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.

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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 13, 2019

Did you know the Dickinson Museum Center and North Dakota Museum of Art have partnered to bring Elmer Thompson’s turn-of-the-century rural North Dakota photography out west?  The exhibit runs until October 4.

And did you know today’s news has a story about a farm-fresh dinner, a Lehr-y great look back, and the Story of the Week?  Read on.


I already have my calendar marked to attend next year’s Farm-to-Table Dinner. (Pierce County Tribune)

East of Wishek sits Lehr, ND, and this little story is a look back at what it was in its boomtime. (Fargo Forum)

STORY OF THE WEEK: There has been an amazing increase in backpack and mealtime programs for children in North Dakota, but the need still outweighs the support – which is why the Ice Cold Ryders are doing a cool, cool service. (KX Net)

Nice news of the day – June 26, 2019

Did you know a display exhibit on Stephen Hawking, created by Dickinson Middle School 8th-graders Abby Lange and Elizabeth Keele for the National History Day competition in Maryland, will soon be on display in the Smithsonian?

And did you know today’s news is about a Nice (Center) project; not one, but two stories about bicycle safety; and sandwiches?  Read on.


Fargo’s Dieumerci “Chris” Christel is in Hawaii to turn his student-focused app into a reality, thanks to help from NDSU’s The Nice Center. (Fargo Forum)

A little boy who is recovering after being hit by a car (not so nice) got a special surprise from employees at West Fargo’s city hall, library, police and fire departments, and public works (very nice). (KVRR)

And a bonus: And in case you think the kindness above was a one-time thing, police + bike helmets + ice cream = good news. (KX Net)

I’m not sure what my 7-year-old would do if he got to make his OWN Subway sandwich. (Pierce County Tribune)