My car was at the dealership a few days ago for routine service. It’s a new model that has all the bells and whistles that are standard on most of today’s cars. I like it a lot, although if I were ever called on to do the simplest of repairs, I’d be lost in the new auto technology world of modern engines and vehicle systems.RELATED CONTENT
The playbill for Saturday night’s first-of-the-season Masterworks Concert Series by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony covered a musical landscape that stretched from the early years of the 20th century to the early years of the 21st. Along the way, the receptive crowd in the Festival Concert Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University was treated to a marvelous performance by a young violinist and a reflective overture inspired by the Red River.RELATED CONTENT
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - It’s hard to fathom in today’s entertainment culture of faux celebrity that at the end of the 19th century a German-born piano virtuoso was a superstar in the United States.RELATED CONTENT
When I travel, I like to visit cities similar to Fargo. That is, cities that are regional centers for retailing, medicine, entertainment, education and the rest of the amenities that help define Fargo and the metro area.
I’ve always been ambivalent about celebrating the new year. I associate alcohol-besotted partying with memories of my childhood, when my father’s family gathered at our house New Year’s Eve for what was supposed to be a family event.
For the past several years, I’ve received requests to reprint a Christmas column I wrote for The Forum in 1988. As in previous seasons, this year I heard from people who have wonderful Christmas tree memories.
All of us will be treated to a holiday reprieve from politics for the Christmas holidays. But until then …RELATED CONTENT
The mini-flap over unpaid book fines at the Fargo Public Library stirred memories of my crimes at the New Britain public library in my Connecticut hometown. I owe ‘em a lot of money.RELATED CONTENT
I’m a fan of North Daktoa’s “Blue Book,” the state-generated volume about all-things North Dakota that is published every two years.RELATED CONTENT
The difference between flooding in North Dakota and Vermont is speed. As devastating as flooding was this year in Minot and Bismarck, the floods were – as most North Dakota floods tend to be – slow-motion events.RELATED CONTENT
Chelsea, Vt. - One of the tragedies of the nation is loss of the rural lifestyle. Even in western North Dakota, where it was assumed until a few years ago the rangelands, buttes and prairies would be rural forever, the industrialization of the landscape wrought by oil development has changed everything, likely permanently.RELATED CONTENT
Chelsea, Vt. - When I started cross-country skiing in the early 1970s at Devils Lake, N.D., I never dreamed I’d be enjoying grandchildren on skis in the 21st century.RELATED CONTENT
Stuff stuffed in the back of the notebook:RELATED CONTENT
A few years ago, I met David Paukert, a photographer based in Michigan, N.D. Like many shooters, Paukert was selling his work at street fairs and other summer festivals. But his was different.RELATED CONTENT
One of the things we track every day at our 9:15 a.m. news huddle is what stories most attracted readers on the Inforum Web page overnight and in the newspaper that day.RELATED CONTENT
CHELSEA, Vt. – My triplet granddaughters are halfway through their seventh year. They are asking questions about God. I love their curiosity, their fascination with the creation around them, their wonder at it all.RELATED CONTENT
Chelsea, Vt. – Logging in the mountain West conjures up images of clear-cutting and barren slopes – great scars on the land, as if made by a giant with a scythe, careless of the damage done.RELATED CONTENT
As much as I like my work, a vacation is a good thing. By the time readers pick up The Forum today, I’ll be enjoying the company of my triplet granddaughters and their mom at their beautiful country home in the hills near Chelsea, Vt.RELATED CONTENT
Every poll I’ve seen shows most Americans favor fall over other seasons. It’s true in some degree for all regions of the nation, but residents of the North pick fall by larger percentages than Southerners.RELATED CONTENT