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 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 30, 2023 

Learning from our elders

Veteran newspaperman Allen Stock has been out of the Independent office for a few weeks now. This is the first time since I purchased the newspaper in October 2021 that he has been absent for more...

 
 By Marvin Baker    Opinion    January 30, 2023 

Upside Down Under: Critters in our midst. . .

Do you suppose there is scientific evidence as to why unusual animals are showing up in parts of North Dakota, or is it pure coincidence? The most obvious of these would be mountain lions, sometimes c...

 

Guest: Farm Freedom can help animal agriculture

Recently a bill was introduced by several North Dakota farmer-legislators to help promote animal agriculture and reverse decades of decline which have caused our state to fall far behind neighboring...

 

Guest: Stove debate a real gas

I love my gas stove — almost as much as I love my Weber gas grill. So I became curious this past week when I heard that a commissioner in one of our ever-expanding federal-government agencies...

 

Upside Down Under: Does technology make us lazy?. . .

After going through a couple of major technological changes in my journalism career as well as other changes observed, I have to wonder if it’s making us lazy? And since the pandemic, work at home...

 

Perspective: Cutting taxes starves public services

Looking at the tax cut proposals now being debated in the legislature, maybe it’s time to revert back to a territory. Apparently, we don’t want the state to accept the responsibilities of...

 

Playing politics with public notices

We’re only a few days into the state legislative session, and North Dakota newspaper publishers find themselves thrust into a battle to protect the public’s access to information. Senate Bill (SB)...

 

Upside Down Under: The forgotten Sioux tribes. . .

During the 1860s the Civil War took priority for nearly all Americans. It tore the nation apart for the better part of four years and left wounds that lasted for decades. But the Civil War wasn’t...

 

Perspective: Remembering the Good Old Days

92 is old. I can document that. Been there, done that. At 92, you end up looking at all of life’s questions that were not solved during your term of life. Therefore, you must pass them off to the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 9, 2023

Collegiate congratulations: Call for submissions

We’re in the last week of holiday break for my college-aged daughter, and I’m wondering how it went so quickly. We’ve gone over her grades from her first semester as a full-time college student,...

 

Upside Down Under: Another blizzard, another day in N.D.

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the Jan. 20, 1997, edition of the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon. I wouldn’t do this now, at my age, but back then, I was hell bent on getting...

 

Perspective: The magic of making America great again

It wasn’t true but it was effective. As a former advertising agency guy, I can appreciate the genius of the Trump campaign when they came out with “Make America Great Again.” There was no time i...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 2, 2023

A dose of Christmas calm

This Christmas was definitely one to remember for some, and not necessarily in a great way. Some didn’t make it home due to the ridiculous weather we’ve been having. Others I know were sick with...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    January 2, 2023

Cold enough for you?

I won’t hazard a guess as to whether it achieves immortality like “grassy knoll” or “hanging chads,” but surely the phrase “bomb cyclone storm” will remain in the public consciousness...

 

Upside Down Under: County/city combination oddities

Many of you have probably already begun to plan for your 2023 vacation. If you intend to stay in North Dakota, spend some extra time looking at the map. It’s interesting to note there are many...

 

Perspective: Rape no longer a crime in North Dakota

Even though the laws relating to rape have not been repealed, victims are not getting justice in the present system. Administratively, rape gets no priority. Right now, North Dakota has 271 rape...

 

A new year's resolution worth keeping

New year’s resolutions - who actually sticks to them anyway? I’ve said for years that there is no reason to make one if I don’t plan to keep it. Thus, I haven’t made any resolutions for some...

 

Upside Down Under: Clever. . . until they're caught. . .

I was at my desk one day at The Kenmare News and the telephone rang. It was Karen Pauls of CBC-TV in Winnipeg. She was calling to ask me if I knew anything about some Nigerians who were hospitalized...

 

Perspective: Lessons learned in the 2022 election

Writing as a political scientist, there were a number of significant lessons learned from the 2022 political scene. So who won and who lost? Sure, the Democrats gained a little in the U. S. Senate...

 

Wishing you grace, peace this Christmas

Through all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I have to keep reminding myself to take work and life one step at a time. “Do one thing well, and then move on to the next,” I think. From...

 

Upside Down Under: Who is Roxana Saberi?. . .

I was watching the CBS Evening News recently and Roxana Saberi gave a report on the World Cup from Doha, Qatar. I don’t normally watch the CBS Evening News but that name and face rang a bell. It...

 

Guest: Christmas lights: A judgemental guide

One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970’s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a...

 

The little girl that changed my thoughts

By the time this reaches homes and newsstands this weekend, I'll have had a meeting with the professionals at one of the state's largest medical centers. I've been meeting with them for months...

 

Upside Down Under: Pembina, unique in North Dakota. . .

Everyone who is aware of North Dakota’s history knows that Pembina is a unique community for several reasons. Most notably, it was the first place in our state that was settled and that was in...

 

Guest: Oy Tannenbaum

I grew up believing that you judge a man by the size of his Christmas tree. Each December my father and I would jump in our Willys Jeep and rush over to the local drive-in theater. Though closed to moviegoers for the season, the spacious parking area...

 

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