Living the Best Dakota / by Amanda

With talk of Canada separating into two countries and an American presidential election looming, it’s time we North Dakotans have a serious conversation about merging with our lovely compadres to the South. A state filled with nice people, national landmarks, and, of course, ranch dressing. That’s right: Arizona.

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 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.

Christmastime for the Jews, by Amanda

I am Jewish.

“Oh, are there a lot of Jews in North Dakota?” You may wonder. Let’s put it this way: we could throw a party for all of us at my synagogue and still have room for everyone to bring a friend.

I really like being Jewish in North Dakota, in part because I’ve always found non-Jewish North Dakotans to be interested in and enthusiastic about my religion.

Read more.

Halloween 1991, By Amanda

The October air was crisp and grey, and it swirled the first few flakes of a building snowfall onto a cavalcade of campaign signs near the DeMers Bridge.  In the car, my husband took my hand.
“Don’t be mad,” he twisted my wedding ring.

Nice news of the day – October 29, 2018

It may be harvest, but North Dakota is as a green as ever; in fact, North Dakota produces 80x more energy than it uses. Awesome work, wind turbines (and wind)!

Also awesome: some nifty facts about our lovely state, and a bountiful garden. Read on.

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Nice news of the day – September 27, 2018

North Dakota is the safest state for women (Security Baron) Security Baron, a news and reviews website focused on security, has ranked North Dakota last in their 2018 list of Most Dangerous States for Women’s Sexual Safety. The list was compiled from FBI- and CDC-reported violence. Volunteers teach English to Fargo’s New Americans (KVRR) The…

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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Nice news of the day – September 19, 2018

North Dakota medical response teams head to North Carolina

Jamestown holds Walk to Silence the Stigma in support of suicide prevention

Minot and Harvey named ND Cities of the Year

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.

Nice news of the day – September 11, 2018

Lisa Bjergaard honored with prestigious Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Award

Grand Forks Head Start moves into 4000 Valley Square assisted living facility

North Dakota a nice place for early retirement