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YOUR PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR NOT BEING A JACK*SS COACH OR PARENT

AT YOUR CHILD'S SPORTING EVENTS

WRITTEN BY: PAUL HANKEL

Now that youth sports are back, it is

my great hope that a one-year hiatus

has resulted in the extinction of one

of the worst things plaguing sports:

jack*ss parents who verbally abuse

referees, coaches, and players.

Are YOU one of these types of

parents? Let's discuss.

The Signs and Symptoms

Often disguised as, "advocating for

their child and ensuring they get the

best experience possible," in reality,

it's a small vocal minority of parents

who are ruining what is supposed to

be a fun and educational experience

for our kids by acting like children

themselves. These parents can often

be found pacing the sidelines at their

child's games and practices, visibly

sweating and hurling critiques at

coaches, refs, and anyone else within

earshot. Lord forbid the coach call a

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play that doesn't result in their child

scoring a touchdown…you'll get to

see a full-on adult temper tantrum.

They are the first parents in the ref's

face when there's a blown or missed

call…completely devoid of the

realization that this is just a game

and that their third-grader is still in

the "just having fun," stage of their

athletic journey.

The Numbers and Facts

The numbers are startling: more

and more umpires and referees are

quitting the profession. To go along

with this shortage, fewer and fewer

numbers of parents are willing to

coach their child's team for fear of

getting verbally assaulted (heaven

forbid physically assaulted) or

getting accused of favoritism for

playing their child. A quick Youtube

search of, "parent attacks referee,"

will yield hundreds of results.

According to USA Today High School

Sports, nearly 60% of coaches have

considered quitting or have quit,

and, "nearly 67 percent of coaches

revealed that unsportsmanlike

conduct among parents was also an

issue. In fact, 60 percent explained

that they've recently had to speak

with a parent about their conduct."

What was once a fun way to make

some extra money while still being

involved with the sport they love has

now, for many referees, become an

unbearable burden. Coaches, who,

at the youth and junior high level, are

often unpaid, offer similar sentiment.

"I had a parent threaten to sue me for

not playing their daughter enough!"

said one regional coach who asked

to not be named in this article. "I had

no idea parents could even do that!"

If that doesn't tell you somethings

wrong, nothing will.


But, I Just Want My Kid to Have the Best Shot at

a Scholarship

According to the NCAA, nearly eight million athletes

play sports during their high school years. Of those eight

million, roughly 2% received some form of scholarship.

More and more student-athletes are choosing to,

"specialize," in the sport(s) they feel they are the best

at, instead of playing three or four sports seasonally,

thereby driving the competition level for playing time and

scholarships even higher.

To put it bluntly, there is a very small chance your child

will get a sports scholarship. My son happens to be a

super talented athlete and excels in almost every sport

we put him in. However, he is the unwitting bearing of

myself and his mother's genetics and is therefore subject

to the harsh reality that, having a mother who is 5'3" and

a father who's barely 6' doesn't bode well for his NBA

future.

The Cure

The solution to this growing problem is simple:

• Remember that, especially at the youth level, these

are kids and that it's more about developing a love for the

game than winning at those stages. Don't get me wrong,

winning and competition are very important. I absolutely

abhor the, "everyone gets a trophy," movement and think

it's one of the most destructive parenting movements of

the last century. It leads to children who don't know how

to lose or be told they aren't good enough at something.

I could type pages and pages about this specific topic

(maybe my next article?), but will spare you an all-caps

rant!

• Remember that the brave parents and volunteers who

choose to coach or referee your child's sports programs

are often underpaid or not paid at all. They are donating

their time and energy to help instill a sense of teamwork,

camaraderie, and a passion for healthy competition in

your child. Let's maybe cut them a little slack for missing

a side out or two at your daughter's volleyball camp?

• Remember that, unless your child is extremely gifted

in the genetics and talent departments, their youth and

high school sports experiences will serve more so as a

way to learn about teamwork, victory and defeat, hard

work, and sportsmanship.

• Lastly, there is no better way

for you to experience what

some of these coaches

and referees are dealing

with than by trying it

out for yourself! Almost

all youth and high

school sports leagues

are in constant need of

coaches and referees

for their various sporting

programs. •

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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2021

CONTENTS

VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 2

02 DON'T BE THAT PARENT 10 THE ROOTS OF HUNTING 24

06

Your Practical Guide for

Not Being A Jack*ss Coach

or Parent at Your Child's

Sporting Events

HOT AIR BALLOONING

Melting Away Stress and

Spreading Joy, One Ride

at a Time

13

14

Pursuing the Squirrel

INTERESTING FACTS

ABOUT HALLOWEEN

HAVING A BEER WITH

Senior Anchor at KVRR -

TJ Nelson

28

30

CBD

Providing a Peaceful

Balance

36 HANDY, LIFESAVING

AND FUN USES FOR A

POCKETKNIFE

LOCAL HERO

A Healer's Heart - Nathan

Kobrinsky

18

Inside the

Squared Circle with

BELOW ZERO

WRESTLING

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WRITTEN BY: EMMA VATNSDAL

It's no secret that the last year and a half has been

stressful for many reasons.

But it's how you deal with the stress that makes

the difference.

For John Boulger, the stress he faces each and

every day as he practices law in Fargo, N.D., is

slowly melted away as he fires up the burner,

inflates the brightly-colored envelope and takes to

the sky.

"I find it such a nice change from practicing law,"

Boulger said, from a conference room in his

downtown Fargo law office. "Because if you want

to fly safely, it has to require 100 percent of your

attention. So that's the only thing I think about

while I'm in the air."

