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So Long Shaun

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Finally tonight, we say so long to someone who's probably become a friend of yours over the years.

Shaun Sipma is leaving KX News to pursue a new career in the Magic City.

Shaun has earned the trust of lots of people around here - both his co-workers at KX News, and the general public who has leaned on him for information at some critical times.

From the 2002 train derailment and anhydrous ammonia spill to the 2011 Mouse River flood, Shaun was a steady voice through some difficult times.

Of course, his job also involved some very fun times too.

Here's a look at some of the highlights, in Shaun's own words.

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "With the cameras, it is a very unique way to tell a story because there's more than just words when it comes to telling a story."

"This is KXMC, CBS-13."

"Good afternoon and thanks for joining us."

"We arrived at the Federal Hotel, not quite sure knowing what to expect."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "The trip down to Cuba was absolutely amazing. It was very intimidating as a young reporter."

"Ironically, the same kind of milkshake the CIA had tried to poison him with, 40 years ago."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "Then you have to throw in the different flights."

"Today we're going inside the cockpit where you can see, I had the thrill ride of a lifetime."

"Ready to go Shaun??

"Alright. Let's kick the tires and light the fires, KC."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "I got an opportunity in 2007 got to jump in the jump seat of Thunderbird number eight in an F-16 and pull 9.2Gs. That was phenomenal."

"Now it's just a matter of changing from one suit, to another."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "We don't just go out and do something, it's typically always a story."

"I'm trying to learn everything there is to know about a combine after not being in one for, oh I'd say about a dozen years."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "One of my favorite pieces to this day that I've ever edited was the 'All that You Are' video. The six month anniversary flood piece."

Song: "All that you are..."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "With the good always comes the unfortunate. We end up covering what we call hard news in this business."

"January 18, 2002, when this Canadian Pacific train jumped its tracks."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "Sometimes you do find yourself out in different situations where you can feel your heart race because you know you're probably in a very tense situation. We can't talk about KX without talking about the flood. We were so connected to each other and to that disaster."

"And this is what I've been waiting weeks to see. This is my house."

(Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "It really comes down to: I love what I do. I think that moving on will give me an opportunity to maybe enter some other avenues where I can be more of a part of Minot and spend more time with my family."

"I'm actually going to go unshaven for the most part until I'm back in my house."

9371 (Shaun Sipma, KX News 13 Years, Saying Goodbye) "It was a reminder to me, looking into a mirror or having someone ask, 'when are you going to finally shave it?' It said to me that I still have a lot of work to do. So until that goes away, I've got some unfinished business at home."

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