by Alexis Brinkman, Staff Assistant
It seems more and more these days we’re reading and hearing about North Dakota in the news. Gone are the days when recognition for our extreme weather was our state’s only claim to fame.
Most of the news today focuses on our robust economy, low unemployment levels, and the booming oil industry. Certainly, these are all great things to be recognized for. Professional filmmaker and native North Dakotan Matt Fern, however, is doing something different. Matt started The Daily Dakotan, an innovative video series profiling different North Dakota residents and their unique contributions to the community. "With Daily Dakotan, I wanted to explore the North Dakota community," says Fern. "I thought by letting individuals tell their diverse stories, I would ultimately start to tell the story of North Dakota."
The first episode of the online series premiered November 21, 2011, and new episodes and bonus clips were added to their YouTube channel every weekday through the end of 2011. The Daily Dakotan’s first season featured a Rubiks Cube whiz-kid, boutique owner, tattoo artist, photographer, Santa Claus, and many more inspirational individuals following their dreams right here in North Dakota.
Check out The Daily Dakotan’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, and stay tuned for the 2012 season. Matt knows what we at North Dakota Horizons have known for years – it’s the people that make North Dakota so great.