Boulger has been a hot air balloon pilot for years

— 38 years to be exact.

"A gentleman named Greg Paul taught me how to

fly," Boulger said. "He taught several other people

in this area how to fly. You're licensed by the

F.A.A., Federal Aviation Administration, just like

if I flew a plane."

Boulger has flown his hot air balloons all around

the globe. From the bicentennial celebration

across Australia, to celebrations over Theodore

National Park near Medora, N.D., if there's a

recognizable, or even unrecognizable, balloon

festival, there's a good chance Boulger has been

there.

"We flew a balloon for Kodak of the Pacific (in the

Australia bicentennial), you know, for a division

of Kodak films," he said. "And I ended up flying in

Albuquerque at the International Balloon Fiesta

for Kodak for about 10 years. And because Kodak

was the name sponsor of the event at that time,

I would get to be the first balloon up on the first

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weekend. So that was kind of a thrill to get up in the

air and be able to carry the American flag and they'd

be playing the national anthem, and I'd be able to

look back at all these balloons that were either fully

or partially inflated. It was just so pretty."

But not every ride is American flags and beautiful

balloons. Boulger has had his fair share of not-sograceful

landings and adventures as well.

"When I was a student pilot, we weren't using tie-offs,

or ropes tied on your vehicle so that if the wind comes

up, it stops you," Boulger said. "When I was a student

pilot, there were two student pilots and the instructor,

and we didn't have a tie off. So the balloon started to

move across the field and I guess I was running faster

than the other student pilot because the instructor

said 'John, jump in and fly.'"

Boulger got in the basket and began flying the balloon

at what he timed to be more than 40 miles per hour.

"I thought 'I've got to land this,'" he said. "So I looked

for a big field, and I'm up by Blanchard, N.D., in less

than an hour and I say 'I'm going to land right in the

middle of this field."

Because of his speed, Boulger's landing was closer

to a ditch, still icy from the frigid Spring weather.

He recalls leaping into action to salvage the balloon

from the water, but in the process, managed to soak

himself to the bone.

"I ran to the nearest farmhouse and it was an

abandoned farmstead," he said, recalling. "So I ran to

the next one, and there was a guy outside shoveling

snow away from the front of a machine shed. And I

said, 'I don't know if you saw this, but I just flew a

balloon that landed about a mile away, and I'm really

cold. Do you think there's someplace that I could get

warm?'"

Boulger was taken in by the farmer and his wife and

lived to tell the story. And for every difficult landing,

there are many peaceful flights — ensuring Boulger

keeps his balloon in the air and his passengers safe.

And keeping his balloon in the air is what helps keep

his full-time job in line.

"(Ballooning) is not like owning a horse," Boulger

said. "I can put it in the garage and not take it out

for two months. It doesn't need to be fed, it doesn't


need to be watered, it doesn't need

to be cleaned up after. I only do it on

weekend mornings."

Boulger also takes multiple

vacations per year — most centered

around ballooning.

But when asked what the Good Life

means to him? Boulger had a few

ideas.

"Happiness and doing good, and

if you've been blessed, you need

to share," he said. "I also have had

several occasions where families

have contacted me with a family

member who is really ill and they

want to (go ballooning) as a last wish.

It's really brought happiness to the

family, and to the person going on the

balloon ride too. So that's probably

the best of the happiness that I've

been able to provide to people. The

good life to me is happiness and

being able to provide that happiness

to people. It's a joyous occasion to

be able to provide that happiness to

people." •

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THE ROOTS OF HUNTING

Pursuing the squirrel

WRITTEN BY: JEFFREY MILLER

My earliest hunting memories are of drifting through

the woodlots of south central Minnesota with my father

hunting squirrels. Those golden autumn days gave me

an appreciation for hunting, wildlife and the environment

that continues to this day.

Many experienced hunters begin by learning from a family

member adept at the pursuit. While that has worked in

the years past, today's society is more urban than ever

before. Neophyte hunters today can learn a tremendous

amount on the internet, of course, but sifting through bad

information can be overwhelming. Whether young or old,

starting small can help lead to a lifetime in the outdoors.

In my opinion, the perfect rifle for a new

guns

hunter is the 22 Long Rifle. Inexpensive

to purchase and shoot, the diminutive

cartridge is quiet and recoil-free. One of

the biggest issues for inexperienced shooters is choosing

a gun with too much recoil, or "kick." If the shooter begins

flinching, in anticipation of the recoil, it will be very

difficult to shoot accurately.

Before shooting, purchase a quality pair of earmuffs.

Hearing damage can occur even with a 22, and once

hearing damage has occurred it cannot be reversed.

Select a safe location to shoot. If you live in an urban area,

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"THE PERFECT RIFLE FOR A NEW

HUNTER IS THE 22 LONG RIFLE."


"SQUIRREL HUNTING IS THE BEST WAY FOR A NEW HUNTER TO GAIN

EXPERIENCE SCOUTING, STALKING AND HARVESTING WILD GAME."

there are many shooting ranges

around the Fargo-Moorhead

area. Rural dwellers may find it

easier to shoot on their property.

A proper backstop of dirt, brush

or the like, is essential. Even

a small bullet can travel well

beyond the intended target.

A quality telescopic sight can aid

in accurate shooting, but many

shooters prefer to use iron sights.

Whatever is preferred, the gun

will need to be sighted in. Start

by shooting at 25 yards, moving

the sights or reticle to match the

bullet's impact. Once the gun is

sighted in, have fun shooting! Tin

cans or balloons, attached to a

safe target, are fun to shoot at no

matter the shooter's age.

