FATHER KNOWS LAST The Rivalry is Over
The North Dakota State Bison continued their run in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs by defeating the Montana State Bobcats in Bozeman this afternoon. Many of us are excited by the Bisons success in t... Posted on 12/4/10 at 10:47 PM
It was bitterly cold outside the other night at my lake cabin, my reluctance to close it up for the winter now edging into the second week of December. Outside, great pillows of snow adorned the cluster of needles on the pine trees.
When I devoted part of my column last week to the tragic death of Chad Johnson, I had not intended a follow up. But on Thanksgiving week, you readers in your words to me that even in the pain of the passing of someone we cared for, we give thanks that they touched our lives.
I arrived at my cabin late Wednesday afternoon with darkness about to descend. But before heading back to Grand Forks last weekend to take in the UND-Duluth hockey games, I’d stacked my fireplace with kindling. I had it ready for a strike of the match to bring instant warmth flowing through the cabin.
A visitor showed up in the yard at my cabin Wednesday afternoon, small, dark and uninvited. Turns out that some play time in the yard with my cocker spaniel mix Lena and I turned nasty in a hurry, thanks to the visitor.
It’s a pretty simple life at times when you’re a long-time cabin owner in northwest Minnesota. The facts of life dictate that when ice begins to form on the lake, it’s time to pull the boat and dock out of the water and call it a season.
The people have spoken, at least about two dozen of you. In response to my column of a week ago regarding whether the University of North Dakota needs a nickname to replace the Fighting Sioux, the answer is a resounding no.
As you read this, we’re halfway through a weekend college hockey series in Grand Forks between the Vermont Catamounts and the North Dakota No-Names.
Very few know what a catamount is and even fewer of us have a clue whether UND will ever have a nickname or mascot again.
For starters, it’s comforting to be back in touch with you after my five-month vacation from column writing for the Herald expired. As I enter my ninth year of this column since my retirement from the Herald, I’ve come to miss the give-and-take conversations between us when I take my annual writing vacation.
As I considered topics for my next-to-last column for the Herald until next fall, a theme that kept popping up was change or even a lack thereof. What certainly is lacking is a change from winter weather to spring that would then leapfrog us into glorious summer.
Last week I received an email from pet search service Petfinder.com about a cocker spaniel mix dog available right here in Grand Forks, shockingly enough. Within a day, I was the proud owner of a female spaniel mix. In memory of Ole, I named this dog Lena..
Let me start this off by saying that in my playing days in NCAA Division III hockey, I was a goalie. So in any game I watch, at any level of play, I pay particular attention to goaltending on both ends of the rink.
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