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Rehabilitation of ex-cons will be challenging

January 24, 2016 The prison population in North Dakota has tripled from 578 in 1995 to 1,800 in 2015 and is expected to increase to 2,985 by 2025, all at the annual cost of $43,000 per inmate. more »»

Stop wasting natural gas resources on tribal lands

January 24, 2016 We all need to be active in protecting the land here in North Dakota for future generations. We have seen a prolonged, unneeded waste of our natural resources; this needs to stop. more »»

Putting president above politics

January 5, 2015 A few weeks ago I got a call from a reader who was concerned about a comment made on a story posed on the Minot Daily News website. more »»

Find your niche, pass it on

November 15, 2014 “Is this the world you want? Is this the world you want? You’re making it every day you’re alive.” These lyrics come from a song written by the band Switchfoot. more »»

Operation Warmheart collecting donations for those in need

October 12, 2014 The holiday season is fast approaching. This time of year is celebrated as the season of giving. more »»

Has it really been 30 years?

July 13, 2014 Where did 30 years go? It seems like yesterday I?began working at The Minot Daily News, under the tutelage of sports editors Matt Gerszewski and Merrill?Schalow. more »»

Words worth a second look

June 29, 2014 Syndicated columnists put out lots of words these days. And very few stand out as worth a second look. more »»

What’s in a name? A lot

May 25, 2014 There are two reasons for commenting again on team mascots and names: The Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Easter (May 11), and the May 20 Associated Press article about disrespectful T-shirts usin... more »»

Something is wrong with this picture

May 4, 2014 Our nation and the world need natural gas, but our extraction companies in the Bakken are flaring away much of it because of low gas prices and the cost of capturing it for use as fuel and... more »»

Memories of college hockey

April 20, 2014 The college hockey season is finally over. more »»

It’s time to stop the bullying

April 6, 2014 We send our kids to school each day expecting faculty members to do their level best to ensure their safety and well-being. That has not been the case at TGU Towner School. more »»

International, local concerns converge

March 16, 2014 International, national and local concerns have been converging lately. more »»

Saying the same thing, just differently

February 7, 2014 In these days of partisan spin, you hardly ever find two persons of opposite political perspectives saying essentially the same thing at essentially the same time in essentially the same words. more »»

Class warfare: Who are victims?

January 26, 2014 We hear a lot these days about class warfare. And we hear about it mostly from those who have long ago won the war, those in the top one percent or point one percent income group. more »»

The problems with profit

December 15, 2013 There are things government can’t do that well. There are also things the private sector, with its profit motive, really messes up. more »»

The power of labels

November 24, 2013 Words, particularly labels, have considerable power. more »»

Evidence of our differences

October 13, 2013 The scientific evidence is mounting: we are predisposed to come in two main and differing varieties, conservative or liberal. more »»

The rest of the story

September 29, 2013 When it comes to welfare programs, the focus is almost entirely on those that help the poor. Those assisting the rich get mentioned only in passing if at all. more »»

Finding strength in numbers

September 22, 2013 LIVE UNITED: Two very simple and straightforward words. Two words that encompass so much for local communities and the Souris Valley Area. more »»

Think like a quarterback

August 25, 2013 Last column I mentioned our human tendency to narrow things down to two alternatives, usually a clear for-against division. more »»



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