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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Williston Herald, Williston, Feb. 3, 2015

Gone too soon, Jangula left a legacy

In football, the fullback is the quiet backbone of the team.

He's the guy rarely quoted in the media or talked about on the broadcast, but without him, a team is empty in a sense.

What a fullback brings to a football team is consistent effort, fighting for that key block to explode the running game, or punching in the one-yard touchdown.

They're the ultimate teammate, sacrificing their body and health for quarterbacks, running backs and the offensive line, with the goal of doing nothing more than helping the team win.

Tyler Jangula was that player, and more importantly that person off the field.

And his presence in Williston and at North Dakota State University will be sorely missed.

While many of us at the Williston Herald never had the opportunity to know Jangula, we sure wish we had the chance.

He's been remembered by family, friends, teammates and fans as a local sports icon, the man who altered an entire position at his school, and someone who helped NDSU reach new levels on the football field during and after the time he played.

But his legacy on the field is minor in comparison to the legacy he left off the field.

Jangula was a guy with a big heart, a family man who protected and supported his sister, Rheanda, and a mentor to her and a legion of Bison football players over the last several years.

His friends and family in Williston, NDSU and Fargo will certainly miss this amazing young man who left us too early.

And his community will miss him, too.

In an age where star athletes are too often shown not to be the role models we hope they are, Williston has had someone to look up to in its own backyard this whole time.

But while Jangula won't be on the sidelines, at practices or at home to encourage and inspire another generation of Coyotes and Bison, his legacy will live on because of the person he was on and off the field.

His parents, Randi and Henry, are planning a scholarship at NDSU in Tyler's name.

What a fitting way to pass on his legacy to both Williston and NDSU students — by giving something back to them in the way Tyler always did.

Rest in peace, Tyler. You will be missed.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Feb. 4, 2015

It's time to build a new governor's residence

As recently as the 2013 legislative session a bill was proposed to build a new governor's residence.

That the bill did not pass was in agreement with the governor's opinion that this was not the right time to build. The Bismarck Tribune Editorial Board had taken the same stance and had recommended a do not pass vote.

One of the certainties in life is that things change and sometimes opinions change — we believe that now is the right time to build a new governor's residence.

So, what has changed? A study done a few years ago determined that it would take $2.8 million in renovations and repairs to bring the residence up to accepted standards is one thing that has changed.

A recent report indicates the governor's residence needs among other things handicap access updating, a larger and attached garage, more bedrooms, and better security.

Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, who introduced SB2304, said that it would be crazy to spend $2.8 million in repairs, noting that demolishing and building a new residence would be more economical.

It is hard to argue with that logic. If we invest $2.8 million into the governor's residence we still have a 55-year-old house that will need to be replaced at some juncture. Throwing $2.8 million in good money as a bandage and kicking down the road what we know will need to be done at some point anyway is not an efficient use of dollars.

The bill moves that $5 million be authorized from the already existing Capitol Building Fund to finance the project. The fund, which may only be spent on Capitol grounds projects, is expected to have $5.37 million at the end of the current biennium and more than $8.5 million by the end of the 2015-17.

As is our custom in North Dakota we are practical and conservative with our dollars. Sometimes over-the-top conservative. There no doubt will be hue and cry that no one needs a $5 million home, which might be true. However, the governor's residence is more than a home it's also a place where meetings, events, and celebrations are held. It's also a place where dignitaries from in and out of state stay when they are in our city, i.e., Robert Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Angie Dickinson, Lawrence Welk, to name a few.

Still the new governor's residence must be in keeping with our conservative mentality, but also be built with an eye toward the future and be ready to use current technology and equipped to convert to future technology with a minimum of expense.

Our future governors and the people of North Dakota deserve a place that we are proud to show our out-of-state visitors and in which the first family can live comfortably and securely.

If approved, construction will begin on Jan. 1, 2017. Why wait almost two years? We all know that building costs seem to go up every year, our suggestion is that if the bill passes the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission should move quickly to start building as soon as possible.

The money is in the fund, let's get started.


Minot Daily News, Minot, Jan. 23, 2015

Hostfest off to a good start

Next fall's Norsk Hostfest is off to a good start.

Hostfest announced its main stage concert lineup recently and it looks to be a good one with a lot of Hostfest favorites returning.

Not everyone will be pleased, naturally, but organizers have shown that they are attempting to keep the festival fresh by bringing in new acts such as Celtic Thunder.

Backed by their Celtic Thunder band, the Irish group's shows are said to be "known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography, and dramatic set pieces."

Also signing with Hostfest: The Band Perry, for which the festival will add a standing room "pit" area in front of the stage, something Norsk Hostfest president David Reiten thinks fans will appreciate.

"Country fans want to stand and sing during the concerts," Reiten said. "So, we figured we would try to accommodate them and try something new."

Yes, it seems odd thinking about Norsk Hostfest so soon, but once summer comes we all know how quickly it will fly by.

The 38th annual Norsk Hostfest kicks off Tuesday evening, Sept. 29, and we encourage you to mark the five-day, four-night festival on your calendars now.


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