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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Rambo goes fishing

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Rambo goes fishing

WILLISTON, N.D. - Our biggest challenge when our family of six moved here and moved into our first temporary home, a 27-foot Outback camper, was Rambo, our Boxer mixed with who knows what else. That camper become home for the first nine months, and for some devious reason Rambo consistently would chew off the plastic, flexible sewer hose from the camper. We went through seven of them at $49 a piece. The sales rep at Coates RV in town got to know us so well we invited him to the boys' high school graduation.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: When the Tide rushes into Bubba Bubbles

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: When the Tide rushes into Bubba Bubbles

WILLISTON, N.D. - Just about everyone that makes the journey here has been to one of Bubba Bubbles Laundromats. They are the most popular, dreaded places in town. After 100-plus hours in the field, the last thing one wants to do besides get a root canal is to deal with laundry at a place named Bubba Bubbles.

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WDAY’s Mr. and Mrs.: Husband-wife team anchor weekend news

WDAY’s Mr. and Mrs.: Husband-wife team anchor weekend news

FARGO, N.D. – Jody Norstedt, WDAY’s weekend sports anchor, grew up in Montevideo, Minn., watching husband-and-wife team Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello on WCCO in the Twin Cities. So when his wife, Amy Unrau, who previously worked as a multimedia journalist/anchor for Valley News Live, expressed interest in getting back behind the camera after a stint in marketing, he jokingly said, “Oh man, we could be just like them!”

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: We need St. Christopher!

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM:  We need St. Christopher!

WILLISTON, N.D. - In our boomtown, we have thousands of trucks, overcrowded highways, poor infrastructure and dozens of serious accidents. So what we need is St Christopher, the former travel protection saint for millions of Catholics and others in the 1950s! Where is he? What happened to him?

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Lots of jobs

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Lots of jobs

WILLISTON, N.D. - The unemployment rate here is 0.8 percent. It's the best job market in the country. There's only 346 people whom are actually looking for work who are out of work out of a population of almost 40,000 people.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Shopping with ADD

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Shopping with ADD

WILLISTON, N.D. - When I was 2 my mom dropped me (or threw me down) on my head and I immediately became inflicted with ADD. Coincidentally, it also made me codependent and permanently traumatized my "Inner Child." Now having just ADD would be perfect for Williston because this place is a mecca for scatterbrains. But being stuck with the trifecta of disorders makes it almost impossible to shop.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: $2 bills are "Rare" and Expensive

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM:  $2 bills are

WILLISTON, N.D. - Everything in Williston is twice the cost of the rest of the country, so I always carry a wad of $2 bills. Folks think they're a collector's item. At Daily Addiction coffee shop, the guy said, "Oh, no, you're not going to spend those $2 bills? I want them. How did you get them? Do you work for a bank?"

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COMING HOME: Summer a time to honor our childhood

COMING HOME: Summer a time to honor our childhood

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Remember the days when learning about the passage of time was a fun thing? Counting the seconds in a minute and marking off the boxes on mom’s wall calendar in a birthday party countdown was met with a sort of anticipation that made the cake so much sweeter and the water balloon fight you had planned so much more thrilling. Remember asking how many more hours until we got to Gramma’s? Or for five more minutes playing 7-UP outside with our friends? Remember when car rides to town seemed like they lasted forever? And so did summers.

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Oil conference again drawing global interest

Oil conference again drawing global interest

Sean Hannity on the schedule at expanded Bismarck Civic Center
BISMARCK, N.D. – More than 3,400 people from 49 states and eight foreign countries are registered for next week’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, with more expected to register when the conference begins May 20.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Is your truck really in goodhHands with a naked, green lizard?

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Is your truck really in goodhHands with a naked, green lizard?

WILLISTON, N.D. - What's this world coming to? You buy a new a $80,000, 6.2 Liter, 550-horsepower Duramax diesel, heavy duty truck, with off-road suspension, high-performance differential, 46-inch rims and tires and you insure it with a 15 minute toll free hotline call with a naked green lizard. And if you can gag the 15 minutes you can save 15 percent or more. Here's what I don't understand: Why can you get a quote in 15 minutes but the claims can take up to 15 months?

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State promotes 125 ideas for North Dakota tourism

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks’ Red Pepper is among the state’s most notable places highlighted in a campaign celebrating North Dakota’s 125th anniversary this year. Members of the event’s planning committee are spreading the word ahead of two statewide events Aug. 16 and Nov. 2, the state’s official birthday. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Sara Otte Coleman, director of the state’s tourism division, were in Grand Forks on Tuesday to talk about the events and the promotion of them.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Robin Hood vs. truck air bags

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Robin Hood vs. truck air bags

WILLISTON, N.D. - Being married to my beautiful wife, Melva, who came packaged with my twin stepsons, Eric and Adam, has been sheer joy. I would do anything for those guys. They have done very here, Adam being the youngest manager at the fastest growing McDonalds in the country, and Eric at Pierce Auto Body shop taking apart and putting trucks back together, body work, buffing, painting ... all that auto tech stuff I know nothing about.

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UND archaeologist seeks Atari legend

UND archaeologist seeks Atari legend

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Somewhere in a New Mexico landfill is a legendary cache of Atari artifacts from the early days of American video games, and University of North Dakota archaeologist Bill Caraher is headed there next week to help in the excavation.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Heading in the right directions

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Heading in the right directions

WILLISTON, N.D. - Things can be a bit confusing when you're trying to get around our boomtown. We have avenues that go north and south but are named for the East and West. The streets actually go east and west and are also referred to as East and West. What happened to the Norths and Souths? That group must have missed the planning commissioners meeting in the 50s. Anyway, main thing to remember is keep your streets, avenues, Wests and Easts straight or that extra large Domino meat eater ain't gonna be delivered under 90 minutes as promised.

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Ya, you betcha! Fargo celebrates premiere of FX’s ‘Fargo’

Ya, you betcha! Fargo celebrates premiere of FX’s ‘Fargo’

FARGO – A vast throng clad in bomber hats and flannel shirts descended on the Fargo Theatre on Tuesday night, as hundreds of locals gathered to celebrate the premiere of FX network’s “Fargo” in true Fargo style – complete with bars.

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