Have you ever gotten that feeling, like you have done something or seen something before? Even though you know it is impossible? You know, like the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series. Or like the Cubs being the hottest team in baseball. It is called déjà vu, which sort of means, “Did you view that already?” This weekend, there is a very strange unfolding of events at the Odd Fellow’s Lodge in beautiful downtown Dickinson.
Are you a paper-clip person or a staple person? Do you clip your stacks of paper together with those magnificent spirals of steel, or do you perforate your papers with those vicious points of malevolence? See, there are two kinds of people in the world: clippers and staplers. Clippers are consensus builders. They gather things together and enfold them in safe comfort. Staplers are pushy, shovey types who delight in stabbing innocent sheets of paper. Clipper people make good teachers, nurses or sheep herders. Staple people make good vampire hunters and zombie slayers.
One of the greatest inventions in the universe has to be that lint roller pickie-uppie thingy. You know those things. They are like a triple-wide roll of masking tape on a stick. And everything that is stuck to you gets stuck to the masking tape on a stick when you roll it across your trousers. Hint: it is easier to do the rolley business when the trousers are not on you. Bigger hint: it is lots easier to use the rolley thingy when the trousers are not fresh out of the washer. You are waiting for the backstory on this, aren’t you?
Last fall, we planted a bazillion spring flower bulbs. There were tulips surrounding the baby’s breath. Daffodils beside the garden wall. Hyacinths hiding the window wells. And something we did not even know the name of, which screamed, “Plant me beside the downspout!” One-hundred fifty bulbs and $40 later, we had a beautiful spring garden planted. We watered the bulbs. We fertilized the bulbs. We talked baby-talk to the bulbs. And we waited for spring.
Have you seen the goose video clips that have been all over the Internet lately? There was a mega-flock of Canadian geese in the Prairie Pothole Region near Woodworth, N.D. Somebody from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was taking photos of the flock, and it took him 15 pictures to capture the whole bunch. He estimated the flock to be a mile long and contain a million birds.
Dr. Shelley Lenz’s veterinary clinic began in a van in 2007, and has now grown to a 16-acre complex in the northwest corner of Dickinson. Lenz, an Ohio native, had ties to family land in the Killdeer area, so when she decided to move her practice to a rural area, western North Dakota was the perfect fit. “My vocation in life is to bring quality and accessible veterinary care to rural areas,” Lenz said.
KILLDEER — What started out as a casual road trip many years ago for Eric Kehr and his father has turned into an abiding love for the North Dakota plains and people. Kehr is the owner of the Buckskin Bar & Grill on Highway 22 in Killdeer. He has grown the business from a small-town bar into a dining destination known all across the area. In fact, former Sen. Byron Dorgan is a regular visitor at the Buckskin, and offered flattering words for the restaurant. “Sen. Dorgan says the Buckskin has the biggest reputation in the state,” Kehr said.
Things are hopping at Jay R’s Auto Body & Sandblasting operation, located just north of Dickinson on Highway 22. A school bus that encountered a pole sits in the parking lot, awaiting repairs. An oilfield truck, with a brand new hood, sits on the opposite end of the parking lot, ready to be picked up by its owner. And in one of the body shop bays, a pickup that was “jack-knifed into” is in the midst of extensive repairs.
Financial advisors Klayton Oltmanns, Mike Parke and Steve Schneider work at different Dickinson firms, and have different investment strategies. But all three have the same advice for investors in today’s volatile market. “Don’t panic,” said Oltmanns, who is also a Dickinson city commissioner. “Don’t panic, we are not going through another crash,” Parke said. “Ride out the stocks. Don’t focus on the short term,” Schneider said. Looking for value
Richardton Mayor Frank Kirschenheiter is understandably proud of the community’s new City Hall, which was completed in the fall of 2015. “We are alive and well here,” Kirschenheiter said. “We could not have done this except for the oil and gas extraction tax. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build this.” The City Hall was completely paid for by monies from the oil extraction tax, he said. That tax, at the time of construction, was 6.5 percent levied on the extraction of oil from the earth.