What To Do About The Wild Horses

Nothing in recent memory has stirred up as much emotion among Bad Lands enthusiasts as the goofy process now underway to rid Theodore Roosevelt National Park of its wild horse herd. The papers have been flooded with letters to the editor, and newspaper editors themselves have even published editorials telling the National Park Service to … Continue reading What To Do About The Wild Horses

How About A “Super Bridge?”

I went to the North Dakota Department of Water Resources public hearing Friday on whether they should grant the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad permission to build a new bridge over the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan. To quote from the Department’s meeting notice, “The new bridge is intended to replace an existing … Continue reading How About A “Super Bridge?”

Rise Up, Librarians. They’re Coming After Your Books.

A lot of bad bills get introduced into the Legislature over the years. Most meet the fate they deserve—into the trash. But from time to time a bad bill becomes law because of timing. A Legislator catches a wave of public interest in a subject that’s in the news and takes advantage of that to … Continue reading Rise Up, Librarians. They’re Coming After Your Books.

Kendley Plateau: “The Heart of the Badlands”

(NOTE: This article is reprinted from the December issue of Dakota Country magazine, on newstands and in the mail this week.) I wish I could tell you there’s a lot to see on Kendley Plateau, south of Medora. I wish I could, but I can’t, because there’s not much to see there. Mostly Bad Lands, … Continue reading Kendley Plateau: “The Heart of the Badlands”

What If They Gave An Election In North Dakota And Nobody Came?

Headlines from this week’s papers: “GOP grows supermajority in North Dakota’s Legislature; Dems have ‘collapsed completely’” “North Dakota sees worst voter turnout this millennium” “DFL wins full control of Minnesota government” “Minnesota voter turnout shaping up to be highest in nation yet again” The Democratic-NPL Party (my party, sadly) in North Dakota is now almost … Continue reading What If They Gave An Election In North Dakota And Nobody Came?

Term Limits? We’ve Already Got ‘Em.

Everybody’s talking about term limits this week, in the leadup to Tuesday's election. Well, not everybody, but it certainly is the topic of discussion at coffee klatches and business lunches. Even one of my lawyer buddies walked up beside me on the track at the Y this morning and asked “What do you think is … Continue reading Term Limits? We’ve Already Got ‘Em.