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Meet the new grammar ‘Superpower’ — North Dakota

January 14, 2018 at 3:00 am

Oh, North Dakota, I have long defended your good name from those who would besmirch it. I always take your side, North Dakota, even though I’m from that much better and prettier state to the east (i.e. Minnesota).When people tell me North D...

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A luncheon truce: Keeping the lines of communication open between left and right

January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm

In a week when the political left and right in this country were pulling apart like the two halves of the San Andreas Fault, I found myself breaking bread with a liberal from California.Our “Mission Impossible”? To try to bridge the gap tha...

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Rounding up 2017’s last best

January 07, 2018 at 9:30 am

Good News comes in waves to the Inter Lake. I’m kicking off 2018 by catching up with the last best of 2017. Thanks to all who call, email or write us to help create the good news you’ll find in this biweekly column … and keep it coming in t...

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Trump’s year of living dangerously

January 06, 2018 at 8:54 pm

The Associated Press delivered its traditional Top 10 list last month and while the choices actually made more sense than usual, they were particularly antiseptic — as if the AP were afraid to give context to the stories.What was missing, i...

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A reminder to live each day with purpose

December 31, 2017 at 3:00 am

So here we are at the threshold of a new year once again — out with the old and in with the new. With 2018 just hours away it’s customary to pause and remember, whether with joy or sadness, what has happened over the past year.It’s been a m...

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COLUMN: A finger in the dike holding back the fake news

December 30, 2017 at 6:41 pm

I took a rare shift as news editor last Saturday, which gave me an unexpected chance to put my finger in the dike holding back the flood of fake news caused by those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome. As I was sifting through the As...

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Gratitude for good tidings

December 24, 2017 at 3:00 am

One might think it’s a stretch to come up with 26 “Good News” columns in 2017 ­— a year run rife with national and international humanitarian and environmental crises, terrorism, war, poverty, divisive rhetoric, political dysfunction, compl...

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Christmas memories are forever

December 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Probably my earliest memories revolve around Christmas Day on Kennedy Drive in Waldwick, New Jersey, where my older brother Angelo got all the cool presents and I just got to break them! That was in the late 1950s, so there was a mix of spa...

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New trend is raising eyebrows

December 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

Beauty trends are a fickle thing. They come and go, from the beehive hairdo of the 1960s to the body piercing fettish of the ’90s and beyond.If you’re up on your beauty advice, then you know all about Christmas tree eyebrows. Yes, you heard...

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Swamp critters target Ryan Zinke, but I’m betting on the SEAL

December 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

If anything speaks authoritatively on the partisan mess that is Washington, D.C., it is the vilification of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, seemingly the left’s favorite target after President Trump himself.Just last week, former government ...

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