Ed Gruchalla and wife, Rennae, (dishing up eggs), at the Scouts pancake feed Saturday in Fargo. Ken Elfstrum's been running this thing for years. It is also where my political career took off a few years back when, while serving him pancakes, Ed asked me, "Are you running this year"? Well, the rest is history. Thanks, Ed...I think!!
Thought former State Representative and retired State Trooper, Ed Gruchalla would appreciate the Highway Patrol Christmas Tree at the Capitol. Also, the big tree in Memorial Hall. Nice! I was in Bismarck for a natural resources interim committee meeting. It's amazing how wind farms instantly turn the oil and coal people into bird lovers! Other than wind we talked about storing high level radiactive waste in ND. I think it's a little spooky...others not so much. What do you think? Sounds like the Feds have a lot of control over the disposal/storage of radioactive material, with some limited input from states. More discussion to come.
John Nelson, longtime asst. principal at Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo, accepting Lifetime Achievement Award for his Mom, Carolyn at the Dem Women's + banquet Monday night, Dec. 11th. Great Mom, Great Son!
Two shots from Saturday's Veteran's Day ceremony of Fargo's Main Avenue bridge. 1-The participants representing several branches of the military. 2-My neighbor, District 44 resident and Army Vet, Linda Whaley. You are awesome, Linda. My modest contribution to the event is setting up a sound system. The group shot is perhaps typical of informal gatherings of veterans across the country. These folks got together to reminisce, have a few beers and watch the Bison trounce USD. Thanks, Vets!
State Senator Richard Marcellais, District 9, which includes the Turtle Mountains and The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation. Senator Marcellais emceed a ceremony October 19th that presented the 5 flags of the ND tribes to the Fargo Air Museum for permanent display. Thanks, Senator.
I was recently in Williston for a legislative interim committee meeting on energy. These shots illustrate that the oil business is alive and well on the Bakken. Notice the several pump jacks on one site. That's new in the past few years. The tall structure is a drilling rig. And yes, they're still drilling new wells.
Again...sorry for the bother as I struggle to upload the movie of a flaring operation, which I apparently can't do right now! This is a night shot, giving you an idea of what it looks like on portions of the Bakken. The bright spots are natural gas flares. The state has taken steps to get the oil companies to reduce flaring but it is a slow go and it continues at a significant rate. Just thought you should know.
Still flaring natural gas on Nodak's Bakken Oil Field? Looks like it. A night shot along with a large flaring operation soth of Ross ND. Lots of wasted energy going up and nowhere in flames
One of the joys of being State Senator; getting invited to the 1 year birthday party @curiouskidsfargo childcare in north Fargo. 1st, a curious kid asking Officer Schock about the new K9 partner, Blue. And 2. With owner Michelle Roeszler. Congrats, Michelle for providing a much need service.
If I could appoint myself to a post in state government it would be Ambassador of Fishing on Lake Sakakawea! Here with my buddy Smokey Temple. And yes, if you're counting the fish, the third in our party, old pal, fishing fanatic and photographer for this shot is Tim Ritter.