...Automobile Association declaring Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas the cheapest states for a vacation, I recently flew to the...breezy grasslands gave way to the perspiring corn. In the Dakotas, much of the area Lewis and Clark trod is now at the bottom...

Things to Do
Retirees cut trips, work longer, as stock market drops

...for half of his daughter's new Jeep and planned to buy a new car for himself this week and set off to see Montana and the Dakotas. Now he's home in Atlanta, working on a pared-down budget. "I'm trying to secure what I have left," he sighs...

Farm aid package now expected to top $1 billion

...The Senate earlier this month approved spending $500 million in disaster aid, about half of which would likely go to the Dakotas and Minnesota. With the drought growing worse in Texas, Oklahoma and parts of the Southeast, Congress is expected to increase...

Michaux: Bad decade ending for Georgia hoops

...Tournament for the first time since 2001.That's not that long between multiple bids if you're a sparse outlier state like the Dakotas, Maine, Alaska or Hawaii, but it's a pretty brutal lapse for an athlete-producing hotbed in the heart of the sports-enriched...

Mercury drops as 'polar vortex' blasts nation

...in Georgia and Alabama. Subzero wind chills were forecast up and down the coast, including minus 10 in Atlanta.From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and day care centers shut down."You definitely know when you are not wearing your thermal undergarments...

Zach Johnson looks like David and plays like Goliath

...Salina, Kan., while trying to convince himself he could play this game for a living. He toiled on the Teardrop Tour, the Dakotas Tour and the Prairie Tour.He played four sports in high school because he loved to compete. Johnson started running out...

USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty to SC

...StrikeForce initiative, which already operates in 10 states. The program will now also be available in the Carolinas, the Dakotas, Alabama and Virginia.The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money...

This day in the millennium -- February 22

...Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y. In 1889, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union. In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde was first performed, at...

Vacation ideas come flooding in

...including NYC to see a Broadway play. Interesting places that I like include drives though the Big Sky Country of Montana, the Dakotas, Big Sur, the Olympia Peninsula, Sedona, New England in the Fall, Route 66. I can find beauty, and fond memories, in...

Bill Kirby
Get more oil! What are we waiting for?

...politicians who stand in our way. We have nearly 50 billion barrels of ready oil reserves; the Bakken fields in Montana and the Dakotas may be even more to add, (we use 6,000 to 20,000 barrels a day), and Canada has as much oil as Saudi Arabia -- more...