FARGO — When Billi Jo Zielinski surprised Jade McGough at Scheels All Sports to tell him his wish was granted, it was a little hard to tell who was more excited. The 16-year-old McGough, dealing with a degenerative condition called arteriovenous malformation, was all smiles after being informed that he and his family would be taking a trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. Zielinski, 41, the new president and CEO of Make-A-Wish North Dakota, was just as cheerful.
FARGO — Those trying to find work and a better life working in the oilfields of western North Dakota have to struggle with the elements, finding housing and hostile attitudes. Filmmakers trying to capture that life face the same struggles. A panel discussion Thursday afternoon at the Fargo Film Festival featured tales from three people who have worked on documentaries about life in the Bakken. “The logistics of shooting in Williston were harder than shooting in Pakistan,” said Roy Hammerling, a professor in the religion department at Moorhead’s Concordia College who is aiding his son Jeremi
FARGO – As the North Dakota landscape continues to evolve with this latest oil boom, the way people see the state is changing as well. Politicians, industrialists, environmentalists and the media all have a vision of what the state looks like and what it should look like. More and more, artists are offering their own perspectives on the Peace Garden State. And it’s not always a pretty picture.