Road trip | NNoTW July 8, 2021

Kyle and I just got back from taking our kids on our just-about-annual road trip from Thompson, North Dakota to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We got there by driving through Minneapolis, Minnesota; Madison (I love Madison), Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Gary, Indiana; and then over into Michigan.  The total distance is somewhere around a billion miles, which translates to roughly fifteen hours of drive time each way.  Each year, I am lulled away from the beautiful, shiny airport and into my poor, overloaded Honda Pilot with personal promises of a stop in Madison (I love Madison) and also by reminding myself, “Once we’re in Minneapolis, we’re basically there” – which is as factually and geographically correct as saying, “Once we’re in New York, we’re basically in Paris.”

We are here to tell you your opinion | NNoTW June 24, 2021

When we were first married, Kyle and I went to the movie theater so often that we took it upon ourselves to create a movie review website, called We Are Here To Tell You Your Opinion.  This website was not borne out of altruism or a desire for fame; rather, we are both oldest children, and it is our God-given right to tell people what to do.  It’s important to understand that absolutely no one in the history of cinema had or has ever asked, “Hey, I wonder what Amanda and Kyle thought of The Grey?”

Garage Sale | NNoTW April 29, 2021

This week’s story is about garage sales, and this week’s news has an art festival, discount insulin, and a population boom.  Read on.

Box Set | NNoTW April 1, 2021

This week’s story is a tale of two infomercials, and this week’s news has friendly fire departments, a Fueled Force, and a four-time award-winning artist.  Read on.

Hockey Tournaments | NNoTW March 25, 2021

This week’s story is about Hockey Moms, and this week’s news has free food, free braces, and and a shipping-container-turned-cabin built with free materials.  Read on.

The Lawn Ranger | NNoTW March 11, 2021

This week’s story is about the first time I mowed our lawn, and this week’s news is about a new definition of a “LOAN,” a black-footed ferret, and a bunch of North Dakotans competing on a national scale.  Read on.

Putter | NNoTW March 4, 2021

This week’s story is about Kyle, and this week’s news has happy wooden trees, cozy kids, and lots of dogs.  Read on.

Crab | NNoTW February 11, 2021

This week’s story is about a Crabby Valentine’s Day, and this week’s news is about a 40-year volunteer, a room full of prom dresses, and Hygge.  Read on.

The Tempo | NNoTW November 19, 2020

This week’s story is about my Ford Tempo, and this week’s news is about a sensory garden, 1,300 pairs of socks, and a lot of Thanksgiving turkey.  Read on.

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 24, 2020

I took the week off of work after my sons started back up at school so that I could, you know, take a nap or get a pedicure or just sit quietly after months of chaos.  By Friday I had yet to accomplish any of those things, and so my husband suggested that we take a bike ride to Thompson, have lunch (and maybe a lunch beer), and then ride back with enough time for me to give napping another try before it was time to pick up the boys at 3:00. [Read on]

North Dakota Nice News of the Week | September 10, 2020

There is no better time to be a crazypants than during a pandemic.

From homemade masks to homemade hypochondria, if there has been something to obsessively worry about for the past six months, I’ve had it covered. This has been very lucky for my husband, Kyle, who has been awakened from a dead sleep more than once to answer questions such as [Read on, and the news is in there, I promise]

Nice news of the week – July 9, 2020

Did you know that one of North Dakota’s original “Rosie the Riveters” is supporting the effort to award the Rosies the Congressional Gold Medal by making red polka-dot coronavirus masks? 

You can read all about Mae Krier in this week’s news – which also features one of the “Nicest Places in America,” the Three Little Pigs, and the Aquanauts.  Read on.

Nice news of the week – June 25, 2020

They may have cancelled their regular season programming, but did you know Frost Fire Theater will be putting on four virtual 40-minute original musical comedy shows on YouTube, starting July 25?  Check them out here: http://www.frostfirepark.org.

And did you know this week’s news has a virtual fishing tournament (this weekend!), a next-gen hog farm, and Gardar?  Read on.

Nice news of the week – June 11, 2020

Did you know the Medora Musical opens next Friday, June 19?  It’s the 55th season for North Dakota’s world-famous stage show.

And did you know this week’s news features Knock and Wine, “gushies,” a bucket list birthday treat, and more.  Read on.

Nice news of the week – June 4, 2020

Did you know the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies are performing live every Friday on Facebook?

And did you know this week’s news features an Employee of the Month, a poetry contest for high schoolers, and free ice cream?  Read on.

Nice news of the week – May 7, 2020

If you like country music, tune onto the Great Plains Food Bank Facebook page tonight at 7:00 pm for a concert by Dakota Bay in support of North Dakota’s food bank.

And if you like nice news, you’re going to love what’s up this week – including a musical wheelchair, an online fashion show, and #ShareThePositivityND.  Read on.

Nice news of the week – April 30, 2020

All of our North Dakota food banks are being stretched thin as more and more people need their services.  If you can, deliver up some North Dakota Nice by donating non-perishables and hygiene products!

And speaking of North Dakota Nice, this week’s news is about a family that cleans together, a gaggle of lawyers, and beans beans the musical fruit.  Read on.