Soccer is a sport worth watching

As someone who spent nearly a decade watching sports for a living, I can tell you without pause that if you like sports at all, you should be watching World Cup soccer.

Now, first off, I won’t call it football. It may be football to the rest of the world, but here, to all of us, it’s soccer.

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A dog’s retirement home

Almost a year ago, we decided to get another dog. Not in the traditional sense either. Only nine months after we had adopted Noodle, our schnoodle puppy that some of you may have read about in previous columns, we “adopted” Donovan, my sister-in-law’s 13-year-old chiweenie. Sarah likes to call our home his retirement home.

Don is a military dog. Sarah’s sister was reassigned to Washington, D.C., for training, and the place where she and her daughter would be living wasn’t set up for pets.

On top of that, she is scheduled to be transferred overseas this year, which made it nearly impossible for her to keep Don without jumping through some huge hoops. So she turned to us, knowing all the moving combined with Don’s age wouldn’t work for him.

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Man injured in Dickinson trailer park shooting incident

A shooter is still at large after a 41-year-old man was shot early Friday morning during an attempted burglary at a Dickinson trailer park, the Dickinson Police Department reported.

According to a police statement, an adult male, who concealed his face and was armed with a “long gun,” arrived at a camper being used as a permanent residence at Heather’s Villa Trailer Park at the 1100 block of Third Avenue West. The suspect demanded money and drugs before firing a number of rounds into the camper after a brief altercation at the doorway.

The suspect “quickly fled the area on foot,” according to a police statement.

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Meth lab busted: Drug was made in cooler at Relax Inn

Photo by April Baumgarten
Emergency responders carry a cooler allegedly used as a methamphetamine lab from a room at the Relax Inn in Dickinson on Thursday, where a couple was arrested for cooking the drug.

A man and a woman were arrested Thursday after allegedly making methamphetamine in a Dickinson hotel room where they had been staying.

Dickinson Police were alerted to the situation after owners and the manager of the Relax Inn confronted the two people, whose names were not immediately released, about reports of suspicious activity happening in the room. Eventually, the owners contacted authorities.

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Obama visit nice, short of what was needed

President Barack Obama visits with young Native American dancers on Friday during the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration in Cannon Ball.

President Barack Obama’s visit to North Dakota and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Friday may have been historic, but it was also everything we imagined it would be. It was short, sweet and about as basic as it could have been.

When Obama speaks, he tends to go one of two ways. Either he’s bold, authoritative and makes memorable statements, or he plays it safe and speaks to his political base. He went the latter route in his visit to the reservation, which wasn’t surprising. Obama didn’t take much of a risk coming to Standing Rock.

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Drowning in Spring: Large swatch of southwest cropland left unseeded due to wet season

A farmer sprays a field south of Dickinson on Thursday. Some fields in southwest North Dakota are in the stage where farmers can spray them. Other potential cropland is still waiting to be planted — as much as 25 percent in Hettinger County.

MOTT — As much as 25 percent of cropland in parts of southwest North Dakota remains unseeded due to wet conditions that have lingered since late May.

Duaine Marxen, the North Dakota State University extension agent for Hettinger County, said Wednesday the cropland that is seeded is doing well, but unplanted ground will be difficult for farmers to even access without a significant drying-out period.

“In order to get that last 25 percent done, we’re going to need a week, a week and a half, and it’s gotta be warm and dry in order to get it in,” Marxen said.

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It’s all worth it in the end

Four years ago this July, one of my best friends convinced me to go to the bar with him on a Wednesday night.

Back then, I was the newspaper’s sports editor, and Wednesday was one of my days off. I remember it had been a particularly draining day after 18 holes of golf and a long workout. I didn’t really feel like going out as that summer had been busy and, at times, exhausting. So I was looking forward to a night of relaxation alone in my apartment, watching some TV, sipping on a beer or two and enjoying some alone time.

But my friend made a pretty solid case and no one else either could or wanted to go out with him, so I tagged along for what was expectedly a pretty slow night on the town.

I can’t imagine my life today had I not gone out that night. That was when I met a beautiful girl with red hair and big blue-green eyes named Sarah.

Yesterday, I married her.

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