Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen have banded together over old-time music. Hodek's band, made up of seven musicians who play a variety of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, travel thousands of miles across the Midwest, as well as to Las Vegas and Arizona, to perform at polka fests and other events featuring old-time music.
Spring on the farm typically is a muddy mess. As I do my outdoor chores, I quickly discover where the holes are in my rubber boots as I step into water ponds with muddy bottoms. Inside, dirty sock and dog footprints track where the dogs and I have been, and our entryway is a jumble of filthy winter boots and grimy shoes. Our horses are grubby, too. Brushing them is futile because they roll in the mud as soon as we are finished. The same is true for our two Golden Retrievers whose feathery legs, bellies and tails are muck magnets.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — Mayville State University's small size is one of the main reasons it set a record enrollment this spring, administrators say. Spring enrollment at Mayville State was 1,078 students, a 13.4 percent increase from spring 2014 and a record for the university founded in 1889. Officials say the comfortable way students, many of them from rural North Dakota, feel on a small campus makes a difference.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Amy Sheggerud wants every dog she meets to have its day. The owner of Amy the Dog Groomer gives canines of all colors, shapes and sizes the royal treatment in her home-based parlor in Northwood, offering services from cleaning ears and clipping nails to washing and drying.
It hurts to say goodbye to family pets, but that's the price we pay for loving them When our family adopted Alfred, a black Labrador mixture, we didn't know his bloodlines, health history or age. But what we did know was that he was a gentle old boy who needed a family to love and care for him for the rest of his life, and that ours was the one that wanted to do that.
Buoyed by a belief that she could make a positive difference in the lives of the region's young, Janell Regimbal accepted a position with Lutheran Social Services in 1987. Thirty-two years later, Regimbal's record of accomplishments with the agency is proof she has done just that. Regimbal, vice president of LSS Children's Services in Grand Forks, has created several programs to better the lives of children and teenagers. "I've been able to really manage a start-up of 10 lines of service," Regimbal said. "That's a really unique opportunity."
SHARON, N.D.—On the first day of spring, black calves nestled in a bed of yellow straw soaked in the rays on the south side of Cody and Jenn Bratlie's calving pen while their mothers ate hay or contentedly chewed their cuds. "They're enjoying the sun," Cody said. The warm, bright weather was a welcome break for the cattle and their owners after a prolonged cold, unsettled weather pattern dropped temperatures to record levels and brought blizzards to the Bratlie farm. The Bratlies own 45 head of purebred Simmental cattle and 15 commercial crossbred cows.
I knew from watching YouTube videos, reading educational materials and following Marine Facebook pages that U.S. Marine Corps boot camp is mentally and physically challenging. While on leave after graduation, my son, Thomas, described hikes of double-digit miles in the rain while carrying 60-pound packs, crawling on his belly through mud and yelling by drill instructors. He confirmed everything I had seen and read.
KARLSTAD, Minn.—Community starts with a K for Hollis and Carolyn Turnwall. From offering customers full service at the gas pumps to serving meals made from scratch to mentoring hundreds of high school students, the owners of Karlstad Korner convenience store take pride in serving their customers.
DRAYTON, N.D. — The cling-clang of the Skjeberg Lutheran Church bell ringing across the prairie is music to the ears of its congregation. Each pull of the rope connected to the bell of the new church signals the resurrection of the church from the ashes of a fire that destroyed the building a year ago this month. On March 3, Tom Britten, Skjeberg Lutheran Church usher, rang the bell for the first time since services the morning of March 4, 2018. That night, a lightning strike during a snowstorm started a fire that destroyed the building.