FARGO, N.D. -- Ask Heather Arntson and she’ll tell you: Video games are threatening to turn today’s kids into Generation Fluffy.
Arntson, who heads Moorhead (Minn.) High School’s physical education department, says lots of kids have speedy fingers and thumbs of steel from video games but can’t do 10 decent pushups or pullups.
They’re not in the same shape as kids 10 years or 20 years ago, Arntson said.
“Most females can’t do a pullup,” said Arntson, who’s taught in Moorhead for 19 years. “To ask a kid to do pushups and do it the right way, I probably would say 60 percent could do it. It’s not very many.”
Arntson’s not alone in worrying about the fitness of the current crop of kids. Local health experts agree sedentary lifestyles and fast-food diets have yielded children not as physically fit as their parents or grandparents were as kids.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- To honor the first week of December, Mother Nature opened up the sky and let loose a bazillion-trillion tiny snowflakes that made their way down to the frozen earth, pushing through the trees and across the road – cars stuck, trucks chained up, roads blocked and events cancelled – reminding us that this winter party has just begun.
I love a good snow day.
I love waking up the morning after the warnings on TV and radio and pressing my face to the window to see if the weatherman’s a liar. I love pouring my coffee in a big mug and staying in my slippers, knowing nobody expects me anywhere.
RED WING, Minn. -- For more than 70 years, the wistful ballad “You Are My Sunshine” has persisted as one of the most recognizable songs in American culture.
Although the tune is most commonly associated with the South — it’s one of two official songs of Louisiana — a local family says its lyrics have Midwestern roots.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Last week, in between bites of chicken casserole, my husband shot a coyote off our deck.
A quick glance out the window as the sun was setting sent him flying from his seat muttering and cussing as he ran to the back of the house to retrieve his gun.
I set my fork down and stood up to see what sort of varmint might be after the cat food this time only to discover three scruffy coyotes circling and nipping at my Lab’s heals and chasing my one-eyed pug as he frantically barked and yipped 3 feet from our basement doors.
It was a theatrical scene, like a live-action National Geographic special, watching those five canines work out the order of things as they circled, ran, barked and snarled their way up the hill in front of our house.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- It’s just a ribbon of asphalt. Yellow lines swish and break, swish and break on the other side of the windshield in my dad’s little white Ford.
There was a time when pickups didn’t have back seats. Kids like me, we would sit on the passenger’s side of the bench seat, or in the middle where our knees would bump and move to make room for shifting into reverse, our bodies barely tall enough to lift our noses up over the dash so we could see the landscape roll out in front of us.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- It’s 7 p.m. in Boomtown, and the sun has long gone down, revealing a snake of headlights creeping in from all directions to the center of the buzz of our small city.
Moms in SUVs head in to pick up kids from hockey practice. Roughnecks stop at the store to stock up on Gatorade and snack cakes. Teenagers meet up for a movie. Ranchers come home from hauling cattle to the sale. The sheriff zips out from the courthouse to the west highway where a bumper-to-bumper community sits.
My husband and his pickup were a link in that chain heading from the east toward town to meet me for dinner. He had been sitting in his office all day, answering calls about malfunctioning pumping units, calculating oil production, drinking coffee, making presentations and putting numbers into spreadsheets.
Win or lose, Minto expects a hot time
MINTO, N.D. -- Residents of Minto will be feasting on chili tonight when they learn whether a summer chili feed has landed the community in the Guinness Book of World Records.
FARGO, N.D. – A young Fargo woman and her family are offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their cat, Beauty, who has been missing since Thursday.
Those who do not know the Magelky family may think the reward is a bit steep.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- My guitar, my dad and I took a plane out of the oilfields of North Dakota last week and headed south to the bricked houses and white-fenced arenas north of Ft. Worth, Texas, where his brother lives.
We brought the rain with us and spent an evening at a downtown honky-tonk, listening to old-school country and watching cowboy hats float along the top of a sea of people tapping their toes and taking long drinks from brown bottles of beer.
FARGO, N.D. – While it’s not the fairy tale wedding the former bride-to-be planned, a big party was still held at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo.
Michelle Marxen and her family spent thousands of dollars on her wedding before the groom backed out. Even though the wedding was off, contracts with vendors still had to be paid.
So Marxen and her family decided to turn a wedding reception in the Ramada ballroom into a Halloween bash for CCRI, a Moorhead, Minn., organization that serves people with disabilities.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Many romantic themes surround the idea of country living: the peace and quiet, the sky dotted with stars and the privacy of living away from city streets.
I admit these are all wonderful perks of a rural existence, but what never seems to come up in these dreamy notions is that big space between a country home and civilization – and all the time we spend in the car to get anywhere.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The cafe at Jamestown Regional Medical Center was decorated pink Saturday morning, and women – also mostly clad in pink – shared breakfast there in honor of JRMC’s new Pink Ribbon Facility.
The Pink Ribbon Facility opened Oct. 1 with a 3D mammography machine that can detect 40 percent more breast cancer at earlier stages than JRMC’s previous 2D mammography machine.
JRMC’s new machine is the first and only 3D mammography machine in North Dakota.
‘Miss Pilot’ was filmed locally, can be seen online
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks is making its TV debut today — in Japan.
“Miss Pilot,” a weekly drama partly filmed on the University of North Dakota campus and other parts of the city, will air in the evening on Fuji TV in Japan.
It’ll also be accessible online to those outside of Japan.
For the university, the show will provide unmatched publicity in Japan. UND’s name and logo are clearly visible on more than one location just on a promotional video on YouTube.
FARGO, N.D. – Susan Harman Alou isn’t the first person to make North Dakota the last stop on a quest to visit all 50 states.
So many others have saved the best for last that the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a club.
On Friday – also Alou’s 79th birthday – she was awarded the CVB’s “Best for Last” certificate.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- The sky out here on the plains is a magical piece of our lives. I fell in love under it, counting its stars while sitting on the roof of his house, laying in the crook of his arm and wondering how this might all play out.
Now that star-counting boy and I, we lay side-by-side in our bed at the ranch as the light from that same sky warms our faces with its palette of pinks and reds, yellows and golds, asking us to wake up now. Wake up.
And everything we do out here between the starlight and the sunrise, that sky knows.
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