Nice news of the week – June 11, 2020

Did you know the Medora Musical opens next Friday, June 19?  It’s the 55th season for North Dakota’s world-famous stage show.

And did you know this week’s news features Knock and Wine, “gushies,” a bucket list birthday treat, and more.  Read on.


Instead of “Ding Dong Ditch,” a group of Watford City-ers are “Knock Knock Wine-ing” people’s favorite snacks and drinks. (McKenzie County Farmer)

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to put something about the protesting in the weekly news.  Protesting in itself isn’t exactly the dictionary-definition of nice – but as a person who belongs to a not-so-beloved group of people (I’m Jewish), one of the many reasons I love North Dakota is that I’ve always felt safe and respected, and like I belong.  I wanted to make sure I had at least one of the peaceful protests in this week’s news because I think the overall message is that North Dakotans care about everyone.  This one comes from Rugby, in which 50 teenagers worked with the local police to organize a peaceful march against racism. (KX Net)

Grand Forks’ Lexus Olson is 10 years old and wanted to buy the police department dinner in honor of Officer Holte.  So she set up a lemonade and treat stand – and ultimately raised $10,925. (Grand Forks Herald)

Speaking of lemonade: Nothing takes better advantage of our – shall we say “enthusiastic” – North Dakota winds like a kite festival. (Williston Herald)

Dickinson’s Beckett Carlson is 7 years old and loves hugs, so his mom made a “gushies” door using a shower curtain, paper plates, and plastic bags so people could come by and give him a squeeze. (Dickinson Press)

Congratulations to Anna Spivey, North Dakota’s American Legion Legionnaire of the Year!  Both an former active duty member and a spouse of an active duty member, Anna has been with Post #98 for 23 years. (Cavalier County Extra)

The Great Plains Food Bank is distributing 700 boxes of fresh produce thanks to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. (Williston Herald)

I know everyone has been pretty excited to get back out on the golf course, so it’s great Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports gave 36 teams a chance to both unpack their clubs and do good at their recent tournament. (KFYR TV)

Minoters have been coming out in force to donate blood in support of COVID-19 recovery. (Minot Daily News)

For her 89th birthday, Gramma Jo was off to the races with a little help from her family and Nodak Speedway. (KX Net)

A mixture of North Dakota and Minnesota Nice: The Bush Foundation has given the North Dakota Council on the Arts $55,000 to distribute, up to $1,000 at a time, to artists struggling due to COVID-19. (KX Net)


On a personal note, thank you to the National Federation of Press Women for selecting my article, “North Dakota Nice” as the First Place award winner in their annual contest!


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