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Bus tours to a homestead-era Jewish Cemetery near Starkweather, N.D., are planned Friday, June 20, 2014, and Saturday as part of a weekend event, “Rachel Calof: A Memoir with Music," a one-woman play written from the writings of Rachel Calof, a Jewish pioneer who homesteaded near here. (photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Devils Lake college hosts play based on life of Jewish homesteader

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GARSKE, N.D. – A narrow strip of native prairie stretches eastward down a gentle hill from the Sons of Jacob Cemetery, pointing the way to a shelterbelt about a mile away that marks the original homestead of Rachel Calof, the Jewish pioneer who documented her life of raising a family on the harsh North Dakota Plains during the late 1890s and early 1900s.

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