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The past three years, I have urged male readers of The Dickinson Press to take up the “No Shave November.” When I first read about it, I thought I could have a good excuse for not shaving for a month or more and all it would cost me was a small donation to a local Relay for Life Team to ease my guilt. I have strong-armed my fellow male employees and friends to join me in quest for shaving laziness. The management teams at Parkway Ford, Sax Motor Co. and CHI St.
What is CanArtopia? Why is it held? And who can participate? CanArtopia is an event that invites businesses and groups to build sculptures out of at least of 500 nonperishable food items.
Now is the time to give credit to the party of “I Told You So.” Folks that for the last six years have told anyone who will listen that the oil boom will bust. I had to admire party members staying true to their belief when it took so long and, to their credit, they had to put up with those of us who thought a robust economy that was the envy of 49 other states a good thing. All along, they preached to anyone who would listen that the boom would soon bust like those in the past and things were going to be horrible as the state treasury overflowed with tax revenues, and rainy day funds were e
Often, I think about my father when I walk past the new Stark County Veterans Memorial near my house. My father was a career military man and, for his own reasons, didn’t like to talk about his time at war. Even as a kid I knew not to press him. On one rare occasion, he told me he was too seasick to be very afraid while waiting on a cruise ship for the D-Day invasion to begin.
I’ve written in the past how I look forward to the opening of pheasant season much like I did Christmas when I was a six. The past 10 years, my hound dog, Griff, was at my side and was arguably the only one who enjoyed hunting more. Last season there were more birds than we had ever seen and, granted I was a bit biased, he was the best bird dog possible for an old man. I don’t hunt during deer season, so up until I took my usual break, everything pointed to 2014 being the best season ever. Sadly, during that break, Griff was diagnosed with a brain tumor and quickly died.
Will Rogers said “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” These days, based on that logic, Rogers would probably be a Republican. The longer I live, the way things change constantly surprise me. Like, for instance, the Republicans used to be the organized party that would, at most, have three old white guys — whose age made even me feel young — running for president. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I no longer recognize the party of Lincoln. This year, there’s a huge field of Republican candidates for president that look like a poster for the Rainbow Coalition.
Earlier this week, as is normal, my 5-month old puppy, Pepper, was pulling me down the sidewalk at dawn. I noticed a faint smell of marijuana as we passed the site of the new Veteran’s Memorial. Shortly after, a couple appeared out from around the trees. I thought to myself they were probably the originators of the smoke I smelled before. They wore Army fatigues, wool sweaters and had military duffle bags on their backs.
MINOT -- I serve as a director on the North Dakota Newspaper Association Board. On Friday, our group toured Minot Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force’s only base housing two components of the nuclear triad. The base provides global strike and nuclear deterrence capabilities for the nation. The 5th Bomb Wing’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers serve as part of the Air Force’s strategic and conventional combat force, and the 91st Missile Wing is one of three intercontinental ballistic missile wings.
Hi! My name is Pepper! I think. But it could be “Noooo!” or “&#%!@?!” I am an 11-week old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon who just moved to Dickinson. I live with two old people and a wiener dog named Pressley. The lady I live with is really nice. The old guy, not so much. And the Weiner dog is downright grumpy.
Last week, I attended the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. I made the same trip in 2013 and, to put it mildly, this trip was far different than two years ago. Oil Patch towns have grown substantially and builders in Watford City, Williston and Sidney, Mont., don’t seem to be worried much about the cost of oil because there are countless new apartments, restaurants, motels and houses that have been or being built. The