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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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Online and on the lookout: Social media missteps can haunt careless posters and tweeters

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With the abundance of information we post to social media sites, our online reputations are becoming just as important as our real-world reputations. How one chooses to use various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn could benefit or harm his chances of receiving a job offer, getting accepted into a university or winning a civil suit, among other things. While users can delete Facebook posts and tweets, one never knows who has already shared those images or captured those posts with a screen shot. And, in many cases, negative online posts can come back to bite.

Childhood Easter egg hunts helped us find more than candy

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- The traditional Easter egg hunt at the ranch is one of those memories my cousins and I acquired at such young ages we got to grow up believing we survived the most dramatic, life-threatening farmstead adventures on our quest for eggs filled with jelly beans.

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users recommend being mindful

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users recommend being mindful

FARGO, N.D. – When Kelsey Eaton tries to explain electronic cigarettes to new customers at Infinite Vapor, she first has to give a lesson in lingo. “Vaping” is now a verb, referring to the act of inhaling from the battery-powered devices available in all shapes, styles and price ranges; “atomizers” heat the concentrated liquid, available in several flavors and with or without nicotine. Meanwhile, public health officials are now beginning to wonder if “secondhand vapor” could pose health risks to others.

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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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