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Last week, I attended the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual convention held in Crosby, whose city website describes them as a town located in Divide County, approximately 35 miles east of the Montana Border and 6 miles south of the Canadian border. Crosby is the Divide County seat with a population of 1,300.
Believe it or not, the presidential primary may get more interesting, largely because the U.S. Senate and House races could have even more significance than ever. This election year is making me wish I had paid more attention in American history class. The old adage that history has a way of repeating itself could come full circle this fall.
Once, on my way home from work as the publisher of the Havre Daily News, I stopped into a neighborhood market for something and the owner offered her opinion of something wrong a city council member had done at their meeting the night before. She went on to tell me she didn’t think much of him because he had went potty in the bushes outside the school when he was in second grade. I remember thinking how fortunate I was not to live in the town I grew up in because the council member was well into his 60s, and breaking the bathroom rule 60 years earlier still followed him.
One of my passions is live theatre. This week, there was plenty going on in Washington, Mexico and South Carolina. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away Saturday in...
There is a marker on U.S. Highway 2 in Harlem, Mont., that whenever I drive by it, it reminds me of one of the saddest stories I ever was part of reporting during my time working at a newspaper. Blaine County Deputy Joshua Rutherford was shot and killed there when he and another deputy responded to a domestic disturbance on Thursday, May 29, 2003.
I always tell reporters that when folks read their stories, they are really looking for the answer to the question “How does this affect me?” Sunday morning’s front-page story about my barber, Johnney Elsbernd, left me wondering the same thing — not to mention how his mug on the front page was going to hurt Sunday newspaper sales?
Two weeks ago, I accompanied my wife on a Christmas shopping trip. My wife carefully chose wrapping paper and, after proving to her that I was to be of no help, I wandered away. I watched folks like my wife, who were far more into it than I was, and saw each had their own special lists by judging the contents of their carts.
I received a call late Sunday morning from my daughter Amanda, and the fact she wanted to talk to me before her mother seemed odd. Amanda told me our friend, Larry, had taken his life and after exchanging small talk about how much we would miss him, our concerns for his family, the son he left behind and how she had lost touch with him in recent months. She finished our conversation with comments about how suicide seems to happen far too often around the holidays.
North Dakota has some of the best open-record laws in the nation. Unlike other states, the North Dakota Constitution basically says all records and meetings are open to all citizens unless a law is passed by the Legislature. The main exception is for ongoing investigations by law enforcement. This can be troublesome when crimes are committed and, due to limited communications by some in law enforcement, the public experiences fear and worry.
I’ve spoken many times about my passion for pheasant hunting, and one the best things is touring the countryside and hunting on both public and private land. I’m only a visitor and sometimes find myself envying the folks who make their living on the land in beautiful western North Dakota.