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.

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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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North Dakota Nice: Grand Forks educators elected to Teachers Hall of Fame

In a state full of exceptional educators, it’s hard to put into (grammatically-correct, structurally-accurate) words what makes a teacher truly outstanding. However, at the 2018 Grand Forks Public Schools Teachers Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a few common traits rose to the top. Compassionate and attentive. Enthusiastic. Expecting the best. Encouraging.

North Dakota Nice: Donors, volunteers fund Home Visits program

Going home after a hospital stay can be scary – What does this pain mean? Am I taking my medications properly? Is something wrong? – which is why Altru Health System created the Home Visits program. Home Visits connects nurses, residency doctors, respiratory therapists, and paramedics to recently-discharged patients to make sure the patients continue to improve after hospital care. This crucial service is not covered by insurance – and so, to ensure it can remain totally free to patients, a team of community volunteers came together to raise funds to not just pay for, but grow, Altru’s Home Visits program.

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North Dakota Nice: Skien plans a Norwegian adventure for MSU choir students

For the past 37 years, Minot, N.D. and Skien, Norway have held “Hands Across the Sea” through a Sister City relationship that includes annual voyages by both communities to keep the Scandinavian cultural heritage alive across generations of North Dakotans. The Hands Across the Sea program is especially important to connecting the younger population directly to Norwegians and the modern Norwegian culture. That’s where Minot State University comes in.

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Tell us a story and be entered to win an awesome sweatshirt!

Do you have a nice story of a random, or not-so-random act of North Dakota kindness? Do you work with an amazing volunteer? Do you know someone who is doing something terrific? Send us a short message here before November 15, 2018, and be entered to win this sweet Uffda sweatshirt (size XL)!

North Dakota Nice: A game-changing festival in pursuit of what matters most

The amazing people behind Humanities North Dakota didn’t want you to have leave the state to encounter some of the most powerful thinkers in the world, and so they created the GameChanger Ideas Festival – a day-long adventure across multiple voices on a single issue that is challenging North Dakotans today. Held in Bismarck on October 13, 2018 and inspired by the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Atlantic Festival, the goal of the GameChanger Ideas Festival is to create more thoughtful and informed citizens that can help lead our state and country through these challenges.

North Dakota Nice: Steve Lies and Brad Bekkedahl honored for their civic service

When you are in a position of leadership in a city government, you typically don’t get to leave your job behind at the end of the day – because your home is your work and your work is your home. While we should all make the effort to thank the thousands of civil servants who keep our sidewalks and roads clean and safe, our water running, and communities growing and thriving, the North Dakota League of Cities selects two individuals each year who deserve extra appreciation and gratitude.

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North Dakota Nice: The Chair Affair provides “A Seat to Eat”

There are 16,130 children in North Dakota who lack enough food for healthy growth every day, which is why the Grand Forks Public School District provides a free soy butter lunch to any student whose lunch balance falls too far into the red. However, educators were noticing that the stigma of the free meal was keeping high school students from accepting it – and so, a group of amazing Grand Forks women organized The Chair Affair to make sure every child has a hot lunch.

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North Dakota Nice: Burleigh County 4-H laces up for those less fortunate

As the largest and only research-based youth development organization in North Dakota, the 4-H program – managed by NDSU Extension – provides learn-by-doing experiences to help children ages 8-18 develop skills and values that will carry them for the rest of their lives – including an international shoe drive to help those who normally wouldn’t be able to afford shoes on their own.

North Dakota Nice: Dickinson Fit Moms

North Dakotans aren’t known for wearing our hearts on our sleeves – which is why it’s so important that we are constantly looking for new or unique ways to connect with and support one another. Enter Dickinson Fit Moms, a fantastic Facebook group for western North Dakotan parents created to help one another stay mentally healthy by encouraging and aiding one another through #momlife.