HAT TIPS:  Bakken brings ‘lovely’

Hello, It’s cold. But it’s been colder. By Dean Meyer I’m willing to bet that you won’t find a farmer or rancher who would hesitate to tell you that this cold spell is nothing like the ones we’ve weathered in…
Omdahl: Partisan Is a dirty word, locally

In the present acrid climate of partisan politics, it is remarkable that several legislators would even propose partisan elections for North Dakota local governments. By Lloyd Omdahl Sponsors of the measure have had very limited hands-on experience in local government…
Hat Tips

Hello, Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I will say that the half-time show at this Year’s Super Bowl was the worst I have ever seen. And that is an accomplishment that is hard to achieve. By Dean Meyer And…
Dean Meyer: Hat Tips

Good Morning, To a rancher, this is a great time of year. The mailbox is filled with catalogs for bull sales. You know how your mail box fills up around Christmas with catalogs from every place you ever dropped a…
HAT TIPS: Weather hurts your face

Hello, If you watch the news every day, you begin to think that the world is becoming more and more hateful.  You don’t see much good news. By Dean Meyer It seems that “love thy neighbor” has pretty much gone…
Omdahl: Every King Should Have a Moat

Back in the days of the Roundtable, the knights insisted that the king have a moat to be a respected member of the Council of Kings.  Consequently, a tradition grew making moat ownership a prerequisite for being a king. By…
HAT TIPS: Follow the denim leader

Hello,I always wanted to be a cowboy. By Dean Meyer And for a time, I thought maybe I had made it. I was riding saddle broncs, albeit it poorly, roping a bit, riding on roundups and chasing cows through the…
Omdahl: Open letter to the Congress

When President Donald Trump demeaned Viet Nam Hero John McCain, Republicans rolled their eyes and said nothing. Democrats demonstrated political rage. By Lloyd Omdahl When Trump talked about sexually assaulting women, Republicans rolled their eyes and said nothing. Trump dismissed…
HAT TIPS: Bison stir grid memories

Hello, I’m not the biggest football fan around.  I very seldom watch an entire game.  That is unless it’s the Harding County Ranchers junior high team. By Dean Meyer Then I pack up Gramma and travel across two states to…
Omdahl: New Farmers Political Almanac Hits Market

Beginning with this first publication in January, the New Farmers Political Almanac will bring fresh insight into political prognosticating in North Dakota.  By Lloyd Omdahl Since Dave Barry just finished a dubious review of 2018, this is an appropriate time…
HAT TIPS: I like New Years Eve

Hello, Happy New Year!   I suppose, depending on when you get your paper, you are either getting ready for New Years Eve, or getting over New Years Eve. By Dean Meyer I like New Years Eve. But I hate…
Omdahl: A multi-lingual translation

By Lloyd Omdahl A ‘The Night Before Christmas’ Multi-lingual Translation “It vas der nacht before Santa Clausen und all through the housen No noise makin’ by schweinhundt and mousen all qveiten Ooof-ta schmelly foot wearin up by the fireplace hangin’…
HAT TIPS: A Prairie Christmas Story

Hello, Shirley said to write a Christmas story. And when Shirley says, I write. I think Christmas is over by the time you get this, but I’m writing it before Christmas so just bare with me. By Dean Meyer And…
Omdahl: Questions to ponder in 2019

As we engage a new year, our minds speculate about the future. In 2019, will Puerto Rico disappear and turn up next to Australia? Will earth warming hit the ice caps and cause flooding in Omaha? Will any border states…
HAT TIPS: I enjoy looking at pictures

Hello, I enjoy looking at pictures.  Whether they are in an album, on a smart phone, or in book on the coffee table. I enjoy seeing the pictures of families that come on the Christmas cards we receive. By Dean Meyer…
OMDAHL: Forget about impeachment

From the political rhetoric dominating public circles today, it seems that the Democrats are trying to convince themselves that they ought to impeach President Trump with their new muscle in the House of Representatives. That is not a good idea.…
Omdahl: More Boards, Fewer Students

After 11 months of study, the 15-member task force on higher education proposed the addition of two new boards to the present system. At the same time, NDSU Economics Professor Beth Ingrim is pointing to the oncoming drought of high…
HAT TIPS: Remember the Good Old Days

Hello, I’m too young to remember the good old days. I guess they were in the early 1900’s. By Dean Meyer When you didn’t have snowplows and four wheel drive tractors. You didn’t have snow blowers and insulated underwear. You didn’t…