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FARGO - Bill Kiefer and his bay mule made a conspicuous presence at last summer's Cow Town Hoe Down celebration in New Salem. Kiefer, a stranger to most in this farming and ranching community of 951 in western North Dakota's Morton County, gave rides to kids on his mule one afternoon during the annual July festival, which features a parade, street dance, cow chip tossing contest and demolition derby. He raised a few eyebrows when he stopped for a beverage in the beer garden while shepherding his underage rides.
The Iowa-based company says tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of the dog food made at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC. Aflatoxins are chemicals produced by fungi on corn that can sicken pets.
Get ready to see some snowmobiles - lots of snowmobiles. The USXC Snowmobile Race is coming to Park Rapids Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. The race is coming together with the final routes approved this week and a blessing from the Hubbard County Board. Saturday's race will run along Long Lake and into the Hubbard Prairie.
The sequestration the president and Congress put into law a couple of years ago is only days away from going into effect. The consequences for the economy and individual Americans will be significant. And where are national leaders? President Barack Obama is vacationing in Hawaii, getting in a few rounds of golf with Tiger Woods. Maybe the president is advising the golfing superstar about marriage and personal relationships. Congress is on a break so its members can be home to sing their praises to constituents.
"A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground." - Cheyenne proverb Recent debate on the Violence Against Women Act marks what may be a very important stage in improving relations between tribal governments, state and federal governments and the protection of women. The law has been up for re-authorization for five years, and has a few sticking points, mostly around the protection of Native and immigrant women, and gay and lesbian people. Republicans, until last week, had proposed amendments to strip Native American rights and jurisdiction over non-Native perp
Readers frequently tell me that what they like about this column is that it is filled with mostly simple, everyday food that is easy to prepare. There is no better resource for that type of tasty recipes than the community, family and church cookbooks lovingly compiled with tried and true family favorites. One of the best cookbooks I've come across in a long time is Hannah's Heavenly Delights! Hannah Circle of Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis uses the proceeds from the cookbook to fund their many church, community, synod and global mission activities.
"What God has joined together, let no one separate." Mark 10:6-9 I feel compelled to talk about the broken state of relationships in today's society and my hopes for those relationships to be repaired and renewed. This reparation would help adults and children whose lives are forever influenced by their parents' every interaction. After researching our nation's marital statistics, I'm saddened to say that almost 50 percent of today's marriages end within five years.
Oh, no snow! The thick blanket of insulating fluff has undoubtedly put a damper on the ice fishing season. From a proactive standpoint, let's consider the positives. First, snowmobile activity is nearly back to what we might consider "normal" compared to years ago when a good snow base was so common. The trails are well traveled and the gas stations, restaurants and hotels are getting mid-winter business that used to be common-place, but haven't been the past few winters.
The Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hubbard, with "original settlers" arriving to share their adventures. Long Lake Theater will be the site of the step back in time at 2 p.m. when, from left, Ed Bolton, Brian Hobson, Bruce Bolton, Shelly Mahowald and Lisa Davis assume roles from the book "Heyday," Jim Johnson's book on "20 upstart years on the Hubbard Prairie, 1880 to 1900." The day's events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include horse-drawn sleigh rides and sled dog rides. Chili and cornbread will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at Hubbard United Methodist.