Thursday, February 8 – Ashley Thornberg gets an insider’s perspective on the Mardi Gras, on location in New Orleans with Minnesota expatriate Melissa Kossick-Anderson. ~~~ The regional rounds of the National Trial Competition is taking place in North Dakota this weekend. Here to tell us about it is Kathryn Rand, dean of the UND School of Law; and Lori Conroy, assistant Clay County attorney. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay on The Great Backyard Bird Count. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl joins us with this week’s food topic, eggnog. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our What’s Happening calendar of events.