Helping the next generation of journalists

Newspapers can be one of our greatest learning tools. I am convinced three things taught me how to read: The Berenstain Bears, Little Golden Books and newspapers.

One of my earliest memories is from when I was 4 and my older brothers would spread the sports pages of The Dickinson Press and Bismarck Tribune out on our kitchen table so I could read basketball box scores.

A few years later, one of my favorite parts of Mrs. Rita Greff’s sixth-grade classroom at Regent Elementary was her newspaper clippings board, where students could read snippets of the newspaper that Mrs. Greff felt pertained to us. She would clip out The Press and Tribune for us to read. If we wanted to claim the clipping, we were to write our initials on the clip.

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51 below doesn’t hinder western ND much

Clay Cosler, left, and Randy Paulson of Two Brothers Moving Co. in Dickinson help move a resident into the Hawks Point senior living community on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

Brutally cold temperatures appears to be on the way out of western North Dakota after wind chills in Dickinson dropped to as much as 51-below zero on Sunday and lingered into Monday afternoon with temperatures as low as 18 below in the morning.

Despite the cold temperatures and wind chills that grabbed national attention, most workers soldiered on outside as usual throughout the area with the exception of area schools cautiously canceling Monday classes based almost entirely on potential safety hazards posed to children because of the cold.

“It sounds like a lot of people did take the right precautions — layered up, covered exposed skin,” said Tony Merriman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Bismarck. “We have ways to combat the wind chill. It’s just not fun.”

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North Dakotans should be proud of the Bison

North Dakota State seniors celebrate their win over Towson during the 2014 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. *Photo by Carrie Snyder / Forum News Service)

About 10 years ago, North Dakota State decided to move its athletic programs to the NCAA Division I level.

No one knew what to expect at the time. Coming off a few years of Division II mediocrity in most sports, including football, fan sentiment was tempered. Some people predicted it would be a disaster. More were upset that long-time rivalries were ending so NDSU could play teams like Southern Utah and Cal Poly.

A decade later, there is no debate. The decision has been nothing short of brilliant.

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