Another great gun to start with

is a 20-gauge shotgun. Recoil

is minimal and the gun can

be used both for small game,

upland game and even waterfowl

with the appropriate non-toxic

shotshells.

the game

For my money, squirrel hunting is the best way for a new hunter to gain experience

scouting, stalking and harvesting wild game. Small game licenses in both

Minnesota and North Dakota are readily available, and there is plenty of public

land in both states that have good populations of animals. Of course, obtaining

permission on private land is possible as well, and often only takes a knock on the

door and courtesy in asking to hunt.

Once a license is purchased, read the hunting regulations carefully. It is the

responsibility of the licensed hunter to know the open season, shooting hours and

limit of the game pursued.

TREE SQUIRREL SPECIES IN THE AREA

INCLUDE FOX SQUIRRELS, GREY SQUIRRELS,

AND RED SQUIRRELS.

Tree squirrel species in the area include fox squirrels, grey squirrels, and red

squirrels. Fox squirrels are the largest, weighing up to three pounds. As their

name implies, they are a rusty orange color. Grey squirrels are a touch smaller,

weighing over two pounds, with a coat ranging from pure black to light grey. Red

squirrels seldom weigh more than a pound and are not considered game species.

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hunting

While the two types of squirrels share habitats in some

portions of Minnesota, they generally prefer different

locales. The fox squirrel is found in open woodlots,

riparian areas, and shelterbelts. They spend a lot of

time on the ground foraging for food. Grey squirrels, on

the other hand, like a dense forest. They will seldom be

more than a scamper away from a tree.

What they have in common are food preferences. In

farm country, this means corn. Squirrels will travel

long distances to find ripe, golden corn in the fall.

Other food sources include hard mast such as acorns

and hackberry seeds and soft mast such as crabapples.

Find the food source and you will find the game.

My favorite way to collect ingredients for a squirrel stew

is to take a seat near a food source. While squirrels in

city parks are habituated to humans, squirrels in the

wild do not tolerate human intrusion. By sitting against

a tree, with a good view of a cornfield or acorn flat, the

hunter waits for the game to come to them. Even though

I have hunted big game in many states and provinces,

the sight of a squirrel moving through the treetops into

gun range still gives me the shakes.

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the table

You've selected a hunting location,

found the food source, and bagged

a couple of animals. What happens

next? Preparing the animal for the

table requires first removing the

hide and entrails. There are many

excellent YouTube videos that

walk through the task step by step.

The meat of the squirrel closely

resembles chicken in color and

texture. While non-hunters may

scoff at eating a squirrel, one bite

of a properly prepared squirrel dish

and they are sold.

"BELIEVE ME,

FRIED SQUIRREL

IS DELICIOUS!"

Squirrel meat is tough, making

them great options for braising

or crockpots. My favorite way to

cook them is to tenderize the meat

by cooking in a pressure cooker

or InstaPot for 10 minutes. Next,

bread the quarters with flour or

batter and fry in hot oil until golden

brown. Believe me, fried squirrel is

delicious!

Hunting is more than just harvesting

game, of course. Immersing oneself

in the natural world will bring

many rewards, even if no game is

bagged. In today's digital, artificial

society, hunting can reconnect us

to our ancient roots and allow us

to participate in the rhythms of the

natural world. •

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HAVING A BEER WITH | TJ NELSON

WRITTEN BY: MEGHAN FEIR

PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Freshly colored by the sunshine from his recent

trip to Las Vegas, TJ Nelson, the senior anchor

at KVRR, answered my questions with ease as

we sat in Brewhalla. I learned about his love for

a certain redheaded entertainer (not me), the

secret he never tells (though he didn’t tell me the

answer directly), and how a particular cuisine

from his Norwegian heritage makes him gag (for

good reason).

For the past 8 years, Nelson has been at KVRR,

but he’s been in the broadcasting industry since

the ‘80s. His first gig was at the tender age of

15 where he went by “Nick James” at his local

radio station. By 16, he was already in charge

of scheduling. After spinning disks and being a

morning show host for several years in Rugby

and Minot, N.D., Nelson made the switch to

television as a weather anchor in 1995 and as a

news anchor in 1998.

In the summer of 2021, he was interviewed by

yours truly. Read on to find out some morsels of

information you didn’t know about TJ Nelson.

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GOOD LIFE: When you were a kid, did you

pretend to be on the news or your own show?

TJ NELSON: Oh, did I pretend! I have two

younger sisters, so I made them pretend I had a radio

station. They’d sit down the hallway and listen to me as

I talked in my little microphone.

GL: What’s the weirdest or most uncomfortable story

you’ve ever covered?

TJN: I used to do a weekly series in Minot where I’d

go and do other people’s jobs. One day I’d be working

in a restaurant, and the next I’d be a massage therapist.

It was weird trying to massage someone I didn’t know.

One of my favorite ones was horseshoeing a horse.

They taught me how to pinch the leg of the horse to get

it to raise. That was kind of fun. You don’t get bored.

GL: Did you ever think, “Man, I can see myself

switching over and doing this instead” with any of the

jobs you tried?

TJN: No. I felt like I had the best job because I got to

see what everybody else was doing. I knew I wouldn’t

want to horseshoe a horse every day of my life with the

chance of it kicking me.

“When I was a disk jockey, my first

radio name was NICK JAMES.

I found it in the phone book.”

