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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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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Theatres, old TV and chokeberries

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Theatres, old TV and chokeberries

WILLISTON, N.D. - Well, we got through another Saturday night here. See, we don't have all them entertainment options like most folks. Like those fancy malls were you can walk around and get one of those twisty pretzels dipped in salt or cinnamon. And we can't go to one of those 75-screen multiplex theaters that will cos you so much you need to take out a second mortgage. For a little more you can get a tub of popcorn, a jumbo box of Milk Duds and of course a jumbo Diet Coke. Can you still get Milk Duds? I remember as a kid at the State theater in South Bend every time I had a jumbo Milk Duds I had to go to Dr. Wright to have my braces put back on.

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A trailblazer for deaf actors dies

A trailblazer for deaf actors dies

Devils Lake native won Tony Award in Broadway play, Rough Rider Award
Phyllis Frelich, a Devils Lake, N.D., native credited with helping to blaze a trail for deaf actors, has died. She was 70. The Deaf West Theatre, based in Los Angeles, made the announcement Thursday night. Frelich had been involved with the theater.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Walmart ... save more; live less

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Walmart ... save more; live less

WILLISTON, N.D. - If Williston is the global energy epicenter, then the Williston Walmart is the center of the globe. All Bakken roads lead to the Willieworld Wallieworld. It really is a Sam's Club on speed. Unloaded pallets, torn plastic wadded up and product that looks like piranhas got 'em. It's Black Friday every day. But folks aren't fighting over the latest toy craze or buying a 50-inch TV for $299. They are fighting over the last case of Sam's brand water bottles. If you're able to get a couple cases without a fist fight you hit the mother lode. The water row always looks like a tornado hit it.

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A new chapter for UND Writers Conference

Faced with financial doubts, planners work to secure event’s future
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One recent Sunday, Ruby Groves sat inside a local bookstore with several others to discuss Jessica Lott’s debut novel, “The Rest of Us,” a tale about a young photographer’s assistant who has an affair with a famous poet. Groves was one of several gathered for a session intended to familiarize the public with authors slated to appear in the upcoming UND Writers Conference, an annual event at the University of North Dakota that has brought some of the most influential and upcoming writers in the world to Grand Forks.

Though far from ’70s heyday, bowling leagues making a comeback

Though far from ’70s heyday, bowling leagues making a comeback

FARGO, N.D. -- Finding Kathy Pausch on a Thursday night is simple. She’ll be the slender woman with glasses and blond bangs by the lanes at The Bowler in Fargo, chatting with her teammates. When it’s her turn, she’ll grab a ball, take a few steps and roll a strike with ease. Pausch and her friends play in a women’s league that runs through the winter and lasts 28 weeks. There was a time when bowling on a team like hers was commonplace, but now many people aren’t willing to make the commitment.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Cable vs. Dish

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Cable vs. Dish

WILLISTON, N.D. - Wasn't enough cable to reach our 27-foot Outback camper so I had to settle for Dish satellite service. I really miss cable. It was as easy to plug in as that cheap two-slice toaster you got from your rich, tight uncle at your first marriage. With satellite, oh my God, a full panel van shows up. "Mr. Voll, where would you like your satellite?"

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: We love our trucks

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM:  We love our trucks

WILLISTON, N.D. - There's thousands of trucks in Williston. At one time more than 13,000 semis passed thruogh town daily. Even with the new truck bypass, it still seems like 11,500 bypass the bypass and sneak past the airport. They think it's shorter. But we love our trucks. In fact, we don't people watch in Williston; we "truck watch." We want to know if Blackhawk Energy decided to go with Tundras or the Dodge Hemi. So when one is spotted later in the Walmart parking lot on Sunday one can make mention, "Oh that's one of Blackhawk's Tundras."

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A perfect bracket?

A perfect bracket?

NDSU statisticians use data to predict NCAA tournament winners
FARGO, N.D. – While March Madness may be a gambler’s paradise with 63 games in less than three weeks, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is also a golden opportunity for statisticians to develop and test their models. For the last three years, the statistics department at North Dakota State University has experimented with models to predict the outcome of tournament games based solely on data and probability, said Rhonda Magel, the department chairwoman.

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Winter blues washed away by spring melt

Winter blues washed away by spring melt

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Our world is thawing. The snow in the trees is moving and flowing, cutting through banks and muddy ground, making rivets and dents and a big ’ol beautiful mess of things around here. The creek that cuts through the ranch has turned into a river. The stock dam in front of our house is overflowing, making hundreds of little streams that bend and bubble past my door.

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WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM: Winter Wimps and the Wimp Chill Factor

WILLISTON ... LIVING THE DREAM:  Winter Wimps and the Wimp Chill Factor

WILLISTON, N.D. - Recently, while watching CNN, it was shocking to see the south so paralyzed by their winter storm. The top story for three days was Atlamta getting 3/4 inch of snow and light freezing rain including. The coverage included special warnings not to use hammers or hot water on your windshield! And those kids having to spend all night in a school bus! There must have been 17 TV cameras with reporters surrounding the bus, waiting to catch a shot of Little Tommy jumping off with frostbitten, gangrene infected hands after a night of outside temperatures approaching a life threatening 13 and an inside bus temp of 75.

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COLUMN: Remembering a childhood bus driver I thought would live forever

COLUMN: Remembering a childhood bus driver I thought would live forever

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- I was taking a drive with dad the other day – heading back to the ranch from town after dropping my car off at the shop and in between an exchange about this endless winter – when dad told me George died. “Good ol’ George. Drove bus all those years. He was my bus driver too, you know … what a guy, that George.” “George died?!” I exclaimed because I hadn’t heard and because it surprised me, though it probably shouldn’t have. George was well into his 80s.

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COLUMN: Williston … Living the Dream.

COLUMN: Williston … Living the Dream.

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Most have a story how they got to Williston. It doesn't usually include an 800 credit score or a trust fund left by grandpa. Probably not many at a fancy Atlanta cocktail party brag about their dream retirement double-wide trailer overlooking the Little Muddy. However, that is our story, and I don’t care. We love it here. Our story begins with my losing a six-figure healthcare consulting job in Florida and then getting turned down for the Walmart greeter position in Pensacola.

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COLUMN: These North Dakota hips don’t lie

COLUMN: These North Dakota hips don’t lie

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- So I took a Zumba class the other day. I know, I know. I’m way behind on this fitness phenomenon that gets us all together in a big room to cha-cha, salsa, and drop it like it’s hot in the name of Latin music and exercise. But if you saw me shake my hips, you would understand that my hips, indeed, don’t lie. No. They tell the honest truth about many things once they’re let loose – the first truth being that they can’t be let loose. The second is I’m a soulless nerd. The third revelation? I shouldn’t have dropped out of dance class in kindergarten.

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Food columnist Hagerty talks to ‘Today’ about mystery of her popularity

Food columnist Hagerty talks to ‘Today’ about mystery of her popularity

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Marilyn Hagerty said she still doesn’t get it. During an interview for NBC’s “Today” show Saturday morning in New York City, the Grand Forks Herald columnist said the national attention she’s received in the past two years stumps her. Her latest review, of the chain restaurant Ruby Tuesday, recently went viral online and prompted “Today” to invite her back for a second appearance.

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