Longtime Forum sportswriter, columnist and WDAY radio personality Mike McFeely resigned Thursday to take a position with KFGO radio as an afternoon talk show host.
KFGO officials said “The Mike McFeely Show” will debut on AM 790 May 26.
There is a timeless adage that suggests people say drunk what they’re thinking sober. The idea is that booze works as a courage-booster, encouraging people to say things aloud they normally don’t have the guts to utter.
I have only a few precious minutes to write this column. The materials have arrived so I can hermetically seal my office at The Forum – plastic wrap, duct tape and a 5-horsepower antibacterial vaporizer should do it – to ward off the scourge known as the swine flu.
Fargo voters will be asked to approve a flood protection tax in June. City leaders have decided to see, in the wake of the Flood of 2009, if the people have the stomach for a half-cent sales tax that would live 20 years and raise $200 million. The proposal needs a 60 percent super-majority to pass.
If Fargo’s city fathers (and mothers) are as smart as we think they are, they’ll get their proposed flood tax before the voters while millions of sandbags and miles of clay dikes are still lying around.
The Red River’s second crest has come and gone, cleanup talk dominates Fargo-Moorhead, and media outlets are falling all over themselves to promote post-flood celebrations. All sure signs our lives – at least here in town – have taken a giant leap toward something resembling routine.
Even the rubes are ticked off, which means North Dakota State football coach Craig Bohl is facing the biggest crisis of his successful tenure in Fargo. A gang of drinking and driving players has that effect on a coach’s career.
Doug Peters is not a glass-half-full kind of guy. No, his glass is overflowing and spilling all over the floor.
So when the Minnesota State University Moorhead athletic director says the odds are 50-50 that the Dragons will add an NCAA Division I hockey program – both men’s and women’s teams – you have to take it with a smidgen of salt. What’s he going to say – that there is no chance?
Paul Young’s basement is ruined, victimized by 6 feet of water that poured in when Red River floodwaters inundated Oakport Township in Minnesota. That includes the bedroom of his 12-year-old daughter, who adores horses.
It is the longest of long shots – peace in the Middle East might be a more modest goal – but now is no time to step on the big dreams of Minnesota State Moorhead. You go, Doug and Edna, and let’s see where this nutty idea takes you.
The big-time politicians are coming out of the sandbags now to help, which is funny because for 12 years many of them pretty much ignored Fargo-Moorhead’s pleas for permanent flood protection. We should feel very fortunate our cities didn’t go underwater before these self-serving gasbags answered the wake-up call.
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