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Thanks for the help in 2011

January 1, 2012 While 2011 will long be remembered as the year the mighty Mouse River left a permanent mark on thousands of residents and homes in the city of Minot, it will also be remembered as the year where ten... more »»

A true Christian nation?

December 25, 2011 The talk of putting Christ back in Christmas usually mentions or implies that this is a Christian nation. more »»

Take lessons from Brazil?

December 11, 2011 Where can the U.S. more »»

You can make a difference

December 4, 2011 This summer, several communities along the Souris River truly understood the impact of what it means to Live United. more »»

Legislators and their issues

November 27, 2011 Our special legislative session met and accomplished some business, including funding for flood relief and repealing a law that required the University of North Dakota to keep the Sioux nickn. more »»

A senior citizen's lament

November 6, 2011 The Republican presidential candidate debates have resurrected the long discredited trickle-down theor. more »»

Differences of opinion

October 16, 2011 This is in response to two letters in the Oct. 9 Minot Daily News. One referred indirectly and the other referred directly to columns of mine. more »»

Battling class warfare

October 2, 2011 Those who live by sound bites die by sound bites. That may be our epitaph. Our society seems unable to grasp and grapple with the real issues of living. more »»

Mother Nature's wrath

September 5, 2011 ?Maybe Mother Nature’s one-two punch of East Coast earthquake-hurricane has shaken and slapped some sense into the politicians in Washington. Let’s hope s. more »»

Oh, those ominous numbers

August 21, 2011 It’s not just the obvious everyday stock market numbers that cause concern. more »»

Flood protection: What’s ahead for Minot?

July 31, 2011 In their planning efforts, the Minot Flood Recovery Committee is, I hope, drawing on the Wisdom of the East. more »»

Living the life of an intern

July 31, 2011 My life as an intern for The Minot Daily News has certainly kept me on my toes and all ears these past few weeks, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of living what could possibly be my profession in a... more »»

MSU proud to help

July 27, 2011 Those visiting Minot State University’s campus this past month have seen hundreds of people working hard on our community’s behalf. more »»

Nothing but flood news

July 17, 2011 To avoid a column that devotes more words to segues between various flood-related topics than to the topics themselves, each separate item will be numbered. Topic 1: Local media coverage. more »»

The river was here first

July 3, 2011 The Mouse River was here first. This is one of those times it’s helpful to state the obvious. In fact, when the previous record flood hit Minot in 1881, there wasn’t much of a Minot to flood. more »»

Who's to blame for flooding?

June 19, 2011 Major disasters such as floods can bring out the best in us: our help-thy-neighbor tendencies. But concern, worry, distress, loss and frustration also inevitably lead to finger pointing and blamin. more »»

The American Delusion

June 5, 2011 The American Dream seems to have morphed into the American Delusion. We have become a nation of the top one percent, by the top one percent, and for the top one percen. more »»

Above average squirrels

May 22, 2011 On national educational tests, North Dakota’s children usually come out above average, like the children in Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor’s mythical radio tow. more »»

Hitchin' a ride with Rocky

May 15, 2011 Kids had to be sneaky back in the day to avoid getting caught hitching a ride on Rocky, but climbing aboard the concrete statue the Great Northern Railway’s mascot was worth the scolding they’d get... more »»

The cost of medical care

May 8, 2011 The problem with health care costs isn’t Medicaid and Medicare. It’s medical care. More specifically, it’s the price of that care. Our prices are by far the highest in the world. more »»



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