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I recently saw an article regarding a new initiated measure by a group called “Protect North Dakota’s Constitution.” I had to chuckle a little bit, because it should be more like “Protect the Bank Accounts of North Dakota Big Business,” because that’s who’s behind the proposal.

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Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra was known for his succinct observations; especially well-known is his comment about a baseball game when he noted that ”it isn’t over ‘til it’s over.”

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It is day 67 here in Bismarck. We are in the final stretch of the session, and many of the bills are getting finalized in conference committee. There are about 85 bills between the House and Senate that need to be completed before the end of the session. The goal from leadership was to be fi…

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Understanding how the Game and Fish Department’s lottery and bonus point system works can help license applicants make better decisions based on their expectations.  

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After ten years of mustering the courage to tackle spending the $8 billion Legacy Fund, the present legislature has blossomed with more ideas than dandelions in an unkempt cemetery.

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This past week I listened to a song sung by David Phelps and his daughter, Maggie Beth, called, “Water”! It is about Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well.

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Information and education are important components of the fight against chronic wasting disease, or CWD as it is often abbreviated.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2Ch 7:14 (KJV)

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Coming from a small town family, the day came when I thought my city-raised son ought to experience the macho sport of shooting gophers. So one sunny day I got out my trusty J.C.Higgins shotgun and announced that we would reduce the number of predators in the land.

Right after Jesus has finished washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus tells his disciples in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you…

The musician known by the stage name of Alice Cooper once said, “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian is a real act of rebellion.” This is because; Christians are called to a standard of living that is very different than the standard of the rest the…

When my son, dad and I went spearing, Dad had his ice saw in the back of the truck. We put it in the sled and hauled it out. But we didn’t use it. We could have, but the lithium ion auger popped the holes and within minutes the ice was clear and we were ready for action. We had the old schoo…

My name is Theresa Liebsch and I am the new Vision Zero Coordinator for the Southwest Region of North Dakota. My main goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle deaths throughout the state by educating the public about traffic safety.

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The latest update from North Dakota Game and Fish Department director Terry Steinwand includes a brief review as to the challenges from last year and Game and Fish priorities through 2021.

AARP North Dakota strongly opposes a bill in the North Dakota Legislature that grants nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care (LTC) facilities immunity related to COVID-19.

I am encouraged by the following words of Sacred Scripture from 1 John 5:4-5, “The victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” The troubles of the world, our nation, and our own lives may lead u…

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

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The question has been asked in all facets of our understanding: Are you ready? Maybe in reference to losing power in your home during a storm. Are you ready just in case you run off the road traveling on these wintry North Dakota highways? For maybe a home burglary? A flat? Whatever the case…

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Something is exciting about new things. Cars that have that new car smell, new tools or gadgets that aren’t scuffed from repeated use, and (my personal favorite) the smell and feel of a new book that crackles when you open the cover, all these things bring a certain joy. There’s also nothing…

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Because I trashed the Electoral College recently, I was challenged to write a few honest words about the most commonly touted alternative – direct election.

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Traditions are not limited to the holidays, but these holy seasons are ripe with traditions and rituals. The bible is full of references to traditions and festivals. Traditions are not limited to this time of year. For instance, the annual pilgrimage out to the lake for Memorial Day, July 4t…

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The existence of the Electoral College became a major bone of contention in the 2020 election because it once again exposed the College’s bias against Democratic presidential candidates. To win, a Democrat must get at least 3,000,000 more popular votes than a Republican.

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Efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional republicans to subvert the clerk-like, ministerial and ceremonial counting of electoral votes on January 6 is a witches’ brew for undermining the Constitution and American Democracy.

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1 Timothy 1:15-16 says “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an examp…

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Last week I heard the title of a song that caused me to question the reason for it! I almost thought, well actually did think, it was a song that was written in bad taste and one that would ridicule our Lord and Savior. The title of the song is, “O Come, All Ye Unfaithful” but when I listene…

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A reaching for togetherness, nurturing mutual concern, sensing a common bond. These make up the stuff of “community”. “Community” defines us as human beings.

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Recently I read an article by Bishop David Kagan in our diocesan newspaper. He shared something about Advent that helped me to think about it in a new way. Bishop explained that he never forgot a remark a priest made during a preached retreat when he was in high school seminary. The priest s…

Speaking from a secular platform, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel to roll back the limitations the State of New York had placed on gatherings of over 10 people.

The holiday season from Thanksgiving to the New Year is a joyous time of celebration, family gatherings, holiday parties, caroling, a time of good cheer lived out and enjoyed in so many ways. The interesting fact, though is, the holiday season is also a very stressful time.

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It’s not written in any expert ice safety advice column, but I’ll always remind hard-water anglers how valuable experience can be. If you’ve never tried ice fishing before this pandemic impacted year, with all the cancellations of activities and events, now might be the time to pick up a new…

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This presidential transition, from President Donald Trump to President-Elect Joe Biden, represents a timely opportunity for Americans to become more familiar with the scope of presidential authority, as provided under Article II of the Constitution.

In America, we nurse the illusion that all people are equal. In fact, many of us claim that the equal worth of human beings is the bed rock upon which democracy in the United States was built.

North Dakota is in the midst of dealing with two public health crises, the recent and pervasive COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing behavioral health crisis of both substance use disorders and mental health issues. Not surprisingly, the emergence of COVID-19 has exacerbated the already overwhe…

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The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of American democracy, a national treasure envied throughout the world. Yet, we dare not take it for granted, for its perpetuation depends on the good faith, good will and integrity of leaders and citizens alike.

Our community, society, and nation is filled with sin, brokenness, sadness, and in this life our worst enemy death. And, yet as we approach this Thanksgiving and Christmas season were we are all hoping to find some respite from what we have been experiencing. Paul reminds us that our true jo…

When the U.S. Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, the delegates came thinking their job was to amendment the Articles of Confederation. When they begin to think about the problems with the Articles, they disregarded the convention call and set about building a stronger nat…

Psalm 133 says. “How good and pleasant it is when siblings live together in unity!” I am sure my grandmother thought this quite a bit as my sister and I were growing up with the handful of cousins that also would be around when we were in there care. And that is because like most children we…

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I am certain almost every one of us as one time or another has asked this question, “Where is God?” Over the last eight months of this pandemic and the last year or so with the Presidential Election I am sure that question has resonated many times in our minds and on our lips!

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In September of 2020, the Scranton FFA Ag in the Classroom committee applied for a $400 grant to help defray costs of the elementary program where the Scranton FFA provides educational opportunities for K-4th grade. In October, the committee was informed they received the $400 that was reque…