It has been a few years since I’ve regularly written a column for the newspaper, so I thought I would introduce myself to new readers and update ones who used to read it.
A park to honor veterans is taking shape in Grand Forks. Veterans Memorial Park in south Grand Forks will honor veterans of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces. The Grand Forks Park District donated six acres of land for the park near the roundabout at 24th Ave. South and South 34th Street.
My farrier once told me that if he only trimmed the hooves of horses that were ridden, he wouldn't have much business. In other words, a pretty good share of his customers' horses lead lives similar to mine, they spend more time eating and lounging in their pastures than working under the saddle.
FARGO—Gifted to her by God and nurtured by the people with whom he has graced her life, my daughter Ellen has an indomitable spirit. That spirit officially was recognized Friday night when Ellen received the "Indomitable Spirit" award from Make-A-Wish North Dakota at the organization's Wine and Wishes event in Fargo.
The North Dakota Surgery Center plans to open the doors of a new facility in south Grand Forks this summer. The current surgery center on DeMers Avenue, built in 1997, has outgrown its 4,500-square-foot space, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, one of the North Dakota Surgery Center owners. The center houses the North Dakota Eye Clinic and Valley Bone and Joint. Physicians at the eye clinic and orthopedic clinic share a single operating room.
For what seems like an eternity, I have followed the UND nickname controversy and largely kept my opinions to myself. That's because I did not want to become a target of the pro-Sioux nickname supporters' wrath, nor did I want to start a feud with some of my friends and extended family who are among the supporters' ranks. But now I've decided to state my views, because there have been several letters in the Herald in support of the nickname from people who describe themselves as loyal UND alumni.
I was disappointed to see the Herald publish a positive, bordering on adoring, story about the play "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody," which was performed recently at the Chester Fritz Auditorium ("A sexy spoof: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' parody comes to Chester Fritz," Page C1, Feb. 27). The headline called the play a "sexy spoof," and the story went on to quote actress Anna Marie Scheffler saying that the audience could expect to be entertained and "laugh their heads of" at the show. Really? What should people find funny about the show in which Scheffler's character is introduced to BDSM?
For the past six years, besides reporting news and feature stories for the Herald, I have written a weekly personal column, sharing my family, farm and faith life with readers. Today will be my last opportunity to do that. The Herald has made a decision to no longer run my column.
As someone whose grandparents and great-grandparents had last names that included Foley, Sweeney, Kelly and Barrett, I knew from an early age that my ancestors came from the Emerald Isle. My parents encouraged me and my brothers and sisters to be proud of our Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day was always celebrated. In the morning, we were sent off to school wearing something green and with a shamrock pinned on our shirt.
Though the Winter Olympics in Sochi have concluded, we’re still in the thick of the Rural Olympics at our farmstead near Larimore, N.D. Like the Winter Olympics, our Rural Olympics require competitors to be fleet of foot, have good balance and possess nerves of steel. But unlike the brief two-weeks athletes spent in Sochi, our Olympics lasts for at least three months, beginning in November and ending only when spring decides to show up and melt the snow and ice. Challenges One of the most chal