The Long X Divide Offers Wilderness Hiking

There’s something almost magical about stepping onto the prairie and knowing that it’s possible—even likely—that you’re the first person who has ever put their foot down on that spot. Ever. One of the places you can do that is on the Long X Divide, near the extreme north end of the North Dakota Badlands. Long … Continue reading The Long X Divide Offers Wilderness Hiking

Glass Houses, Candy And Ice Cream, And Hypocrisy

I’ll make this short and sweet. There’s a fellow over in Mandan named Gary Berube who’s a stockbroker and a slumlord and a frequent right-wing contributor to the state’s newspaper editorial pages. If you read North Dakota’s newspapers, you’ve seen his rants. His most frequent one appeared in Tuesday’s online edition of The Forum. It … Continue reading Glass Houses, Candy And Ice Cream, And Hypocrisy

Bad Lands Updates: Drew Wrigley, Meridian Energy Group, Land For Sale

Drew Wrigley: Case Closed As I write this on Friday, August 26, 2022, it has been exactly 10 years and 27 days since four western North Dakota Counties—Billings, Slope, McKenzie and Golden Valley—filed a lawsuit to try to get access to section line roads inside four parcels of land being protected by the U.S. Forest … Continue reading Bad Lands Updates: Drew Wrigley, Meridian Energy Group, Land For Sale

I’m Home. Not Quite Okay, But Home.

I'm home from the hospital. This back yard was my welcome home present from my wonderful wife Lillian. I think I'll just sit out here in the shade for a couple of weeks. It’s not easy being an athlete at my age. More about that in a minute. First, an update on my adventures in … Continue reading I’m Home. Not Quite Okay, But Home.

The Day Darrell Fell Through A Hole In The Deck

HIS LAST WORDS BEFORE HE HIT THE GROUND WERE _________________________! Saturday was just a typical quiet midsummer weekend day at our house—I should say MY house, because it’s been all mine for more than a week as Lillian traveled to the west coast with her friend Christine. I picked raspberries in the morning, stopped at … Continue reading The Day Darrell Fell Through A Hole In The Deck

If You Live Long Enough, Good Things Can Happen

I’m going to take a little time out today from politics and saving the Bad Lands to get a little personal. A good thing has happened for me this summer, a reunion with an old pal, and I’m feeling pretty happy about it. So I’ll tell you the story. Those of you who know me … Continue reading If You Live Long Enough, Good Things Can Happen