Would You Buy A Used ‘ROCET” From This Company?

I have a new friend who I’ll call “Chris,” who knows something about petroleum engineering. This new friend is some kind of engineer. I haven’t met this friend in person, but I’ve talked to Chris a few times on the computer and the phone recently. Chris sent me an e-mail this week after reading a … Continue reading Would You Buy A Used ‘ROCET” From This Company?

Of License Plates And Things

Taking a break from picking on refinery companies, I decided to lighten up today and talk about fun things like license plates. Way back in 1992, the North Dakota Legislature and Gov. George Sinner agreed that it was time the state got a new design for our license plates. The license plate we had been … Continue reading Of License Plates And Things

More Words Of Caution About The Refinery

My phone keeps ringing, with calls from people who want to talk about Meridian Energy Group, the company that wants to build an oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I’ve talked to engineers, accountants, investors and salesmen, and all are pretty skeptical about this company’s intent. There’s a common theme: A lot of people … Continue reading More Words Of Caution About The Refinery

Refinery Company’s Employees Sue for $600,000 In Unpaid Wages

A group of seven former and current (but likely to soon be former) employees of Meridian Energy Group, the California company which wants to build an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Dakota Bad Lands, has filed a lawsuit against Meridian seeking to recover more than $600,000 in unpaid wages, … Continue reading Refinery Company’s Employees Sue for $600,000 In Unpaid Wages

Two Very Important Letters

A week or so ago I wrote here about the Billings County Commission's actions seeking federal funds to build their "Bridge to Nowhere" across the Little Missouri State Scenic River north of Medora, encouraging my readers to send letters in opposition to their scheme. My wife Lillian and I did so the very next day.  … Continue reading Two Very Important Letters

Saying Good-Bye To An Old Soldier

Tomorrow at noon, the 10th of July, 2020, on a somber hillside south of Mandan, North Dakota, a lone bugler will blow Taps, and a squad of American Veterans will fire a 21-gun salute to 1st Sergeant Hubert Garland Crook, United States Army (retired) as his cremated ashes are laid under a white marble headstone, … Continue reading Saying Good-Bye To An Old Soldier

Quick Takes, Fast Tracks, And The Destruction Of A Historic Ranch And A State Scenic River

"(Commission chairman) Jim Arthaud and the Billings County commissioners have the fight of their lives ahead of them if they plan on using eminent domain to put a bridge across our land." That was Sandy Short, wife of the late Con Short and daughter-in-law of former U.S. Congressman Don Short, in an interview with The … Continue reading Quick Takes, Fast Tracks, And The Destruction Of A Historic Ranch And A State Scenic River

I’m Pretty Ashamed Of North Dakota Today

Meridian Energy Group, the fly-by-night California startup company that proposes to put an oil refinery next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, came one step closer to being able to start construction this week when the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the Permit to Construct the refinery, issued by the state’s Department … Continue reading I’m Pretty Ashamed Of North Dakota Today

Ribs And Tacos: It’s The Little Things That Matter, After A Long Trip Through The Darkness

And so we’re a week into Summer, emerging from what I think is the darkest Spring of my life (my personal style book says capitalize the seasons, but I am almost reluctant to do so this year—this Spring doesn’t really deserve any recognition). The only Springs darker that I can recall are 1968, the year … Continue reading Ribs And Tacos: It’s The Little Things That Matter, After A Long Trip Through The Darkness

Congratulations, Jocelyne and Monique

The Lamoureux twins, Jocelyne and Monique, who led the United States Olympic Women's Hockey Team to a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, have been named recipients of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt  Rough Rider Award, the state's highest honor. Finally. They are the first and only North Dakotans ever to win Winter Olympic … Continue reading Congratulations, Jocelyne and Monique