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Tuesday 06/09/2015
Privacy, something that died long ago
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:28 am

With the prospect that we may have to sort through as many as 20 potential candidates for president, you no doubt will be happy to know I will not be one of them.

Saturday 06/06/2015
Medora is open
Posted: June 06, 2015 - 3:04 pm

With this being the 50th anniversary season of the famed Medora Musical, a number of special events are being planned throughout the summer.

CTL-ALT-DEL... Please reboot 2015
Posted: June 06, 2015 - 3:05 pm

I’m not sure what happened, but I came to the office and found that five months have somehow skirred through the calendar. However June 1 gives organizations and individuals a chance to restart fresh in case things haven’t gone as planned for 2015.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
It’s not what you can’t do, but you can
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 10:38 am

It’s not what we can’t do but what we can

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Why don’t universities play by the rules?
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 10:15 am

One of the hit songs from the Broadwaymusical, “My Fair Lady”, was a whimsical lament, “Why can’t a lady be like a man?”

Speculators divided over U.S. oil prices
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 10:16 am

Despite the surge in U.S. oil prices, hedge funds are still divided about what will happen next, according to the latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Thinking about being an executioner
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 9:20 am

The young Boston Marathon bomber has been found guilty on every count of the charges against him.

Monday 04/06/2015
Abandoning the comfort zone to achieve growth
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 4:21 pm

"Potential is one of the most wonderful words in any language. It looks forward with optimism. It is filled with hope. It promises success. It implies fulfillment. It hints at greatness. Potential is a word based on possibilities." -- John Maxwell

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Happy to be far away from Israel
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Do you ever try to put yourself in the shoes of others?

Tuesday 02/03/2015
The music sticks when all else fails
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 10:57 am

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I’ll bet you remember that tune.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
A postive spin on the taxes we pay
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 12:01 pm

This is your quiz for this week.

Saturday 01/24/2015
What are we willing to risk for oil fortune?
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 1:51 pm

It’s easy to be excited about an oil boom.

Friday 12/26/2014
The wrong side of history
Posted: December 26, 2014 - 10:33 am

Sen. Marco Rubio has his views, and he’s sticking to them. He fiercely opposes all of President Obama’s initiatives to normalize relations with Cuba.

Monday 12/08/2014
Our first priority is you, our readers
Posted: December 08, 2014 - 10:44 am

What a great pleasure it is to join the Williston community. In my short time here, it has been easy to see and share in the excitement of “Boomtown, USA.”

Friday 12/05/2014
Conceiving God is difficult
Posted: December 05, 2014 - 10:30 am

When you think of God, what sort of being do you conceive? The chances are you are wrong. Even if you were to memorize everything the Bible said about God’s attributes you would be wrong. I do not think it is humanly possible to fully conceive God.

Where will you be when the lights go out?
Posted: December 05, 2014 - 10:31 am

Discussion of the Obama Administration’s proposal for reducing carbon emissions from power plants has mostly focused on the staggering cost of this unprecedented regulation. But a pair of reports out this month paint an even more frightening picture. Not only will your electricity cost more, you might not be able to get it when you need it.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Black Friday revised: It’s Thursday now
Posted: December 02, 2014 - 10:38 am

They just celebrated the biggest recreational holiday of the year here in Fargo, and all across America.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
If they ask a question, just answer it
Posted: November 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

The media has been making a lot of fuss about Nancy Pelosi’s negative reaction to a reporter’s question asking if she plans to step down as leader of the U.S. House Democrats.

Saturday 11/01/2014
A few tidbits from the review mirror
Posted: November 01, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Halloween isn’t my favorite day of the year, but it’s always nice to see the kids have fun running through the neighborhood.

Friday 10/24/2014
Forgetting the Bible's context is forgeting God's word
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 10:52 am

If there is a list of things every Christian is guilty of, taking Bible verses out of context is close to the top. Personally, I have done it more times than I am willing to admit. To borrow from Greg Koukl, if there is one technique that every Christian should learn it is this: never read a Bible verse. To take away the shock value of that statement, more properly it should be said, never read a Bible verse isolated from its context.

Saturday 10/18/2014
Breaking news can be a vicious cycle
Posted: October 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Wednesday and Thursday were a brutal reminder of what the news cycle can do to a staff.

Friday 10/10/2014
Dualism is likely to tell truth of Christianity, but faith isn’t reliant
Posted: October 10, 2014 - 12:03 pm

The University of Southampton has recently released a 4-year study on near-death experiences on 2,060 patients in fifteen hospitals across the United States, United Kingdom and Austria. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is the largest of its kind. These patients were considered dead when the heart stopped beating, and doctors believe that the brain shuts down a few seconds later. Thirty-nine percent of the patients who survived recalled having some sort of awareness after being considered dead. Some could recall vague experiences, and fewer had explicit experiences. Some had a pleasant sensation, others had a dreadful experience like being dragged through water. Dr. Parnia said, “more people may have mental activity initially but then lose their memories after recovery, either due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory recall.”

Wednesday 10/08/2014
A handful of things to be thankful for
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 11:50 am

Of all the organs in our complex bodies there are only two that are superior to those of all other animals -- our brains and our hands.

