Today was like any other day. I finished up some school work, touched up some lesson plans, and decided to relax while dinner was in the oven by browsing the headlines in the InForum. As I watched the headlines flash by on the web banner, one in particular caught my eye: “Bismarck man creates Web video series of everyday North Dakota“. I clicked and within the first few lines I knew this was something I’d be interested in. You should read the complete article yourself, but in a nutshell its about a man in Bismarck who began filming short video interviews featuring the everyday people of North Dakota. The purpose for his endeavor was to correct some of the negative stigmas outsiders have of North Dakota, which similarly was the main reason I started this blog.
While I can go on and on about the food, the weather, the lakes (ok I guess that is more so Minnesota) and the flat landscape, my main reason for feeling so at home in North Dakota is not because of any of those things. For me, the people are what make North Dakota and what better way to honor the great people of this state then by sharing their stories with the world?
I visited the YouTube channel, DailyDakotan, and before I knew it I had been clicking on videos for over an hour. From a news anchor’s love story, to a local tattoo artist pursuing her love, to Mandan’s, country, karaoke king and a young man who is a “speed cuber” (you’ll have to watch to understand), every story is not only unique but shows the appreciation each individual has for the state that has allowed them to follow their dreams, nurse their talents, and do what makes them happy.
So who is North Dakota? You are.