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Toward the end of August and into early September, I will take a few days off and spend what I can only presume will be some long days at my family's farm helping my dad and brother harvest what we hope is an above-average spring wheat and durum crop. As safe as farmers try to be at any time of year, harvest can get hectic and mishaps have been known to happen. I remember one year where an accidental touch of a combine's throttle nearly caused the machine to run over my brother, who was working underneath it. Yes, safety says we should have turned the combine off before working on it.
You know all that old stuff you have and still can't believe you ever bought in the first place? Try to remember it was once new and you loved it. Perhaps you have seen the lists floating around the Internet lately, recapping many of the ill-advised fashion or technology decisions many of us made in the '80s and '90s. I'm not ashamed to say I once rocked a '90s bowl cut parted down the middle, covered by a bucket hat while wearing a brightly colored Starter jacket over a No Fear T-shirt and an unbuttoned flannel. I collected basketball, football and baseball cards.
Terry McKitrick of Bowman takes his ponies for a walk Thursday on the side of Highway 12 on the east end of Bowman. McKitrick said the pony on the right was harnessed for her first walk.
The same fields that were being harvested on this day last year are lusher today in most parts of southwest North Dakota, and most are just barely showing signs of ripening. Despite late planting and below-average July temperatures -- including one overnight when southwest North Dakota neared frost-like conditions -- grain crops in the area look good and have producers anxiously hoping the weather cooperates for another three to four weeks until it's ready to harvest. "It's the old, 'You never know until it's in the bin,'" Scranton Equity grain manager Mike Wedwick said.
Tony Esposito of LaRouche PAC waves to motorists on a sidewalk outside of the Holiday gas station on Museum Drive in Dickinson on Wednesday afternoon. Esposito's group wants to impeach President Barack Obama. "We're the leaders of the fight to bring down Obama, remove him by impeachment or forced resignation and implement the Glass-Steagall bill on an emergency basis," Esposito said. He said people stopped by his table today, some motorists honked as they drove while others showed their disapproval.
Doug Goehring, the agriculture commissioner of North Dakota, said there are concerns about the business of bees in the state. So much so that he has fielded late-night phone calls from landowners concerned about the placement of hives. "'Doug, I just want to let you know I've got bees right across from me,'" Goehring recalls one McKenzie farmer telling him over the phone at 10:30 p.m.
One of my favorite summer events in Dickinson is the Stark County Relay For Life, which was held Friday night and Saturday morning at the Dickinson High School practice field. Like so many people in our community, I have several family members and friends who have fought cancer. Most have survived but others -- including my aunt and two of my greatest mentors in writing -- succumbed to the disease. I have been attending these fundraising events since my mom, Kitty, became involved. She has served as a team captain and is on the survivor committee, which she chaired for two years.
Cory and Andrea Bittner watch their daughter, 3-year-old cancer survivor Grace, during the survivor's lap at the Relay For Life event at the Dickinson High School practice field on Friday night. Grace Bittner is a survivor of juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.
The Dickinson Public School Board said Monday during a special meeting at the Central Administration Office that there has been little public input since the Governor's Factfinding Commission report sided with the board after it came to an impasse in its contract negotiations with the Dickinson Education Association. The school board quickly discussed the little input it has received. School Board President Kris Fehr spoke about the lone email she and other board members received from a former Dickinson State University professor who was critical of the board's position.
Remember when going to the movies was supposed to be a magical experience? Once upon a time, movies seemed entirely magical to a world that was still enthralled by the technology of photographs that moved and eventually had sound to go with them, hence the term "movies." Back then, there were no computer-generated images or films that cost more to make than the annual gross-domestic product of a small Pacific island nation.