Friday 09/26/2014
Prayer works in mysterious ways
Posted: September 26, 2014 - 1:07 pm

When tragedy strikes, as Christians, one of the first things we do is pray in a form of a lament or request. We feel strong compassion for the victims of the tragedy. We will even console these victims assuring them that our prayers will be for them.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Brothers Brian and Brent Qvale vying for pro rosters
Posted: September 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Professional athletes are few and far between.

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Norsk Hostfest set to open for 37th gathering
Posted: September 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Before Mother Nature steps in and decides to begin delivering some of that unwanted white stuff, there's one great fall event on the schedule that you should be reminded about.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Football, boards and more
Posted: September 20, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I sit here on Saturday at the office knowing I’m about to spend my Sunday watching football.

Op-Ed: Building strong and safe N.D. communities
Posted: September 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

North Dakota has changed a lot over my lifetime, from the incredible innovation and research we see today in the agriculture industry to massive population growth to the state’s remarkable energy boom. But what hasn’t changed from my early days in Mantador is North Dakota’s commitment to continue to strengthen its communities and make sure folks are safe – values that underscore the work I do every day in the United States Senate.

Friday 09/19/2014
Multiple churches will preserve truth
Posted: September 19, 2014 - 5:19 pm

I’m often asked why are there so many different Christian denominations as if this impugns Christianity.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Can Pope Francis be the religious revolutionary?
Posted: September 16, 2014 - 10:50 am

Is Pope Francis the pontiff that will lead churches into the current millennium, or simply a hope-driven leader who's legacy will be doomed by rigid traditions?

Here’s a potpourri of some thoughts
Posted: September 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

Here’s a potpouri of thoughts for this week.

Dyville, Quale have hand in Miss New York’s 3-peat
Posted: September 16, 2014 - 10:54 am

Headlines throughout New York on Monday no doubt boasted about another three-peat for the Empire State.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Mulligans claim national slowpitch softball crown
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hey, if you can manage a multi-million dollar recreation facility, you might as well take on the challenge of managing a men's slowpitch softball team.

Tuesday 09/09/2014
The Williston Herald will adapt as the city demands
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 2:53 pm

As a city, Williston has been at a crossroad for the past half decade or more.

All about Islam, and beheadings
Posted: September 09, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Mankind has found many creative ways to execute, and none of them seem very (man)kind to me -- or womankind for that matter.

Saturday 09/06/2014
Goodbye isn’t easy, but some more than others
Posted: September 06, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Three years ago today, I had one of the hardest tasks in my life.

Friday 09/05/2014
Despite argument, God is still king
Posted: September 05, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I recently saw an argument to disprove the existence of God that I found quite humorous.

Tuesday 09/02/2014
If it’s bigger is it always better?
Posted: September 02, 2014 - 10:32 am

Let’s think for a few minutes of why we have this mindset that anything big must be better than whatever is smaller.

Saturday 08/30/2014
Two years here, a week away from goodbye
Posted: August 30, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Two years ago today I walked into the Williston Herald for the first time as the editor of the Williston Herald.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Football rule changes protect the players
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

With school starting, it also means the start of football season. This will be my fifth year as a high school football official. While most of the time we as officials get the calls right, there are times we get it wrong. Now when I mess up a call, I can understand the frustration that people feel. While people get mad at the wrong calls, there are time they get mad when the right call is made because of confusion of the rules. 

Wednesday 08/27/2014
For one day, race was not an issue in the U.S.
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 10:23 am

When Pres. Barack Obama was first elected, it was supposed to mark the end of most racial tension in the United States.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Katie Ledecky adds to her collection of gold medals
Posted: August 26, 2014 - 11:10 am

You can bet Kathleen Hagan of Williston was glued to the television and her telephone over the weekend as her granddaughter was doing her thing Down Under.

Saturday 08/23/2014
School’s first day is hard on parents, too
Posted: August 23, 2014 - 4:18 pm

I guess it does get a little easier, with the emphasis on little.

Friday 08/22/2014
One year with the Herald
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 10:34 am

This is my 52nd article for The Williston Herald. I thank you for reading A Positive Mental Note and making it a success. I thank editor David Rupkalvis for saying yes to me when I walked up to his desk a year ago. Many people have said they buy the Friday edition just for my article — I am honored.

Why not bet on God?
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 10:35 am

Why not bet on God? What do you have to lose?

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Wednesday work night set at Old Armory
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 10:50 am

A call has gone out and all those within listening range should take note of a special work night at the Old Armory Theatre.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Masks help us hide what we most fear
Posted: August 19, 2014 - 11:06 am

Robin Williams surprised and saddened the world last week when he took his own life.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Police and fire passed a big test at airport
Posted: August 16, 2014 - 5:07 pm

The Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Department and Williams County Sheriff’s Office got a good test last week when a man chose not to listen to TSA agents and caused a scare at Sloulin Field International Airport.

Friday 08/15/2014
Teacher made a lasting difference in my life, career
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

Today, I write with a heavy heart.

Life lessons for a young man
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 10:28 am

We learn various things in various ways for various reasons. Then there are some things we don’t learn for various reasons. It’s a tragedy that some of these things remain unlearned throughout a young man’s life.

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