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.”RELATED CONTENT
Helen Nemzek couldn’t really see why Neighbors wanted to do a column about her, feeling her life wasn’t all that interesting.RELATED CONTENT
Even though Gary Westerholm and his wife, Joyce, of Fargo, are spending the winter in Surprise, Ariz., they keep an eye on things back home. So, with North Dakota celebrating its 125th year of statehood, Gary has dug up what he calls “some little-known facts” about the state, adding “I bet even those of you living there don’t know some of this.”RELATED CONTENT
Once again, Neighbors would appreciate feedback from you. This time it concerns the use of the word “gals.”RELATED CONTENT
“Now,” said the teacher, “which of you can name five things that contain milk?” “I can,” shouted a freckle-faced youngster: “Butter, cheese, ice cream and two cows.”RELATED CONTENT
How many remember when rhubarb was called “pie plant,” Phil Larson, Fargo, asked here a few weeks ago? Quite a few, Phil.RELATED CONTENT
The first of the annual Boys’ and Girls’ Institutes at the North Dakota Agricultural College was a great success.RELATED CONTENT
Patsy Holm, a bus driver for Northern Cass School, Hunter, N.D., was ready to drop off her last passenger a few weeks ago when she saw what looked like a dead cat in the road. That shook her up, because she was afraid she’d hit and killed it.RELATED CONTENT
Here’s a poem for fans of lutefisk (there has to be some out there). It comes from Hal Sillers, Moorhead, who writes that he “is not of Norwegian heritage, nor am I a fan of lutefisk, but I wrote this verse for one of my brothers-in-law who is the former but not the latter.”RELATED CONTENT
North Dakota is gearing up this year to celebrate the 125th anniversary of it becoming a state, which brings to mind those pioneers who were among the first settlers to set foot – and plow – in the area.RELATED CONTENT
Last summer, Neighbors carried a poem written by Ellie Radtke, 93, Fargo, that told of what it was like to be the youngest of 13 children. That brought a couple of responses.
Believe it or not, college presidents do make mistakes. At least this one did. But it wasn’t a big deal. It concerns F. Leland Watkins, the head of the old Dakota Business College in Fargo, which has generated many letters to Neighbors from its students and faculty.RELATED CONTENT
The kids in Dilworth had a way to warm up back in the winters of the 1920s. They’d sneak into the Presbyterian church and huddle by its stove.RELATED CONTENT
Neighbors’ email contains a note from Gene Reierson, of Esmond, N.D., west of Devils Lake.
All right, jazz fans, let’s take five with Dave Brubeck.
This photo of the Fairmont Old Timers musical group, believed to have been taken in the 1930s, ran here some weeks ago. Several of you identified some of its members. Now, others are filling in the gaps.RELATED CONTENT
Once again, this week the nation will be celebrating its independence. But last May 17, another national celebration was observed by many: Norway’s Syttende Mai, marking the day Norway’s constitution was signed, officially making that country independent.