GL: What TV, movie or book character do you

most resemble or relate to and why?

TJN: My mom told me I was named after Troy

Donahue, an actor from the ‘50s.

GL: So Troy’s your first name? What’s your middle

name?

TJN: James. When I was a disk jockey, my first radio

name was Nick James. I found it in the phone book.

When I moved to Minot people always called me TJ,

so then I just went by “TJ the DJ.” I became the No.

1 radio show host in town, so when I moved over

to TV, I wasn’t going to change my name because

people already knew me by that.

GL: What are your most loved and hated foods?

TJN: Most hated is lutefisk. I’m a Norwegian and

I hate lutefisk. I can’t stand it. I don’t care what

you do to it. Most loved food would be king crab

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HAVING A BEER WITH | TJ NELSON

legs. I ordered those at the Gordon Ramsay Steak

restaurant in Las Vegas recently. The way they made

it was ridiculous. They were fantastic.

GL: What’s one thing people would be surprised

to know about you?

TJN: People always ask, but I don’t tell them my

age. We told a guy my age in Vegas last week on the

monorail and he almost fell out of his seat. He was

shocked.

"People always ask, but I don’t

tell them my age. We told a guy

my age in Vegas last week on

the monorail and he almost fell

out of his seat. He was shocked."

GL: What’s been your favorite year of life so far?

TJN: I’m going to say the year I graduated high

school and left the house. You get to be on your own

for the first time. It was such an adventure.

GL: If you were to teach a kid one life lesson, what

would it be?

TJN: I would say listen more. Especially with

social media, everybody is talk, talk, talk, and people

don’t listen enough. You sit there and talk to people

and they’re either zoned out on their phone or doing

something else. That ticks me off.

GL: What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

TJN: I like to have fun. I don’t like being serious

all the time. I like comedies and that kind of stuff. I

don’t like scary movies because I have to deal with

that every day. I have to listen to a scanner about

shootings, stabbings, suicides and all that other

stuff. When you get out of work you need to find

something uplifting for your own mental well-being.

GL: What’s your favorite thing to do to have fun?

TJN: Travel and concerts. Last year was a killer.

We used to go to two or three concerts a month.

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GL: Who’s your favorite celebrity and why?

TJN: Reba is my favorite country singer. In

high school, my girlfriend at the time and I

got to meet Reba right after she’d finished the

movie “Tremors.” We were in her fan club and

she came to the state fair in Minot, so the fan

club gave us passes to go meet her. It was so

exciting. She had her big hair back then and we

got to talk to her a little bit and take pictures.

"Reba is my favorite

country singer. In high school,

my girlfriend at the time and I

got to meet Reba right after

she’d finished the movie

“Tremors.”

GL: What does living the good life mean to

you?

TJN: Freedom. I can’t stand that this

pandemic impacted so many people’s lives. But

we’re moving past it. You realize what you’re

missing out on when everything is taken from

you for a few months and shut down. So I’d say

the good life means freedom and the ability to

do what you want to do when you want to do it

and go wherever you want to go. •

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ON THE COVER | BELOW ZERO WRESTLING

Inside the Squared Circle with

BELOW ZERO

WRESTLING

WRITTEN BY: BEN HANSON

PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Kids of the 90s, you had it good. Coming of age in

the era of bag phones and Zubaz came with perks

only fully appreciated in hindsight... and with a

very meta sense of regret.

"Big Sugar" tricked the country into thinking fat

was enemy number one, so it was a decade-long

sugar rush. Soda with every meal. Candy as a

reward. FroYo for everyone at any time. Halloween

was by today's standards a public health concern.

Cable TV opened up new worlds of entertainment.

MTV, ESPN, Nickelodeon, etc. If your backyard

had enough room and your parents had enough

money, satellite TV made you famous. Otherwise,

free previews of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and

the Disney Channel (yes, back then, Disney was a

premium channel) gave you a taste of the rich life…

and the chance to sneakily record some R-rated

movies on VHS for future sick days from school.

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And no child of the 90s will ever forget

the sound of dial-up internet or the thrill

of an AOL chat room. If you ever wondered

where the idea for parental controls came

from, it's safe to assume it was the direct

result of some poor parent who stumbled

upon the history feature of Windows 95

Internet Explorer.

Then there was the Friday night movie rental. It's

hard to imagine anything more fun, exciting or

important to a kid in the 90s than looking forward

to wandering the new releases at the local

Blockbuster on a Friday night. If you were lucky,

your parents handed you a $10 and waited in the

car, giving you that first sense of independent

choice.

New releases took up the most attention, but you

had your pick of genres throughout the store.

Comedies, dramas, Sci-fi and eventually game

rentals, too. If you were daring (or cool), you'd

wander over to the unrated section to peruse

things like Faces of Death, the first Ultimate

Fighting Championships and, of course, all the

WWF pay-per-views your parents never let you

order live. The bulging biceps and vicious stares

of Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Macho Man

Randy Savage glared at you from behind the

plastic case, daring you to check them out.

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ON THE COVER | BELOW ZERO WRESTLING

This is where our story picks up …

Super Fans Find Each Other

The nostalgia of the 90s lives on as passions for many

now-adults who will take any excuse they can find

to keep that passion alive. For Zach Werre, it was a

natural progression that started, where else, but at

the rental store.

"I didn't start getting into wrestling until middle

school," Werre admitted. "It was through video games

— I was a gamer first — I got into wrestling."

Zach lived near a used video game store, and as a kid

he just wanted to buy as many games as he could get

his hands on. The genre didn't matter. Budget did. So

when he figured out the wrestling games were the

best bargain, he jumped right into the virtual squared

circle.

