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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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Troubled UND fraternity seeks a fresh start

Shut down two years ago in the wake of a string of drug-related arrests, UND fraternity Phi Delta Theta is on its way back.

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Polk County issues the most marriage licenses to region’s same-sex couples

Mark Beedy and Mark Pope live in Thief River Falls, but the same-sex couple traveled to the Polk County office building in Crookston for their marriage license and their marriage ceremony.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Job duties: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

The Denver Post newspaper recently created another newsroom position — marijuana editor. The new editor, Ricardo Baca, is big news in the newspaper business. This development is especially huge because his title is a first in newspaper history.

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Park River to let voters decide whether to allow hen houses in town

The fate of the Park River, N.D., chickens is going to the people. In front of an overflow crowd Monday, the City Council voted to put the city-dwelling chickens issue on the city election ballot in June.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Mayville’s queens of investing

In the late 1990s, more than 400,000 Americans belonged to grassroots investment clubs, pooling their money in an attempt to strike it rich. An investment group of 14 women who live in Mayville and the surrounding area has faired rather well. Since 1997, they have reached $122,000.

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VIDEO: Fuel-oil delivered to wrong Northwood home resulting in basement full of oil

On Monday afternoon, with winter looming, 191 gallons of fuel oil were delivered to 307 Adam St. S. in Northwood, N.D. A problem was that the oil was supposed to be delivered to 308 Adam St. S. A bigger problem was that the home at 307 Adam had a pipe on the outside, but not a fuel tank on the inside.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Making Christmas list is tough chore for men

To recap, I’m good at the Thanksgiving rituals of eating, languishing on the couch and thanking. However, I fall woefully short on one of Thanksgiving's duties. That job is to create a Christmas wish list, just as everyone else is called upon to do on the biggest newspaper advertising day of the year.

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For 6 Winnipeggers, Black Friday in Grand Forks is a tradition taken to extremes

Part adventure, part business trip, part tradition. That’s what Black Friday in Grand Forks is about for six Winnipeg women and apparently many others who sacrifice sleep for bargains and the thrill of the hunt.

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Retired Arvilla, N.D., postal worker gives thanks through poetry

Alden Lieberg has kept busy during his 17 years of retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, making everything from birdhouses to quilts to lefse. Poetry is what he produces the most, however. Lieberg has written close to 500 poems.

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Herald's Thanksgiving Day paper will be our heaviest paper ever

For many people, Thanksgiving Day means turkey, gravy and Christmas shopping. For newspapers, it means printing the advertising that offers those shopping deals. Lots of printing.

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Columns

RYAN BAKKEN: No bull: Freakish calf makes museum debut

In addition to the usual attractions of homemade pie and The Hayshakers old-time music band, the Steele County Museum’s annual ice cream social Sunday featured a third drawing card. Holding the spotlight in the museum’s display window was a stuffed calf with two heads and six feet.

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RYAN BAKKEN: The easy way to a better Ryan

If it’s works for a political Ryan, it should also work for a newspaper Ryan. I’m referring to the Ryan Resume Ratio. The RRR was conceived by Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice-president of these United States.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Beverages, not gas, is biggest price crime

You probably have noticed that gas prices are nearing $4 at local pumps. Whenever gas prices climb, consumers complain and station owners blame it on everything except their own profit margin.

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RYAN BAKKEN: From A to Z, the phone book is becoming slimmer

Drunks don’t have the Zygarlicke family to kick around anymore. For 27 years, Chris Zygarlicke was the last name in the local phone book. But, like a growing number of people, he and wife Eileen have dropped their land line.

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RYAN BAKKEN: For UND fans, trouble with law is Bison tradition

I was greeted last week by these words from a UND sports fan: “Looks like the march to the courthouse is still on.” His words were a reference to the 1980s, when North Dakota State University routinely slaughtered UND in football.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Here’s your August news quiz

Sure, August had some bad days. Gas prices shot up because of Hurricane Isaac and the temperatures shot up to record levels across the region.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Pill for men hard to swallow

A contraceptive pill for males is on the horizon. This news likely will be cheered wildly by women, who overwhelmingly have carried the birth control burden over the years. Not so fast, ladies.

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RYAN BAKKEN: You deserve to share the wealth

Get out your shopping lists, North Dakotans. Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to send you money via tax relief. That means more money will be staying in our pockets rather than going to the state treasury.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Up a creek with Shriners

Climb into a canoe with two Shriners? What was I thinking? That’s because I’m sitting at my keyboard in soggy shorts and soggy socks inside muddy shoes. I’m questioning the wisdom of my participation in the media portion of the Shriner canoe races Friday afternoon, even if the event produced column material.

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RYAN BAKKEN: Here comes your July News Quiz

July was hot. Very, very hot. But it’s not news that July is hot. In fact, July usually is. News, as the saying goes, is when man bites dog, not vice versa.

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