Summer 1989

This story originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of The Red Cent and is reprinted with permission.

Summer is upon us, and my five-year-old has announced that he will soon be a master of his bicycle.  Learning to ride a bike is a bit of a challenge when you live in the country because your only surface options are gravel or grass.  As his parents, it is our job to provide a “walking uphill both ways in a snowstorm”-type comparison to struggles such as these, and so my husband and I have counteracted all of his complaints of difficulty with our own tales of bike-riding woe – my husband was too busy farming to ever have time to ride a bike (none of that is true), and I managed against all odds to get myself up on two wheels on the rough-and-tumble streets of Grand Forks.

Good Sport

This is the origin story of the Central/Red River hockey rivalry, as told by a family of Central grads (so 100% irrefutably accurate).

It originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of The Red Cent and is reprinted with permission. Read on.

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Meet Jim, he collects bikes and rebuilds them to give away to adults or kids in need of a functional bike.

North Dakota Nice: Journey Home Animal Rescue

It’s no secret that dogs make paws-itively great pets, which is why we’re mutts about Journey Home Animal Rescue a brand-new volunteer-driven foster organization serving the Grand Forks area. While Journey Home officially opened its doors January 2019, the great people behind the scenes have helped home thousands of animals over the years.

The fantastic Leslie Rethemeier has kindly offered to tell us a bit more about how Journey Home is caring for and connecting North Dakota’s four-legged friends with their forever families. Read on.

North Dakota Nice: Brave the Shave

If you think one small act can’t make a big difference, then you haven’t heard about Brave the Shave. In 2008, a small group of Basin Electric employees decided they wanted to shave five heads to raise $10,000 to fight childhood cancer. Today, over 2,200 volunteers have raised over $3 million shaving their heads to help North Dakota kids focus on getting well. Read on.

North Dakota Grows: Stacy, Dan, and Cottonwood Cider House

Stacy Nelson-Heising and her husband, Dan, have found a new apple-y ever after for her family’s 100-year-old Ayr farm – now reinvented into Cottonwood Cider House and Orchard, North Dakota’s original cidery. The wonderful Stacy has kindly offered her thoughts on biodynamic farming, building a cider culture in North Dakota, and some valuable advice for readers on planting apple trees. Read on.

North Dakota Grows: Cindy and Turtle Mountain Artistry

For being a relatively small (but mighty) state, North Dakota is the fortunate home to many truly exceptional artists – like Cindy Roth of Turtle Mountain Artistry, who brings blocks of tupelo wood to life. The wonderful Cindy has kindly offered up her thoughts on how she has carved out her own piece of North Dakota. Read on.

North Dakota Nice, by Amanda

“You must not be from around here.”

If you are a North Dakotan that has stepped outside the sugar beet region of the Upper Midwest, you have probably heard this phrase – followed, of course, by:

”You’re the first person I’ve met from North Dakota.” Read on.

North Dakota Nice: #SayYESS

One of the many reasons it’s great to be a North Dakotan is knowing that you live in a community that cares about you. Introducing YESS (Youth Empowering Social Status) – a brand-new organization that brings together young people with and without disabilities to build peer relationships and make sure no one is left behind.

Board President Erin Pasley kindly offered to give us a little insight on what the community is doing to #sayYESS. Read on.

North Dakota Nice: Celebrating our veterans

My grandfather, Sam Silverman, received an official commendation for leading Shabbat services for his fellow Jewish servicemen while serving overseas in WWII.

If you have a nice story about a North Dakota veteran, please share it below or DM us here. We will compile them all for Veteran’s Day.

Thanks in advance!

North Dakota Nice: Caps for Kids

Do you like to sew (or can you wield a scissors)? Do you like kids? Are you ready to start your day off feeling great? Thank you to Mavis Fayette for this wonderful story about a group of volunteers working wonderfully to make surgery more comfortable for children. And guess what – the group is recruiting! Read on to learn more.

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