"Starting out with those games, slowly but surely I

figured out how things worked in wrestling," Werre

explained. "I started tuning into the weekly shows,

which all build up to the pay-per-views… the storylines,

the drama, wrestlers leave, they return, the good buys

vs. the bad guys."

Through video games, Werre got addicted to the sport

of wrestling as a teenager. For his future business

partner, however, the seed was planted at a younger

age.

"I was around 10 years old," Nick Stokke recalled.

"WWF came to the Fargodome and they actually

screwed up our seats. But because of that, I got to go

down to the locker room and meet some of the guys.

I remember seeing them all dressed up in their gear,

then they made their entrances... guys like Tugboat,

Razor Ramon and Brett Hart."

That up-close and personal glimpse into the world

of professional wrestling left a strong impression on

Stokke, and his passion for the sport grew steadily

throughout his childhood. And wouldn't you

know it, he, too, can trace much of it back to

weekly trips to the rental store.

"Friday nights, if I was renting videos from

the rental store, wrestling videos were my

first choice," he said. "As we got older, we'd go to

friends' houses and watch pay-per-views. There are a

lot of parts of my life where wrestling was a big part.

I can look back and picture the different stages. The

larger-than-life Hulk Hogan when I was a young kid

to Degeneration X (Triple H, Suan Michaels, Chyna,

Xpac) when I was a teenager… It's cool to think about

my own progression as a wrestling fan."

Both Werre and Stokke grew up to become wrestling

superfans, and as adults, they were searching for a

way to make the sport a bigger part of their lives. In

their own ways, each had been pondering the idea of

launching their own promotion that would feature

local wrestlers (also referred to as talent) with a

focus on family-style entertainment.

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With his background in social media and video

production, Werre decided to put the question out

there. He posted an inquiry on Facebook, looking for

would-be partners.

"Zach put up a post on Facebook about wanting to

start up a wrestling company," Stokke recalled.

"What started as us chatting quickly became reality.

We talked for a while, realized we both have a lot to

bring to the table with ideas and completely different

mindsets, so we got down to let's make this happen!"

Below Zero Wrestling

In May of 2021, Below Zero Wrestling debuted in

front of a live audience at the Sanctuary Events Center

in downtown Fargo, a venue that proved a perfect fit.

The immediate success was a surprise, but the secret

became clear minutes after the final bell rang — it was

a show built by fans for fans.

"Being fans of wrestling, but also

understanding it is a business as well,

is what makes our partnership work

so well, but also what makes Below

Zero Wrestling work," Stokke

explained. "It was exciting we both

had that mindset… put the young

fan in ourselves in charge for a bit

to provide an all-ages show that

kids can come to, grandma and

grandpa can come to… there's

something for everyone."

The two superfans were such

a perfect match that they were

able to start the company

without ever meeting face

to face. Werre, based out of

Sioux Falls, S.D., and Stokke

in Fargo spent months on the

phone, online and on the road

planning, scouting venues and

evaluating talent… all the while

maintaining the same mindset

with an eye on a shared goal

of developing a brand of

wrestling focused on family

entertainment. And though

the goal has always been

shared, Werre and Stokke

each bring unique skills to

the partnership.

"Being fans of wrestling,

but also understanding it is

a business as well, is what

makes our partnership work

so well, but also what makes

Below Zero Wrestling work."

– Nick Stokke

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ON THE COVER | BELOW ZERO WRESTLING

"Nick is a fantastic businessman with experience

helping out with other wrestling promotions,"

Werre said. "He was really instrumental in leading

the charge to find talent for Below Zero. I knew a

few people being fans of other promotions in the

area, but Nick definitely knew a lot more up in

Fargo area."

While Stokke took lead on many of the logistics,

Werre — a YouTube entrepreneur with a longrunning

channel devoted to all things wrestling —

used his experience in media production and digital

marketing to brand the new promotion for local

audiences and start hyping up the first show.

"He's able to do so much of that digital media

production and marketing," Stokke said of his

business partner, "any type of flyers or video editing,

he's the man behind all that. I have my input, but it's

what he does and he's so good at it."

"Starting out as a fan of WWE on the national level,

but then discovering the local scenes and smaller

promotions, I eventually introduced to the world of

independent wrestling," Werre said. As I got older, I

got more passionate about media, video production,

business… so all my passions kind of steamrolled

into one with Below Zero."

The Good Life In the Squared Circle

Spend any amount of time talking with Werre and

Stokke, and you'll quickly find they're both living the

good life. It's all about passion for them, and the fans

sitting ringside enjoy the benefits of their hard work

and shared vision.

"What we do at Below Zero is an all-ages show,"

Werre explained. "Yeah there's wrestling, but it's an

action-packed show with stories that go beyond just

wrestling. We do some really fun stuff like videos that

we show in between the matches, playing with the

crowd. There's the wrestling side, but so much more

to it than just wrestling."

The promotion's very first show at the Sanctuary

proved the concept worked. Both partners shared

similar memories of fan reactions that cemented in

their minds they were on to something.

"The whole time I was a little tense during that first

show," Werre admitted. "Running the video and

sound, staying on top of what's coming up next… but

once the first match started, I could pull back a little

and enjoy and take it in for at least a moment. The fans

are ultimately what decides what's truly awesome, so

seeing the crowd react that night, I thought to myself

we got something here, this is working."

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For Stokke, the proof was also in the

fans' reactions to that first show.

