Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan resides in Watford City and is a recent transplant to Western North Dakota. She is learning to navigate her new landscape along with her husband and their two boys. Betsy writes for the McKenzie County Farmer and also shares her experiences in North Dakota on her blog, oilgoesboom.com

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    Feature: Family bonds made through powwow

    Caspie and Donovan Abbey’s lives revolve around powwow. They dance, they fundraise, they teach, they judge, and they travel. So naturally, their children are following in their footsteps. Currently residing in Mandaree, N.D. Caspie’s lineage stems from the Hidatsa Crow Tribe in Montana and Donovan from the Coushatta Hidastsa and Mandan. Both started dancing at […]

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    Carpe Baby!

    I sit here balancing my laptop on a belly carrying a full-grown baby. She is scheduled to come into the world in three weeks. She doesn’t yet have a name but from what I can sense, she does not have a care in the world. I love her so much, my heart kind of hurts. […]

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    A Sprinkle of Stardust

    “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley Connie Lukens was living in Sheridan, WY working as a civil servant for the VA when her oldest daughter, Jen, had her first baby in Dickinson, N.D. And just like that, Connie’s […]

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    Keeping it (Mostly) Clean

      “Mommy! Can I do Play Dough?” my four-year-old yelled yesterday, right after I finished cleaning all of the floors in my home. What I wanted to yell back was, “Heck no! I just spent two hours scrubbing the floors, you will sit in the corner and look at my clean floors for the rest […]

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    Special Deliveries

    Of all the people who live in small towns and rural or remote areas on the prairie, the bravest of the bunch are pregnant ladies. A pregnant woman on the prairie has to be willing to spend hours driving to and from decent medical centers for prenatal care. Those terribly long drives tend to cause […]

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