Do you want property tax reform?

I’m trying to put together a column on how Measure 2 and how, even though it was defeated, it really tapped into a strong vein in North Dakota in that lots of people feel they either, A- Property taxes are used to fund too much of government, or B- The property tax system is unfair to some taxpayers and needs reform.

If you’ve got some thoughts on the matter to contribute, hit the comments box and share your opinion.

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Remember me?

You may be wondering where the hell I’ve been.

Almost nine months ago, I stopped blogging. I was simply burned out and could not bring myself to make another post, so I just let this blog sit. Every once in a while, someone would message and say “hey, where are you,” and I would explain that I just wasn’t blogging for the time being.

Well, as you can tell, I’m back. And here’s some news of my life:

  1. I’m married.
  2. I joined Twitter: @logancadams
  3. We’re having a baby. The little one is due Sept. 6.
  4. Yes, that’s right, I’m going to be a father.
  5. The whole baby-on-the-way thing kind of overshadows any other news in my life, so that’s where we’ll leave it.

I’m going to try and get back to posting regularly. We’ll see how that goes.

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Last day of singleness

So, holy cow, I’m getting married tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to being married to the love of my life.

But the wedding is making me nervous as hell.

Anyway, wish me luck.

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Go to Fort Ransom this weekend

The Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Festival returns for its 44th year this weekend. This is an awesome festival and Fort Ransom is one of my favorites in all of North Dakota. Here’s the details from the SVACA:

The Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Association is proud to sponsor the 44th Annual Fall Festival in Fort Ransom on September 24 and 25, 2011. Come out for the day and enjoy the fall colors of the Sheyenne River Valley as you drive to scenic Fort Ransom.

About 150 exhibitors will be set up around the town to display and sell their work, with something available for everyone. The exhibits are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free, and you can ride a shuttle, or take a short stroll to downtown, plus take in the beautiful scenery of Fort Ransom.

There will be an art show in Bear Creek Hall Saturday and Sunday, with a wide variety of items on display. There will be demonstrations of various forms of artwork by some of the artists, and also entertainment for kids and adults alike.

Saturday the Standing Rock Lutheran Church Bazaar opens at 10:00 am, and a delicious dinner will be served starting at 10:30 am. Sunday at noon is the Community Club turkey barbeque at the Fire Hall, downtown Fort Ransom. The food court at Stiklestad Park will be set up with food vendors having a variety of items ready to feed hungry shoppers, as well as snacks such as Kettle Korn, lattes, baked goods, and Bavarian Roasted Almonds. The Fort Ransom School PTCC will be serving food Saturday and Sunday in the Senior Center. Downtown, there is the local bar ready and willing to serve food and beverages. The museum will also be open both days to explore, and the ski hill will be offering chair lift rides from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, an exciting way to view Fort Ransom and the countryside in all it splendor! Come and spend a day or two in beautiful Fort Ransom!

Admission: Adults $2, Children 6-14 $1, Preschool Free

For more information contact: SVACA, PO Box 21, Fort Ransom, ND 58033; phone 701-973-4461; e-mail svaca@drtel.net, Web site svaca.org, or RansomCountyND.com. Fort Ransom Tourist Hotline – 701-973-4811.

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Studies give some insight into making decisions, will power and the mind

You may have noticed my blogging has fallen off lately. “Off a cliff” is more like it, I suppose.

The reason for this is my life has been especially demanding lately thanks to family issues, wedding planning, other personal issues and work issues. I’m not going to go into detail. I’m just going to say it’s gotten particularly overwhelming in recent months and I’ve been too burned out to blog.

Anyway, that being said, I was very much intrigued by this New York Times piece about decision fatigue I read today. It’s a bit long, but totally worth the read.

Essentially, it’s about how making decisions and using will power wears on the human mind (and the canine mind, in one study) and how this can erode decision-making skills over time. It also touches on obesity problems and business management. I can’t really do it justice in a summary, so I’m just going to tell you to check it out for yourself.

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Benefit Friday for Wayne Fylling of Jamestown

A benefit for firefighter and veteran Wayne Fylling, Jamestown, will begin at 5 p.m. July 29 at the All Vets Club, 116B First St. E.

The benefit is being sponsored by the club, local firefighters and the North Dakota National Guard’s 817th Engineer Company (Sapper). All proceeds will go to helping Fylling with travel and medical expenses incurred after extensive surgery.

 The event will include a dinner and silent auction. Admission will be $8 for anyone age 12 or older, $5 for children younger than 12 and $20 for a family of four.

To donate an item for the silent auction, drop it off at the All Vets Club. For more information, call 252-8994.

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Storm video from Saturday night (lots of lightning)

There’s a big storm north of Jamestown right now. I posted a video of the lightning as seen from southwest Jamestown.
This link should take you there.

I’ll also try to embed it below. It’s not as easy as usual as I am posting from mobile. Let’s see if it works.

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Law & Order: Jamestown

My fiancée has had some trouble in her garage with a mouse getting into the birdseed and making a mess. So we put in some poison and discovered tonight it had been effective. Morgan disposed of the deceased, but first she had to have a bit of fun with the mouse and a piece of chalk.

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I realize it doesn’t look like a perfect outline of a mouse, but Morgan isn’t the kind of girl who’d want to touch a mouse.

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UPDATED: It’s almost like prohibition is slowly returning to Minnesota

It looks like a new unseen consequence of Minnesota’s government shutdown has appeared: many bars, restaurants and stores across the state are running out of alcohol.

According to the Minneapolis StarTribune:

In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it.

Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak.

“It’s going to cripple our industry,” said Frank Ball, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, which represents thousands of liquor retailers in the state.

The Ugly Mug, a popular bar near Target Field, doesn’t have enough beer to get through the baseball season.

There are still plenty of places in Minnesota to buy your booze, but it’s only a matter of time until their licenses need replacing and their stocks dwindle. There are efforts being made to find a solution in case the shutdown doesn’t end (read the article to learn about those) but it’s possible those won’t work. If this shutdown lasts for months, the number of establishments affected could rise from 300 to a thousand or even thousands as their licenses expire.

To all the people of Minnesota: I hope your goverment finds a solution. But, if it doesn’t, just hop on Interstate 94 and come west to North Dakota. We’ve got plenty of alcohol and we’re happy to share.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Anyone who enjoys Miller Lite, Coors or MGD in Minnesota had better stock up while they still can.  

The AP reports that MillerCoors it has to pull its products from bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota because the company’s permit couldn’t be renewed before the shutdown.

This means an entire company’s wares are to be removed from sale because of a failure of leadership in St. Paul and dozens of businesses will be affected. I wonder if MillerCoors is only the first company that will be affected. It may be a matter of time until products from InBev/Budweiser and other companies are cut off. There are also plenty of small breweries in Minnesota that may (let us hope not) have to shut down sales, close their doors and tell their employees to go home.

This is not the sort of thing you want happening during a fragile economy recovery.

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Storm photos

My friend Rick Bohn sent me these photos of the storm that rolled through his area Sunday near Woodworth, N.D.

They are panoramic images created by taking several shots while panning the camera, then stitching them together on a computer with software.

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