Camping 101, With Diversions

This article appears in the July edition of Dakola Country magazine, which will be on the stands this week. I’m a camper. I started camping as a Boy Scout. My dad was scoutmaster for Troop 34 in Hettinger, North Dakota, and loved to take his Scouts to his favorite campsite, beside the Grand River just … Continue reading Camping 101, With Diversions

DEQ To Meridian: You’ve Got 90 Days

At midnight tomorrow night, Meridian Energy Group’s Air Pollution Control Permit To Construct an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, issued by the North Dakota Department of Health, will expire. Now don’t get too excited. This nightmare isn’t over. This has happened before. This is the second time the permit has expired. The … Continue reading DEQ To Meridian: You’ve Got 90 Days

It’s Going To Be A Long, Hot Summer In the Badlands

(Reprinted from Dakota Country magazine, June, 2021) Most years, the North Dakota Badlands, as I write this in early May, are changing color. As the ground warms, the winter’s snowmelt brings hints of green into the brown landscape of buffalo and crested wheat grass and little bluestem, and by the end of the month, as … Continue reading It’s Going To Be A Long, Hot Summer In the Badlands

Like Rats On A Sinking Ship . . .

Meridian Energy Group, the troubled startup company that has announced plans to build an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, has closed all of its offices and three of its top executives have left the company, leading energy industry watchdogs to question the future of the company. The company lists three offices on … Continue reading Like Rats On A Sinking Ship . . .

Donald Trump And I Got Censored By Facebook

Looks like it’s going to be a rainy, windy day. A day to stay inside and write, something I haven’t done for a while. I need to share with you something that happened a little more than a week ago at this same keyboard I am writing at today. I got censored by Facebook. Now … Continue reading Donald Trump And I Got Censored By Facebook

The Curious Case Of The Drunk-Driving Legislator

I know, I haven’t written much about the North Dakota Legislature this year. Too many other things on my mind. But I followed it, and read about it daily, and shook my head in amazement over the stupid things the Republican majority did. I won’t tick them off here—you know what I am talking about. … Continue reading The Curious Case Of The Drunk-Driving Legislator

An Update On The ‘Bridge To Nowhere’

Somebody asked in a comment on my blog last week for an update on the proposed Little Missouri Crossing north of Medora. Here’s some information stolen from an article I wrote for Dakota Country magazine’s May issue, which should be on the newsstands later this week, or in your mailbox if you subscribe, which you … Continue reading An Update On The ‘Bridge To Nowhere’

A Short, Sweet, Norwegian Celebration

Three groups have been cheering the appointment of Debra Haaland as President Biden’s Secretary of Interior. WOMEN. Although 21st Century Presidents have done better, over the years, probably only about 10 per cent of all Cabinet Secretaries have been women (I think I read somewhere the total is about 30 since we became a country) … Continue reading A Short, Sweet, Norwegian Celebration