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Fort Abercrombie

Discovering Interesting Ancestors

I owe it to my wife and mom that I have developed an interest in ancestry. I’ve always wanted to trace my family tree, but thought I didn’t…

Strange Lands Episode 4

Strange Lands, Episode 4: The Oscar 7 Event

In the early morning hours of October 24, 1968, two alarms sounded in the Oscar 1 Launch Control Center. The alarms were OZ, outer zone, and IZ, inner…

Missing Person Kevin Mahoney

Update on One of Fargo’s Oldest Unsolved Missing Persons Cases

Despite a denial by Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson in February, 2015, news coverage since that time suggests the murder of NDSU Student Tom Bearson is becoming a…

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

On September 11th, 2001, terrorists attacked America when they flew hijacked commercial jets into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in…

Strange Lands Podcast, Episode 2

Strange Lands, Episode 2: The Disappearances at Flannan Isles Lighthouse

In ancient times mariners returning from sea were guided to port by fires built on hilltops; the elevated light serving as a point of reference for landings which…

Strange Lands Podcast: Episode 1

Strange Lands, Episode 1: The Horror Legend Forged in a Volcanic Winter

1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. Observers in all parts of the globe reported cooler than normal weather, a dry fog that would not dissipate…

Strange Lands Podcast

Strange Lands Podcast Has Launched

The Strange Lands Podcast is up and running. Weird history, astonishing mysteries, and little-known tales of the unexplained. Check out a sample podcast, Episode Two: The Disappearances at…

Old Marmarth Road

How an Algorithm (and my stupid mistakes) Made Me Unemployed

This is embarrassing to write. It is confessional, and probably overly personal. In a time when there’s always someone ready to call you an idiot when you fail,…

A Haunting: Psychic Medium Weighs In

Stories about the happenings in my home have been pretty rare the last few years. We’ve learned to live with it, but a recent email from a medium…

Blackberry Smoke

Review: Blackberry Smoke “Like an Arrow”

Blackberry Smoke is a Georgia southern rock band I discovered a few years ago when I ran across their concert video “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, and I’ve…

Lasiurus

A Vampire Apocalypse?

While the the title of this short film, “Lasiurus,” leaves a little something to be desired (What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?) the film itself…

Will Smith as Neo

That Time Will Smith Almost Became Neo

Just about every movie you can think of once had someone else cast in the lead role, only to have the part go to someone else who became…

Rise

Short Film Friday: Rise of the Robots

David Karlak ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $38,000 to film his proof of concept short film, Rise. The plot description reads, “In the near future, sentient…

Johnny Cab

Say Goodbye to Your Uber Driver

We are in the first days of a revolution in transportation and your Uber driver’s days are numbered. It’s no secret that Google has been developing self-driving vehicles…

Saturdays with Stephen: 58 King Adaptations Ranked

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our time, and also one of the most successful in terms of having his works adapted for the…

7 Canadian Artists Virtually Unknown in America

Growing up in North Dakota, I got a heavy dose of Canadian music in my youth. Canadian artists like Loverboy and April Wine made frequent swings through North…

Why This Back to the Future Set Looks Familiar, and Other Easter Eggs

For anyone who has taken the Universal Studios tour, it’s no secret that thousands of films and television shows have been shot on the studio lot, and many…

UFOs Reported Over Las Vegas, July 3rd, 2016

A post in my Facebook feed alerted me to this story. I’ve written about UFOs before, here and here, and this story fascinated me for about ten minutes….

How a North Dakota Meteorite Impact Helped Create an Oil Boom

Did you know North Dakota is home to an ancient impact crater? Geologists, and many in the oil industry, have known about Red Wing Crater for decades, but…

A Haunting: Unlocking the Door

The last installment of this serial, a year and a half ago, was intended to be my last. Living in a haunted house is something we’ve come to…