Nice news of the week – February 20, 2020

Best of luck to the Capital Ice Chips skating team who are on their way to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Providence, RI for the 10th year in a row!  You can learn all about the Ice Chips in this week’s news.

And, while I’m handing out exclamation points:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Williston’s Kristi Anseth, who is one of only five women in the world, and the only one in North America, to receive a L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science award.
  • GOOD LUCK to Minot’s Val Curtis who has earned a spot in the 2020 Olympic trials for women’s marathon and will be competing on February 29 in Atlanta!
  • THANK YOU to everyone who donated on Giving Hearts Day!  A total of 34,565 gave more than $19M this year, shattering last year’s record.
  • GOOD LUCK to the Watford City Robotics Team, who beat out 34 teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Canada to earn a place in the First World Championship Tournament in Detroit, Michigan!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Micah Schlittenhardt and Alexis Thompson, both of Bismarck, who were named the top young volunteers in North Dakota by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!

And speaking of this week’s news, it’s about Zero Waste Week, a Cupcake of the Month, a lifetime of love, and more. Read on.


Kaidra Froelich is only 31 and has beaten brain cancer twice – and she credits much of her recovery to her Good Vibe Tribe. (KX Net) (Facebook)

Students at Bakken Elementary made and donated 20 blankets to Williston’s Family Crisis Center. (Williston Herald)

Last weekend alone, my family went through four bags of trash.  A group of Minoters hosted a “Zero Waste Week” to help raise both awareness and money for local non-profits as to reducing garbage. (KX Net)

There was an empty table at the Annual Mule Deer Foundation Banquet in honor of North Dakota’s last eight fallen soldiers. (KFYR TV)

The Capital Ice Chips is a team of 19 girls ages 13-18, and they have placed every year for the last six years at nationals. (Bismarck Tribune)

Jamestown kids raised $650 in pennies to help kick-off a non-profit to help people struggling with infertility. (Jamestown Sun)

Dads and daughters in Fargo are dancing it up to raise money for Mission Fargo’s Lost Boys Fund. (KVRR)

A Cupcake-of-the-Month deal turned into a $5,100 donation to pay off student lunch fees in Hillsboro. (Hillsboro Banner)

Six people in Fargo slept outside during a blizzard to raise awareness of homelessness. (KVRR)

After the Special Olympics chapter dissolved in Williston, Heidi and Rick Guetzkow started Williston Wonders – a social club for special needs kids and their families. (KFYR TV)

Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is now home to 30 bighorn sheep. (Grand Forks Herald)

The Mathieson Family has not one, not two, but four first responders keeping Minot safe.  And when KX Net offered to bring them pizza family to thank them for their service, they donated it to the Minot Fire Department. (KX Net)

Some of my coworkers recently volunteered for The Banquet in Bismarck, which gives out groceries to families twice a week.  How many groceries, you may ask?  They’ve donated 100,000 lbs since October. (KX Net)

Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people every year, and so Dr. Kevin Urdahl of Jamestown is working on a vaccine. (Jamestown Sun)

The Fargo YMCA is offering free kidney screenings to protect North Dakotans from undiagnosed kidney failure. (KVRR)

This is such a sweet love story that I had to make it the Story of the Week. (KX Net)

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