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Ryan Bakken

Ryan Bakken writes about news in the region and his column appears Tuesday and Sunday.
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High winds put Icon arena behind schedule; Park District still seeking funds for second ice sheet

Youth hockey and figure skating aficionados need not fret. Despite inactivity last week, construction of the Icon Sports Center on Grand Forks’ south end is only slightly behind schedule.

New Grand Forks office gives immigrants easier access to services

As of November, the Grand Forks office of Lutheran Social Services New Americans has been able to provide the immigration services and answers.

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RYAN BAKKEN: A shot glass half-empty and other thoughts

The East Grand Forks Police Department’s Dec. 12 alcohol compliance checks of city outlets selling booze found three violators. During each sting operation, a minor is sent into an establishment, seeking to purchase alcohol.

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UMC gets online laurels: Campus among top schools in country for online programs

For the third consecutive year, the University of Minnesota-Crookston is ranked among the top 25 percent of colleges for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.”

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East Grand Forks council to fill empty seat in February

The East Grand Forks City Council has developed a timeline for replacing Alderman Ron Vonasek, who died Dec. 9.

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Grand Forks County ranks 4th in child abuse cases in state

Grand Forks County had the fourth-highest rate of child abuse and neglect in North Dakota in 2012. So say recently released North Dakota Department of Human Services statistics.

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Masters of The Ask: Shared values, passion among the secrets of successful fundraisers

Following is fundraising advice from people involved with Choice and other fundraising efforts.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Junior Sovde shares his secret to health, eternal youth

One thing is clear about Melvin Sovde Jr., of Greenbush, Minn. He is no slacker. Better known as Junior, he has driven a school bus for 52-plus years and has taken only one sick day. One. And, even on that one day, he showed up for work.

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Crookston Sports Center draws new curlers out to the sheet

The city just started a local curling program at its new Crookston Sports Center. It already has one league going, but officials are looking for more, partly to fill up a new Wednesday afternoon league.

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Devils Lake elevator a total loss after Sunday blaze (w/video)

Despite efforts of firefighters working in wind chills falling to 56 below zero, the Dakota Dry Bean elevator here is a total loss.

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Columns

RYAN BAKKEN: Need for less speed

I long have been bewildered about the casualness displayed by motorists getting speeding tickets.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Working hard just to be overweight

Ten days ago, a released study showed that overweight people live longer than those of normal weight. Now they tell me. Now, after buying a fitness club membership? Now, after pints, gallons, maybe even acre-feet, of sweat rolling off my forehead onto the treadmill?

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RYAN BAKKEN: More misery now, more joy in July

What we need is a blizzard. Or a cold snap. Or both. I’m serious. My wish is for our own good — in the summer. I’m referring to the Principle of Constant Weather Pleasure.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Wealth, thinness, smarts, youth — no, thanks

Ryan Bakken writes about the things American adults would most like to change about themselves.

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RYAN BAKKEN: If Mayans are right, no Christmas shopping

With Christmas two weeks away, I’m tempted to believe the Mayans. If the Mayans are right, the world will end on Dec. 21. That means any effort I put into Christmas shopping would be wasted.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Smoking ban will broaden in Grand Forks parks

North Dakota’s public smoking ban doesn’t just cover the indoors. It also rules over the soccer fields and baseball diamonds in our rectangular slice of heaven.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Norwegians made Northwood not New Orleans

Northwood, N.D., has the highest percentage of Norwegian American ancestry of any community in the United States. That high ratio of Norwegians explains the town’s rapid and complete recovery from its 2007 tornado.

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RYAN BAKKEN: 6 things wrong with 138-point game

138-point performance was celebrated by many. I’m not one of them.

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RYAN BAKKEN: A town with no Twinkies

With speculation percolating that Twinkies might become extinct, I hunted for the leading stereotype of junk food. Alas, after stops at 10 grocery and convenience stores, I couldn’t find a single Twinkie in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Blindingly obvious but a longtime coming

Bakken talks about his history with tobacco and how attitudes on the subject have changed.

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