Nice news of the week – April 23, 2020

Isolation aside – did you know Bismarck is one of the top five cities in the U.S. with the cleanest air, when measuring ozone (smog) and particle pollution, and all of North Dakota holds an A-grade for lack of ozone pollutants?

And did you know this week’s news has a new take on prom night, on marathons, and on love letters?  Read on.


WSC nursing students Joyce Jones, Joslyn Ivernon, Sarah Neu, Tiffany Henry, and Jamie Korsa are gathering up donations from area businesses for the Family Crisis Center. (Williston Herald)

I have a feeling a lot more people would wear masks if they had access to one (some people don’t know how to sew, etc).  Fargo’s Blackbird Woodfire is both keeping people healthy and doing it for a good cause – by selling $5 masks to support the Great Plains Food Bank backpack food program. (KVRR)

The Sons of Norway in Devils Lake held a food drive and was able to donate $900 worth of non-perishables to the food banks in Devils Lake and Michigan. (Devils Lake Journal)

Social workers from the Dickinson School District have organized a group of volunteers to put together necessity baskets for 70 area families. (KX Net)

These birthday parades are the true definition of community. (Grand Forks Herald)

Beach’s Mike Zier put together a social distancing prom – complete with hot dogs, gifts from local businesses, and photos – for his students. (KX Net)

The Dickinson School District is now offering hot breakfasts and lunches – instead of cold bagged lunch – to its students. (Dickinson Press)

The folks at St. Gabriel’s received thousands of “love” letters thanks to Grams for Grands. (KFYR TV)

Jennifer Kirkeby’s Pay It Forward Project takes donations and turns them into matched funds and shakes for healthcare workers. (KVRR)

Dickinson State’s Debora Dragseth is spreading love to her students 2.5”x2.5″ at a time. (Dickinson Press)

Lincoln’s Theresa Addison ran a totally custom Boston Marathon. (KX Net)

Congratulations to Wahpeton’s Hanna Johnson, who will be attending Harvard in the fall! (Wahpeton Daily News)

Park River’s Adele Hankey has a pretty fancy pen pal. (Grand Forks Herald)

West Fargo’s Amber Preston has created an online comedy special based on her debut comedy album, “Sparkly Parts.” (Fargo Forum)

Congrats to Minot’s Ice Cold Ryders motorcycle club, who received the Partners in Education Organization award for raising $17,000 for Minot Public Schools. (KX Net)

We are so fortunate to live in a state that is #FeedingTheWorld. (Dickinson Press)

Oh, honey, you know I love a good bee story. (Williston Herald)

The photo in today’s post was taken by Steve Silverman. It is called “Sunset at Infinity Point,” and was photographed on the North shore of Lake Sakakawea near Indian Hills in central North Dakota.  Legend has it that Lewis and Clark stood on this spot to view their path west.

Nice news of the week – January 23, 2020

It’s time for the first Nice News of the Week!  (If you were wondering what happened to the News of the Day, click here.)

Did you know the New Rockford-Sheyenne School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence?  And if you think that’s great, help us congratulate:

  • Minot’s Lynda Langseth and Jack Pieper, who were named 2019 Mentors of the Year by the Companions for Children mentorship program.
  • Amy Kram, Langdon Area School District’s Teacher of the Year.  Amy has spent the last 22 years teaching middle and high schoolers.
  • Valley City’s Nick Simonson, winner of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation’s Communicator of the Year award.  He was honored for his work on Dakota Edge Outdoors, which focuses on hunting, fishing, and conservation.
  • Minot’s Faye Arlt, who is retiring from nursing after 50 years of service.
  • Tom Miller of the Grand Forks Herald, who was named North Dakota Sportswriter of the Year.  Did you know that Grand Forks Herald reporters have won that award a record 18 times?

And did you know this week’s news has a well-placed mirror, a Blessing Bank, the Story of the Week – and many more acts of North Dakota Nice?  Read on.


This is some North Dakota Nice right here. (Fargo Forum)

Students in Hunter created a game of Donkeyball to raise money for school programs and to learn how to manage an event – and if you’re wondering what Donkeyball is…well, you’ll have to watch the video. (KVRR)

I have a lot of family on the East Coast, and they are always shocked, SHOCKED when the weather here goes below -10.  As we all know, once it gets cold, cold is cold – which is the hashtag for Fargo’s annual Frostival.  The Frostival takes place over 6 weeks and features all sorts of outdoor activities, such as Winter Warrior, s’mores, a Frozen Fortress, and more. (Frostival)

Ely’s Elementary now has it’s “First Lego League,” and the kids are off and running (or building, as it were). (Pierce County Tribune)

Sixteen-year-old Hailey Graner is on her way to Hawaii, thanks to the North Dakota Make-a-Wish volunteers and donors. (Minot Daily News)

I’m Jewish, so I didn’t really get up-close-and-personal with Christmas trees until after I married my husband.  I appreciate news stories such as this one that give you ways to reuse your Christmas tree instead of just throwing it on the berm. (KX Net)

Students in Bismarck traveled around the world without ever leaving the city thanks to a collaboration between the school district, library, and Global Neighbors. (KX Net)

If you are a rancher whose feed was damaged by the wet Fall, the State of North Dakota is here to help. (KFYR TV)

I love when private community funds are used to support student programs – like in Williston, where the Williston Community Builders are helping the Williston High School Drama Club up their performances. (KX Net)

The Magic City Blessing Bank has helped 1,118 people since opening on October 1. (KX Net)

A reward for all that snowblowing: If you’re a fan of Busch beer, you’re going to be pretty excited about this. (KX Net)

Have you ever played bean bags (cornhole, whatever) and thought, “Wow, I’m awesome at this?”  Well, Bismarck-Mandan has a club for you. (KFYR TV)

Story of the Week: I love my birthday (which is next Wednesday), and I can’t imagine how excited I would be if I got a card from one of my old teachers.  Mrs. Haga of the Golva, Sawyer, Beach, and Velva may be retired, but she still sends every one of her students – all 3,000+ of them – a birthday card every year.  For some families, this means both parents and children are receiving cards. (KX Net)

Nice news of the day – September 12, 2019

Did you know that Grand Forks hosts the World’s Largest French Fry Feed, and it’s TONIGHT from 4-8 pm?

And did you know today’s news has a must-read story about the only woman in the country chosen from the Guard to go through Air Force pilot training – and also pancakes and books?  Check it out.

Marilyn Koon of Beach, N.D. was the Air National Guard’s first female pilot, and you should take 10 minutes and read this article because it’s fascinating. (Fargo Forum)

I am a championship pancake-maker, but I don’t think anyone has ever flown in just for my cakes. (KX Net)

Saturday is one of the cutest events of the year: the Table of Contents. (Williston Herald)