"We were blown away at our first show

from the support of the community

and the talent on the show," Stokke

said. "We had a few 100 people in the

crowd. The energy and electricity was

just insane. The crowd brought out the

best. Every match was awesome."

Based on fan reaction, the future of

Below Zero Wrestling seems brighter

than either Stokke or Werre would

have allowed themselves to believe.

The two have plans to continue to

grow the promotion into a Midwest

entertainment event, bringing back top

talent to keep storylines going and fans

engaged. Stokke is always scouting

new venues, and Werre keeps the hype

up online. It's clear both superfans are

enjoying every minute of it… all to the

benefit of the families who come out to

see the show.

"It's been so fun to do this," Stokke said,

letting his inner fan out for a moment.

"I never thought it was anything but

a dream. I'm a history buff, so just to

say I've now been a part of wrestling

history... it's been humbling. I'm so

excited for what the future holds for

Below Zero Wrestling." •

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WRITTEN BY: KRISSY NESS

You may be asking yourself, what is CBD? I am sure

you have heard a lot of accurate and inaccurate

information about this subject.

Before we dive into CBD, we must first know what

it is and from where it comes. The term CBD

comes from its scientific name, Cannabidiol, an

active compound naturally produced in cannabis

– known as cannabinoids. Cannabis sativa is

the plant species that CBD comes from; both

marijuana and its cousin, hemp, come from this

species.

CBD works with our endocannabinoid system,

which is responsible for keeping the body in

homeostasis. Essentially, CBD provides a link

within our central nervous system to provide

internal balance and stability.

CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients

of cannabis behind Tetrahydrocannabinol

(THC), which is the compound in cannabis that has

psychoactive properties that give people a high.

Cannabinoids are the source of the cannabis plants'

various medical and recreational properties.

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To sum it up, you can find CBD in the cannabis plant,

and it can provide benefits for some individuals,

like stress management, pain reduction, and help

to fall asleep.

In 2015 the FDA relaxed its requirements to

allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. While

production and sales are a reasonably new

business, only becoming legal in late 2018, there

is a lot of misinformation about CBD.

First and foremost, CBD is not marijuana; it

will not get you high.

According to the World Health Organization,

"In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of

any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there

is no evidence of public health-related problems

associated with the use of pure CBD."

Can you become addicted to CBD? In short, no,

and here's why. To paraphrase cbdhealthcentral.

com – for a drug to be addictive, it has to have

specific characteristics. First, it has to stimulate the

brain's pleasure center – by releasing high levels

of dopamine. Second, your body typically builds a

tolerance to the drug, which requires that you take

more and more of it to get the same pleasure or

euphoric effect. Fortunately, CBD leads to neither

of these conditions.

Finally, another misconception is that CBD is not

legal. While the government still places marijuana

and CBD in the same class, it depends on whether

the marijuana or hemp plant is the source of CBD.

CBD derived from hemp contains no more than

.3% THC and is federally legal. As a result, many

people, including myself, buy CBD online

and have it shipped to their homes.

The benefits that come with taking CBD

can significantly improve your life in many

different ways. As I mentioned earlier,

people use it for pain, a sleep aid, or stress

management, but those aren't the only things

CBD can do for you. Tinctures – which are elixirs

– can promote different feelings such as focus,

relaxation, and passion, to name a few.

As of December 2020, one CBD product has the

approval of the Food and Drug Administration; it

is a prescription oil called Epidiolex. According

to the Mayo Clinic, two types of epileptic seizures

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can be treated with Epidiolex. In addition to those

above, there are numerous studies with CBD

as a treatment for many other conditions such

as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes,

multiple sucraloses, and anxiety.

Currently, I use CBD for many reasons, including

stress management, pain relief, and an overall

sense of calmness. I use a water-based soluble; it

is easy to take and provides a lasting effect at the

correct dosage. CBD has become a game-changer

for me as I have a physically demanding job that

can be highly stressful. When I forget to take it in

the morning, I notice that I am not on my game as

much as I am when I take it.

You can use CBD in many ways, whether through

ingesting it by vaping, gummies, or smoking the

flower. In addition, you can use CBD by applying

balms, lotions, oils, or gels to the skin. Mainly

topicals are used for pain relief. For example, I

have used CBD lotion from time to time when I

have been on my feet for many hours, and I have

noticed relief in a reasonable amount of time.

If you are even the slightest bit curious when it

comes to CBD, I implore you to do some research,

talk to your doctor, and head over to your local

shop. You might get more out of it than you think. •

CULTIVATION EXTRACTING QUALITY CBD PRODUCTS

Organically grown

hemp has been

dried and cured to

avoid pesticides,

chemical fertilizers

or heavy materials.

CO2 extraction

allows for clean,

high quality CBD

concentrate to

be created that is

safe to produce

and consume.

Accurate testing

of the product is

essential to ensure

products have the

highest levels of

quality, potency

and purity.

CBD products

give you safe and

easy access to

the full potential

of cannabinoids

anytime, anywhere.

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Handy,

Lifesaving, and Fun Uses

for a Pocketknife

WRITTEN BY: BRETT & KATE MCKAY / ARTOFMANLINESS.COM

Every man should carry a

pocketknife. If you haven’t made

one part of your EDC yet, having

perhaps remained unconvinced of

its utility, below we list the many

ways a pocketknife can come

in handy on a daily basis. From

making chores easier, to solving

minor annoyances, to even saving

a life, here are 36 uses for this

timeless tool.

Note: Some of the uses listed are

suboptimal for a knife and can

potentially dull and damage it.

