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The Truth and Lies of Art, Politics, Justice and History

The Truth and Lies of Art, Politics, Justice and History

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm

This years UND Writers Conference aimed to create discussion about the truth and lies within art, politics, justice and history. No matter what field a person is in they aim to bring light and truth into an area of darkness.  Whether it is in researching a cure for cancer or researching what happened to...

UND Writers Conference

UND Writers Conference

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

March 26, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm, Showcase

As we trudge through a grey and temperamental spring, there is a bright ray of sunshine that the community of Grand Forks looks forward to every year: The UND Writers Conference. Amidst the snow and wind students, UND faculty and community members all flock to the three day conference to participate i...

Jamming in the bluegrass

Jamming in the bluegrass

Aimee Coons, Arts & Communities Writer

March 5, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Dakota Student, Showcase

Bluegrass music isn’t something one would think to hear in Grand Forks, North Dakota but the Flatt Mountain Bluegrass Boys brought an excellent musical experience to their audience at Half Brothers Brewing Company Friday. Having grown up with bluegrass and country music, I was excited to hear the F...

The Feast of Nations

The Feast of Nations

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm

The night was filled with excitement as more than a thousand people filled the Alerus Center for the Feast of Nations. My editor Devon Abler and I dressed to the nines and were very excited for the festivities. Even though it was our first time attending, this was the Feast of Nations’ 56th annual event.  To open the event, E...

B. J. Armani’s drag show

B. J. Armani’s drag show

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm, Showcase

I had never been to a drag show before, but when a good friend invited me to come to  B.J. Armani’s Cabaret I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.   We arrived at the American Legion in East Grand Forks a little after the show started. I was totally surprised to find that all the seating was take...

The Price Is Right

The Price Is Right

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm, Dakota Student

The Chester Fritz Auditorium buzzed with pure excitement as the audience waited with bated breath for the Price is Right Live to start. The auditorium was packed with people. The main floor seating was full and half of the balcony seating was taken. Several large groups of people came sporting mat...

Move like a Jedi, sting with the Force

Move like a Jedi, sting with the Force

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 4, 2018


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I felt as if I were stepping into an alternate universe as the hum of lightsabers met my ears.  I watched the lightsabers glow and dance as I waited for my first lesson in lightsaber combat to start. My son Liam, an avid Star Wars fan dressed up as Darth Vader, jumped into the fray with his blue lig...

Family day at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Family day at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Showcase

The North Dakota Museum of Art was filled with laughter from the families attending this month's family day event. The event promotes art for our diverse community and is free to the public. Since the event is not only the promotion of art but the promotion of community and family, I brought my son Lia...

The dream in action

The dream in action

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Showcase

In true North Dakota form, January 15, 2018 had below zero temperatures and freezing winds. However, the daunting weather conditions did not stop the community of Grand Forks and the students of UND from gathering at the Gorecki Alumni Center to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As the community ga...

Rethinking the college experience

Rethinking the college experience

Aimee Coons, Staff Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Aimee Coons, Opinion, Showcase

The fall semester is ending at a rapid pace. Students are scrambling to finish papers, complete projects and attempting to start studying for their finals. As I sit trying to organize my week, my to do lists for homework is growing at a baffling rate. I am a senior this year, and will graduating (hopefully) in t...

Rating your professors

Rating your professors

Aimee Coons, Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under Aimee Coons, Opinion, Showcase

The fall semester is coming quickly to a close and registration for spring semester is here. As students gear up to register for the next semester, discussion begins with opinions on professors. For many students the general consensus on professors will dictate whether or not they will be registering...

Human and sex trafficking on the home front

Aimee Coons, Staff Writer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Aimee Coons, Opinion, Showcase

On Oct. 20, 2017, the UND Law School hosted a panel discussing the crisis of human trafficking in the United States, specifically in the North Dakota area. Mediating the panel was John Clark, former President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC); sitting on the panel was...

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