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Two Grand Forks incidents recorded in FBI hate crimes report
ND state tree lighting ceremony, tradition since 1981, slated for Dec. 12
McFeely: It's time to resign, Sen. Franken
Puttin' on The Mitts: What are you going to do with those leftovers?
Bags of love: Jamestown boy in third year of his own food drive
crime and courts
nation and world
Cranberry overload spurs U.S. producers to dump extra supply
Too many turkeys means cheaper Thanksgiving as demand stalls
Keystone XL pipeline gets Nebraska’s approval, clearing a key hurdle in 9-year effort
N.D. leads country in job creation among women-owned businesses, report says
Walmart reps, Gov. Burgum highlight Fargo sunflower butter company
place a business brief
New video game letting users destroy oil infrastructure comes under fire
Iron Eyes to ask for necessity defense in Dakota Access case
Is new Line 3 needed? A look at the law, PUC’s impending decision
The EPA is targeting ethanol subsidies, rankling Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley
UND petroleum program gears up despite industry downturn
Move over, ugly Christmas sweaters. Famjams are here.
'Tis the season for wine bargains
7 Thanksgiving desserts that aren't pumpkin pie
Dozing after dinner? Don't blame the bird
My honest list of thanks
Washington gains ground with win vs. Giants
Class A football All-State roster
Union prepares for new experience playing Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks
NFC North is the Vikings' to lose
Wolves still not saving the best for last
Commentary: I'm thankful for your insults
Commentary: News conjures ghost of Bill Langer
Commentary: Did Al Franken make a bad decision, or is he a creep? Look for the pattern.
Analysis: Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now
Garrison Keillor: It's Thanksgiving. Be Happy.
Donald A. Heiser
Donald & Angela
Business going well at Bowman Lodge and Convention Center
Staff at Bully Pulpit Golf Course are ready for the season to begin
Recipe for good: Elks' eatery, events help fund scholarships, youth activities
Hidden gem: Medora officials work all year in preparation for the busy summer season
Boots Bar & Grill ready for another exciting season
The "Best of the Western Edge" Contest
Christmas Storybook Contest
The Dickinson Press Pro Football Contest
The 2017 Dickinson Press Pro Football Contest
William H. Benson
January 16, 2017
BENSON: A monarchy in America
An interesting column appeared in the New York Times on Nov. 6, 2016, the Sunday before the presidential election. Its author, Nikolai Tolstoy,...
January 16, 2017 - 10:47pm
December 30, 2016
BENSON: What is the hillbilly stereotype?
"Mountain dew" is a slang word for moonshine. The extensive marketing for the soft drink of the same name first appeared fifty years ago, in...
December 30, 2016 - 7:26pm
December 16, 2016
BENSON: J. Paul Getty and Ebenezer Scrooge
On July 10, 1973, kidnappers in Rome, Italy seized J. Paul Getty III, the sixteen-year-old grandson of the oil baron and the reported wealthiest...
December 16, 2016 - 10:53pm
December 1, 2016
BENSON: Billy Graham and C. S. Lewis
Billy Graham was born Nov. 7, 1918, just four days before Armistice Day that ended World War I's carnage. Three weeks ago Billy marked his 98th...
December 1, 2016 - 4:27pm
August 24, 2016
Benson: Coyotes and prairie dogs on the Great Plains
SIDNEY, Neb. Vacation this summer took me to southeast Alaska, where I met the zoologist Brent Nixon. Each of his high-energy, hour-long lectures...
August 24, 2016 - 5:25pm
Benson: The origins of March Madness
SIDNEY, Neb. -- The NCAA basketball games are upon us, and March Madness has arrived. The team to watch in recent years has been the University of Connecticut, where basketball is king. The men won their last national championship, their fourth, in 2014, but the women point with pride...
March 24, 2016 - 5:49pm
November 18, 2015
Benson: Brainwashing into an ideology
SIDNEY, Neb. -- The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped 19-year-old Patty Hearst, a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, on Feb. 4, 1974. For the next 57 days, this small-time urban guerrilla organization detained Patty in a studio apartment’s closet, dressed only...
November 18, 2015 - 6:37pm
October 7, 2015
Benson: Mel Blanc’s comedy and tragedy
SIDNEY, Neb. Mel Blanc was known as “the man with a thousand voices” because he created voices for numerous cartoon characters. For Warner Bros., Mel was the voice of Wile Coyote, Speedy Gonzales, Pepe LePew, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Porky...
October 7, 2015 - 5:31pm
July 15, 2015
Benson: Shakespeare and Lord Chamberlain’s men
STERLING, Colo. -- In the spring of 1594, 26 London actors joined together to create an acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. These actors included London’s leading dramatic actor at the time, Richard Burbage; plus Will Kempe, London’s leading comic actor; as well as Richard...
July 15, 2015 - 5:51pm
June 17, 2015
Benson: Suki Kim and Fathers’ Day
STERLING, Colo. On Sunday, June 25, 1950, North Korean bombs fell on Seoul, South Korea’s capital, and the civil war began. It ended three years later, on July 27, 1953, with the same division as it had begun, with the Korean peninsula divided into two parts at the 38th parallel...
June 17, 2015 - 11:25pm
April 8, 2015
Benson: Lincoln and the end of the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln recited the President’s oath of office on the Capitol’s steps at his second inauguration on Saturday, March 4, 1865. After four years of a ghastly series of bloody battles, the deaths of 620,000 men, and the dismemberment of thousands of others, the Civil War was...
April 8, 2015 - 5:51pm
March 11, 2015
Benson: The ugly history of kidnapping
In 1907, the author O. Henry wrote a short story he entitled “The Ransom of Red Chief.” In it, two crooks named Bill and Sam kidnap a red-headed boy in an Alabama town thinking that they will demand a ransom, but unaware that the boy is ornery. He throws rocks at them, claims...
March 11, 2015 - 5:33pm
December 17, 2014
Benson: Christmas stories
Della sold her hair to buy “a platinum watch fob” for Jim, her husband, and he sold his watch to buy “tortoise shell combs” for Della’s hair. On Christmas Day they opened their presents, and neither he nor she could enjoy his or her gift. Without her long hair, she no longer...
December 17, 2014 - 11:06pm
August 27, 2014
Benson: Remembering a generation’s jester
Robin Williams was born in 1951, and I in 1953. Due to his rapid-fire wit, his zany antics, and his overabundance of comedic talents, success came quick for him, more so than it did for others of our generation, who struggled for years to make a living. In 1978, when I was trying...
August 27, 2014 - 3:55pm
July 30, 2014
Benson: Competition vs. cooperation
Two boys were playing badminton, and because Andy played better than Bob, Andy won all the games. Bob threw down his racket, sat on a tree stump and said, “I won’t play anymore.” So Andy suggested a different game. “Bob, let’s see how long we can keep the bird going between...
July 30, 2014 - 6:26pm