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COMING HOME: Even Google can’t provide all the answer

COMING HOME: Even Google can’t provide all the answer

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- We all have our struggles in life. These days, mine come in swarms, and in wild, unruly clusters. My husband’s come with feathers, dive-bombing at my head.

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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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Coming Home: Imagining ourselves in warmer times

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- When Dad was recovering in the hospital this winter, the wind howling and blowing snow across the glow of the streetlights, we took turns sitting with him in that sterile room, keeping him company throughout the night so we didn’t have to worry about him being alone.

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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A balancing act on the ranch

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Living and working out here on the ranch can be a balancing act for everyone. And regardless of the long days of summer, it seems we’re still always in a hurry – to get the fence fixed before we move the cows west and the cows moved before the sun goes down and supper made before midnight.

Faces of the Boom: Smoke shop angles for return customers

Faces of the Boom: Smoke shop angles for return customers

ALEXANDER, N.D. – New Yorker Phil Hamda came to North Dakota to scout for real estate opportunities, but his plans changed after paying nearly $8 for a pack of cigarettes in Williston.

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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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Slow down and enjoy the moment

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- It was closing in on midnight our time. Our time is what we say when we cross the Little Missouri River around here. Their time gives us an hour, our time gets us home late and we were heading home, watching the lightning flash electricity inside a mountain of storm clouds in front of us.

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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Coming Home: A summertime tradition

Coming Home: A summertime tradition

So here’s the thing about life out here in the summertime – there are traditions, things we must do, activities that come with the green grass and blue sky territory that scream sunburn and bug bites and dirty feet, sweat and beer in cozies, sunflower seeds and grab some lawn chairs, load up in the pickup and let’s go.

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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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Coming Home: Take time to sip from a real cup and chat

Coming Home: Take time to sip from a real cup and chat

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- During the first few months of our lives back at the ranch, my favorite thing about having no set plans was that I could drink my coffee out of a real cup in the morning.

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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: Weather challenges us with its predictable unpredictability

Coming Home: Weather challenges us with its predictable unpredictability

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Last week, at the end of a hot and humid Memorial Day weekend, a tornado touched down 5 miles south of Watford City.

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