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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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Bond with brother survives tragedy

Bond with brother survives tragedy

After student’s death, family finds comfort in sister’s expression of love
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Matt Heisler was a jokester, a cut-up, a tease. No one, especially those he cared about most, were spared. Faking an empty gas tank, he made little sister Casey push his car up the driveway. Not even Grandma was immune, as he heckled her about not putting enough miles on her treadmill. But, behind that wisecracking exterior was a softy, a sentimentalist. Evidence of both sides of his personality was documented in a framed essay written five years ago by Casey, when she was 12 and he was 16. Entitled “My Big Brother Matt,” the paper addressed the mixed, yet loving, relationship of the two siblings. She said in her essay that Matt “isn’t always the nicest to me, but I still love him and he loves me.”

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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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Expensive eating: Region feeling pinch from rising food costs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- In February, food prices climbed at their fastest rate in almost three years and local residents, retailers and food pantries are already feeling the pinch. The 0.4 percent overall price increase in February was pushed in part by rising meat, poultry, egg and produce prices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The East Grand Forks (Minn.) Food Shelf purchases many of those fresh food items regularly for its clients, according to Operations Manager Cristina Campos. The shelf strives to offer fresh and healthy foods to its clients in addition to the usual nonperishable donations received from residents and businesses.

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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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Magazine: UND outranks NDSU in the famous alumni department

The University of North Dakota is more influential than North Dakota State University. Actually, 8.2 times more influential, according to an online tool Time magazine released last week that compares universities based on their most famous living alumni. “We like to think it demonstrates the quality of education we have here at UND,” said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. “It does seem to say something special about the institution.”

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: Flushing money down the toilet

FARGO, N.D. -- The young professionals downing drinks and nibbling small plates at Fargo’s fine dining establishments always have confounded me. It’s a rare occasion I splurge on a $9 martini or an artisan cheese plate. I couldn’t understand how peers could afford to do so regularly. Then it hit me: They can’t. They might argue with me. “Sure, I can afford it. I have $40 right here.” But do you have money in an emergency fund? Do you save 10 to 15 percent for retirement? Is your credit card completely paid off? A “no” to any of those means no, you can’t afford it.

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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