Someone Is Going To Die Out On The Roads Up Here . . .

Somehow, yesterday, when I posted my Weekenders report on this blog, I missed the second half of an e-mail sent to me by a Williston friend. I feel badly, because the most poignant parts were missing. So I'm going to reprint his e-mail in its entirety today. Here it is. There's nothing I could add … Continue reading Someone Is Going To Die Out On The Roads Up Here . . .

Weekenders (Year Enders?)

WATCH US GROW Someone at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) learned animation and put up this interesting map of the progress of drilling in the Bakken Formation over the last 25 years or so. Fascinating to watch. I'm not very good at technology, but I did manage, I think, to put it in this … Continue reading Weekenders (Year Enders?)

Way More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Sugar

It started with this coupon Lillian gave me a couple of weeks ago when I was on my way to the grocery store—75 cents off if you buy two, two-pound packages of C&H dark brown sugar. As often happens on really good deals, at Central Market in Bismarck, the store I regularly go to on … Continue reading Way More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Sugar

The Best Of Ardell Tharaldson

We said good-bye yesterday to a strong North Dakota voice at a remembrance service for Ardell Tharaldson. Cancer claimed my longtime friend last week, freeing him at last from a body that multiple sclerosis long ago confined to a wheelchair.  But it never stilled his mind, which plotted and schemed scenarios for liberal takeovers of … Continue reading The Best Of Ardell Tharaldson

Who Owns YOUR Post Office?

Where I grew up, in Hettinger in southwestern North Dakota, the big brick Post Office building sat at the most prominent corner in town, the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Highway 12. Still does. A federal building, owned now by either the United States Government or the U.S. Postal Service—I’m not sure which. When … Continue reading Who Owns YOUR Post Office?