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 By Oakley Brazil    Opinion    May 3, 2021 

What It Took: Writing a Series

Over the years of writing I have learned a lot, but learning is never ending. When I started this “What it Takes” series, I was just eight years old. In the past two and a half years, I have...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    March 29, 2021

What It Takes: Talking Through Trouble

When I first began writing "What it Takes," I was inspired by the simple question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" For me, it was a very confusing question. I mean really? How was I...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    February 1, 2021

What it takes: Soaking up the college experience

For the past two years, I've been writing this column about people and their professions. After all this time, I still find myself pondering the age old question, "What do you want to be when you...

 

What it Takes: To build a rod making business

For this month's edition of What it Takes, I interviewed my one and only brother. Jackson is two and a half years older than me and has a serious addiction... ice fishing. For Jackson, ice fishing is...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    November 9, 2020

The votes are in

The votes have been cast and the ballots have been counted. Eddy County Auditor Patty Williams and this season’s poll workers have another election year behind them, and I have become a little more...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    November 2, 2020

What It Takes: Counting Votes Part II

Election Day is almost here, and the poll workers are busy preparing. In my last article, I wrote about County Auditor Patty Williams and how she manages to count all the votes. It turns out she has...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    October 26, 2020

What it Takes: Counting votes

I have lived through two Presidential elections, but this is the first one that I will know anything about. This month I agreed to learn and write about the election taking place on November 3. I'm...

 

What it Takes: Finding a Pal

Legend has it that I've wanted a horse since before I could walk. I probably even asked for a pony for my birthday a time or two. The thing is, you can't just go to a pet shop and buy a horse. Even...

 

What it Takes: Coming through, loud and clear

After a long break this summer, I am glad to say I am back. This month, I interviewed Steph Loe, a Sheyenne resident who works at RadioWorks in Devils Lake. I interviewed Steph at the RadioWorks...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    June 8, 2020

Local youth shows how Kindness Rocks

My usual monthly column took a different turn this month, but I think you'll find the detour will be worthwhile. This month I interviewed a young man who wants to share kindness throughout the communi...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    April 27, 2020

What it Takes: Sharing hope virtually anywhere

I’m sure many of you are with me when I say that I’d sure like to move forward from this COVID-19 thing. But we’re stuck for now. COVID-19 has changed our lives, leaving us to feel isolated and...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    March 30, 2020

What it takes: Living one day at a time

(with guest contributor Rachel Brazil) It's been a crazy past couple of weeks. There was one point when I had been stuck in the house for three – maybe even five – days. I couldn't handle being...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    March 2, 2020

Report from the Trail Riders 4-H Club

The 4-H Trail Riders met on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Schuster residence in New Rockford. Nearly everyone was in attendance. A few were out due to illness. At the meeting, we discussed...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    March 2, 2020

What it takes: Public works crew takes action when the snow starts to melt

At school, I’ve been learning about the water cycle and I realized there is a bit of snowmelt going on. This was especially clear when I took a walk on an unusually warm winter day. I paid extra att...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    February 3, 2020

What it Takes: Award-winning taxidermist is self taught

In the past year, I've talked to many different people about their careers. This year, though, I want to try to experience those careers too. After all, the best way of learning is through...

 

Young columnist reflects on first year of writing

A year has passed since I became a newspaper reporter, and I have to say I have learned a few things. Over the past 12 months, I have interviewed and featured 10 individuals. Some of them I knew, and...

 

Trail Riders 4-H Report

The Trail Riders 4-H club gathered on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd to decorate trees. Afterwards we enjoyed hot cocoa, cider and cookies. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the club held...

 

Volunteering for Santa, from the eyes of a child

On Saturday, Dec. 7, I volunteered during the annual Santa Day Celebration at the Brown Memorial in New Rockford. My job was to hand out a special gift to the children who came to see Santa. Santa...

 

Winterfest Special Feature: Take a look around... local gift ideas abound!

Before you drive out of town or reach for the computer for this year's holiday shopping, take a moment to consider if you can make your purchase in town and keep those dollars local. You'd be...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    December 2, 2019

4-H Trail Riders report

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Trail Riders 4-H group held a meeting at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne. All of the club’s 11 members were present. Old business included planning for the annual...

 

What it Takes: Teaching with class

As a fourth-grader, I feel pretty grown up. Being at the top of the elementary, I am often reminded that there is an example to be set. It's a whole different sort of world in fourth grade, but it...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    November 4, 2019

4-H Trail Riders elect officers

The 4-H trail riders held their first meeting of the year on Sunday, Oct. 20.   The Helseth family provided snacks. Elections were held for officers and there were nine members were present. Here...

 

What it takes: Teaching is an art

This month I want to introduce readers to Mrs. Erin Radke, the new art teacher at New Rockford-Sheyenne School. This is a job that she has wanted to do since she was five years old and she couldn't...

 

What It Takes: Making the cut

I was just a baby when I first met Josolyn Collier of Shear Delight Salon in New Rockford. She was the first person and is among the few to ever cut my hair. I had long, brown wavy hair, and my mom...

 
 By Oakley Brazil    News    July 29, 2019

Gone to Oregon, picking berries with the pros

Editor's note: This is the seventh feature in the monthly series "What it Takes," written by NR-S fourth grader Oakley Brazil who is currently visiting his grandparents on the Oregon coast. To run a...

 

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