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…
My Appalachian style Irish welcome

Kissing the Blarney stone and seeing a fairy or two, were on my wish-list when I visited Ireland last summer, but I never expected a West Virginia-style welcome. Michele Savannah Zirkle My husband and I popped into a pub and…
Measure One To Fight Corruption

With the goal of protecting North Dakota governments from corruption, Measure No.1 has been placed on the November 6 general election ballot as a constitutional amendment. Lloyd Omdahl Initiated by a citizen’s committee, the proposal covers campaign finances, transparency, lobbying,…
Seeking Justice, Fairness in Senate Race

(Oskar and Olsok Thorvildsen, representing the local chapter of the World Association for Fairness, Justice and Equality, exited the elevator on the seventh floor of the state capitol where the Board of Equalization was holding its annual meeting to correct…
ND finances Are a House of Cards

We have the well-plugging fund, budget stabilization fund, abandoned mine fund, highway tax distribution fund, Legacy fund, coal development fund, Center of Excellence Fund and a few dozen more funds listed on the home page of the state treasurer. By…
Thrive by Learning to Unlearn

As a life coach the most common question I am asked by clients involves how to navigate life’s journey as if a detailed map is necessary to travel to the correct destination. By Michele Zirkle A predetermined path; however, assures…
Allow yourself to feel the hunger

Food dominates our list of priorities on any given day. Even when we are swamped with calls and commitments, our stomach gurgles and whines until we give in and toss some spinach to it . . . or a burger…
Labor and Other Neglected Days of Honor

Out of the bitter labor-management conflicts of the 1880s and 1890s evolved what is known today as Labor Day passed into law in 1894. Lloyd Omdahl But it has gone the way of several other holidays, honored more for its…
A prison experiment unlike anything in U.S.

“North Dakota is conducting a prison experiment unlike anything else in the United States.” So says Governing Magazine, a nationwide publication for state and local government officials, in a four-page interview by David Kidd with North Dakota legislative committees and…
The greatest story ever told

• This youth program exists in 80 countries and the United States, do your kids know about it? • Program includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education • Kids build life skills…honesty, responsibility, decision-making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, problem solving…
Firing up the shadows in my belly

A shadow lurks beneath my brow. It scampers, trying to hide from the very light creating it. I long to lasso my dark side and squeeze the wind out of it, but the more diligently I chase the faintness of…