The War that No One Wanted and Everyone Started: The Origins of World War I

Third in a series commemorating the Centennial of World War I By Albert I. Berger Europe in 1914 had been at peace, more or less, for most of a century. That was remarkable. Europe had been an arena of war since the destruction of the Roman Empire. It had begun exporting its wars around the … Continue reading The War that No One Wanted and Everyone Started: The Origins of World War I

WWI Centennial Remembers The Forgotten War

(Today’s story in our World War I Centennial series is written by Darrell Dorgan, a documentary film producer from Bismarck who is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist and chairs the North Dakota World War I Centennial Commission.) By Darrell Dorgan When I was a youngster growing up in Regent, North Dakota, there was an elderly … Continue reading WWI Centennial Remembers The Forgotten War

The Centennial Of ‘The War To End All Wars”

In 2017, the National World War I Centennial Commission asked North Dakota to establish a State World War I Centennial Commission here. All but two of the 50 states had functioning commissions, but North and South Dakota did not. Darrell Dorgan, a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), was asked to serve as coordinator. … Continue reading The Centennial Of ‘The War To End All Wars”

Senator Heitkamp? Congressman Schneider? Maybe . . .

Okay, against my better judgment, again, I'm going to weigh in on the 2018 election, just more than a week hence. Here goes. I told Democratic-NPL Congressional candidate Mac Schneider yesterday that if Heidi Heitkamp wins re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 6, he can expect to head to Washington with her, as our … Continue reading Senator Heitkamp? Congressman Schneider? Maybe . . .

Could A Facebook Screwup Determine Control Of The U.S. Senate?

Wouldn’t it be something if control of the United States Senate turned on a couple of misinterpreted Facebook posts by an overzealous supporter of an obscure Senator from North Dakota named Heidi Heitkamp? Could happen. Heidi, who I would have rated last week as having at least a 50-50 chance of holding her seat in … Continue reading Could A Facebook Screwup Determine Control Of The U.S. Senate?

Never Mind

Well, that was a waste of time. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, and sent copies to her fellow commissioners Randy Christmann and Brian Kroshus, asking them to assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery project being proposed for construction beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I … Continue reading Never Mind

Ev’s Back!

  Getting Bad News (From the Online Journal of Everett Charles Albers-Friday, September 20, 2002) “A few weeks ago — but about twenty days past — I turned yellow, most jaundiced in eye and skin. Damning whatever gods may be, convinced I had somehow contracted infectious hepatitis, I went to see a general practitioner. I … Continue reading Ev’s Back!

Time To Get Involved

A LOT of people read yesterday’s post about the North Dakota PSC and the Davis Refinery on The Prairie Blog and Unheralded.Fish, and I had a number of requests asking how they could get involved. Here’s how: Write a letter. Elected officials react to public contact. Letters, e-mails, phone calls and attendance at meetings all … Continue reading Time To Get Involved

Don’t Do It, Julie. Don’t Back Down.

A letter to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Dear Julie, Don’t do it. Don’t just blindly accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge to reject the idea that you could assume jurisdiction over the Davis Refinery, which Meridian Energy wants to build three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. That judge based … Continue reading Don’t Do It, Julie. Don’t Back Down.