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RYAN BAKKEN COLUMN: Insurance agent returns to TV and to Internet adulation

November 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

MAYVILLE, N.D. In high school back home in Saskatchewan, Jessica DeClercq signed up for the school play.
But she didn’t want to be on stage. Instead, she opted for hair and makeup duty.
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RYAN BAKKEN: Too many hide behind the wall of anonymity

September 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

My name and sometimes my face is attached to what I write. Because I’m held accountable, I’m offended when others can hide in anonymity while spreading venom.
People have remarkable courage when they don’t have to stand behind their opinions.
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RYAN BAKKEN: Vikings’ stadium solution is simple — the Alerus Center

September 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Loren Magnus of Petersburg, N.D., suggests that North Dakota help the Minnesota Vikings pay for a new stadium. He proposes that the state invest some of its surplus to build a stadium in Minneapolis. He’s half-right. Continue Reading

BAKKEN COLUMN: Last of the ’60s hits 60

September 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Class reunion will celebrate age, not graduation year
I’m attending a high school class reunion later this month. And, unlike past ones, I can’t wait.
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September 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

With UND still serving its apprenticeship in D-I athletics, meaningful games outside of hockey have been rare. Tuesday night was an exception. Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: August was a downer

September 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Alas, August’s news was mostly bad. In agricultural news, rains delayed harvest, several months after they also delayed and prevented planting. And the lockout at American Crystal Sugar Co. dragged on. Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: Additions to the local dictionary

August 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has added several new words, such as “tweet.” Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: A perfect choice in EGF

August 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Selection of fire truck for new playground fits
Rebuilding the Sherlock Forest playground, necessary because of a May fire that destroyed three-fourths of the playground, is off to a raucous start with Monday evening’s unveiling of the new design. Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: Not one person can fill Amiot’s shoes — it takes three

July 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The worst thing to happen when you retire? You don’t leave a vacancy.
That is Jerry Amiot’s situation. The 69-year-old’s last day as Polk County auditor-treasurer is Friday, when the position retires with him.
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RYAN BAKKEN: Paying to puff can solve the shutdown

July 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Like last time, ‘impact fee’ on smokers could halt stalemate
I suggested in Sunday’s column, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, that North Dakota should help our neighbors to the east with their budget problems.
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