Nice news of the week – June 4, 2020

Did you know the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies are performing live every Friday on Facebook?

And did you know this week’s news features an Employee of the Month, a poetry contest for high schoolers, and free ice cream?  Read on.


One of the greatest inventions in the world is the ice cream truck.  In Williston, Susan Elsbernd took her truck to Bethel Lutheran Home to say thanks to the staff and residents with free ice cream paid for by the community. (Williston Herald)

Devils Lake’s Pete Pederson has given over 100 hours of his time to drive groceries to people who cannot leave their homes. (Devils Lake Journal)

Minot’s Papa Johns held a fundraiser to provide 100% of the daily profits to the family of one of their former employees who had passed away. (KX Net)

New Rockford’s Employee of the Month, which is nominated by the community and selected by the newspaper – is Andrew Presnell, the youngest recipient of the award. (New Rockford Transcript)

A cool Hettinger three-year-old named Aakron Raba now has an equally-cool wheelchair swing thanks to Make-A-Wish North Dakota. (KFYR TV)

Jamestown Public Schools is continuing their free meal program to the end of June to make sure families get fed. (Jamestown Sun)

NDSU’s Corso the bison is now home, home on the range. (KFYR TV)

The coronavirus pandemic has led to some really beautiful opportunities to create wedding memories beyond the norm. (Wahpeton Daily News)

In all of this sadness, I think it’s wonderful to see North Dakotans coming together to help one another. The morning after rioters damaged buildings in downtown Fargo, volunteers showed up in force to clean up. (Dickinson Press)

The Minot Chamber Chorale is holding its first-ever poetry contest on the theme “Life & Love in the Time of Covid-19.”  If you know of a North Dakota high school student who loves their way around words, have them enter now. (Minot Daily News)

A lot of bad news surrounding the police lately, but here’s something good: if the police “catch” you wearing a bike helmet in Minot, they will give you free ice cream. (Minot Daily News)

Watford City’s Samantha Jorgenson saddled up for The American, one of the biggest rodeos in the world. (McKenzie County Farmer)

Congratulations to Minot’s Paisley Stanley, winner of the North Dakota PBS Kids Writers Contest!  Paisley just finished the third grade, and you can hear her story on (KFYR TV)

I think it is so kind how the North Dakota community has rallied around the family of Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte. (Grand Forks Herald)

On a personal note, I posted a poem the other day on North Dakota Nice and received so many nice comments from all of you.  I’m always a little embarrassed to share what I write, and your words mean so much to me; thank you.

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