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Friday, March 7 – “The Real Williston” project seeks to examine the top ten issues facing the city. Here to discuss #3 on the list, education, is Katie Long of the Williston Regional Economic Development Corporation. ~~~ We resume our airing of the NPR series on “The Great Plains Oil Rush” with a story from Jeff Brady on a new refinery in North Dakota, the first of its type in three decades. Meanwhile, there’s the issue of getting all the crude to the rest of the country. We have a second piece today from Kirk Siegler about shipping all that oil to market. ~~~ News Director Dave Thompson stops by for our weekly news chat. ~~~ Matt Olien take a break from the Fargo Film Festival to comment on last Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Thursday, March 6 – Today we visit with PBS travel guru Rick Steves, who’s coming to North Dakota next week. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl of Square One Kitchens stops by to tell us all about papaya. ~~~ “Flu Pandemic: And Why it May Never Happen Again” is the subject of this month’s “Science Café” in Stokers Basement Lounge. Joining us with a preview is Dr. Andrew Mazz Marry, assistant professor of bioscience at Minnesota State University Moorhead. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have this week’s What’s Happening calendar of events.
Wednesday, March 5 – Meet Sharon, North Dakota native Jeff Lund. He’s the executive producer for a film called “Half the Road,” which explores the passions, pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling. It screens today at the Fargo Film Festival. Also joining us is writer, director, and cyclist, Kathryn Bertine. ~~~ Today’s Natural North Dakota essay from Chuck Lura is about Monarch Butterflies. ~~~ Perhaps you heard about young Rudy Hummel who’s sleeping outdoors all winter. He picked quite a winter for his escapade, and he’s still at it! We get an update from Rudy and hear about the organizations he’s raising money for. Visit his blog at snoreoutdoors.com ~~~ March brings some sign-up deadlines for the federal health insurance exchange. Joining us is Neil Scharpe, director of the health insurance navigator program for North Dakota. For more information, see www.ndcpd.org/navigator or call 800-233-1737.
Tuesday, March 4 – Businessman and visionary leader Herman Stern has been named the 40th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens. Governor Dalrymple will officially present Stern’s family with the award during an event on March 13. Here to tell us about Stern’s remarkable life is Terry Shoptaugh, author of “You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis.” ~~~ Rebuilding Together brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need, and the national president is coming to North Dakota this week. Here to tell us about the organization are Tom Newberger, board president; and Russ Richards, executive director.
Monday, March 3 – Dustin Monke, managing editor of the Dickinson press, has been looking at the challenges facing Watford City and the result was a 3,000 word story appearing in papers across the state on Sunday. He joins us to discuss how Watford compares to other towns in the patch. ~~~ And speaking of the Bakken, Sebastian Braun, associate professor of Indian Studies at UND will present on his work, titled “Bakkenization: 300 Years of Globalizing Frontiers in North Dakota,” this Wednesday at the Empire Arts Center. He joins us with a preview. ~~~ Tom Isern shares an oil-related story in this week’s “Plains Folk” essay, “Dry Hole in North Dakota.”
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