This past Saturday, close to 300 spectators watched 18 souls embrace the chilly winds and take a plunge for charity.
The third annual Polar Pig “The Big Splash” at Stutsman Harley Davidson was sponsored by the Harley Owners Group and District 8 Abate of North Dakota.
By Ben Rodgers, The Jamestown Sun
, February 02, 2009
During this election, on national and state levels, human life is at stake.
It’s scientific fact that a baby human begins when an oocyte and sperm join at conception. All human life is a progression. Without the right to life proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence all other rights are moot.
Several years ago, ESPN attempted to ram down our throats a show called “The Life.”
As with all non-sports ESPN shows, I gave the program as much attention as I do say, the X-Games — zero. One night, however, I came across an episode featuring Shaquille O’Neal. While driving down the road, on a perfect southern California day, O’Neal’s Hoop-D, worth more than my crib — sorry, my house — blew a tire as he drove down I-5.
The Bartletts started out with 150 weed-covered acres, a pop-up camper and a thatched-roof outhouse where, to the sound of coyote howls her first night, Lynn Bartlett wept with fear and qualms about abandoning city life.
Lynn, her husband, Jim, and their four home-schooled sons moved from Fargo to a remote homestead in the Turtle Mountains four years ago. They didn’t make the transition easy on themselves: They plucked weeds by hand. They squished pesky potato bugs with their fingers. They let some chickens roam free.
For the Levins, 4-H horsemanship is a true family affair.
Mother Linda raises and trains horses on the farm west of Jamestown and is the leader of the Lucky Horseshoe 4-H club, and all the Levin children who are old enough are members.
In his fight against cancer, Nathan Hochhalter dressed as a woman.
And not just any woman, Hochhalter dressed as Rootin’ Tootin’ Tootsie, a tall blonde cheerleader with a navy blue mini-skirt and gold pom-poms.
Although Hochhalter had the right outfit, the right hair and even the right amount of periwinkle eye shadow, there was one aspect of womanhood he seemed to forget.
The sight of volunteers from around the country planting soybeans amid the ruins of Damian and Martha Kappenman’s farm brought tears to the eyes of the owners.
They are recipients of a one-of-a-kind program called Farm Rescue that is helping plant and harvest crops for injured, ill or disaster-stricken farmers.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, June 14, 2008
Tonight is the 12th annual Relay For Life. It’s a fun-filled night with a serious purpose — fighting against cancer.
Each year the Relay brings people together to walk, run or stroll to beat cancer in a nightlong experience that raises money for the American Cancer Society. This year, organizers are hoping to raise $200,000 to find a cure. But it’s more than just a fundraiser — it’s an event that builds community and hope for cancer victims and their loved ones.
Cancer is no stranger to Judy Jorgenson’s family.
Her grandmother, Rosina Wetzel, died of breast cancer in 1956 while in her early 50s. Jorgenson’s sister, Bernice Wolfe, was diagnosed in 1999 with peritoneal (abdominal) cancer and died at age 50 in 2001. Another sister, Deb Heinle, was diagnosed in 2000 with peritoneal cancer and died at age 61 in 2006. A third sister, Elvira Pittman, was diagnosed in 1994 with breast cancer, went into remission until 2000, again went into remission and is now cancer free and doing well.
Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization founded to help farm families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster, announced that it has successfully completed more than half of this year’s spring planting. The organization began the 2008 planting season on April 7 in western North Dakota. In just one month, 15 of the 28 selected farm families have already been assisted.
House and Senate negotiators late Tuesday scrambled to meet President Bush’s demands on a multibillion-dollar farm bill, considering cutting subsidies for wealthy farmers.
Earlier in the day, Bush had renewed his call to reduce such subsidies, saying the “massive, bloated” bill would do little to stem rising food costs. Negotiators met with Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer soon afterward.
Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press
, April 30, 2008
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