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Talk to Grandma

A Slice of Life I’ve known I had to write about this for quite some time but couldn’t really settle on a way to approach it. Delay. Delay. Delay. Finally, I came to the realization that was precisely the crux of the entire matter. As Nike says, just do it. I know what you are […]
by Kim Fundingsland
July 9, 2023

Boat Dogs 

A Slice of Life If everyone discovered the benefits of fishing, there would be a shortage of fishing rods.  I read that somewhere, or something very close to it. Fishing is fun, to be sure, especially when the fish cooperate, but there’s so much more to it. First and foremost is that thinking about general […]
by Kim Fundingsland
July 2, 2023

Sit Down and Eat 

A Slice of Life  MINOT – The server placed silverware, all neatly wrapped in a napkin, on a nearby table. She set down two full glasses of water. Then two cups into which she poured steaming coffee. She left the coffee pot on the table and set down two menus.  Sitting a few feet away, […]
by Kim Fundingsland
June 25, 2023

T-ball Explained, Sort of 

A Slice of Life Oh, my goodness!  What sport is it where the jersey is the same length as a bathrobe and players from both teams are as mixed as a bag of marbles at the same time?  The answer is T-ball, which apparently includes kids from birth to a year or two older. No […]
by Kim Fundingsland
June 18, 2023

Dog Gone International Incident 

Slice of Life An international incident along the North Dakota/Saskatchewan border was resolved, at least temporarily, in a Minot courtroom earlier this month.   The intriguing case involved a wandering dog, Rocco, who normally resides in Enniskillen, Saskatchewan, a small community located just north of the United States/Canadian border. Rocco decided to make a visit to […]
by Kim Fundingsland
June 11, 2023

Memories of Main Street 

A Slice of Life The beginning of the Magic City all started in downtown Minot, the heart of sales and services for a rapidly growing community emerging on the fading frontier.  Of course, over the years there’s been lots of changes. More people. More businesses. More opportunities. Expanded city limits.   Interestingly though, are the […]
by Kim Fundingsland
June 4, 2023

Minot’s Baseball Cathedral 

A Slice of Life The sweet scent of fresh cut grass. Dew glistening on baseball spikes. A mouth full of sunflower seeds. Holding a freshly oiled baseball glove to your face. A full moon rising over the outfield fence and the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs drifting across the diamond and through the grandstand.  Memories […]
by Kim Fundingsland
May 28, 2023

Sunshine and Smiles 

A Slice of Life   By Kim Fundingsland  Everyone needs a little down time now and then. Maybe sit back and relax, whatever form that may be, and get away from daily routines and responsibilities.   One way I’ve found to do exactly that usually involves a fishing rod, good company, and an appreciation for […]
by Kim Fundingsland
May 14, 2023

The Puppy and the Ticket 

A Slice of Life The tale I am about to reveal is worth a laugh, a cry, or both. I suppose the reaction will range from “hilarious”, to that “D___ dog!”  I’m a member of the hilarious group but, admittedly, for a moment or two, I muttered a few four-letter words. One glance at my […]
by Kim Fundingsland
May 7, 2023

Sleepy, Cold, and Fishing 

A Slice of Life  When my alarm woke me, I thought to myself I must be crazy. It was 3:30 a.m. Dark and cold. I had a ninety-minute drive that I wasn’t looking forward to.  Ahhh. The life of a fisherman is sometimes difficult to understand. Explaining it to someone else? Even harder.  There are […]
by Kim Fundingsland
April 30, 2023

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