Minot nurse celebrating five decades of caring for her community

MINOT, N.D. - A golden anniversary is a cause for celebration.

Dianne Freed's career in nursing began at a Minot hospital, and led to a life of fulfillment.

As a child, Dianne dreamed of one day becoming a nurse.

"I'm doing something that I love to do and that keeps me going," Dianne said.

Now, she's celebrating 50 years of service to her hometown, including time at St. Joseph's Hospital, the job corps, and now Northland Community Health Center.

"Nursing is my life and my love, and it's wonderful to be able to do something I love in a community that I love," Dianne said.

This isn't the only such milestone for Dianne. She celebrated 50 years of marriage to her husband Andy last summer.

"It's hard to believe, 50. It seems just like yesterday we got married," Andy said.

Outside of a brief stint working at a hospital in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, the Freeds have always called North Dakota home.

"As a nurse, I know she's passionate about her job and she loves her job here," Andy said.

A passion that brought her out of retirement in 2016, and back to the job she loves.

"I just wanted to be involved in nursing a little bit longer so I had this opportunity to come to Northland to work part time and it's an absolute perfect balance in my life," Dianne said.

The Freed's two sons and two grandchildren still live in North Dakota.