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It’s State Fair Week

Concerts … food … carnival … exhibits … food … free entertainment … competitions … food … It’s State Fair Week!  Get to Minot for the return of the North Dakota State Fair!  Last year’s flooding in Minot forced the cancellation of the State Fair which is back and bigger than ever in 2012.

Through July 28, guests will find days and nights full of entertainment, food and fun! Upcoming concert headliners include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young, Blake Shelton and Foreigner.  Plus, there are a ton of free stage acts like the Swampmaster Alligator Show and Comic Ventriliquist.

Families will find SO much to do!  Are you registered for the Cloverdale Hot Dog Eating Contest?  How about the Kids Cupcake Decorating Contest?  Every day, head to the ND Game & Fish Skills Park for hands-on tries at fishing, archery and trapping.  Looking for some deals this week? No problem – the State Fair has them posted online.

And did I mention food?!  With the Fair comes so much yummy goodness!  This year a team of fearless eaters had the super tough job of tasting all the new foods on the midway.  Check out the results … while I apply to be on the judging committee next year.

When visiting the North Dakota State Fair, be sure to take lots of pictures and then upload them to Flickr in order to enter the first ever ND State Fair Flickr Photo Contest! Your photo could win you $500!

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Family Fun


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A tribute to Warren Christopher

“Warren was a diplomat’s diplomat – talented, dedicated and exceptionally wise … he understood the subtle interplay of national interests, fundamental values and personal dynamics that drive diplomacy.” – Former President Bill Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher has been called a “resolute pursuer of peace” and he was known as a revered leader.  The great statesman was born in Scranton, N.D. in October 1925, and he lost his battle with cancer last week at the age of 85.

“I was born in a very small town in North Dakota, a town of only about 350 people.  I lived there until I was 13.  It was a marvelous advantage to grow up in a small town where you knew everybody.” – Warren Christopher

Christopher graduated from high school and college in California.  He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and attended Stanford Law School.  His career began as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, then going into private practice for 17 years before serving as U.S. Deputy Attorney General.

In 1977, Christopher was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of State under the Jimmy Carter administration, and was President Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of State, from 1993 to 1997.

Christopher’s professional work included many achievements.  He was involved in negotiating the Iranian hostage release, relations with China, the Panama Canal treaties and he headed the first interagency group on human rights.  President Carter awarded Christopher with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 1981.

Christopher received N.D.’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for present or former North Dakotans, in 1998.  This tribute can be seen in the lower level of North Dakota’s state capitol building.

Governor Jack Dalrymple issued the statement: “Betsy and I extended our deepest condolences to the family of Warren Christopher, a true statesman who was dedicated to making the world a safer place and the United States a stronger nation.  He was a skilled diplomat and a tireless advocate for peace and freedom and will be remembered for the integral role he played in bringing peace to Bosnia and negotiating the release of American hostages in Iran.”


Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Events, History, ND in the News


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Jell-O Structure Contest in Fargo

You’ve probably heard of snow castle and ice sculpture contests … here in North Dakota you might expect those things.  But we enjoy things that are unexpected and this Friday, February 4 enjoy a Jell-O-bration at the historic Fargo Theater.  This self-proclaimed culinary showdown will award prizes for the best structure, best landscape and best in show for outstanding use in Jell-O.

Entries in the jiggle competition will be accepted from 8-11:30 a.m., and submissions will be on display at the Fargo Theater from 11:30 to 3 p.m.  It’s a fun event if you need a “jiggle giggle”!  The North Dakota State University architecture department is creatively involved in this event.

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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Events, Just for Fun


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