Whenever possible, you should

use the right tool for the job. But

when you don’t have the right tool,

and need to improvise in a pinch, a

pocketknife can be clutch.

1. Open packages. Get at the

umpteenth thousandth thing you

ordered from Amazon with ease.

2. Break down packages. When

you’re having trouble fitting that

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umpteenth thousandth Amazon

box in your recycling bin, it’s time

to slice through all its tape and

fold it up.

3. Slice fruit. Then eat the slicedoff

chunk right off the blade. Like

a produce-consuming badass.

4. Make kindling. Pare sticks into

more combustible pieces and

create shavings for a bird’s nest

tinder bundle.

5. Cut a seatbelt. Free yourself

or a loved one trapped by a

jammed seatbelt inside a car

that’s sinking into a lake or going

up in flames.

6. Cut fishing line. Because

tangle-ups happen.

7. Cut fishing bait. Two weems

for the price of one.

8. Remove splinters. Sterilize the

blade with alcohol; get digging.

9. Remove staples. When that

claw thing goes missing.

10. Whittle. Carve yourself a nice

little duck head to while away the

time.

11. Strip/cut electrical wire.

There are official wire strippers/

cutters for this, of course, but a

knife will work in a pinch.

12. Open a wine bottle. Takes

a bit of finesse compared to a

corkscrew; watch a video tutorial

for the technique.

13. Cut open clothes to administer

first aid. Whether you’re treating

an impalement injury or gunshot

wound, or applying AEDs to

the chest of a heart attack victim,

you first need to cut off the victim’s

clothes around where you’ll

be administering aid.

14. Spread toppings. Peanut

butter. Jelly. A little smear on a

bagel.

15. Open clamshell packaging. All

packaging becomes frustrationfree

packaging when you open it

like a heedless barbarian, stabbing

and slashing with abandon.

16. Fillet a fish. For prepping your


catch-of-the-day for the campfire frying pan.

17. Cut off clothing tags. You’re driving to work

and realize you’ve still got one sticking out of your

collar.

18. Sharpen a pencil. For when you want to feel like

a real ar-teest.

19. Cut through zip ties. Which present themselves

in packaging or wrapped around cables.

20. Clean car battery terminals. Remove corrosion

before you jumpstart a battery.

21. Open a letter. It’s rare to get real correspondence

these days, but when you do, you want to avoid

tearing through the envelope’s return address and

contents by slicing it openly neatly.

22. Open a can. When you come upon a cache of

delicious peaches during the apocalypse (à la father

and son in The Road) and don’t have an opener.

23. Cut rope. Rope is handy for a variety of things,

and sometimes you need to trim it down to size.

24. Pry out batteries. When they need replacing

and are stubbornly stuck.

25. Untie a tight knot. Inserting an implement into a

knot can get a tight one undone; a duller tool works

best (you don’t want to cut the rope in the process),

but a knife can get the job done too.

26. Cut loose threads. Those little danglers that

mysteriously emerge from your clothes.

27. Perform an emergency tracheotomy. When

someone’s choking and the Heimlich maneuver fails,

an emergency tracheotomy may be needed, and

doctors have indeed successfully performed them,

using a pocket knife, in places like restaurants and

airplanes (back when carrying a knife on board was

kosher). The whole “being a doctor” part of these

stories is of course an important consideration here.

28. Open a bottle. Use either the spine of the knife’s

blade or the top scale of its handle to pry it up.

29. Cut a new hole in a belt. When you’ve gained (or

lost) some weight.

30. Fend off a wild animal. This dude fended off a

mountain lion attack with his pocketknife; this guy

was able to stop a bear attack using a mere 2-inch

blade.

31. Play mumbley peg. Once a popular pastime

among 19th century schoolboys, Wild West

cowboys, and World War II soldiers; still a viable

outdoors entertainment.

32. Puncture and deflate those plastic packaging

pillows. You know, the big bubble things you get in

all those aforementioned boxes from Amazon.

33. Unscrew small screws. Not the most effective

method, but works in a pinch.

34. Trim your calluses. Peel ‘em like a potato.

35. Open a coconut. There are a variety of ways you

can open a coconut, including using only a small

pocket knife.

36. Defend yourself against an attacker. You don’t

want to bring a knife to a gunfight, especially a

pocketknife, but if it’s all you got, it’s all you got. •

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LOCAL HERO | NATHAN KOBRINSKY

A HEALER'S HEART

From the smallest of patients to the most puzzling of disorders,

Nathan Kobrinsky builds a life he loves through his service to others

WRITTEN BY: EMMA VATNSDAL

PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Generally, folks choose their

career path based on what they're

good at or what they're interested

in.

At times, their decisions can

waiver, maybe they love some

parts and hate other parts, or they

wake up and decide they never

want to see another (insert career

here) again.

However, when it comes to

creating a life they love, doctor

Nathan Kobrinsky has done pretty

well for himself.

"My father was a physician, and

he died of cancer," Kobrinsky said.

"At the end of his life, he pushed

me to become a physician. I had

decided I wanted to be a physics

teacher, but anyway, I guess I did

what he told me to do."

It seems parents do sometimes

know what they're talking about.

Kobrinsky holds a medical degree

from the University of Manitoba

in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, as

well as several specialty degrees

from both the United States and

Canada.

His work has led him from

Winnipeg to Saskatchewan, and

south to Fargo, where he and his

wife of nearly 50 years have made

their home, living and working

in the community. Kobrinsky has

seen the change of hands from St.

