Uffda. It is rough being a faculty member and researcher at a university 70 miles from the northern border and in the middle of the country. On a good day, we have about 645,000 people in our state, generally in the spring and fall during planting and harvesting, respectively. We are blessed with winter storm warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings on the same day. I have seen it as high as 103 F and as low as -47 F (no, that is the air temperature not the dreaded added wind chill). But, we have money, lots of it according to my colleagues in many other states. \n\nNow the jokes about being at the University of North Dakota are less and the realization that we have an expanding University with increasing salaries is becoming recognized. We just hired two new faculty members in our Department, each of whom is getting a competitive package. Now the jokes at national meetings about whether we have electricity and indoor plumbing are less frequent and as colleagues complain about salary cuts, I can proudly add that we are getting raises this year and next year. All of a sudden many of my colleagues at other institutions think it isn't so bad being at UND. \n\nIn August of 2006 on the cover of The Scientist was a picture of a wishbone, with those of us in the Northern Plains getting the short end of the wishbone. (The Scientist, 20(8)2006). An article in that publication noted that there were significant inequalities in science funding and alluded to researchers in our region having a significant reduced ability to acquire funding to further our research endeavors. One of my fellow faculty members was quoted as saying in reference to faculty at the University of North Dakota competing with major players, "They've got tanks for weaponry, and we've got BB guns." Now I guess we have the financial capacity to keep our institutions of higher education in a growth phase, to keep faculty, and to have faculty raises. My how times have changed.