traditions, and they should be celebrated whenever possible.  Not only during the various holidays of the year, but more commonly in our…
December 21, 2021

For the Farmer

Stand your ground when talking to non-farmers this holiday season MOHALL—Here in rural North Dakota, agriculture is a big part of our way of life. It is our life. Our state is the nation’s number one producer of many crops.  According to recent reports from the United States Department of Agriculture,“North Dakota led…
December 21, 2021

Illness Prevention

Wintertime brings out all sorts of coughs, colds, and nasty bugs. Now that we've added COVID to the mix, it's even more important to take steps to prevent winter bugs from taking you down.  Prevent illnesses:  Wash your hands. Frequently. Most winter illnesses can be avoided with proper hand washing.…
December 20, 2021

For the Farmer

Rethink your plan for 2022 MOHALL—As farmers have already been making many preparations for the 2022 season, we are finding out that while 2021 was a unique year, 2022 will be a challenging one as well. The first thing we know is that we cannot go into 2022 thinking that we will just…
December 14, 2021

True Grit

Adaptive Sports Replace Boring Therapy MINOT—My day at the YMCA was done. My pool workout was over, and I was headed home. Distracted a bit by a friend saying hello on her way into the YMCA, I turned back toward the doors leading into the parking lot and found myself…
December 13, 2021

Provident Home Companion

Preparing a winter safety kit for your vehicle Last week a couple readers suggested a column on winter safety, particularly for cars. The importance of this topic was made even more clear to me as I made the 4½ hour drive from Casselton to Minot just after our last snow…
December 13, 2021

Outdoor Lessons for the Real World

Looking Back The last couple of years have been a little crazy to say the least. We’ve all dealt with personal loss in ways most would say was unpredictable just two years ago. As an author, I’ve been working on planning my articles for 2022. Part of this process involves looking back…
December 8, 2021

A Tribute to Robert Hale

A Friend, Mentor, and Man with a Vision for North Dakota Robert Hale loved North Dakota. More than anyone, he helped me see the extraordinary potential that exists in North Dakota. That realization led me to be involved in dozens of campaigns and in organizing grassroots citizens around numerous causes.…
December 7, 2021

Provident Home Companion

Importance of being prepared for life's uncertainties For close to twenty years, I have been teaching, writing about, and advocating for being prepared for all kinds of emergencies. It started when we moved to our place in the country in 1996. Battered by dozens of blizzards and an ice storm that left us without…
December 5, 2021

Under-the-Radar School Bond Election

MPS bond election needs more exposure and better arguments In recent years elections have become a thorny topic simply by virtue of their contested nature in the context of an increasingly polarized society. In the last year, accusations of fraud have brought feelings about elections to a fever pitch. Election coverage usually seems to approach saturation point, but this current Minot Public…
December 4, 2021

Say a Special Prayer

It is not hard to write this editorial, as Thanksgiving week is all about giving thanks for our family, our friends, and the freedom we have in the United States, guaranteed by those who serve in our military in the U.S. and around the world. Some of our military friends…
November 25, 2021

Can Thanksgiving Survive?

We still all celebrate a national Thanksgiving holiday, but what is the nature of our celebrations? Do we settle for food, family, and football? If that is all we celebrate, can this watered-down holiday of Thanksgiving survive?
November 25, 2021

What I'm Thankful for has Changed Over the Years

When I was little, I loved Thanksgiving. We would always travel to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving – Nana and Papa as we called them.  I looked forward to seeing them and my cousins – all three of them were older than me:  Shauna, Eric, and Todd.  I always thought Todd was the coolest person in the world.…
November 25, 2021

Minot's Own "Coach Carter"

I have been gone a few years since being the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Minot State University.  I am back in Minot now and wanted to tell a story about Minot State athletics that many may not know.  There is a considerable amount of “winning” going on within the…
November 24, 2021

The Dakotan Welcomes Letters to the Editor

Here at The Dakotan, we are pursuing our desire to become a full-service media organization serving the great state of North Dakota. We want to take the best of all the media worlds and combine them together. We want to take the best of the written word, but without the…
November 23, 2021

Is Hard Work the Best We Should Expect from Our Legislature?

North Dakotans value hard work. A recent analysis by WalletHub, using ten key indicators, placed North Dakota as the 2nd hardest working state in the U. S., trailing only Alaska. Most North Dakotans teach their children at an early age the value of hard work, and that instilled training tends to last a lifetime.  I think…
November 16, 2021

A Case for the Constitution and a Better Conversation for Every American Citizen

In February of 2015 North Dakota made it a requirement to have a civics examination where students must get at least 70 questions right to pass and gain eligibility for graduation. It's hard at the time of such a change to know if it is suiting the purpose it was…
November 11, 2021

Grassroots Involvement Yields Powerful Results

Editorial / opinion  With a special session of the North Dakota legislature approaching on Monday, Nov. 8, many North Dakotans may find themselves in one of three primary camps.  Camp #1:  “Our elected leaders do whatever they want all the time. I’m frustrated by governmental overreach, and I want to see things change,…
November 4, 2021

It's Time to Stand Up for Our Kids

I walk by the picture probably 50 times a day. It’s framed on my kitchen wall—an aproned mother hen, hands on hips, looking down at the small yellow chicks gathered at her feet. The group is flanked by five words, all caps: “I’M THE MOMMY, THAT’S WHY!” Parents, it’s time…
October 27, 2021

The Way I See It

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution Gun control. Get rid of the second amendment. After all, it’s so outdated anyway. Really? Change the Bill of…
October 24, 2021

ND Elections - A Way Forward

Voters in North Dakota and around the country are demanding election reform.  While many other states are passing meaningful election bills, North Dakota legislators seem to be reluctant to make the sweeping changes that would be required to secure our processes. The 2016 and 2020 general elections prompted an unprecedented…
October 24, 2021

The Dakotan - We Bring You the Truth

In a world filled with news organizations, why would we need one more? Because the news that you are receiving every day is polarized. News organizations used to pride themselves on bringing you the truth, which included researching both sides of an issue. But the obvious polarization of even our…
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