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Upside Down Under

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

When an old man dies...

There’s an African proverb that states “when an old man dies, a library burns to the ground. It essentially means that when someone is gone, so is their story.

Posted 12/01/20 (Tue) read more »

Tobacco cans cough up old bucks...

We sometimes hear about  these old hermits who stash money in their mattresses and the loot isn’t found until years after they’ve died.

Posted 11/24/20 (Tue) read more »

The power of alcohol...

Does anyone remember gasohol? Local Farmers Union Oil companies used to sell it as an alternative fuel in the 1970s.

Posted 11/17/20 (Tue) read more »

The return of the fauna...

Somebody took a picture a couple of months ago of a black bear in a sunflower field just south of Walhalla. The photograph was grainy, but there was no doubt it was a bear.

Posted 11/03/20 (Tue) read more »

Cattle drive in Springview...

In the early ‘90s, I got my first managing editor job at the Winner Advocate in South Dakota.

Posted 10/27/20 (Tue) read more »

And, action!...

Over the course of North Dakota’s history, there have only been 11 movies filmed here and most of us should be familiar with at least three of them.

Posted 5/19/20 (Tue) read more »

Cutting the cord on the cheap...

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “cutting the cord” on cable and satellite TV. They’ve become so expensive that people are reverting back to over-the-air television.

Posted 5/12/20 (Tue) read more »

Bring back the league...

Looking through old copies of the newspaper lately, there was an entry in 1980 in which someone was trying to resurrect the Non Partisan League and a meeting was scheduled for a constitutional convention in Rugby.

Posted 5/05/20 (Tue) read more »

Damned if you do and.....

In December and January we get all our seed catalogs in the mail and some of us get around to ordering right away, while others, like myself, procrastinate.

Posted 4/28/20 (Tue) read more »

Unique small towns in our state...

North Dakota has three cities in the Red River Valley that border communities on the Minnesota side. They include Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, Fargo-Moorhead and Wahpeton-Brekenridge.

Posted 4/21/20 (Tue) read more »