Although it had started out as a legitimate sport back in the 1930s, in the decades that followed roller derby gradually devolved into the female equivalent of the WWE. Scripted fights, fishnet stockings, and miniskirts which doubled as scientific studies into how many sequins a square inch of fabric could support before erupting under its own sparkliness took priority over athleticism, and the outcomes of the matches were often predetermined. Roller derby experienced something of a renaissance last decade, however. The showmanship angle with its stockings and sequins has endured, as have the athletes’ funny stage names like “Honey Basher” and “Princess Cut” — but the aggression, and the results of each bout for that matter, are very real indeed.
Imagine working on a plantation in Arkansas a hundred years ago. The twinge in your lower back as you’ve bent over for the ten thousandth time to pick a potato. Heavy wooden ladders coarsening your palms as you ascend to gather splitting green pecan nuts. The sweltering Southern heat bearing down relentlessly upon you, made immeasurably worse by humidity so thick you could practically swim through it.
Most people don’t equate North Dakota with great skiing, but by admission that’s only because of the competition our country has given us. While we may boast better cheese than Colorado, and more land than Vermont (you could fit seven Green Mountain States into one Peace Garden), they’ve certainly got us beat in terms of pure elevation. This isn’t to say we haven’t got great skiing, of course — Huff Hills Ski Area is evidence enough of that.
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Valley Rental Service, Inc., a subsidiary of Valley Realty, Inc., began operations
in 1965. The company grew by offering quality, full-service, property
management to investor clients of multi-housing complexes developed
by the parent company. Since its beginning with 12 apartment units, the
company has grown to greater than 3000 units, including residential and
commercial management, in North Dakota and South Dakota to a variety of
sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations.
Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of kitchenware products. Celebrating 72 years in business in 2018, this local company manufactures and markets an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and grilling products and specialty kitchenware that is distributed worldwide.
Bismarck’s automotive transponder key fob headquarters!
“Some lines of work haven’t changed in years,” said Ken Hoff, the proprietor of Warren’s Locks & Keys. “Not to say that the guy changing oil at a garage has an easy job, but he’s still reaching for the same half inch wrench that he did on the day when he first started out. The locksmithing business doesn’t give you that luxury. If you keep using the same technology and equipment that you did even a few years ago — if you fall behind one gear — you’re going to find yourself out of luck pretty quickly.”