North Dakota Nice News of the Week | August 20, 2020

Did you know that Fargo has been named one of Forbes magazine’s Best Places to Retire?  The reasoning: low cost of living, good air quality, cheaper houses, available doctors, and lots to do.

And did you know that all of the communities in North Dakota are awesome?  Find out why in this week’s news – about silver linings, friendly neighbors, and a hometown hero.  Read on.


Artist Pieper Fleck Bloomquist has created a painting using traditional Swedish folk art styles about the “Silver Linings” that have shown through during the pandemic. (Grand Forks Herald)

Congratulations to Watford City sixth-grader Leah Dokken, a finalist for the national Doodle for Google competition.  Her message is that “Moments Count – Even the Little Ones!” (Fargo Forum)

For the 11th year, the Salvation Army cut the hair of 125 kids in preparation for school. (KVRR)

Volunteers through Farm Rescue harvested 900 acres of wheat to help Velva’s Joel Newman recover from surgery. (KX Net)

Bismarck’s Brick Oven gave over a portion of its weekly sales to its manager, who lost her home (and all of her son’s birthday gifts) to a fire. (KX Net)

NDSU’s nursing and pharmacy students are suiting up to volunteer to help with COVID testing. (KVRR)

The Dickinson Roughrider Youth Rodeo brought out a lot of smiles for our state’s young cowgirls and cowboys. (Dickinson Press)

A friend of mine took her son on this scavenger hunt – with a pit stop for ice cream – and they had a great time. (KVRR)

A Washburn fundraiser to “Fund the Police” raised $5,000. (BHG News)

The community of Grand Forks held a run in honor of Officer Cody Holte. (KVRR)

Larimore’s Geoff Andersen died too soon, but will always be remembered for his dedicating his life to helping others. (Grand Forks Herald)

Nice news of the week – May 21, 2020

Congratulations to all of the seniors graduating from North Dakota’s 181 high schools!  As these awesome students begin their next adventure, they may want to take part in Bismarck-Mandan’s Lemonade Day – where young entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to start a business of their own.  Learn more here.

But before you go, check out this week’s news – about a community of t-shirts, a diligent coffee group, and a lot of quilts.  Read on.


Jamestown first-grader Aubrey Blackmore has raised enough money to purchase books for all of the students at three out of the five elementary schools in Jamestown. (Jamestown Sun)

A North Dakota Nice reason for wearing a mask. (Jamestown Sun)

Sixth-graders in Dickinson made t-shirts to thank community healthcare workers. (Dickinson Press)

The Great Plains Food Bank now has 30,000 pounds of pork ribs to feed hungry families thanks to the North Dakota Farmers Union. (KVRR)

Parshall High School seniors received a “star quilt” upon graduation – and this year they took to the streets to hand them out. (KX Net)

Velva church members have been working since January to make quilts for the graduates of Velva Public School. (KFYR TV)

Emerado’s Michelle Carrera uses her school bus (she’s both the bus driver and a custodian) to bring breakfast and lunch to 85 kids in town. (Grand Forks Herald)

Minoters have Adopted a Senior to help spread the love to the area’s high school grads. (KFYR TV)

A group of Jamestowners have been meeting for coffee daily since 1985, come rain or come shine or come COVID-19. (Jamestown Mall)

Bismarck’s Miss Dani Mo is ready to teach your kids how to do their laundry. (KX Net)

I was born and raised in North Dakota, and it still took me until my 30s to see the Enchanted Highway for the first time.  It’s definitely a hidden jewel – which is why four teenagers are working to raise $25,000 to add a new sculpture to the mix: a knight slaying a fire-breathing dragon. (Dickinson Press)

The Plains Art Museum is taking its collections and classes to the airwaves. (Fargo Forum)

North Dakotans are known for running towards trouble; like Bottineau/Bismarck’s Victoria Gregg, a traveling nurse who volunteered to go to New York – the Bronx, specifically – to help COVID-19 patients. (Bismarck Tribune)

North Dakota is hosting one big graduation event with some of our favorite 701 celebs. (Grand Forks Herald)

A B-52H from Minot Air Force Base flew over hospitals in Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks hospitals in thanks to healthcare workers. (Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota’s newest celebrity, sign language interpreter Lindsey Solberg Herbel, has created a series of videos for those interested in learning ASL. (Bismarck Tribune)

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)