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Ringing in a frigid New Year

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Posted on 1/3/15

By Jake Kulland

So this is what winter is supposed to feel like.  As we visit this week, the temps at the time of this writing have been well below zero, and wind chill advisories have been the norm.  We got very spoiled for most of December temperature wise and that makes 25 below temperatures that much harder to take.  At least we can say the nice weather (albeit with clouds and fog for much of the month) takes a major chunk out the winter.  Just think in less than two months it will be March and we hopefully will be thinking spring.

We would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  As you read this it is 2015, but as I write this, it’s 2014 (Working for a weekly newspaper you always have to be thinking ahead, it’s sort of like being in your own personal sequel to “Back to the Future”, so I constantly think about the terms “88 miles per hour”, and “1.21 gigawatts”).  Anyway, hopefully good times and happiness will find all of you in 2015.

Some winter sports scheduling notes

The New Year and the month of January always means that we go full throttle on the winter sports season.  There are a few changes in the week ahead sports wise.  The Langdon-Munich Cardinals girls basketball team will have a makeup game at Larimore Jan. 6, in a contest that was postponed from mid-December.  Also that night the Cardinals boys hoops will travel to Warwick in search of their first win of the season.  We also have games scheduled to broadcast on 95.7 The Rock Farm a fun girls basketball game with Valley City visiting Lakota-Edmore in Edmore Jan. 5, and North Border hosting Cavalier in an always big rivalry boys basketball game Jan. 6.  Also the Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team heads west for their annual road trip at Watford City’s B and A teams Jan. 9-10, and at Sidney (MT) to play the Richland Rangers Jan. 11.  As we wished you all a Happy New Year, we also wish all of our area sports teams the best of luck in the new year.

A little different view of Williston this time around

Just after Christmas, we headed out to our hometown of Williston for a few days.  I hope it was just the holidays going on, but we had a chance to visit a few area businesses over our time there, and it was a stark contrast to what we’ve seen in the past.  Many places were half full or nearly empty for much of the weekend.  Food and refreshments were easy to get (in both Williston and Minot, actually) which almost never happens.  Again, hopefully people were just away for the holiday season, but I can tell you this –  People are beginning to get nervous about the less that 60 dollar a barrell oil prices, and the repercussions they would bring if they last for most of the new year.  We’ve all been through it out there before, and it’s not a pretty sight.

Bison 4-peat about a week away

Depending on when you or where you get your Republican, the NDSU Bison football team is about a week away from trying for their fourth straight FCS College Football Championship.  They will play Illinois State Jan. 10 at 12 Noon, in a game that you can watch on ESPN 2.  The Bison are seven point favorites for the game which will once again be played at NDSU’s second home, Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.  It should be great atmosphere to see once again, Illinois State and the Bison play in the same conference, but ironically the schedule did not have them play each other this year.  And in another bit of irony, both teams have just one loss on the season, will both losing to Northern Iowa.  The Bison lost 23-3 on the road, and the Redbirds lost 42-28, also on the road.  What does that mean?  Probably nothing more than it should be a great matchup for the national title game, and we wish the many people that are making the trip down safe travels. Go Bison!

“See ya!” next week!