An annual survey came out last week
measuring, which state has the happiest people. North
Dakota made the top 10, but the question is which number.
The survey evaluated each state by six different areas, such as life
evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy
behaviors and basic access to health services.
surprised that we are ranked number one because there are a lot of
places we think that would be the ideal place to go," says Mayor Ward Koeser. "Go to Hawaii the temperatures are always the same. Everybody is
beautiful, and there's sand on the beaches. But we're
recognizing that people think other things are important as well. Having
a good job is important to people."
Koeser has been in office for more than 20 years and can understand
why the state was so highly acclaimed. He says the perception about
Williston might be changing as well.
think we are finding that things are settling down even in Williston," says
Koeser. "Sure it's a lot more stressful here than it probably is in
a Fargo or other parts of the state, but we are better off today then
we were a year ago. I think most people are recognizing we are going
to be better off a year down the road."
lot has changed in Williston in the past year and will continue to.
Especially with the amount of people that continue to come to town for
opportunities. The survey also showed that the state ranked number one
in work environment and physical health.
Residents of Williston say that things
are better than what most people think. She isn't the only one that
feels that way.
"I think it's
what you make of it." Stacy Hauge says. "You can be happy anywhere if the happiness is in your heart. I don't think it's like the wild
west here, but I don't go where it's real wild."
Hauge has been a resident of North Dakota for 38 years and was raised
about 150 miles from Williston. She went to college in town and stayed
here. She says the town has all the luxuries every other town has, it's
North Dakota moved up 18 spots in one year as it was ranked 19th last year.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
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Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.