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1. Posted by Adultmale (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Sorry to say the article in National Geographics "The Emptied Prairie" was well written. Now, it looks like ND will be one of the states I stop in next summer. I'd say the article could have been published 20 years ago by Geographics. I think it was thought of earlier by David Plowden, in "A Handful of Dust: Disappearing America" or" Silent Towns on the Prairie : North Dakota's Disappearing Towns and Farms" by Ken C. Brouald. A quote from page 16 of the book. "There are no tombstones or monuments for dead dreams". Now I've got to read. I see the book is at the GRHS Library on 1125 West Turnpike Avenue Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismark here I come. Will see if these to writers become 20century's greatest.

2. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 8y

I've been to North Dakota... alot.. Being that I am just across the border in Winnipeg. I'm going to be honest.. It's not the most exciting state in the USA. I wouldn't plan to stay long, maybe a day or two.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

I have been in 49 of our states and have to say North Dakota is close to the bottom of states I want to see again. I have Kansas last, ND one spot above. I went to Fargo because of the movie, then over to Teddy Roosevelt Nat'l Park. Wanted to see elk, bison, antelope. OK, they are there, but South Dakota has plenty of animals as well. SD has the Black Hills, Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands, Wind Cave and Custer State Park. I saw more bison close up in Custer than Teddy Roosevelt. SD is just more interesting than ND. I recommend you cruise through ND, but drop down to SD and spend your time there.

4. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

A nice way to see North Dakota is from the Amtrak train The Empire Builder.

It means that you'll either be heading west towards Montana or east to Minnesota, two states where you can really enjoy yourself.

5. Posted by Adultmale (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Sorry I didn't give details about my travels. But the quote "There are no tombstones or monuments for dead dreams" was about “Midland Continental Railroad” plan to connect Winnipeg, Canada, with the Gulf of Mexico. Started in Wimbledon,ND to Jamestown, ND {headquarters} only a seventy-one mile line. Finally Midland got as far south as Edgely, ND. Not much of a railroad. After October 29, 1970 service stoped. A lot more detail I could write about this railroad. But this is just a stop on my way west. Jamestown (on Hwy94) is going to be 125 years old. So the summer B-day party could be good to see. North Dakota has so many miles of railroad track abandoned. Well I guess many states have abandoned track. But what is the history of the line and what happened. I’ve read several books about railroads and will find out more about Midland.

My travels out west is for seeing Montana and maybe Montana’s Gov. Brian Schweitzer - "Let's Turn Coal into Liquid Fuel". If all goes well I see one or both.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

I remember when my parents took me to North Dakota to visit Strasburg, the home of Lawrence Welk. There is talk of North Dakota officials building some kind of memorial in his home town after he just passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Here's info for those who don't know who I'm talking about:

Lawrence Welk, the cheery Strasburg, N.D., farm boy who became America’s bubbly King of Champagne Music during 30 years as a television bandleader, died Sunday January 20, 2008 in his Santa Monica, Calif., home. He was 89.

“Ah-one, ah-two” and “wunnerful, wunnerful” were Welk-isms that became part of America’s lexicon during his decades on television, beginning with a local program in Los Angeles in 1951. But success came to the self-taught maestro only after he spent 25 years touring with his band, mostly in the Midwest.

His successful ABC program began in 1955. It was cancelled in 1971 because sponsors thought the audience was too old, too rural and too sedate. But Welk parlayed his popularity to form an enormously popular syndicated program shown on nearly 250 stations in the United States and Canada.

Over the decades, Welk became, after Bob Hope, the second-wealthiest performer in show business, and his band and production company became the second-biggest tourist draw of Los Angeles, right behind Disneyland.

“The Lawrence Welk Show” ended on Feb. 25, 1982, after 1,542 performances.

Even after retirement, Welk never left TV. His smiling presence and brand of easy-listening, melodic dance tunes continued to entertain millions of fans—mostly those of mature years—through syndicated reruns and, since 1987, on public television.

“Lawrence Welk brought joy to millions and millions of people,” North Dakota Lt. Gov. Lloyd Omdahl said Monday night. “His wholesome music will continue to remind North Dakotans, former North Dakotans and people all over this country of the good old days. His music will live on for decades, and he will not soon be forgotten.”

Welk’s failing health kept him from returning to North Dakota in the past decade. But he once came regularly to the state and to Strasburg, about 75 miles southeast of Bismarck. He visited friends and family, play some golf and gave his time to various causes.