“Undocumented.” “Unlocated.” “Unfound.” “Somewhere.”

I’m not quite sure what to think of this young fellow named Josh Gallion, North Dakota’s elected State Auditor. But two newspaper articles about him in the last couple of days got me to chuckling a little bit. The first was Mike Jacobs’ column in Tuesday’s Grand Forks Herald about the recent history of the … Continue reading “Undocumented.” “Unlocated.” “Unfound.” “Somewhere.”

Remembering A Great Man On Father’s Day

(I wrote this five years ago, on the 30th anniversary of my father’s death. It’s worth reprinting on Father’s Day.) The United States entered World War II shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Just a few months later, in the Spring of 1942, at the close of the Devils Lake … Continue reading Remembering A Great Man On Father’s Day

A Thousand Trucks A Day Moves One Step Closer to Reality Today

Sometime today, Thursday, June 13, 2019, I expect to receive some of the worst news I’ve had in many years. I expect to receive an e-mail from a friendly fellow at the North Dakota Department of Transportation who’s just doing his job, who means no ill will, who doesn’t want to be the bearer of … Continue reading A Thousand Trucks A Day Moves One Step Closer to Reality Today

Let’s Not Let Bad Politics Ruin Our Chance To Honor Theodore Roosevelt

Senate Bill 2001, passed by the 2019 Legislature, is the appropriations bill for the North Dakota Governor’s Office. It’s 8 sections long, and contains an appropriation of about four and a half million dollars to pay the governor and lieutenant governor and their staff, their travel expenses and their office supplies. It has a line … Continue reading Let’s Not Let Bad Politics Ruin Our Chance To Honor Theodore Roosevelt

The Comments Are In: What Should We Do About The Bice Bridge?

There’s this fellow who works in the Montana office of the Bureau of Land Management named Seth Jackson, who’s as good at his job as anyone I’ve ever known who works for the United States Government. I haven’t met him, but I’ve e-mailed back and forth with him at least a dozen times, And I … Continue reading The Comments Are In: What Should We Do About The Bice Bridge?

The Worst Threat To The Little Missouri State Scenic River EVER!

An interesting little item buried on page 4 of a long April 30 North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting agenda read: “Overview of Oil and Gas Development in western North Dakota along the Little Missouri River.” (approx. 3:30 pm) Piqued my curiosity, so I went. What I learned is that I should have been paying more … Continue reading The Worst Threat To The Little Missouri State Scenic River EVER!

LOCK HIM UP!

Tomorrow, April 24, 2019, is the deadline for submitting comments to the Bureau of Land Management on what they should do about the illegal bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River in Dunn County, North Dakota. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’re familiar with what I’m talking about. If not, … Continue reading LOCK HIM UP!

Looks Like The Illegal Bridge Is Going To Stay–If You’ve Got Enough Money, You Can Get Away With Most Anything

It seems like the threats to our Bad Lands never cease. Let’s go back and revisit Wylie Bice. He’s the rogue, rich, rancher up in Dunn County, on the eastern edge of the Bad Lands, who’s built himself a private bridge on public land, without permission, over the Little Missouri State Scenic River. Now it … Continue reading Looks Like The Illegal Bridge Is Going To Stay–If You’ve Got Enough Money, You Can Get Away With Most Anything