HAT TIPS: Diet after Thanksgiving starts…

Hello, Shirley says to, “Tell everyone Happy Thanksgiving”! So there, that is from both of us. I hope you had a great day, or several days with family and friends. The diet after Thanksgiving begins now. Many of my friends…
Omdahl:  Franklin had misgivings about U.S…

By Lloyd Omdahl Ben Franklin was one delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention who was happy when the four months of secret meetings ended and he was free to walk the streets of Philadelphia. Only two-thirds of the delegates signed…
HAT TIPS: Of turkeys and deer camps…

Hello, Well, the storm that was forecast for opening day of deer season wasn’t as bad as was anticipated. Although in many parts of North Dakota, it was wet enough that the trails a farmer or rancher has to drive…
Omdahl:  Franklin had misgivings about the U.S…

By Lloyd Omdahl Ben Franklin was one delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention who was happy when the four months of secret meetings ended and he was free to walk the streets of Philadelphia. Only two-thirds of the delegates signed…
Hat Tips: Tale of the shrinking pig…

Hello, Over the years you hear lots of stories. Stories of jokes that guys have played on one another. I’ve written about them in the past. About Johnny putting the dead calf in Clarence’s pasture. And Clarence buying a pail…
Omdahl: A National Guard retrospective…

By Lloyd Omdahl In February (2004) I wrote a column upbraiding the national planners for exploiting the National Guard in conducting the war in Iraq. I argued that continuous life-threatening duty was not in the deal made by all of…
Omdahl: Prices rising but lives still cheap…

By Lloyd Omdahl There is little doubt that we are seeing a universal rise in prices. Nevertheless, lives are getting cheaper as society continues to tolerate deadly public policy, usually in exchange for money and power. For several years, we…
Hat Tips: I’m not a real good fencer…

Hello, I’m not a real good fencer. You can ask my neighbors. But yesterday I was forced to build a quarter mile of four barbed-wire fence. It happened because on Saturday evening, I was rudely taken from a pinochle game…
Omdahl:  Hold on Trump, Democrats bringing help…

By Lloyd Omdahl In an ordinary election we could say that the whole thing is over with President Trump as of today, losing in landslide. The mood of the country is set; the people cannot stand four more years of…
HAT TIPS: Everyone wants to be a cowboy…

Hello, You know there is a saying I often heard about cowboys. “Everyone wants to be a cowboy, until they have to do cowboy ….”. You can fill in the blanks. The editor doesn’t let me say it. I guess…
Omdahl:  Ethics becomes offensive to some…

By Lloyd Omdahl Some of the legislative leaders have taken offense at my “left wing” clarification of what the legislature did to the new citizen-initiated ethics commission. First of all, I want to deny that I am some kind of…
HAT TIPS: Pat always understood that…

Hello, This is the time of the year that I miss Pat. Pat O’Brien. He passed away several years ago after a lifetime in the cattle industry. I knew him mostly as an auctioneer. You have to understand that this…
HAT TIPS: Thankful for helpful neighbors…

Hello, We were lucky. Real lucky. I’m sure you have seen the stories and the pictures of last weeks snow storm in North Dakota. For an October storm, it was a doozy. Up to two or three feet of snow…
Omdahl:  State corrections need home help…

By Lloyd Omdahl In North Dakota we have over 1,700 inmates in custody in our correctional institutions. Another 6,100 former prisoners are on parole or probation. We also have 7,300 unruly and delinquent kids as juvenile court referrals. These are…
Omdahl:  Wanted – a candidate for governor…

By Lloyd Omdahl   WANTED: Gubernatorial candidate with no previous political experience to defeat a man who has been governor for four years. Any young man, resident of the state, preferably a veteran, fair education, no political strings or obligations…
Hat Tips: She could have married better…

Hello, You can read lots of economic forecasts. And many of them tell of an impending recession. I suppose you can put the blame wherever you want, but it seems we have recessions every ten years or so. It happens.…
HAT TIPS: Back in the rodeo business…

Hello, Every once in awhile I run across something that makes me smile. Actually, I run across a lot of stuff that makes me smile. And smiling is good for ones soul. A weasel walks into a bar. The bartender…
Omdahl:  Ole gets 300 years in clean machine…

By Lloyd Omdahl Ole Thornerson was wheezing and snorting as he stumbled up the last golden step to Pearly Gate 333. He expected a huge crowd of friends and relatives cheering him for making it but he was faced with…