The North Dakota Supreme Court: Dancing With Those That Brung You

Three times in less than a month, the North Dakota Republican Party has flexed its muscles and gone to the North Dakota Supreme Court and asked the state’s top five judges to keep something off the November 2020 General Election ballot. Three times they have succeeded. The result is that: A.  A measure to bring … Continue reading The North Dakota Supreme Court: Dancing With Those That Brung You

Who’s REALLY At Fault For The Failures Of Measure 3?

Labor Day. Ah, September. The “Dog Days of August” are behind us. Except that, this year, the dogs never showed up. August used to be the month the politicians took time off to take the kids (and the dog) to the lake, while preparing for a campaign to begin after Labor Day. Not this year. … Continue reading Who’s REALLY At Fault For The Failures Of Measure 3?

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