For some strange reason, the Chicken Littles of the world have become terrified by the idea that socialism is just over the hill for the United States. The most frightened even throw in communism as though it was synonymous with socialism.

I share this story from Max Lucado’s book, Fearless. “Russia of the early 1950’s needed little excuse to imprison her citizens. Let a person question a decision of Stalin or speak against the Communist regime, and he could find himself walking the frozen tundra behind the barbed wires of a S…

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Good ideas may go into hibernation but they never die. Veteran Public Policy Observer Mike Jacobs recently brought back the idea of changing the North Dakota Legislature from its present biennial schedule to annual meetings.

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The nationwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment reminds us of an old, familiar lesson about American politics. The achievement of voting rights requires perseverance and energy, effective strategy and organization, moral appeal and political leverage.

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I am currently reading an excellent book entitled, “I Heard God Laugh” by Matthew Kelly. It is “A Practical Guide to Life’s Daily Habit,” that is, prayer. In one section of the book, Kelly talks about the importance of the basics of prayer. The basics are what, when, where, how and why of pr…

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It seems that all the anarchists who pelt law enforcement with bricks, bottles, lasers and fireworks and set buildings and automobiles afire in many major cities in the United States in their revolution to bring socialism here, have turned on the very authors of their freedom, the Founding F…

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The widening gulf between governmental practice and constitutional principles, the handiwork of both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike, puzzles, frustrates and angers the citizenry. It inspires serious concerns about the future of American Constitutionalism, and lea…

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I came across the following devotion a number of years ago and I had read and re-read the article a number of times over the years. I find the message to be as true today as it was when I read it many years ago. The message is simple, and I believe it speaks to our lives today. As you read t…

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When you consider North Dakota’s storied hunting heritage and the reality that about 93% of the land in the state is privately owned, it’s no wonder landowner-hunter relations have long been a vital component of our hunting legacy.

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I was one of the people who was mislead on Measure 3 and this greatly upsets me. I signed the petition only to find out later that the complete details were not included in it. I now understand that Measure 3 attempts to radically change our state constitution and will significantly alter ou…

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 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (Job 38:4a).”  That’s the question God asks of Job, before asking him a hundred more of equal significance, none of which he can answer.  In the end he can only say, “therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wond…

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I’ll never tire from stressing the importance of outdoor safety because hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors is beneficial in a variety of ways.

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For the last few years I have been a member of Badlands Ministries in Medora. And this week, was a rather exciting one in this strange summer, because after months of waiting on our side, campers were finally able to try out the new high ropes course at the camp. This type of activity and ro…

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North Dakota voters will once again be deciding whether or not the Board of Higher Education should be revamped to solve unidentified problems seen by the Legislature.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been urged to protect themselves, their neighbors, and their loved ones amidst the worst global health crisis in generations. After months of physical distancing and staying at home, infections and deaths began to decline across our country.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will begin following up with households in select areas that have not responded to the 2020 Census. The entire state of North Dakota is on the Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU) list and will begin operations July 30. This means that Census workers (enu…

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Enacted by Congress in 1985, the beef check off was approved by cattle producers voting in the initial referendum held in 1988. That was 32 years ago and it is the only time ranchers have had an opportunity to vote on the mandatory check off we are required to pay every time we sell cattle. …

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Growing up my Mom would often say something like, “God never gives us more than we can handle. God will give us the grace we need at the time. We just need to remember to ask him for it.” Those words helped me out of a tight spot time and again, especially when I felt overwhelmed and tested …

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While there was no shortage of bad news during the uncertain times this spring, there was good news for ducks and hunters across the prairies of North Dakota.

After 400 years of slavery, African-Americans are entitled to support the abolition of police organizations that have been the iron fist for the white society. They are unleashing their anger against centuries of sidewalk injustice, false witnessing, evidence tampering, physical abuse and ha…

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In the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable that begins, “A sower went out to sow.” He goes on to talk about sowing seeds that fell on a hard-packed path and were eaten by birds, seeds that fell on rocky ground that sprang up quickly but burned up in the sun since the…

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Compassion fatigue is something all people struggle with at times and it is something that caregivers when they struggle with can feel even worse about because they feel guilty that they are not doing enough when in reality they are. Feelings of loneliness, despair, uncertainty, hopelessness…

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We have had some excellent summer weather so far this year. It makes me excited to venture outside of my home to enjoy the blessings of summer time. Many ventures I can still do on my own or at a physical distance. One of these is spending time in my hammock. I love spending a lazy afternoon…

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In this time of uncertainty, it is especially important to take care of our mental health. That is why, on June 22, I will be taking part in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s virtual 2020 Advocacy Forum.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “from the frying pan to the fire”? It seems like we have jumped from the frying pan (coronavirus) to the fire (protests and rioting).

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If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets.

I was on a group retreat a few years ago and someone on the retreat gave me an inspiring bookmark which I have always kept. The front of the bookmark read, “My God I Love Thee”, followed by, “The best and shortest prayer.” This struck me as so true. My God I love you! Our prayers do not need…

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This Mother’s Day is like none we have ever quite experienced thanks to the coronavirus pandemic impacting lives around the planet. It finds many North Dakotans without a paycheck, threatened with loss of housing, anxious about their health care coverage, and worried about loved ones who are…

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After losing three weeklies and experiencing painful belt-tightening all across the industry, North Dakota didn’t need a pandemic to push local newspapers closer to the brink.

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The Founding Fathers, mostly Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, didn’t expect that a by-product of federalism would be state bankruptcies. But that is what could happen if we adopted U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that states buried in debt because of the virus …

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Producers will have an opportunity to learn more about soil health during a series of webinars North Dakota State University Extension is hosting.

This pandemic has caused me to reflect on the experience of my generation. For my adolescence and adulthood has been branded by major events, which have shaped us as a generation. It started for me with the Columbine school shooting and has included the milestones of 9/11, a recession as we …

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Yesterday (April 14th) Brenda, Christopher and I were driving back from Bismarck and heading down US 85 South to Bowman.  

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I first read C.S. Lewis’ famous work, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, while in seminary many years ago.

As I write this article we are entering Holy Week. For Christians, Holy Week offers the profound opportunity to move with Jesus through Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally, Easter. Holy Week carries us through the humiliation; pain and suffering Jesus experienced on our b…

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As our country faces the devastating impacts of COVID-19, our national parks still stand as beacons of our highest ideals. They share our national history and culture, conserve pristine landscapes, boost our local economies, and, especially during this trying time, offer places of solace.

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Some of the most challenging things in life are those things we call decisions: to buy a home, marriage, having children, higher education, careers, vehicles, medical providers, and the list goes on and on. God created humans with a unique ability to make decisions. We can decide just about …

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Uncertainty is not a comfortable feeling. Not knowing an outcome can cause stress, anxiety, and fear.  The current pandemic has made all of us feel uncertain to some degree. We wonder how long this will last,how we will make ends meet, and what should we do during this lingering time of unce…

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The grocery industry of the USA and particularly North Dakota is working overtime to meet the needs of our customers. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly changed the way our industry operates, but it has not stopped the cows from milking, the corn from becoming cereal and the fruit trees ha…