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The Most Valuable Packer Fan award

February 20, 2011 Right after the Super Bowl, in my euphoric and borderline grandiose state of mind, I thought up and conferred on myself the MVPF award. The letters stand for Most Valuable Packer Fan. more »»

Minot's birthday approaching

January 30, 2011 Birthdays have a way of sneaking up on all of us. Maybe it’s all of the oil news of late, concern over the national debt or perhaps the turmoil in Congress. more »»

Fighting Sioux: Time to let it go

January 30, 2011 Aren’t there more important things for the state Legislature to deal with than a team nickname? Let it go, alread. more »»

Happy birthday, Carnegie

January 23, 2011 She looks pretty good for turning 100 this year, “she” being the old Carnegie Library, known to the present generation as the Carnegie Center. more »»

Political correctness scheme

January 16, 2011 Political correctness is a corrupt and malignant form of censorship and intimidation. more »»

The year's 'can't do' spirit

January 2, 2011 The old year is going, going, gone. . . and not exactly in style, but with that good old “can’t do” spirit. more »»

Welcome to North Dakota

December 19, 2010 I am amazed how often I hear this friendly phrase, “Welcome to North Dakota. more »»

The humor in our lives

December 5, 2010 One thing I’ve learned doing this: don’t attempt a humor column unless you are Dave Barry, Art Buchwald, Russell Baker or Erma Bombeck They are, or were, the master. more »»

Spicing up our cookinglife

November 28, 2010 My wife, Katherine, may kill me for writing this particular column, but I’m willing to take the risk. more »»

A lot to be thankful for

November 25, 2010 It's a complicated story, to say the least. But what better time to share it than today. My mother, Darlene Sveum, passed away Sept. 14 after a years-long battle with cance. more »»

Giving up liberties

November 21, 2010 This time of year many of us are planning to visit family and need to decide whether to drive or fly. more »»

Walking through Oak Park

November 14, 2010 Squirrel 3, hunters 0. That could have been the score of an autumn encounter eons ago when we three were still in high school. more »»

Are we still a melting pot?

October 24, 2010 When was the last time you heard America called the melting pot? Do you still feel you are sitting comfortably in that warm pot, melting together with your fellow citizens? Do you still believe... more »»

Politics: Mad Men 2010

October 17, 2010 Mad Men 2010. That’s the briefest and best description of this election campaign. more »»

Random movie reviews

October 3, 2010 My wife and I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to movies. For what felt like the longest time, we couldn’t find something decent to watch. more »»

Class and graciousness

September 26, 2010 Come the November elections, North Dakota Democrats may stream across the northern border into Canada, before we are rounded up and placed in concentration camp. more »»

Do they deserve our trust?

September 19, 2010 For the last year or so I have had this nagging sore throat, a sharp pain in my back and my hand keeps getting these weird puncture marks on them. more »»

A time to be grateful

September 5, 2010 Gratitude. Normally the pep-talk reminder related to being grateful is reserved for Thanksgiving, or other major holidays. But, I’m going to break from the mold and start a new trend. more »»

John Stossel owes me $1,000

August 29, 2010 John Stossel owes me $1,000. He recalled in his Aug. 9 column that he once bet his readers $1,000 they couldn’t name one thing government does better than the private sector. more »»

That time of year

August 29, 2010 It’s that time of year again! Time for parents and their children to go shopping for new shoes, clothes and school supplies. more »»



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