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Ryan Bakken writes about news in the region and his column appears Tuesday and Sunday.
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Hurt in August train accident, Grand Forks city employee works to return to old life

Despite an on-the-job accident that was almost fatal last summer, Kyle Johnson is eager to return to his work of slaying Grand Forks mosquitoes. People have an opportunity to repay Johnson, who was severely injured Aug. 21 when the city’s vehicle he was driving was struck by a freight train.

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Oldest working nurse in N.D. keeps busy, makes wine for Communion

Marjorie Anderson routinely is a volunteer at her church in conventional ways such as quilting, serving at funerals and assisting during worship.

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New wool mill in Fosston, Minn., will be 2nd largest in U.S.

Stephenie Anderson’s timing for starting a wool-processing plant here is spot-on. So says Bill Batchelder, president of Bemidji Woolen Mills, and Jim Stordahl, an extension agent in Polk County.

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RYAN BAKKEN: A third-rate wise man

Tuesday evening, I was bitterly cold. After all, I was in an open-aired shed with a dirt floor, with the temperature at 17 below zero, for about an hour.

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On Christmas, those left working take laboring in stride

Five hours into his work shift on Christmas Day, Marco Olmedo said his facial muscles already were sore from smiling. No, his overworked smile lines weren’t from the presents he had opened. Instead, they came from his job, waiting on tables at the Grand Forks IHOP on 32nd Avenue South.

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Grand Forks volunteer is battle-tested to handle tough chores

Mary Sass was a World War II refugee at age 6 and a breast cancer patient at age 69, making the 74-year-old Grand Forks resident battle-tested to handle tough chores. Among her chores are providing company and comfort for chemotherapy patients and people on their deathbeds.

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Dolls and trucks and smartphones: Christmas wish lists old and new

This intrepid reporter stalked the halls of Christmas commerce this week, with one question in mind for shoppers of all ages: What was the first toy that you really, really, really wanted for Christmas?

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2011 Red River grad plays hometown gig with Lorie Line

Lorie Line’s 20th consecutive year of performing in Grand Forks brought a local flavor to her concert Saturday. The local connection to the concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium was Ryan Christianson, a 2011 Grand Forks Red River graduate. The 20-year-old trombone player is in his first year with Line’s Fab Five backup group.

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RYAN BAKKEN: A Christmas cry remembered

Daughter Andrea was humiliated many times by my chaperoning of her school dances and then — even worse — writing about it. Today, it’s son Jake’s turn to be embarrassed. It’s only right that he, too, should contribute by being red-faced. And, at age 23, he should be able to take it.

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East Grand Forks City Council member dies at 62

East Grand Forks City Council member Ron Vonasek, 62, died Thursday evening. The cause of death for the first ward alderman is unclear, son Shane Vonasek said. An autopsy will be conducted.

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Columns

RYAN BAKKEN: Here's your team to be named later

Recently, some UND athletics department news releases and some Herald sports stories have used “Green and White” to refer to the university’s athletes.

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RYAN BAKKEN: The chaos coordinator will take your call now

Ryan discusses the benefits of getting to create your own title in the workplace.

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Crookston children find happiness in hay bales

The description of the “natural play space” in Crookston seemed like some new-age concept that was mock-worthy. But Bakken found, instead, an almost old-fashioned kind of play that is heavy on imagination and light on fancy equipment.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Expert help on some sweet research

Because the Boss Lady is out of town, I’ve been commissioned to secure the necessary Halloween treats to dispense on Wednesday evening.

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RYAN BAKKEN: 13 Reasons to turn your frown upside-down

Cheer up, things are going from worst to bad temperatures are falling, as are the minutes of daylight. Winter is coming. Soon. But don’t despair. Not all is bleak.

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RYAN BAKKEN: A vote for McGovern

The first presidential candidate I voted for was George McGovern, who died Sunday at age 90. My vote was cast for the most selfish — and best 3 of reasons: I didn’t want to die.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Plastic surgery is wasted on the young

American teens are undergoing more than 200,000 procedures per year, according to an estimate. This is wrong.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Politics ad nauseam

Mercifully, the election is three weeks away. That’s when it will be safe to watch evening television again. I’m referring, of course, to the commercials. It seems as if 90 percent of commercials this month concern political races.

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Thief River Falls worker retires after 60 years at same job

Winton Dahlin was allowed to knock off 30 minutes early from work Friday, his last day on the job. Consensus was that he earned it, since he’s worked the past 60 years for the same company.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Goals for a life without fries

When I was school age, I ignored the first morning rousing by my mother by rolling over and going back to sleep. But when the second shaking came, I complied because if I didn’t, there was hell to pay. Hopefully, my most recent second wakeup call will be equally successful.

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