A Laundry Lament

My wife Lillian is an Anglophile. For at least as long as I’ve known her, she’s been fascinated by anything involving England or Great Britain, especially royalty, especially female royalty. Also British history. Our library is full of books about England. So a few summers ago, she took a dream trip, a 3-week tour of … Continue reading A Laundry Lament

The Redcoats Are Coming! The Redcoats Are Coming!

Dang! Dang! Dang! When you're old and retired, it's hard to keep track of what day it is, and what the date is. Today was one of those nice Spring days when I hardly had a care in the world, and we kept busy, even a road trip to Dickinson for supper and back, until … Continue reading The Redcoats Are Coming! The Redcoats Are Coming!

Another Not-So-Little Win For The Bad Lands

I’m sitting in my office on a clear, crisp, Saturday morning (I know it’s clear because the sun is shining in my eyes through my office window, and I know it’s cold because I went out looking for 3 or 4 days' issues of The Bismarck Tribune in the snow, to no avail) reading a … Continue reading Another Not-So-Little Win For The Bad Lands

North Dakota Republicans Riding High (But Welcome Back, Potter) (And So Long, Ricky)

I think I’ve gone to a political convention of some kind in almost every even-numbered year since 1972. That year, 50 years ago now, I came home from the Navy and went to my district Democratic-NPL convention, and someone said “Hey. We’ve got a Vietnam veteran here today, let’s send him as a delegate to … Continue reading North Dakota Republicans Riding High (But Welcome Back, Potter) (And So Long, Ricky)

The Little Missouri Bridge: Let The People Decide?

The folks out in Billings County in the Bad Lands might get a chance to vote this fall on whether they want their county commissioners to use their power of eminent domain to condemn some of their neighbor’s land to build a bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River and roads connecting it to … Continue reading The Little Missouri Bridge: Let The People Decide?

America The Beautiful

White Sands National Park - One of the most beautiful places in America. “As we write this, America is engaged in an all-hands-on-deck effort to defeat a deadly pandemic and tackle the climate crisis. Our president has laid out a vision and a plan that will repower America with clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading America The Beautiful

The Best Ukrainian Story Ever (Well, At Least My Favorite)

Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022 Ukrainians are much on our minds right now, with the Last World War apparently beginning in their country. North Dakota has a smattering of them. I’m going to tell you the best Ukrainian story ever, but first a little background. Where I grew up in Hettinger, in extreme southwest North Dakota, … Continue reading The Best Ukrainian Story Ever (Well, At Least My Favorite)

Big News For The Bad Lands

(This article first appeared in the February-March issue of Dakota Country magazine, which should be on the newstands now.) I’d like you to take five minutes to read about two non-profit organizations that are doing important work for the North Dakota Bad Lands. Hey, it’s February. It’s cold outside. Get a cup of coffee and … Continue reading Big News For The Bad Lands