Big Iron Farm Show brings agriculture to forefront

2023 ig Iron Farm Show logoA free concert and an Ag Education Center are two new additions to the 43rd annual Big Iron Farm Show presented by the Cass County Farm Bureau.

The annual celebration of agriculture includes informational exhibit booths, innovative field demonstrations and opportunities to see the latest in agriculture unveiled. And admission and parking are free!

Avery Roth

Growing our own

With a pervasive teacher shortage affecting North Dakota statewide, communities, schools and education professionals are carving out innovative solutions to ensure all students have access to high-quality teachers. North Dakota has developed a “grow your own” model to recruit and retain teachers, with a package of initiatives supported by the N.D. Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

A common theme among these programs is of communities looking to solve problems by looking inward.

Bois de Sioux Golf Course

Swing through two states at Bois de Sioux Golf Course

Swing a club at the Bois de Sioux Golf Course and you’ll golf in two different states on one course.

Spread across two ZIP codes, the 18-hole Bois de Sioux Golf Course is the only course in the United States to feature holes in two states, with the front nine holes in Wahpeton in North Dakota and the back nine holes in Breckenridge in Minnesota.

The stately par 71 course offers 6,378 yards of golf from the most popular gold tees.

Black Leg Brewery

Black Leg Brewery pays tribute to ranch roots

Nestled on the prairie 25 miles southeast of Bismarck, the historic Black Leg Ranch’s gem is the Copper Jewell Barn, where Black Leg Brewery crafts microbrews.

Home to six generations of the Doan family, Black Leg Ranch is a working ranch, raising both cattle and bison, since 1882 near McKenzie.

“We are a cattle ranch first and foremost, but we also have over 700 head of bison on our ranch,” Jay Doan says.

As of 2018, the back of the barn is home to Black Leg Brewery, with 14 microbrews made with many local ingredients.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Golf atop Bully’s breathtaking buttes

Stand at the No. 15 tee at Bully Pulpit Golf Course near Medora and you may forget about the game for a moment, as a backswing atop the butte feels like it may scrape the sky.

Golfers will immerse themselves into the Badlands, golfing from atop the buttes along the Little Missouri River on a challenging, but entertaining, course.

An 18-hole course, Bully Pulpit Golf Course opened in 2004. It’s a par 72 layout, with renovations continually improving the grounds.

Fox Hills Golf Course

Play 18 scenic holes at Fox Hills Golf Course

This is not prairie golf. That becomes obvious with the first hole of Watford City’s Fox Hills Golf Course, which hugs the rugged western North Dakota landscape like a well-worn golf glove.

The par 72 course, with 6,980 yards from the back tees, recently expanded to an 18-hole municipal course and is served by McKenzie Electric Cooperative.

Expect to use every club in your bag on this course, which dates back to 1930.

Black Paws Brewing Co.

Black Paws Brewing Co. fills niche in Devils Lake

As the only craft brewery in Devils Lake, the Black Paws Brewing Co. pays homage to the massive, mellow Newfoundland dog. The brewery’s entrance is guarded by a statue of owner Jeb Oehlke’s Newfoundland dog, Riggley, who inspired the brewery’s name and logo.

Black Paws pays tribute to all the Newfoundland dogs the Oehlke family has owned since the early 1990s, when the family acquired their first Newfoundland to use for search-and-rescue missions.

Pam Emmil

5 Second Rule Bracelet leads creator to sobriety

5-4-3-2-1. Pam Emmil didn’t count on a pain medication prescription plummeting her into addiction. But those five numbers helped count her steps back to sobriety. And to a thriving, therapeutic business.

Wrapped around Emmil’s wrists are the bracelets that not only helped her overcome her addiction, but which are now part of her business, 5 Second Rule Bracelet.

She now shares her personal journey of opioid addiction – and recovery – through her business, as she sells bracelets and other jewelry with a message.