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  • Monday, January 18, 2021 2:01 PM
        Some years ago, my wife and I slipped across the Continental Divide and found ourselves in a strange land where the inhabitants use an unfamiliar dialect and the rivers run backward. That is, we spent 48 hours in Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Monday, December 28, 2020 9:39 AM
    Being Norwegian can be tough this time of year.
        This fact was slammed home recently when my wife and I went on a grocery hunting expedition.
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:41 AM
        I have been known to be wrong once in a while. Um, change that to wrong quite often. OK, OK, so I am wrong pretty much all of the time. (Note to aspiring columnists: never let your wife watch over your shoulder while you are writing a column.) 
  • Monday, November 30, 2020 2:44 PM
        Thanksgiving, that all-American face-stuffing festival, is here, and you know what that means. All across this great land of ours, people will turn to one another and repeat those sacred words first uttered four centuries ago by Miles Standish to his Native American hosts: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”    
  • Monday, October 26, 2020 12:55 PM
        Of all the tasks a farmer must perform, perhaps none is more odious than picking rocks.
  • Monday, October 12, 2020 10:14 AM
        As a columnist, I sometimes find it necessary to have an experience for the expressed purpose of writing a column. Such experiences are often arduous and hair-raising, but hey, somebody has to do it.
  • Monday, September 28, 2020 9:29 AM
        Ask a farmer why he farms, you will probably get a blank stare. Or, at best, a series of hems and haws and a lot of staring at shoes. 
  • Monday, September 14, 2020 8:59 AM
        Our two sons sure had it good when they were growing up. For example, their mother chauffeured them to school every day in climate-controlled comfort.
  • Monday, August 24, 2020 9:29 AM
        There are many things the government does poorly, but there are also some things that it does quite well. One of the best things the government has ever done was to institute rural free delivery.    
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 9:15 AM
        It has been said that a handful of key inventions enabled the rise of civilization. A short list of such inventions invariably includes the wheel, the lever and the screw top beer bottle.
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