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Upside Down Under

By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News

It's the smuggler's blues...

We often hear about drugs or counterfeit products being smuggled across the Canadian border, but the business of smuggling people has been going on since early territorial days.

Posted 4/13/21 (Tue) read more »

State comes of age in 1920...

By 1920, there were 91,000 vehicles registered in North Dakota, which was up from zero in 1900. Today, there are almost 400,000.

Posted 4/06/21 (Tue) read more »

The extended hockey family...

There are approximately 15,000 students at the University of North Dakota and at least 35 of them; players, coaches and support staff, are involved in hockey.

Posted 3/23/21 (Tue) read more »

Working with an old friend...

Once in a while a person stands out and when that happens, I try to write about that individual as a sort of recognition for going above and beyond.

Posted 3/16/21 (Tue) read more »

North Dakota boom towns...

It’s obvious that in the last decade, Williston, Watford City, New Town and Stanley have been boom towns because of all the oil activities that was going on there.

Posted 3/09/21 (Tue) read more »

The disenchanted highway...

Back when the oil boom was building in the northwest, there was a lot of traffic on N.D. Highway 23 between Watford City and Makoti. It started in 2009 and got worse before it got dangerous.

Posted 3/02/21 (Tue) read more »

Can you imagine?...

We often find ourselves pondering the what ifs of the world but we can’t see far enough into that crystal ball to make sense of it.

Posted 2/23/21 (Tue) read more »

Saving community journalism...

In a day and age when newspapers take a back seat to social media, there is hope on the horizon for print journalism and hope for those who support journalism.

Posted 2/18/21 (Thu) read more »

Hanging with Liz...

Because I listen to Canadian radio a lot, I found out that Queen Elizabeth was coming to Regina so I quietly applied for press credentials through the British Consulate in Ottawa.

Posted 2/09/21 (Tue) read more »

Vente de la Louisiane...

We’ve all been taught the history lesson of the Louisiana Purchase and how it, in effect, doubled the size of the United States in 1803.

Posted 2/02/21 (Tue) read more »