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…
OMDAHL: Let’s treat everybody like people…

By Lloyd Omdahl The state legislative leadership recently announced that they were going to the people to get suggestions for the use of the interest running into the hundreds of millions generated by our $6 billion Legacy Fund. Thus far,…
HAT TIPS: Newest fad is burger with no meat….

Hello, I’m not sure how this will go. I’m writing on a borrowed computer and sitting on a box. So if somewhere in the middle of this article, I drift off and don’t get it finished, so be it. I’m…
HAT TIPS: I still love to attend county fairs….

Hello, If you’ve been reading my column over the years, you know how I appreciate county fairs. Not the big State Fairs. The little county fairs where you can see who in the neighborhood has the nicest garden, the best…
OMDAHL: We don’t always to the right thing…

By Lloyd Omdahl When Director of Corrections and Rehabilitation Leann Bertsch announced a new “Justice Reinvestment” program to reduce the prison population and cut recidivism, this column hailed the program with a quotation from Governing, a magazine for state and…
HAT TIPS: Sometimes it pays not to keep records….

Hello, You can feel the fall in the air. Oh, I know we’ve had some hot days. And the summer thundershowers have been rolling through the Dakotas at a pretty steady pace. But the nights have been cool and we…
OMDAHL: Having more votes than voters…

By Lloyd Omdahl Chairman Ork Dorken scanned the town’s electors gathered in the community hall for the quadrennial testing of the presidential waters with a seminar on voting. “Eleven persons being present, I declare a quorum to do business,” he…
Omdahl: ‘Send Her Back’  brings Emma to tears…

By Lloyd Omdahl Congresswoman Ilham Omar, a Somali-American, expressed some partisan criticism and was immediately trashed by a crowd in North Carolina with the chant “Send Her Back”, indicating that she had no right to be in this country. I…
HAT TIPS: Making mistakes and getting baled out….

By Dean Meyer   Hello, I don’t often make mistakes. Well, actually I do. I’ve been making mistakes for seventy years. Some grievous, some not so bad. I made a mistake a week ago. I figured I was done haying.…
HAT TIPS: There be whales at Whalers Cove….

  Hello, Well, after the fiasco at the airport we did make it to Alaska. Flew into Juneau, then on a floatplane to the fishing lodge. Missed most of the days fishing, but dang sure caught enough fish to get…
OMDAHL: Celebrating a 100th anniversary…

    By Lloyd Omdahl The Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Mill & Elevator will be celebrating their 100th anniversary soon but not before a resurrected band of NPL supporters have toured three gems created by the…
Omdahl: NPLers Celebrating Mill, Bank 100th

The Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Mill & Elevator will be celebrating their 100th anniversary soon but not before a resurrected band of NPL supporters have toured three gems created by the Nonpartisan League in 1919. By…
HAT TIPS: Alaska fishing trip hits big snag….

  Hello, You know I don’t fly a lot. I used to. Once in awhile to a legislative deal, or on an annual vacation. But I don’t really get excited about amassing airline miles on my credit card. Because when…