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WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- I took my last ride before the snow fell last Saturday.
Even before the weatherman told us it was coming, we knew it. We have ways of knowing out here even before the air turns cold: ribbons of geese flying south in the gray sky, the thickening coats on our horses, frost on trees and a film of ice on stock dams in the morning, an ache in my left wrist, arthritic from a fall off a horse that broke it in eighth grade, hunters out in orange, sneaking and waiting for a deer to fill their tag at their freezers.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Keesha Renna is drawn to stories, and in her adopted city of Williston, the tales of struggle, heartache and loneliness are boundless.
Intrigued by a story she read on North Dakota’s fracking boom in Harper’s Magazine more than a year ago, Renna first landed in Minot for a few months, then moved to Williston in September 2013.
Armed with a degree in anthropology, a stint as a bartender and three years as a music promoter, the 27-year-old from Boise, Idaho, is hoping her musical take on the Bakken will reflect the many perspectives she has experienced in “one of the most pivotal moments in my time.”
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Last week, Pops was out on a beautiful fall afternoon ride, saddled up for a mission to ensure the cows were in the right places.
He had been out there for a bit, covering ground, trotting through the fields, when all of the sudden, Pops’ right reign lay limp in his hand, no longer attached to the bit at the horse’s mouth.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- With the opening of their second retail store set for the end of November, brothers Jeff Hafner and Lenny Johnson hope to be on the leading edge of what Williston’s mayor predicts will be the year of retail for the Oil Patch hub.
In a part of North Dakota known more for Carhartt than hip fashion, Hafner and Johnson are opening Starboard stores, with clothes and accessories aimed at women, men and children.
Hafner and Johnson founded Starboard in 2009 and opened their first store in Dickinson in March 2010 in the Prairie Hills Mall.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- The house seems especially quiet this morning. The sound of my fingers clicking across the keyboard is all there is to hear, really. My husband’s off to work, and I’m tackling a to-do list that includes finding homes for toy dinosaurs, books and superheroes, sweeping glitter and cracker crumbs off the floor and rearranging the dozen crayon-drawn pictures on the fridge.
It might be quiet now, but evidence of the weekend spent with our nieces and nephews, all five of them, all between the ages of 4 and 11, all by ourselves, is lingering in every nook and cranny of this house.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Western North Dakota’s energy boom has lured workers from around the world, but for Kevin Mischke, the oilfields got him off the farm but kept him close to home.
Mischke, 39, grew up on a farm and ranch northwest of Williston, played sports, worked on his family’s land and took every chance he got to “get out of having to haul square bales.”
A friend of his dad’s asked Mischke to work with him an oil and gas company. With some college courses under his belt, the then 19-year-old thought, “cool, I got a job.”
“I started at the bottom and worked my way up to a toolpusher,” Mischke said recalling his 11 years with Nabors.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Amanda Hofland started blogging almost on a whim.
But with about 1,500 unique visitors to her blog every month, the Fargo resident said she is now attracting readers from across the country, nearly all of them she doesn’t personally know.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- I was a teenager in a time when a giant cell phone in a leather bag was the latest in communication technology.
My parents would unplug it from the cigarette lighter in their minivan and detach the giant magnetic antenna from the roof only for me to reassemble the configuration in my 1983 Ford LTD before heading out to a football game with instructions to call before I left town.
FARGO, N.D. – Just a minute or two of movement can make all the difference in energy and stress levels among employees, say Ann Dolence and Carolyn Espel.
The local women are the co-founders of Wellday at Work, a subscription Web application that features more than 100 videos, each one to two minutes long, that demonstrate yoga or other fitness-inspired moves employees can do in their workplace. It also includes nutritional information from North Dakota State University Extension and daily tips.
A related Windows-based app lets users schedule reminders to take movement breaks during the day.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- At Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, a young Ethiopian boy recently recalled his first impression of seeing snow in North Dakota.
“It was cold,” said Jonas Adams, 11. “We built snowmen.”
The story of how he and his younger brother, Nate, arrived here involves nearly three years of paperwork, international visits and a rollercoaster of emotions felt by his new adoptive parents, Kim and Dave Adams of Grand Forks.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- We all know the old saying “It takes a village,” usually said in regard to raising children, the support and the diversity of influences a kid needs to grow up and become a nice, well-rounded adult human being.
WILLISTON, N.D. - The Bakken region catches a lot of flak about our flares. When you pump oil, natural gas is a natural byproduct, and at this point it is not cost effective to capture it. So we just let it burn 24/7.
The environmentalist and Al Gore types continue to badger us because of the waste of energy, pollution of our air and the possible long-term effects of all this gas everywhere. Believe me, we are working 24/7 on ways to capture this very valuable commodity to offset our winter temps of 40 below zero.
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