New and Interesting from NMH

This is logical, right?

This publicly posted Cartoon; from the Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO reminded me of something I mostly practice as a voter. The cartoon strip is called “Pearls before Swine” – by Stephan Pastis. I like the comic strip, and I give credit to the writer.


What I have always believed and practiced, as best I could is as follows.
WE have a right and a responsibility to vote for our representatives and leaders. In a democratic society HOW can we vote, feel good about our vote and minimize the potential of wrong full results in an election. Not easy the way the election process and campaigning is run now days.

You see we also (and first) have a responsibility to learn about the office or position we are voting for, as well as for the individual or individuals seeking this position. This is logical, right?

So, we can read, listen, watch and learn about the candidates running. We can also attend forums or city group meetings; if we have the time and inclination to do so. If we do not or cannot make ourselves do this, the end game is quite simple. Don’t Vote; this or these particular contests.

We would be participating in a wrongful election if we voted blindly. We ethically should not vote exclusively as our neighbor brother or sister does. We need to learn, and then vote our own good conscious. The voting process depends on this.

I feel good when I vote, and I try to vote on every Election. I simply do not vote on the campaigns that I do not understand well enough to enter an honest vote. At least I am not swaying the vote against the logic of the masses, and I feel good about that. I let the informed voters vote on the campaign (which I did not learn more or enough about); and therefore those that I should not vote.

When I was in the 6th or 8th grade, I thought it would be logical and efficient if we simply gave the title or President and Vice president to the top two winners (from all parties collectively). Now I wonder how that would have turned out.

I would like to remind everyone to Read, Listen, Watch “LEARN” and then VOTE. This election we need to get things closer to right than we have in several previous elections. Please Vote.

I was raised on a farm just 6.5 miles from here.

North Dakota

Parshall is a city lying within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. It is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Mountrail County, North Dakota, United States. Its population was 903 at the 2010 census. Parshall was founded in 1914, and is the home of the Paul Broste Rock Museum.

This is Dale Broste, I was raised on a farm just 6 ½ miles SW of Parshall. Dad raised Wheat; in fact Paul did prior to dad. They were known for years as the State Wheat Kings. I always appreciated the work ethic, and basic knowledge I gained from dad, my first and most memorable “boss”.

I was a volunteer on portions of the all-volunteer crew that constructed the Paul Broste museum in the photo above. I had a dump truck and crew collecting granite rocks from rock piles from several area farms (with their permission of course).

The museum is the world’s largest collection of rock and minerals, collected by Paul, my great uncle. Paul also did oil paintings and wrote a few books. The paintings are on display as are the thousands of rocks and minerals. The books are out of publication now.

So if you are ever in the area of central North Dakota and tired of the new oil traffic, or flat prairie, just stop by the museum on the north side of town (right across — due East — from my High School in fact — on North Main Street).

If you would like to let me know what you thought, how the Museum is doing etc, I would appreciate it.  I personally have not bee there in some time.  I hope it is being managed and maintained well.


1.)  I almost forgot.  In the museum there is a stump of a petrified Red Wood tree (about 2.5 ft. tall).  My brothers and I discovered this just SW of Parshall along the Slides (now covered by Lake Sacagawea).  The three pieces total over .75 tons as I recall, and were determined to be more than 3 million years old.

2).  There is also a petrified Dinosaur tooth, found in North Dakota.