If James Madison of the Football Championship Subdivision has a secret sauce for scheduling an FBS opponent, the Dukes aren’t sharing. After announcing it had secured a 2022 contest with Louisville of the Atlantic Coast Conference, along with a tidy paycheck for $600,000, the school turned down a request from me to interview Kevin White, the associate athletic director of sports programs who handles football scheduling. An athletic department spokesman said JMU prefers to all things scheduling close to the vest.
There was a time not so long ago when Republicans looked at a government bailout as socialism. There was a time not so long ago when Rep. Kevin Cramer viewed farm country’s skittishness over President Donald Trump’s trade war as “hysteria.” And by not so long ago we mean , like, Monday.
Maybe marijuana is the one thing that can bring this divided country together again, uniting the coasts with the heartland, the urban with the rural, the Democrats with the Republicans. If the good folks of North Dakota need to find something in common with the crazy liberals of California or the big-city swamp creatures of Washington, D.C. -- people and regions residents of the Flickertail State seem to view with contempt and distrust -- it might just turn out to be weed.
The message posted to Sen. John Hoeven’s Twitter account July 4 featured a gloriously patriotic photograph of the U.S. Capitol at night, fireworks exploding above, along with the text “Happy Independence Day.” The Republican senator from North Dakota also wrote a sentence about history, heritage and veterans.
Controversial former North Dakota University System chancellor Hamid Shirvani has withdrawn as a candidate for the president’s job at the University of Guam, according to media reports. The Guam Daily Post reports Shirvani told the University of Guam presidential search committee Tuesday, June 5, he will “not be visiting the campus.”
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — This Minnesota lakes country town is swapping burgers. After losing its McDonald’s restaurant this spring, the Park Region Cooperative convenience store/gas station at the south end of Broadway is replacing it with a Burger King. “The Whopper replaces the Big Mac in Pelican Rapids,” said Greg Larson, general manager of the co-op.
All is quiet on the shores of beautiful Star Lake in Otter Tail County. There is no noise from slot machines, no flashing lights from signs, no hum of generators from RVs. The casino proposed to be built on the 4,700-acre lake east of Maplewood State Park, an idea generated by the White Earth Band of Chippewa, is apparently no closer to being built today than when it was first proposed nearly three years ago. But opponents are not resting.
Fargo-based radio host Scott Hennen raised the specter that teen-aged female victims of window-peeper Will Gardner might have “tried to lure somebody in to watch” by leaving their curtains open.
There will be resistance from the usual corners of paragon and virtue, of course, when it comes to legalized sports betting in North Dakota and Minnesota. But it’s coming, and that’s about the safest wager a person could make. And sooner rather than later, according to a couple of local legislators.
Pelican Rapids, Minn. A lake, even at 2 o'clock in the morning with not a whisper of wind and not another soul silly enough to be fishing in a boat, is almost never completely quiet. Loons, for example, are using their silly yodel to call back and forth even when the next sunrise is nearer than the previous sunset. Owls, not unexpectedly given their nocturnal nature, are hoot-hoot-hooting for most of the black night. And Canada geese. Who knew honkers honked to each other at 3:30 a.m.?