The Tempo | NNoTW November 19, 2020

This week’s story is about my Ford Tempo, and this week’s news is about a sensory garden, 1,300 pairs of socks, and a lot of Thanksgiving turkey.  Read on.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | November 5, 2020

This week’s story is about my five-year-old’s newfound interest, and this week’s news is about a newfangled engine, “The Superbowl of Field Reports,” and a ND Nice Facebook exchange about a dog named Rufus.  Read on.

The Assimilation of Canadian Kyle / By Amanda

I can avoid political discussion better than anyone in the universe.  I don’t talk politics with my husband.  I don’t talk politics with my best friend.  I don’t talk politics with my parents or my sister or my in-laws or my mailman or my coworkers or text message polls or random strangers on the street.  I once sat on the floor (I feel like I need to qualify that we were at a desk and chairs) during an acting session of the North Dakota state senate with my boss, a state senator, and still managed to not talk politics.  It’s a gift. [Read on]

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 24, 2020

I took the week off of work after my sons started back up at school so that I could, you know, take a nap or get a pedicure or just sit quietly after months of chaos.  By Friday I had yet to accomplish any of those things, and so my husband suggested that we take a bike ride to Thompson, have lunch (and maybe a lunch beer), and then ride back with enough time for me to give napping another try before it was time to pick up the boys at 3:00. [Read on]

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 17, 2020

I have a Facebook friend who recently started a countdown to the end of what she calls “The garbage fire that is 2020.” If you share a similar sentiment, you are welcome to join me and my Jewish compadres for the Jewish New Year (called Rosh Hashanah), which begins tomorrow night at sundown. [Read on]

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 10, 2020

There is no better time to be a crazypants than during a pandemic.

From homemade masks to homemade hypochondria, if there has been something to obsessively worry about for the past six months, I’ve had it covered. This has been very lucky for my husband, Kyle, who has been awakened from a dead sleep more than once to answer questions such as [Read on, and the news is in there, I promise]

One for my hydro homies / By Amanda

From sun up to about the time when the streetlights came on, my little sister and I spent every moment of our childhood summers outdoors. We’d ride bikes. We’d play at the park. We’d stake out a tiny plot of dirt to plant carrot seeds, which we’d pull up and eat long before they were ready. And when we were thirsty, we’d take a long drink of the crispy-cold water from the garden hose.

That comprises 100% of my memory of drinking water growing up.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 3, 2020

Happy 115th birthday to Northwood’s Iris Westman, who continues to be North Dakota’s oldest living resident!

And Happy September to all of you! In celebration, check out this week’s news – which has a new roof, new street signs, and new backpacks. Read on.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | August 27, 2020

With school starting up again across North Dakota, let’s take a moment of gratitude for the administrators and teachers are working so hard to make decisions that will keep our kids safe.

And let’s also take a moment to appreciate all of the goodness in North Dakota this past week – including a wagon train of buggies, a barbecue competition, and Lunch Aid. Read on.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | August 20, 2020

Did you know that Fargo has been named one of Forbes magazine’s Best Places to Retire?  The reasoning: low cost of living, good air quality, cheaper houses, available doctors, and lots to do.

And did you know that all of the communities in North Dakota are awesome?  Find out why in this week’s news – about silver linings, friendly neighbors, and a hometown hero.  Read on.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | August 13, 2020

Well, shucks!  The Emerado Corn Feed may have been cancelled, but they are still giving away an a-maize-ing amount of free corn this weekend.  Details are in this week’s North Dakota Nice news.  Read on.

Silverman’s / by Amanda

One-hundred-ish years ago, my great-grandfather rolled his peddler’s cart into Grand Forks, North Dakota, decided he didn’t want to pay the tax to continue on into Minnesota, and opened the door to our family’s men’s clothing store, Silverman’s. Here are a few of my many, many, many memories of what it was like growing up surrounded by suits and hangars.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | August 6, 2020

Time to go sunflower chasing! According to the USDA, more than 20% of North Dakota’s sunflowers are blooming – and you can find a map of the best views at ndtourism.com.

But before you go, check out this week’s news – about restaurant bros, Whispering Oaks, and 100,000 masks. Read on.