There will be resistance from the usual corners of paragon and virtue, of course, when it comes to legalized sports betting in North Dakota and Minnesota. But it’s coming, and that’s about the safest wager a person could make. And sooner rather than later, according to a couple of local legislators.
Pelican Rapids, Minn. A lake, even at 2 o'clock in the morning with not a whisper of wind and not another soul silly enough to be fishing in a boat, is almost never completely quiet. Loons, for example, are using their silly yodel to call back and forth even when the next sunrise is nearer than the previous sunset. Owls, not unexpectedly given their nocturnal nature, are hoot-hoot-hooting for most of the black night. And Canada geese. Who knew honkers honked to each other at 3:30 a.m.?
WAHPETON, N.D. — That’s going to leave a mark. A pontoon being transported to a local lake busted loose from its trailer Monday, May 7 and came to rest on Interstate 29 near the Wahpeton exit, according to Trooper Luke Hendrickson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Hendrickson said a local resident was moving the pontoon to Lake Elsie near Hankinson, N.D., when straps holding the boat to the trailer broke. The pontoon slid off the trailer and skidded to a stop in a lane of the freeway.
It’s not often the U.S. Attorney General flies to North Dakota specifically to hold a press conference to praise the work of the state’s U.S. Attorney and the good work his office did in busting bad guys. Any time this happens, it should be noted and underlined with a red Sharpie pen. So consider this column as an official noting and underlining of Jeff Sessions’ stop in Fargo last week. Also consider it a question from the peanut gallery: If the current U.S. Attorney is doing such a great job for the people of North Dakota, why replace him?
There was no doubt the U.S. Senate race between Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer was going to get nasty. With Republicans holding a narrow 51-49 majority and Heitkamp the only Democrat holding a statewide office in deep-red North Dakota, the national GOP has targeted her as particularly vulnerable. But getting nasty six months before Election Day? Before all the snow has melted in North Dakota?
I’ve been working on a column about North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick as the Bison opened spring practice this week. It will run in Friday’s editions of The Forum. The gist is that Stick has worked his way into becoming an NFL prospect and enters 2018, by some accounts, as the top-ranked FCS prospect at quarterback.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Adam Goldwyn's political activism began shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016. Like, really shortly. The assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University woke up the morning after the election "heartbroken," Goldwyn said. "I love my country and I'm a great patriot, so I said, 'What can I do?'" Goldwyn said. "So I joined a group that wrote postcards to representatives. I decided that was insufficient, so I went down to the Democratic-NPL office in Fargo and said, 'What else can I do?'"
Oxbow Country Club and several individuals are punching back at a golfer who says his reputation and income have been badly damaged by allegations of drug use directed at him by members of the private course. Court papers filed on behalf of Oxbow in Cass County District Court paint West Fargo real estate agent Aaron Greterman to look more like Rodney Dangerfield’s character in the movie “Caddyshack,” the boorish Al Czervik, than an innocent golfer wronged.
A story out of Wisconsin is a bit chilling for radio talk-show hosts. And it has local ties because the station from which a host was fired is owned by the same company that owns Fargo-Moorhead news/talk station KFGO. Longtime conservative radio host Jerry Bader of WTAQ-AM in Green Bay was fired because, he says, he was too critical of President Donald Trump. Bader told news outlets in Wisconsin he had been fired by officials from Wausau-based Midwest Communications, for whom he’d worked for 18 years.
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