North Dakota Legislature

Transgender man testifies against two controversial bills relating to transgender community Speaking with confidence, wearing a reversed ballcap and the blue, pink, and white colors of a trans flag weaved through his belt loop, Parker Leigh took the podium in a Capitol hearing room Jan. 24 and read from testimony on the phone he held. Several bills relating to transgender […]

Tourism day brings young faces to the Capitol


Marsha Lembke, the legislative tour guide for the legislative council, led several tours of the Capitol on Jan. 25 for Tourism Day. “ T h e main reason I like guiding tours is to let the people of North Dakota see their building, their home” said Lembke moments before a tour group of high school students from Watford City arrived […]

Legislative Reports

Senate business I was thankful to see many constituents here in Bismarck this week to testify before committees on issues they care about. That is the best way to make a difference, to tell the why, how and where of a project or issue of concern. Some of these were in the agriculture committee where I introduced SB 2279 dealing […]

The Browne Report

The joy of clutter In an announcement guaranteed to spark joy in the hearts of everybody suffering guilt over their messy house, decluttering guru Marie Kondo has announced she’s given up the battle against clutter after having three children. “I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me,” Kondo said. “Now I realize what is […]

Help save wild horses


There is nothing more romantic in the lore of the Wild West than horses. There is no American West, or nostalgia of the old west without horses. Horses are, were and as far as we are concerned still are the American West. Of course wild horses aren’t native to the United States or even North America for that matter. They […]

Political Cartoon

Turning back the clock

60 years Barbara Bjerke was named Homemaker of Tomorrow in the Hoople high school. She achieved the highest score in a knowledge and aptitude test that was given to all senior girls. The state Homemaker of Tomorrow received a $1,500 scholarship by General Mills. Dr. Harold Blanchard of Langdon, formerly of Grafton, was the winner of the distinguished service award […]

Who’s to say

~ Thinking outside the box

In a way it’s taboo for writers and editors of newspapers to comment on abortion. It is sort of the scarlet letter of the industry. Unless you are of course lambasting the pro-life movement, a term that is even discouraged by most newspaper pundits as a phrase not to be published. Being a man I generally try to cautiously avoid […]

Days Gone By

This Record file photo from Dec. 7, 1972, shows these four persons present when Gov. William L. Guy signs a proclamation declaring the week of Dec. 2-9 as “Civil Defense Preparedness Week.” Seated are Mrs. Wesley (Norma Morgan) Sather, Grafton, Civil Defense chairman, American Legion Auxiliary, and Guy. Standing from left are Ronald D. Affeldt, state director, North Dakota Civil […]

Around the County

Dates to remember Feb. 22: Private applicator recertification and certification, Park River City Auditorium, registration 8:30 a.m. March 1: Private applicator recertification and certification, Park River City Auditorium, registration 8:30 a.m., program 9 a.m. March 2: Private applicators recertification, via Zoom at 9 a.m. March 13: Private applicator training, Park River City Auditorium, registration 8:30 a.m. program 9 a.m. Private […]

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