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…
Omdahl: A governor may be most difficult office…

  By Lloyd Omdahl Speculation on the 2020 gubernatorial race has already begun and, for the incumbent, it looks more like a walk. There is no use in making a charade out of the whole thing so let’s put the…
HAT TIPS: What a gosh darn cowboy likes….

Hello, I’ve got a friend that’s a heck of a good cowboy. He can pick up a rodeo, calve a bunch of heifers, get his hay put up, and put a good handle on a broncy colt. When he was…
OMDAHL: ROKU brings Country-Western music back…

By Lloyd Omdahl Whenever my son comes with a black box, I know I’m going to be pressured into a new electronic gimmick the learning of which, considering a human’s normal lifespan, can’t be amortized in my schedule. And I’ll…
HAT TIPS: Horse racing alive and well….

  Hello, I know many of you will find this hard to believe, but once upon a time, far, far away, I was a jockey. Really! A jockey. Now that was not only many years ago, it was many pounds…
OMDAHL: Is nationalism idolatry?

By Lloyd Omdahl   “All Nationalism Is Idolatry” blared the headline of an opinion paper in California, arguing that “the Christian scriptures contend that all allegiance to the God of love is paramount, and yet all modern (and ancient) nation-states…
HAT TIPS: Don’t care much for fireworks….

  Hello, I don’t care much for fireworks. I don’t know if I ever really did. Seems like a lot of money to put up in smoke. And besides that, living just a couple miles out of town makes it…
OMDAHL: “Daddy, I’m in the water.”

  By Lloyd Omdahl     “Daddy, I’m in the water.”   “I am, too, Sweetie.”   “But my face is in the water and I can’t breathe.”   “I’m covered with water and I can’t even move.”   “Where…
OMDAHL: Does the white man have no shame …

  By Lloyd Omdahl   Does the white man have no shame? Our consciences ought to be enraged by the effort the state is making in relation to oil that belongs to the Three Tribes under Lake Sakakawea. But before…