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.


Thank you to the wonderful Chuck Haga for featuring North Dakota Nice in the Grand Forks Herald! (Grand Forks Herald)

In a meaningful and permanent way to remember the fallen, fourteen streets in Bismarck have been named after North Dakota National Guard soldiers who were killed in action in the Global War on Terror. (Bismarck Tribune)

Friends of Grand Forks teacher Lindsey Johnson have united the community in support of Lindsey’s 4-year-old daughter’s recovery after an accident. (Fargo Forum)

The Minot Quilters Guild have made hundreds of free masks for school children across the city – and they were supported with bolts and bolts of free fabric.  Bonus niceness: when they aren’t making masks, the Guild is making free quilts. (Minot Daily News)

If you’re passing through Hillsboro, you can take a trip down memory lane in Bloomfield No. 1, one of Traill County’s oldest schools – which was built in 1920 for $4,000 and is now preserved as a museum. (Grand Forks Herald)

The Fargo “Lunch Ladies” have been providing free “happy meals” for dozens of families since the beginning of the pandemic. (Grand Forks Herald)

The Social Workers of Dickinson Public Schools set up an open school supply pantry for families who need help filling their backpacks. (Dickinson Press)

Watford City has a beautiful new mural, thanks to Jessie Veeder and artist Linda Roesch.  (As a side note, as a person who is also afraid of heights, I never thought about the fact that muralists need to be pretty far off the ground.  Linda’s bravery is much-appreciated!) (McKenzie County Farmer)

Grand Forks’ Aubrey McNary is one of 70 Americans selected for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program. (Grand Forks Herald)

Seventy-four people stepped forward (and got a cookie) for a Jamestown blood drive. (Jamestown Sun)

Minot’s Burt Wilhelm has spent all of his money ($26,000 in medication alone every month) on his cancer fight, leaving little for home improvements – and so a local construction company offered up a free roof. (KX Net)

Regardless of income level, every student enrolled in Fargo Public Schools will get free lunch through the end of this year. (Fargo Forum)

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