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 »»
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 »»
Random movie reviews
October 3, 2010 My wife and I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to movies. For what felt like the longest time, we couldn’t find something decent to watch. more »»
Class and graciousness
September 26, 2010 Come the November elections, North Dakota Democrats may stream across the northern border into Canada, before we are rounded up and placed in concentration camp. more »»
Do they deserve our trust?
September 19, 2010 For the last year or so I have had this nagging sore throat, a sharp pain in my back and my hand keeps getting these weird puncture marks on them. more »»
A time to be grateful
September 5, 2010 Gratitude. Normally the pep-talk reminder related to being grateful is reserved for Thanksgiving, or other major holidays. But, I’m going to break from the mold and start a new trend. more »»
John Stossel owes me $1,000
August 29, 2010 John Stossel owes me $1,000. He recalled in his Aug. 9 column that he once bet his readers $1,000 they couldn’t name one thing government does better than the private sector. more »»
That time of year
August 29, 2010 It’s that time of year again! Time for parents and their children to go shopping for new shoes, clothes and school supplies. more »»
Can we be trusted with glass?
August 15, 2010 Should North Dakotans be trusted with glass bottles? The evidence suggests no. Ask especially those who walk, run, bike or walk their dogs. more »»
Swain Hall, 60 years later
August 8, 2010 In 1950, the state appropriated almost $450,000 for Minot State Teachers College to add a new building to the campus. This building would be used for health and physical educatio. more »»
Where is our common sense?
August 1, 2010 Where, oh where, has common sense gone? Oh, where could it be? It seems as though nothing makes sense anymore. I know it’s not just me, because I hear other people say the same thing. more »»
Becoming a Rambo nation
July 18, 2010 Guns, guns everywhere? We seem to be going in that direction with recent court decisions against municipal gun restrictions. more »»
World Cup: The world is watching
July 11, 2010 By the time you read this column, a European country will have bragging rights in world soccer (or more appropriately named, football) for the next four years. more »»
Where are Red and Teddy?
July 4, 2010 Where are Red Adair and Teddy Roosevelt when we need them? Both men were heroic, larger-than-life figures who directly faced major problems that others shied away from. more »»