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Benson: Get out of Afghanistan and see what happens

May 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

In June 2010, the Afghan War surpassed the Vietnam War as the longest American war in United States history. Continue Reading

Column: Upping the odds for humanity

February 27, 2013 in EOT Focus

It’s been a while since we visited the Darwin Awards, which are awarded posthumously (or is that “post-humorously?”) to those adults who, because of the stupid things they do, remove themselves from our gene pool, thus improving humankind’s chances of improvement. Continue Reading

Pony Express: A time to work and a time to rest

February 27, 2013 in DL-Online

Some eyebrows were raised when Pope Benedict XVI announced two days before Lent that he was resigning as Pope as of Feb. 28. After all, when a pope is elected as the “Successor of St. Peter”, the church expects that he will remain in office until his death. Continue Reading

Remembering Grandma Cooper

February 27, 2013 in DL-Online

Sometimes life can be an amazing experience, but just as easily as that it can take a turn and before you know it, life’s throwing you curveballs. Unfortunately that happened to me about a week and a half ago while I was on my cruise in the Caribbean. Continue Reading

Buena Vista trip was fun, but skiing closer to home would be nice, too

February 27, 2013 in DL-Online

So far this winter, I’ve cross country skied and skied with pulling dogs attached to me, but I hadn’t gone downhill skiing. That changed on President’s Day weekend. Continue Reading

Fishing Lines: Still plenty of action after walleye, northern close

February 22, 2013 in DL-Online

This weekend marks the end of the inland water season for walleyes and northern pike. After this weekend you will need to travel to continue chasing those species. Continue Reading

North Words: Kingbirds and flycatchers are admirable birds

February 22, 2013 in DL-Online

A friend of mine recently showed a PowerPoint presentation of his experiences as a helicopter pilot in the Army National Guard and his deployment to Iraq in the late 2000s. Continue Reading

Country Scribe: Four-wheelin’ in the Arizona desert

February 22, 2013 in DL-Online

Last week, a neighbor from back home and a fellow snowbird showed me an adventure I have never before experienced. I was invited to go four-wheelin’ on the Arizona desert. Continue Reading

Column: The tradition of the mystery cake

February 21, 2013 in EOT Focus

“So the cones are the nails? And the cupcakes must be fingers?” Continue Reading

Beaches just aren’t my thing

February 20, 2013 in DL-Online

It’s summer here in Chile, and for the past three weeks, my family has been on a beach kick. Continue Reading