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Who is the greatest guy in North Dakota? Outsiders coming in often hear us talk very fondly about former President Theodore Roosevelt, who we tend to place on a pedestal right up there next to the likes of Moses, Abe Lincoln and even, hold on to your hat, Lawrence Welk. Unfortunately, on Jan. 6, 1919, Roosevelt died in his sleep at his home in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 62. The cause of his death happened to be the same thing that is the leading cause of death in America today.
Do you know who ISIS is? Or the Islamic State? Oh sure, we all know that they are one of those Middle Eastern group of nuts who get their kicks from blowing up innocent people. But if your life depended on getting a passing grade on a multiple choice quiz about ISIS, could you earn even a D? I couldn’t and I bet you couldn’t either. So, I thought I’d brush up on the topic a little. First of all, I was a little alarmed to discover that they are big business. According to CNN, the Islamic State controls more than half of Syria’s oil assets along with a bunch of oilfields in Iraq.
If the Dickinson State University football team beat Ohio State in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship football game this year, what would you do? Would you go berserk? I think you would. In fact, most of the country would. Of course, that’s not going to happen for a variety of reasons. One of which is that DSU does not play in the NCAA.
What do you most value in life and at the same time most often take for granted? It just might be the bills in your wallet. If this were 1865, for example, that might not be the case. Why?
Do you know why they are changing the University of North Dakota sports moniker from Fighting Sioux to who knows what? No? Join the club. Most people think it’s because Native Americans don’t like being affiliated with the university. That’s not true. Or because they don’t like the word “Fighting” being associated with the word Sioux. That might be a little closer to the mark, but still not on target. Or because, in our now ultra-politically correct society, we just can’t use Indian monikers anymore and still be politically correct.
In 55 years, what are people going to be referring to the new decade from 2070 to 2079 as? They won’t be referring to it as the ’70s, will they?
This is roundup time, which means that we gather together about a dozen riders to scour the buttes, ridges, gorges and ravines of the Badlands, 25 miles north of Medora at the Little Missouri Cattle Ranch. It’s all about bringing cows closer to home for the winter for the purpose of doctoring and pregnancy testing them and then, eventually, separating out the calves and bulls. After a dusty day in the saddle, it’s not unusual for saddle-sore cowb
Now that it has more or less officially expired, departed, conked out or just simply perished, the one question we have to ask ourselves is … were we really impressed with the oil boom? I think “impressed” might be the wrong word.
Two startlingly wonderful events happened this past weekend in San Diego. One was my son’s marriage to a beautiful young lady.
Are you a law abiding citizen? Perhaps you are. But despite that, it’s quite possible that you’ve broken the law without really knowing it, many times. For example, if you have ever danced in Fargo with a hat on, you have broken the law. Worse than that, if you have ever attended a party wearing a hat and didn’t even dance, but others did, you have broken the law. That’s because it’s illegal to wear a hat at a party in Fargo where other people are dancing. Then there is another law that I know you have broken: It’s illegal to nap in North Dakota with your shoes on.