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The Grand Hotel blaze of 1960

March 20, 2011 Ask Minoters of my generation which historic events or moments they most remember and the night the Grand Hotel was destroyed in a spectacular fire that claimed 10 businesses in all comes up almost... more »»

Rethink time change

March 20, 2011 What is it with so-called daylight saving time? Of course it doesn’t save daylight; it redistributes it. This sounds socialistic. And it means a later sunrise and more dark in the morning. more »»

Remember the big March blizzard?

March 13, 2011 Ask any North Dakotan if they remember the big March blizzard and they’ll likely reply, “Which one?” We’ve managed to get half-way through March 2011 without a major winter storm like the one –... more »»

Wisconsin's wild ride

March 6, 2011 In the short time since my cheesehead column, Wisconsinites have gone from celebrating the Packers’ championship as one big happy family to neighbor against neighbor, kin against kin, public agains... more »»

The Windsors visit Minot

February 27, 2011 Long before the Norsk Høstfest came along in the 1970s, Minot loved greeting and hosting famous visitor. more »»

Parting is such sweet sorrow

February 27, 2011 It was early October 2002 when I first heard of the town Minot, N.D. Needless to say, I thought it was pronounced with a French flair – “Min-no,” instead of “My-knot. more »»

Fighting the flood of 1927

February 20, 2011 With the potential for spring flooding on the minds of many, today Back in the Day recaps the Souris River flood of 1927, when the efforts of hundreds of men, women and children saved much of the... more »»

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 »»



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