Luke's to MeritCare and MeritCare

to Sanford and eventually made

his way to Essentia Health in

Fargo, where he currently works,

primarily in hematology and

oncology.

But while he works mostly with

adults in his day-to-day life now,

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his career began focused around

a much smaller package.

"In medical school, when I was

an intern in pediatrics," Kobrinsky

said, remembering, "I cared for a

little girl who would have been 12,

and she had cancer of the leg. And

she lost her leg. And then it came

back to her lungs. So for the first

month I was on the ward, I was

caring for her while she died. And

I'd go in and see her every day and

got pretty close to her, and wanted

to do something in childhood

cancer after that."

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LOCAL HERO | NATHAN KOBRINSKY

Kobrinsky's work with childhood

cancer has helped save hundreds,

if not thousands of lives all over

the Red River Valley and beyond.

In 2016, he was recognized for

his work in pediatric oncology

and hematology with the

Children's Miracle Network

Achievement Award — a national

award that honors a caregiver,

team or unit that has significantly

elevated the care of children and

has been significantly affected by

funds raised through Children's

Miracle Network Hospitals. It's

an honor he doesn't take lightly,

but it's also an honor he has a

difficult time accepting on his

own.

"It's like, well, we're all part of a

team," he said. "And, you know,

what's more important: a spark

plug or a gas tank? The only way

you can move forward is to hold

hands and go on together. We're

all part of something and to say

'look how special this is,' I don't

want to belittle the fact that we

all have a part in what we're

doing. I see it as a recognition

of the miracle of the Children's

Miracle Network and what they

do. I'm just honored to be part of

that."

Puzzling, isn't it?

Nowadays, his work focuses more

on adults and the mysterious

ailments they present him with

every day.

Kobrinsky's work with childhood cancer has helped save hundreds, if not

thousands of lives all over the Red River Valley and beyond.

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"Years and years ago, I did adult

hematology and my training in

Canada," Kobrinsky said. "I wanted

to do more, and so that's what I do

now (at Essentia Health); adult

blood cancers and blood diseases.

Part of what I did at Sanford, all

through the years was clotting

problems, and particularly got

involved with women who were

unable to carry pregnancies or

miscarry. It turns out that in many

instances, that's because they

have a clotting disorder, and a clot

forms in the placenta and the baby

cannot survive — so it's actually

a clotting problem that leads to

recurrent pregnancy loss in many,

not all."

PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY: JANEEN KOBRINSKY

This clotting issue piqued

Kobrinsky's interest and he's

kept his eye on blood-thinning

for pregnant ladies for more than

20 years. He's helped well over

250 babies come into the world,

thanks to his sharp eye for the

unknown.

"(This work) is very rewarding

and depressing," he said. "But

helping moms who can't have

children have them, I found that

very rewarding, So I got more and

more and more involved in that

and into clotting."

He says, in terms of patients he

sees every day, it's a nice mix.

"I've got patients

that range in age from

one month to 90 years.

So that keeps every day

interesting."

"I've got patients that range in

age from one month to 90 years,"

he said. "So that keeps every

day interesting. The patients are

fascinating and the puzzles are

amazing. I try to look at it from a

bigger perspective.

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LOCAL HERO | NATHAN KOBRINSKY

PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY: JANEEN KOBRINSKY

Vampire Doctor

Despite his work being extremely

taxing at times, Kobrinsky does

have a glaring reason to smile,

and it's quite a bit smaller than

you'd expect.

"I love kids," Kobrinsky said. "I

love torturing them and teasing

them, bugging them — I mean

that's still the love of my life, for

the kids."

Both Kobrinsky and his wife

Janeen volunteer their time at

Kamp KACE each summer.

Kamp KACE is a summer camp

at Lake Cormorant where kids

and their siblings get the chance

to be kids for a week, regardless

of what their diagnosis might say.

"I have this thing about being a

Vampire Doctor," he said.

Janeen also leads a memorial

service in the Memorial Garden

to remember each of the campers

who have died since the last time

they were all together.

"It's amazing because we have

like a sea of survivors," she said.

"And a lot of the survivors of

childhood cancer come back as

counselors. It's great for the kids

to see counselors with the same

little port scars, and many of them

are married and have kids of their

own."

"Kamp KACE is magical,"

Kobrinsky said. "It's such a big

part of my life, of our lives, of who

we are."

And he's not slowing down any

time soon either,

"To retire, to move, to check

how to make any change in your

life, presumably you should do it

because it's something that you

are looking forward to, where

you're moving up in what you want

out of your life, right?" he said.

"Not going to something that you

like, less. So if I was to leave... I

don't like golf. I don't like sports,

I don't like outdoors. You know,

I don't like politics. I'm pretty

boring. I like my family. I like the

kids. I like my work, and I enjoy

complaining about my work. I

don't know what I'd do if I couldn't

enjoy complaining. I don't think

that retirement is something that

would make me happy. So I don't

think I will ever retire."

"I don't think that retirement is something that would make me happy.

So I don't think I will ever retire."

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While it can be a taxing job,

Kobrinsky has found what

makes him happy; his work at

Essentia Health in Fargo, as well

as his former job at Sanford.

"It's enjoyable," he said. "And it's

enjoyable to come home, and

sometimes I don't want to go

back to work, but for the most

part I like it all."

But for Kobrinsky, the ultimate

Good Life comes down to one

thing, and the one thing fits

perfectly for this physician.

"To me," he said, "The good life

is being a part of healing." •

"The good life is being

a part of healing."

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