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Dr. Steve Hoffbeck

  • Modern-day people usually don’t know much about oxen, unless they refer to someone as a “big ox,” or being “strong as an ox.” Some might know about Red River oxcarts or maybe Babe the Blue Ox’s statue in Bemidji.
  • In the deep past, a bamboo cane pole was every kid’s “starter” rod, an introduction to the lifetime sport of fishing. Little line-tangling, lots of panfish nibbling, much bobber-watching – all the delights of angling. On this date, in 1903, an article in the Cooperstown Courier compared the qualities of a cane-pole made of bamboo, imported from Japan, to those of an old-fashioned wooden pole made of hickory, ash, hazel or willow.
  • If you drop a silver quarter onto a hard tabletop, a pure metallic ringing will arise, pleasant to the ear, a brilliant tone. Where have all the silver…
  • The Cannonball River got its name from the stones found in its waters and along its banks that are so round and smooth that they “greatly resemble cannon…
  • A silk crisis came to America in the summer of 1941. That was the time when Japanese military-forces took total control over French Indochina, and the…
  • If you have ears to hear lively music, you know the almost-magnetic attraction of ragtime.Ragtime has syncopation. It has energy, it has off-beat notes,…
  • The ski industry in North Dakota has experienced many “ups and downs.” Currently, there are three ski-areas in the state – Huff Hills near Mandan;…
  • Emma Kelly was quite an adventurous person, for she was among the first women to endure the extreme conditions of the Alaskan-Klondike gold-rush in 1897.…
  • Every human society needs rules and laws. But always there will be lawbreakers who violate those laws. Crime brings punishment. In North Dakota, criminals…
  • On the night before D-Day in World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower visited with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division at a staging-base in…