Kim Fundingsland

Wicked Days in Dakota

Wicked Days in Dakota

North Dakota’s capital city of Bismarck took grew out of some of the wickedest days in frontier history. The Northern Pacific Railroad, advancing from the populated East, made it as far as the Missouri River. It was there that Edwinton, later renamed Bismarck, was...

Wicked Days in Dakota

Angling Ambition

He’s been in the fishing tackle business for 14 years, yet he’s only 22 years old. Peter Olson of Washburn grew up in a family with a love of all things outdoors – fishing, hunting, camping. He started making his own fishing lures at age 8 and still does today...

Wicked Days in Dakota

True Tale from Dakota Territory

A story that captured the attention of newspaper readers all across the United States had an unbelievable ending in North Dakota, then Dakota Territory. The year was 1877, one year after the defeat of Lt. Colonel George Custer and five companies of the vaunted 7th...

Wicked Days in Dakota

There’s Always Tomorrow

When does Spring arrive? Seems like the answer is always tomorrow, but then I’ve grown accustomed to disappointment over my many years in North Dakota. I enjoy the changing of the seasons, others do too, but my patience is quite limited when it comes to Spring. It’s a...

Minot AFB Curlers One of a Kind

Minot AFB Curlers One of a Kind

All Military Curling League That “funny” sport is proving to be great fun for Minot Air Force Base personnel.“We have a special position as the only recognized military curling league in the United States,” said Wesley Mason, MAFB league coordinator for the Minot...

Wicked Days in Dakota

A Risky Splash

Several years ago, I was the key instigator of an incident that still wakes me up some nights. Not in a cold sweat or turn-on-the-light fear, but rather with a chuckle and a laugh. However, the incident which I am about to reveal placed me in a situation so precarious...

Wicked Days in Dakota

Dogsitting Riley

I volunteered for the task, like it too. But it has come with some interesting moments. Perhaps some are too interesting. Maybe that’s why I keep doing it. I am referring to my adventures as a dog-sitter. Not just any dog, but Riley, a Brittany spaniel that is quick,...

Wicked Days in Dakota

Clever or Quirky, Wise or Weird…Hmmm

Lest you think I fell off a dock and hit my head on my fishing boat, it is with complete honesty that I am about to freely reveal, in complete detail, precise facts of a very important and personal nature. I have not been coerced, am not under the influence of drugs...

Wicked Days in Dakota

The Old Blue Coat

Several years ago, when I was still riding with Company M, U.S. Army 7th Cavalry memorial regiment, I became friends with one of the older members of the unit. We were both very interested in the frontier military, and each had a collection of artifacts and...

Wicked Days in Dakota

Talking Tennis Ball

I know what you are thinking, this guy must have hit his head in a foiled attempt to leap the net. There is no such thing as a talking tennis ball. True, to my knowledge, but since you’ve already been lured in by a catchy headline and are curious about my sanity, at...