The Mike McFeely Mess

A podcast for those who like politicking, fishing, golfing, eating and boozing. And, generally, just talking.

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The McFeely Mess: Sports law attorney predicts college athletes will start getting paid in 5 years

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Mit Winter, a Kansas City-based attorney specializing in sports law, joins podcast host Mike McFeely to analyze this week's monumental U.S. Supreme Court ruling that is sure to shake up the NCAA.

Winter says that in the long-term, the ruling means college athletes will likely start getting paid and that it could happen as soon as five years from now.

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The McFeely Mess: 'I hope we're not trying to save the 8-track tape'

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North Dakota scholar and author Clay Jenkinson joins podcast host Mike McFeely to discuss the state's attempt to shore up its coal industry with hundreds of millions of dollars of state money.

North Dakota lawmakers recently OK'd a $250 million loan to help augment carbon-capture technology, meant to save coal-mining jobs and perhaps position the state to be a world leader in the technology.

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The McFeely Mess: Water temperatures climbing sharply in Minnesota lakes

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Minnesota fishing expert Tony Mariotti joins podcast host Mike McFeely to preview the weekend fishing scene.

The story in Minnesota (and elsewhere) is that water temperatures have shot up with the string of 90+ and even 100-degree days. How is that affecting the bite?

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The McFeely Mess: 'There are 50 million Americans who want to live in an autocracy'

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North Dakota author and scholar Clay Jenkinson joins podcast host Mike McFeely to talk about the future of democracy in the United States — and neither are optimistic. 

Between the millions of conservatives who seem willing to do whatever it takes to keep Democrats from power and the compliant Republican politicians, Clay and Mike think this country is headed for a dangerously rough road.

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The McFeely Mess: When cancel culture came for Rugby, N.D.

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North Dakota scholar and historian Clay Jenkinson joins podcast host Mike McFeely to discuss a piece on "CBS Sunday Morning" of which Jenkinson was a part.

The story takes a fun look at the dispute between Rugby, N.D., and Robinson, N.D., over which town is the real geographic center of North America. Part of the story is that this exercise was not so much fun for Rugby, because it lost an important part of its identity. 

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About the Podcast

A podcast for those who like politicking, fishing, golfing, eating and boozing. And, generally, just talking.

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Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.