Bridges, Oil Wells, And Open Meetings

            I’ve written about the proposed bridge across the Little Missouri State Scenic River north of Medora enough times that I don’t need to go into a lot of background to bring you up to date on the project. I decided last week that I needed a little Bad Lands time, and the Billings County … Continue reading Bridges, Oil Wells, And Open Meetings

One More “Last Dance” For The Sage Grouse?

“I’ve shot probably half a dozen, or maybe as many as ten, sage grouse in my life. I’m likely among a small group of North Dakotans alive today who can say that. And that group is not going to get any bigger. Ever. Because there’s an awfully good chance we’ll never have another sage grouse … Continue reading One More “Last Dance” For The Sage Grouse?

50 Years . . . And Counting

At about 2:00 yesterday afternoon, December 18, 2021, my friend Rick Maixner and I poured a couple shots from the bottle of cognac he keeps stashed at the Sunset Nursing Home in Mandan, North Dakota, and toasted the fact we are still here, 50 years after we walked off the gangplank of the USS Oriskany, … Continue reading 50 Years . . . And Counting

Damn, It Hurts To Bury A Friend

I wrote here a few weeks ago that you can’t really understand Covid-19 until you’ve sat at the bedside of a good friend on a ventilator. I can say now that even then I did not understand it completely until I buried that good friend last week. Until I watched that coffin being slowly lowered … Continue reading Damn, It Hurts To Bury A Friend

Remembering Ardell Tharaldson

I’m thinking today of an old friend, Ardell Tharaldson, who left us ten years ago, December 6, 2011. Our friendship dated back to Democratic-NPL politics in 1972, when he ran George McGovern's campaign for president in North Dakota. An unabashed liberal and rebel, and a pretty darn good poker player, Ardell got dealt a couple … Continue reading Remembering Ardell Tharaldson

“Scumbags”

Some random thoughts, most of which appeared in an article in the December issue of Dakota Country magazine. How do you go about summarizing a year like 2021? Try this: It’s December, the year is almost over, and we’re still here. I’m still writing. You’re still reading. Y’know, considering everything, not much else seems very … Continue reading “Scumbags”

Is A Refinery Really A Good Investment?

I have a friend who is familiar with the investment banking world. I don’t know much about it because I don’t have much to invest. But he’s been keeping track of the articles I’ve written about Meridian Energy Group, the company that wants to build a refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From time … Continue reading Is A Refinery Really A Good Investment?

Highland Acres Historic District Is Becoming A Reality!

About three and a half years ago, a few residents of the Highland Acres neighborhood in west Bismarck sat down with some staff at the State Historical Society of North Dakota and began discussing the possibility of creating the Highland Acres Historic District, and to nominate it for inclusion on the National Register of Historic … Continue reading Highland Acres Historic District Is Becoming A Reality!

Refinery Update: Another Day, Another Lawsuit. Ho Hum.

If you happen to be in Texas, in the Houston area, the first week of January, and you've got a little time to kill, you could probably stop by the 215th Judicial District Court House for a little entertainment. There's going to be a trial going on that might interest you. Lawyers for this company called Meridian Energy … Continue reading Refinery Update: Another Day, Another Lawsuit. Ho Hum.

Sadness And Anger

You can read all the newspaper stories with lists of vaccination and testing sites, and death counts, and you can watch the incessant pokes-in-the-arm on the six o’clock news, but  you can’t really understand Covid-19 until you’ve sat at the bedside of a good friend in the intensive care unit of a hospital and watched … Continue reading Sadness And Anger