Nice news of the week – April 9, 2020

If you live in or around Grand Forks, Kittsona needs your help to deliver food to children through the end of the school year.  Sign up today!

You can find out how to volunteer in today’s news – which also has a virtual choir, a sidewalk violinist, Sax in the Kitchen, and more!  Read on.

Free food from a fish house – fantastic! (KX Net)

North Dakota’s Face Mask Warriors have donated thousands of custom masks based on the specific requests by area hospitals to help extend the lives of their N95 masks. (Minot Daily News)

Here’s a great project if you have kids at home, courtesy of the Jamestown Boy Scouts: make cards for your local nursing home. (Jamestown Sun)

While you’re stuck inside social distancing, why not try a little “Sax in the Kitchen?” (Grand Forks Herald)

If you’re going to have virtual learning, you may as well make it out of this world. (KX Net)

Fargo’s Kelsey Joy Buell has taken to the sidewalks to bring music to a local senior living facility. (KVRR)

The community of Wishek has found a unique way to pray together (hint: it’s not online, but it is in A line). (McIntosh County Star Tribune)

If you have a kid that likes farm animals, then Glenburn teacher RyLeigh Streich has a storytime for you. (KX Net)

Or, if you’re looking for some online art classes for your family, Bismarck’s Nina Loeks is hosting them three times a week. (KFYR TV)

Meet North Dakota’s newest celebrity: Lindsey Solberg Herbel. (Dickinson Press)

Fargo’s Joe Williams and Ciciley Littlewolf are used the Plains Art Museum’s sewing machines to make masks to donate. (KVRR)

Fargo’s first responders put on a lights parade in the middle of a snowstorm for the children staying at Sanford Hospital.(KVRR)

If you live in Grand Forks, Kittsona needs your help to keep kids fed. (Grand Forks Herald)

The University of Mary’s Dr. Tom Porter is looking for singers or all ages to participate in the 2020 North Dakota Choir Project.  Submit a video of yourself singing Porter’s “Prairie Wind” here. (NDACDA)

Congratulations to Fargo South’s Leah Juelke, who is one of fifty finalists around the world up for the Global Teacher Award. (KVRR)

Nice news of the week – January 30, 2020

Congratulations to Mrs. North Dakota International Melanie Iverson and Miss North Dakota International LeAnne Brydl!  Did you know:

  • Mandan High School won the first state championship in eSports?  They competed against 14 schools, and went on to the Central Regional Championship in Louisiana.
  • The Fargo Force hockey team collects teddy bears (they are thrown on the ice during a “Teddy Bear Toss”), and then hands them out to kids at Essentia and Sanford Children’s Hospital?
  • Harvey’s Allen Sauter will be inducted into the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame for his seven decade career in flight?
  • The Jamestown Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised over $156,000 this year – $17,000 more than projected – thanks, in part, to a $40,000 donation and a gift of two rare coins?
  • “Give Kids a Smile” will be providing free dental care to kids ages 3-18 at North Dakota State College of Science on February 7?  You can sign up by calling 701-671-2333.
  • It was my birthday yesterday (Wednesday, January 29? 🙂

And did you know this week’s news is about an enthusiastic reader, a field full of helpers, the Story of the Week – and much more?  Read on.


Elgin’s Alina Maier is working her way through every book at the Elgin Public Library.  She’s at 1,200 books as of this publishing – and when she finishes, she’s going to start again.  (Note: the real gem of this article is the last line.(Grant County News)

Three Burleigh County deputies – Joe Gibbs, Joseph Walker, and Cpl. Jeremy Alm – risked their own lives to rescue a woman from the frozen Missouri River. (KFYR TV)

Congratulations to the South Heart six-graders who won the North Dakota Future City competition with an essay and what looks like an amazing diorama.  The kids are off to Washington, D.C. in February to compete on a national level. (Dickinson Press)

My husband is from a small rural community, and music education when he was growing up was basically non-existent.  So, Fargo’s Janna Lin, a senior at Davies High School, is bringing orchestral ensembles to rural schools with the hopes of sparking interest in music. (Dickinson Press)

Rugby’s Caroline Doucette is a watercolorist whose work will be exhibited in Boston through March 1 with the New England Watercolor Society.  This article is a good look at how she became a full-time professional artist. (Pierce County Tribune)

I love how North Dakotans will always rally around someone in need. (KFYR TV)

Like the Dakota Zoo?  You have the Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club to thank, in part. (KFYR TV)

As a person who loves the movies, I think this is a great idea: Daniel Bielinski is on a one-man mission to make North Dakota a movie-making hub. (Williston Herald)

Our four-year-old loves ice cream.  A few weeks ago, I whispered, “Do you want to go and get ice cream?” to my husband, and our 4-year-old came running from the other side of the house yelling, “I want to get ice cream!”  So, I’m guessing he will be pretty excited about You Betcha Ice Cream. (Grand Forks Herald)

The F5 Project helps former prisoners build new-and-improved lives.  One of the people behind the organization, Lenard Wells, was recently honored with one of three Martin Luther King Jr. Human Relations Awards for his work as the F5 housing coordinator.  The other two recipients are Zamzam Abid, who founded NDSU’s Somali Student Association, and the Legacy Children’s Foundation, who provides academic coaches for new Americans. (Fargo Forum)

Devils Lake’s Kyle and Karin Blanchfield are the 2019 recipients of the Honor Our Heroes Patriot Award, for helping “share the stories of our nation’s true heroes, while helping them heal in the great outdoors.” (Devils Lake Journal)

Tracy’s Sanctuary House in Bismarck has spent the last 15 years providing North Dakota Nice to out-of-town families whose loved ones are in the hospital in North Dakota with a life-threatening issue.  Now, they are in need of funds.  (KX Net)

When Fargo’s Vern Whitten had a heart attack, first responders brought him back to life – and so Vern took some time out to say thank you in person. (Fargo Forum)

More than 450 came out to see 60 student wrestlers raise money for the Sunrise and West River Health Services foundations. (Bowman County Pioneer)

Story of the Week: Mandan’s Jerry Zachmeier spends hours each week streaming Mandan High sporting events for family members to watch the games for free. (KX Net)

Nice news of the day – January 3, 2020

We love our 26,000 North Dakota family farms!  Did you know that family farms account for 98% of U.S. farms and 88% of U.S. ag production?

And did you know today’s news is in support of foster kids, “Favorite” kitties, and the Story of the Week?  Read on.

I’ve never thought about the fact that foster children often leave home with nothing more than the clothes on their backs – so it’s awesome when people and businesses step in to help provide updated, organized, and easy-to-distribute clothes for these fantastic kids. (KX Net)

Watford City’s Ardith Favorite is on a mission to neuter and save stray cats. (McKenzie County Farmer)

Story of the Week: An anonymous donor paid off all of the back taxes on all 22 of the delinquent mobile homes in Cass County. (Fargo Forum)