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Working in the Place He Loves 

Minot’s Public Works Director  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Public works is not an easy job, but Minot’s director has it down after 16 years of working in that department.  Dan Jonasson, originally from Milton in northeast North Dakota, has lived in Minot since September of 2006, when he was first employed…
January 22, 2023

Fear of Falling Trains 

A Slice of Life  This isn’t easy to write about, but here it is. I have a fear of falling trains. Stay with me now.  In my attempt to explain why, there is a bit of history that must be recalled, at least vaguely. It involves a landmark of sorts…
January 22, 2023

In-Home Therapy for Families in the Area 

The Village Part Two  PIX—village logo  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Though The Village provides out-patient and school-based therapy, it also has many other services that go with those, such as in-home therapy.  Mallary Schaefer, regional program supervisor for The Village in Minot and Bismarck, described in-home therapy as therapists going into…
January 21, 2023

Those Dreaded Lines 

A Slice of Life  After decades of trying, I have never gotten it right. Not a single time. Not once that I can remember.  Lines. That’s right – lines. The kind that never move the way you had hoped they would. I know I am not alone here. I think. …
January 15, 2023

Popcorn 

A Slice of Life  Popcorn -- the most popular snack food of all-time.  Okay. I have not researched any factual data for that declaration, but it has to be true. Who doesn’t love popcorn?  I have memories of my mother making popcorn on a stove, dumping kernels from a bag…
January 8, 2023

Walkin’ on Water 

A Slice of Life  A non-resident asks, “What makes you darned North Dakotan’s so special?”  Resident -- “Well, we do walk on water.”  Incredulous non-resident -- “Are all North Dakotans so arrogant and pompous?”  Resident -- “Nope. Some don’t ice fish.”  That kind of sums it up.   Oh yes. In…
January 1, 2023

A Snowman in Sunshine  

A Slice of Life  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  KEY LARGO, FLORIDA -- I’ll admit it’s a goofy concept, at least that’s one perfectly acceptable way of looking at it. I’m talking about a North Dakotan going to the Sunshine State and completely covering up in opposition to it.  Yup. Goofy.   Wait now.…
December 25, 2022

Amazing Bird Encounters 

A Slice of Life  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan,com I saw my first whooping crane sometime in the 1970s. There were nine of the endangered birds on the ground near Crosby.   I also remember there were about 50 uniformed agents, mostly from the Fish and Wildlife Service, keeping watch over the tall birds. The…
December 18, 2022

The Electric Chair 

Slice of Life  A goal of all writers is, or should be, to attract attention. Some of us have devised clever ways to do that. Hence the headline, the “Electric Chair.”   But wait, I am not all deception here. This is not one of those “gotcha” gimmicks where you…
December 11, 2022

A Talking Dog 

Slice of Life  Okay. I get it. You’ve already concluded that this author is as goofy as a dog eating peanut butter.  Wait a minute now. We all like peanut butter, dogs included.   Now that I’ve lured you in with that infallible statement, please read on. You’ll be better for…
December 4, 2022
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