Nice news of the day – December 10, 2019

Congratulation’s to Makoti’s Everett Dobrinski, who was recently inducted into the national Cooperative Hall of Fame!  Everett is only one of 177 people in the Hall of Fame, which honors cooperative farmers.

And you’re going to like today’s news – about a wall of purses, speedy service, and a hero of rural newspapers.  Read on.


I typically don’t put business philanthropic activities because there are so many (!) that they would overtake the news; however, this is a very clever way for a business to visibly support an organization and help individual people without asking for money. (KFYR TV)

Two weeks ago, I posted a story about how Fargo, Bismarck, and Williston are working to reduce wait times at the DMV.  Turns out Grand Forks already the process down pat; they have a zero-wait. (Grand Forks Herald)

Two North Dakota newspapers (Adams County Record and New England Extra) had to close due to loss of ad revenue, and so Jill Friesz, who owns the Grant County News and Carson Press, stepped in to save them.  I love what she had to say about it (Dickinson Press):

“Small newspapers will never die, because we are the heartbeat of the community,” she said. “It’s really important for people in these coverage areas to know that we are a local entity, that it’s a local person that is going to cover their community news. We are not a big company from out of state, we are a local North Dakota company.”

Nice news of the day – November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m so thankful to be connected to all of you wonderful people!

And today’s news is all about other things for which I’m thankful: great schools and great kids.  Read on, and have a beautiful day.


I’m thankful for teachers every day, and here’s yet another reason why: A group of Bismarck faculty and staff made 30 Thanksgiving dinners for low-income students. (KFYR TV)

The most important takeaway for me is that the New Rockford-Sheyenne School has a Kindness Club.  We all need Kindness Clubs, and not just at school – at work, at church, at the library, everywhere. (New Rockford Transcript)

My co-workers designed and built three Little Free Libraries about 10 years ago, and I know how much work goes into them (and I work for an architecture firm, so we had a team of architects and builders to make them).  I’m beyond incredibly impressed that 8th-grader Madison designed and built her own mini library all by herself. (Grant County News)

Nice news of the day – March 18, 2019

Did you know that athlete Jan Moser of Mandan and coach Cindy Schopper of Valley City are in Abu Dhabi at the Special Olympics World Games?

And did you know today’s news is all about sports – wheelchair basketball, Taekwondo, and track-and-field?  Read on.


Dreams in Motion – which provides athletic opportunities to students with mobility and visual impairments – brought wheelchair basketball to Mandan Middle Schooler’s 7th graders. (KX Net)

Dani Gathright, a Grant County High School Freshman, is headed to nationals for Taekwondo. (Grant County News)

North Dakota State University’s Payton Otterdahl and Justin St. Clair have been named the national athlete and coach of the year, respectively, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. (KVRR)