2020 year in review

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 7:26 PM CST
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - We’ve heard plenty of talk from people who are saying good riddance to 2020 because of all the negative events they can list. We decided to remember some of the good from this year in North Dakota.

2020 started out as the year of clear vision. In January, when temperatures dropped below zero, that meant it was time to get a warm cup of hot coffee at grandma’s house or go ice fishing with grandpa.

When trouble struck a 96-year-old WWII veteran from Bismarck, two Misty Waters contractors didn’t hesitate to help.

“Squad 4, they’re going to be at the public boat dock not the one inside the marina,” said a dispatcher from Central Dakota Communications.

“It was just adrenaline [that] kicked it and I was just trying to get him out of there fast enough before more ice broke or anything like that,” said contractor Robert Brendel.

By springtime, we found a new way to stay connected.

“Good morning,” said equine instructor Cherie Sanstead.

“The technology’s not always the easiest piece but we have figured out a way to make it work,” said Sanstead.

We cheered on our healthcare workers and honored loved ones in long term care facilities by holding parades.

“Thank you so much,” said Sheridan Memorial Home resident Betty Nathan.

Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Darren Linde was honored in a special way. The LA Rams football team wore his initials on their helmets.

In Goodrich, Maria Steichen was one of the last three students to graduation before her high school closed.

“It will be sad but in a way it’s new memories for other kids going to a different school so, hopefully it ends on a positive note,” said Steichen.

Bismarck students said goodbye after seeing each other for the first time in three months.

However, tragedy took everything from residents twice in two years at this apartment complex in Mandan. Bismarcks, Patty Barrete was one of many to step up.

“Maybe that’s what we do with the clothing first,” explained Barrette to another volunteer.

She assembled a team in just 30 minutes to help struggling families.

But despite the hardships, we did move forward.

Motorcycle organizations created a calendar to raise money for people with disabilities to experience the outdoors.

“This was literally a five-minute brain child, I was like: ‘let’s do this’ and here we are, it’s fantastic,” said Not So Heavenly Bodies creator Beth Nielsen.

Mark Sandness donated his time and range to Sporting Chance

“That was a nice shot,” said Sandness to a participant.

Times of sadness brought out the biggest laughter.

A reminder that laughter is sometimes the best medicine. Through it all, we learned the importance of staying together.

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