My city-slicker cousin Chatsworth McFeely III, he of the old-money limousine liberal McFeelys of the East Coast, called the other day wondering how mad my Republican friends were at President Donald Trump. I, Mike McFeely of the no-money progressive McFeelys of the Midwest, expressed bafflement at Chatsworth's presumption. Why, I asked, do you think they are upset at Trump?
Tom Volk not only doesn't hold North Dakota's coveted walleye record , he was also given a warning ticket by the Game and Fish Department for illegally keeping a foul-hooked fish. Talk about adding insult to injury. But that's small potatoes compared to what he's enduring on social media, he says. Volk is the Lincoln, N.D., angler who took a 16-pound, 9-ounce walleye from the Heart River in Mandan on Easter Sunday and, aided
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Jessica Henry is at heart a Minnesota girl, even though she teaches at Hastings College in Nebraska. She was born in Moorhead, graduated from what was then called Moorhead State University and spends time each summer at her father's place on Franklin Lake near this small lakes country city. It's only proper, then, that a major project Henry spearheaded for about 50 students at Hastings this school year had its roots and inspiration in Minnesota.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — Farming or fishing? That is the question facing the residents of Devils Lake and the surrounding area. Eventually, it will have to be answered by the state of North Dakota. About 50 people packed a conference room in the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District offices in this city on Thursday, May 9, to listen to, and attempt to sway, a committee charged with making a recommendation to the State Water Commission.
Nearly 100 years ago, a powerful government department called for a diversion to help control Red River flooding. It was never built. Also not implemented was another eye-opening suggestion put forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one it believed would increase the Red's capacity and therefore reduce flooding.
Minneapolis There was a time when Minnesota Twins hitters complained that Target Field was a place where home runs went to die.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Entz, his family and the rest of the North Dakota State entourage sat in Section 109 at Target Field on Sunday, April 28, perhaps 20 rows above the Minnesota Twins' dugout on the first-base side. "Right down there is where a goal post will be," Entz said, pointing toward the field in front of the dugout. "The third-base line is right about where the visitor sideline will be and we'll be out there, in the outfield." Entz is the first-year NDSU football coach and he was in Minneapolis for other, more immediate business Sunday.
FARGO -- Chris Klieman was named North Dakota State's head football coach Dec. 15, 2013, five days before the Bison were to play New Hampshire in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game at the Fargodome. The coach Klieman was going to replace, Craig Bohl, had taken the head job at Wyoming but was allowed to coach the Bison through the remainder of their season. Klieman knew what his first order of business needed to be when it came to recruiting. Or perhaps it could be called re-recruiting.
Former U.S. senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, both Democrats washed away last fall by the red tide that has engulfed North Dakota and Indiana, have started a brave new venture called the One Country Project. Its aim is basically two-fold and noble: To push Democrats to stop ignoring rural America and to remind rural Americans that it might benefit them to have some Democrats on their side.
On the day Heidi Heitkamp launched a new project to get the Democratic Party re-engaged with rural voters, she found herself talking a lot about a hypothetical job opportunity at the University of North Dakota. Sorry about that, Heidi. That's my bad.