National Geographic: The Emptied Prairie
Monday, December 17, 2007
National Geographic: The Emptied Prairie
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
"The airmen replaced the schedule with their own informal" system, he said,
though he didn't say why they did that nor how long they had been doing it
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Another account of a young Grand Forks Herald reporter's scoop of a livid Louis Armstrong's reaction to the thwarted integration of Arkansas schools, this time in Editor & Publisher.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
What is it good for? Absolutely nuthin', unless you're Ken Burns, who made a 14-hour documentary out of World War II, now being shown on PBS. The series covers the U.S. experience during the war by focusing on four towns in different regions of the country, with the Midwest represented by Luverne, Minn.
Luverne's local newspaper editor and publisher, North Dakota native Al McIntosh, is featured prominently as a chronicler of life on the home front, and his near-forgotten writing is experiencing a second life.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Missteps in the Bunker
Obligatory description of North Dakota as a barren wasteland:
"Veterans of Minot typically describe their assignments by counting the winters passed in the flat, treeless region where January temperatures sometimes reach 30 below zero."
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Byron Dorgan's prodigious comb-over gets mocked on the Tonight Show. Watch the video on YouTube, or better yet, explain to me how to embed video on this Micky Mouse blogger program.
(Credit to Rob at the Say Anything blog, who posted the clip first, after some other blogger mailed it to him. So it goes in the blogosphere.)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
One evening late in January, a 21-year-old named Peter Dut led his two teenage brothers through the brightly lighted corridors of the Minneapolis airport, trying to mask his confusion. Two days before, they had encountered their first light switch and tried their first set of stairs. An aid worker in Nairobi had demonstrated the flush toilet to them -- also the seat belt, the shoelace, the fork. And now they found themselves alone in Minneapolis, three bone-thin African boys confronted by a swirling river of white faces and rolling suitcases, blinking television screens and telephones that rang, inexplicably, from the inside of people's pockets. Here they were, uncertain of even the rug beneath their feet, looking for this place called Gate C31.
Finally, a traveling businessman recognized their uncertainty. ''Where are you flying to?'' he asked kindly, and they told him. The eldest brother, his eyes deeply bloodshot, explained the situation in halting, bookish English. A few days ago, they had left a small mud hut in a blistering hot Kenyan refugee camp, where after walking for hundreds of miles across Sudan they had lived as orphans for the past nine years. They were now headed, with what Peter called ''great wishes,'' to a new home in the U.S.A. ''Where?'' the man asked when Peter Dut said the city's name. ''Fargo? North Dakota? You gotta be kidding me. It's too cold there. You'll never survive it!''
And then he laughed. Peter Dut had no idea why.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The blog has been on vacation. Apologies for the absence.
Not much in the news lately, so here's a review of Debra Marquart's 2006 memoir of her rebellious youth as a Napoleon farm girl with parents who sound like they were a bit of a bummer. Here's an Amazon.com link, too.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Drinking wine from North Dakota may ruin your meal. Or more accurately, believing you are drinking wine from North Dakota can ruin your meal, according to a scientific study.
Researchers gave one group of diners wine labeled as a product of California and another group the same wine, but labeled as being from North Dakota. The result was that the group drinking the "North Dakota wine" gave their wine and meals lower marks than the other group. The explanation is that the expectation of getting an inferior experience becomes self-fulfilling.
Let's hope this is too discouraging to North Dakota vintners. But it's all in the mind, right? Or is it all the marketing?
Friday, August 03, 2007
North Dakota Town's Payoff For Hard Lives Is A Long Life
- A dull life can be a very long life.
- Old German farmers who lived through the Depression, drought, hunger could whip my office-job ass without raising their heart rates.
- Canned sausage?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
More coverage of those unkempt young radicals and their quest to be hemp farmers.
OK, but how do the stoned North Dakotans feel about it?
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We're still in a baseball mood here.
It's not commonly known, but North Dakota in the 1930s was one of the first places where integrated baseball flourished, thanks in part to ambitious car dealer and team owner, Neil Churchill, who signed some of the best Negro League players of the time. Roger Maris isn't in the Hall of Fame, but Satchel Paige is.
Here's a long article on the state's baseball glory days.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This summer's biggest toy-related blockbuster aimed at 30-year-old men, Transformers, includes actor and Minot native Josh Duhamel. According to his entry on the Internet Movie Database, he owns a restaurant in Minot and is engaged to Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. Not bad, as long as that damn "Humps" song doesn't drive him insane.