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Neighbors: Remembering more major ND stars

Neighbors, in recently listing people from the Fargo-Moorhead region who made it big in the world of entertainment over the years, missed some major stars. “You can’t forget Angie Dickinson, from Kulm, N.D.,” wrote John Donahue, Fargo. But yes we did, John, as Myron Finsterling also pointed out when he wrote, “You neglected Angie Dickinson. In today’s parlance, she was ‘hot.’ ”

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Neighbors: American Airlines captain got his start in Minn, ND

Bill Kuebler has really been around, literally. He’s a captain for American Airlines. But he got his start in Moorhead, where he was born, and in Fargo, where he grew up. A month after he graduated from high school, Bill enrolled at the Air Force Academy. He graduated in 1979, and then was on active duty with the Air Force flying T-38s and F-4 Phantoms until 1987. He joined American Airlines in 1988.

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Neighbors: A photo out of the past

Here’s a picture out of the past. It’s of Thorbjorn Riseth working on his farm at Arnegard, N.D., southeast of Williston.

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Neighbors: Penmanship of man who headed Dakota Business College continues to impress

The penmanship of F. Leland Watkins continues to impress his students after all these years.

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Neighbors: Old wood-piling practices go up in smoke PressPass

A column about the use of clotheslines in the past was “precisely reminiscent of the way my mother used it, and it brings to mind a (non-clothesline) story from the male side of housekeeping,” writes Ed Hentges, Fountain City, Wis.

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Neighbors: Blind hunter's HBO film foiled by windstorm PressPass

Here’s feedback concerning past Neighbors’ topics. The story: Carey McWilliams, the Fargo man who has gained fame as a hunter even though he is blind, was going to be filmed by HBO as he hunted for mountain lions in Nevada in February.

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Neighbors: Stamp clubs have been around a long time in Fargo PressPass

It was Jan. 4, 1938, when 18 people gathered in Fargo to form a stamp club. Their first order of business was what to name it. Their decision was to call it the WDAY Stamp Club, because they met in the WDAY radio studios.

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Neighbors: Is the term 'gals' sexist? Readers respond PressPass

An email came recently from a woman who objected to this column’s use of the term “gals.” She said it was “sexist.” Wondering if that term – and the use of “guys,” which the woman also doesn’t like – offended others, Neighbors asked for this column’s readers’ opinions.

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Neighbors: Reader sends in a couple of memorable ditties PressPass

This column has heard from several people over the years about poetry they learned as students that stuck with them.

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Neighbors: Stiff penalty for playing wrong note PressPass

You wouldn’t think Lance Johnson of Dilworth, famed for his Johnson Organ Co. and his organ playing, would ever hit a wrong note. But he admits he did, in terms of behavior, when he was a kid in Fergus Falls, Minn., becoming what he calls “the subject of a new type of punishment that I can assure you is 100 percent effective.”

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Neighbors: A letter from grandpa about the golden times PressPass

One December night in 1994, Victor Gelking received a phone call from his 13-year-old grandson, Jared Cunningham, of Atascadero, Calif. Jared told Grandpa Vic he was going to be tall like him some day. But the big news was that he’d just played in a baseball game in which he hit two homers.

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Neighbors: Rec center welcomed many musical acts PressPass

The Red Dogs. The Fab Flippers. The Castaways. And don’t forget the Churchkeys

Neighbors: Unbelievable Uglies helped make a couple’s Christmas memorable PressPass

Stories have been carried here about the Legion Recreation Center in Halstad, Minn., and the musical groups that performed there.

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Neighbors: Car hops, frenchees and jukeboxes: ‘Quality’ time at King’s Food Host PressPass

What was the name of that old Fargo café in which you placed your order via a phone in the booth?

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Neighbors: Jan. 12, 1888 storm like no other PressPass

Sure, this area has had some rugged storms this winter. But none of them have been as bad as the blizzard of Jan. 12, 1888.

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Neighbors: Self-taught musician wrote music about the state he loves, North Dakota PressPass

You know, since North Dakota is celebrating its 125th year of statehood this year, someone ought to write a song about the state.

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Lind: A visit from Chet Huntley, more on DBC PressPass

We’re into 2014, but Neighbors’ mail from 2013 is piled high. Let’s look at some of it, starting with a story from Curt Johnson, Lakeville, Minn., formerly of Lisbon, N.D.

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Neighbors: Family that worked together, married together PressPass

Here’s an update on an old store that sold, among other things, two brands of gasoline.

Lind: More readers remember bands that played Halstad PressPass

Remember the Uglies? Or how about the Marauders? Or the Fabulous Flippers?

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Neighbors: Broadcasters’ deaths loss to area PressPass

The area lost two popular broadcasters this year: Marv Bossart and Larry Ristvedt.

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