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RockPile gets bought out, expands
Sunoco, behind protested Dakota Access pipeline, tops U.S. crude spill charts
Tribal official urges respect in pipeline debate
Brady Wind farms south of Dickinson to be completed by December
Port: Burgum says Obama blocking Dakota Access Pipeline could spark recession
Medora gears up for visitors
New tellings of old museum stories
Beach vibe in the Bakken
Sax remodels downtown building into custom and detailing center
Business steady as Platinum Motorsports becomes certified
September 8, 2009
You can make it, if you try
The Redhead and I just got back from "Taste of Colorado," a three-day festival of free music, not-so-free food and exotic vendors from all over the world in Denver. If our stay in the heart of the city on the 16th Street Mall is any indication, there are more people on the streets...
September 8, 2009 - 12:00am
September 1, 2009
A moment of silence at the Duck Inn
Silence. It's something you don't hear much at the Duck Inn in Venturia except after closing time, but Thursday night there was a moment of silence for our friend, Becky, with about 50 of us gathered there. Then came the eulogies and the inevitable toasts that lasted past midnight....
September 1, 2009 - 12:00am
August 30, 2009
Welcome to the scrap pile
The first four, five and maybe even 10 cars some of us have owned probably wouldn't add up to the $4,500 the government offered to trade in and buy a new energy-efficient vehicle in its "Cash for Clunkers" program. Let's see, there was the Ford Escort, Pontiac Sunbird, rusty old...
August 30, 2009 - 12:00am
August 25, 2009
Alive after trying microwavable spicy pork rinds
Of all the things one should not put in a microwave -- metal objects, the cat or fresh halibut like my dorkus friend, Bob, did with the stuff I brought him from Alaska -- it never dawned on me someone would try to put pork rinds in the microwave. But the scientists at Lowrey's have...
August 25, 2009 - 12:00am
August 18, 2009
A town-hall thriller
We gathered at the Venturia city hall for a town hall meeting -- the most excitement to hit town since last year's knockdown drag-out mayoral contest between skunk killer extraordinaire, Stinky McFarland and the incumbent mayor, his girlfriend Chesty, who, in the heat of the campaign,...
August 18, 2009 - 12:00am
August 4, 2009
It's health care costs, dummy
You can tell by the cloud of obfuscation, misinformation and fear mongering in the media and from lawmakers just how important the issue of health care is. I believe that the quality of health care one receives should not have anything to do with the size of your bankroll, yet the...
August 4, 2009 - 12:00am
July 14, 2009
Old enough to play together
You get all sorts of advice when you're starting a family. People, whose children are in prison, will have no qualms about telling you just exactly how it should be done. They'll tell you that you should space children closely enough so they can play together. What they mean is, you...
July 14, 2009 - 12:00am
June 23, 2009
McIntosh County turns 125 this week. It's just one of several "quasquicentennial," this year out here behind the Sauerkraut Curtain. Quasquicentennial -- it's a word that sounds as if a botanist might have invented it. There's something quite charming and remarkable about our need...
June 23, 2009 - 12:00am
June 9, 2009
The time has come
I have a question. If a national health care plan is such an awful idea, why is it no private insurer can compete with Medicare? Now, imagine if Congress comes up with a similar program for the rest of us. It doesn't mean shutting down private insurers. It simply means offering a...
June 9, 2009 - 12:00am
June 3, 2009
'Business as usual' for local dealers
GM dealers in southwestern North Dakota have been reassuring customers that business will remain the same since General Motors declared bankruptcy Monday. Dean Bender, owner of Dean Bender Chevrolet in Killdeer, said he's been busy assuring his customers that they won't be closing...
June 3, 2009 - 12:00am
June 2, 2009
Come unglued or solve the problem?
At some level, I have been involved in business since I was old enough to shovel a sidewalk, mow a lawn or deliver newspapers. I have learned a few things along the way, but it's surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the basics. I recently made a mistake in my operation that...
June 2, 2009 - 12:00am
May 26, 2009
Who wants to lead the Republican Party?
Tom Ridge and Colin Powell hit the talk show circuit last week to try to reestablish a moderate voice in the Republican Party. That's two words you don't hear in a sentence together much anymore -- moderate + Republican. Dick Cheney, whose approval rating is running neck and neck...
May 26, 2009 - 12:00am
May 19, 2009
Advice for graduates
Dear Graduates, In a few days you will wake up and no longer have to go to school. Good for you. Other than that, not much will change except you will start getting mail -- not text messages or e-mail -- but actual letters with stamps on them. Many of these letters will contain...
May 19, 2009 - 12:00am
May 12, 2009
Until to good Lord takes you
The whistle blew at noon, so at first we weren't alarmed. The noon whistle is still a quaint call to dinner in small towns like this. But then it howled again, taking on a sense of urgency. Emergency vehicles rushed out of town with their sirens blaring and radios crackling. We overheard...
May 12, 2009 - 12:00am
May 5, 2009
Competency quiz to entice readers
I'm bucking the trend. While most columnists will do almost anything to get more readers. (May I mention that I am writing this naked on a unicycle?) I find that too many readers can be troublesome and distracting. I grow weary of explaining the deep philosophical meaning in a particular...
May 5, 2009 - 12:00am