Red River flooding shows broken US flood policy.

Red River flooding shows broken US flood policy.

Freezing temperatures are locking up water for now and the Red River’s level is dropping at Fargo, but may climb yet again next week. Here’s an interesting piece from the NY Times contrasting Grand Forks, which suffered $1.5 billion in damages in 1997 and...

Detailed list of spending in the federal stimulus bill.

Detailed list of spending in the federal stimulus bill.

From Probublica.org, a detailed budget. Looks like the House will pass this today pretty much in this form. A couple of highlights: Nearly $16 billion for Pell grants and $3 billion for National Science Foundation programs. I’m very disappointed in the...

Bad economic times.

Bad economic times.

This NY Times video piece on how three small businesses in that region are weathering the economic downturn really spoke to me. You can see a certain pain of responsibility and worry in the owner’s faces. I knew running LRRD wouldn’t be easy, but this...

Museums, grant writing, record rainfall in St. Louis.

Museums, grant writing, record rainfall in St. Louis.

We’re super busy these days–Cara and I are mostly working on resubmitting an NSF grant due in early January. We have collaborators at SIUC and a few other universities. This photo is typical–it’s such hard work, and has consumed many of my...

NY Times article on US state budget woes.

NY Times article on US state budget woes.

Today’s Times article includes a multimedia graphic showing the condition of individual states. This is important to us because we hope to sell to public entities in all those states. A quote: “Frankly, I thought 2001 was really awful,” said Scott D. Pattison,...