Yet more ‘Life on the Outside’ …

I long for baking. It has been over 4 years since I baked anything, and one afternoon helper Monique aided me in making a moist strawberry-flavored cake with buttercream frosting. By Yvonne Stegner Rather than satisfy me, I found my…
Hat Tips: Didn’t like the looks

Hello, To many of my readers, this time of the year is a great time. Pheasant hunting is open, you can blast those ducks that are heading south, and deer season is right around the corner. Coyotes are nearing prime…
Sauce for the Goose but Not the Gander

You can’t trust the voters            The state legislature has been so meticulous at defending the polling place that it has now come up with a system that will disenfranchise a couple of hundred Native Americans because reservations do not have…
Find the Pooh in You

I subscribe to the famous Pooh-ism that procrastinating one’s playtime induces unhealthy stress, so I blow into my little town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, for my bi-annual writer’s retreat. Usually the landscape abounds with vibrant fall colors, but today, the crafts…
Bucketful of Wishes

Sand and seagulls were calling so I hopped on a flight to Fort Myers and tumbled onto the beach a little after midnight. The gulf coast of Florida was a new view for me and I needed one. Michele Savaunah…
“Life on the Outside”

This is my story of living on my own (with help) after living in rehabilitation centers and a nursing home following a life-changing stroke 4 years ago.   By Yvonne Stegner   I didn’t think this day would ever arrive! After…
Pump Your Septic Tank Before Winter Hits

Now is the time to get your septic system ready for winter. Now is a good time to have septic tanks cleaned and pumped, according to a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer. Duaine Marxen Hettinger County Septic…
Poor Lloyd’s Original Almanac

When you get old, everything you open is a can of worms. Politics is never a choice between good and bad. It’s a choice between bad and worse. By Lloyd Omdahl Sometimes, it isn’t even a choice. One-third of North Dakotans…
There is NO justification for measure 3

Dear Editor, I knew it! It was inevitable! Just moments after medical marijuana was approved, the backers of legal marijuana began their push toward legalization. What is wrong with the people of North Dakota? Have they become so anxious and…
Protect you paradise this Halloween

Before demons infiltrated my home, I didn’t understand the importance of protecting my space. At Halloween time I stretched fake cobwebs across the windows and tossed candy into the bags of all the Mermaids and Supermen who scampered up the…
Poor Lloyd’s Poor Original Almanac

When you get old, everything you open is a can of worms. Politics is never a choice between good and bad. It’s a choice between bad and worse. Sometimes, it isn’t even a choice. Lloyd Omdahl One-third of North Dakotans…
Bucket full of wishes

Sand and seagulls were calling so I hopped on a flight to Fort Myers and tumbled onto the beach a little after midnight. The gulf coast of Florida was a new view for me and I needed one. School was…
Community Economic Development Initiative Stalls

“Order! Order!” bellowed Chairperson Ork Dorken as he opened a special meeting of the Homeland Security Committee in the historic ZCBJ community hall. Lloyd Omdahl The town’s 12 electors were giddy with expectation, looking forward to three major economic development…
Sanctify Your Cyber-Space

Long before texts and social media, elevators were the most common place that people would infiltrate another’s personal space bubble. Most oncoming passengers would be courteous and fill the most logical gap in the box with standing room only, and…
Good Reasons to Vote ‘No’ on Marijuana Measure

As though North Dakota doesn’t have a large enough choice of mind-altering addictions, Measure No. 3 on the general election ballot will ask the voters to approve unfettered use of marijuana for general consumption. By Lloyd Omdahl This “recreational” drug…
The School needs your vote

On November 6th, New England Public School will hold a bond election for a General Obligation of approximately $5.6 million dollars. In order to pass this bond, the school needs 60% of the voters in favor of this obligation. By…