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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.”


Neighbors: Famous people keep crossing local woman’s path PressPass

Helen Nemzek couldn’t really see why Neighbors wanted to do a column about her, feeling her life wasn’t all that interesting.


Neighbors: 'Some little-known facts' about North Dakota PressPass

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.”


Lind: Neighbors, is the term ‘gal’ offensive? PressPass

Once again, Neighbors would appreciate feedback from you. This time it concerns the use of the word “gals.”


Neighbors: Country school newspaper sprinkled in knee-slappers with news items PressPass

“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.”


Neighbors: Calling rhubarb ‘pie plant’ rooted in the past PressPass

How many remember when rhubarb was called “pie plant,” Phil Larson, Fargo, asked here a few weeks ago? Quite a few, Phil.


Neighbors: What were the first Boys' and Girls' Institutes like in ND? PressPass

The first of the annual Boys’ and Girls’ Institutes at the North Dakota Agricultural College was a great success.


Neighbors: 'Lucky' cat needs a forever home PressPass

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.


Neighbors: Believe it or not, a poem for fans of lutefisk PressPass

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.”


Neighbors: Stories of early-day pioneers worth remembering PressPass

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.


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Lind: Poem stirs memories of large families PressPass

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.

Neighbors: College president accidentally sends boy envelope full of money PressPass

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.


Neighbors: 32 missions in a P-38 fighter PressPass


Neighbors: Ku Klux Klan stories from Dilworth PressPass

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.


Neighbors: Halstad’s Legion Recreation Center bears happy memories PressPass

NEIGHBORS: Email mentions the Isabel store PressPass

Neighbors’ email contains a note from Gene Reierson, of Esmond, N.D., west of Devils Lake.

Fargo man provides details of jazz pianist’s performances PressPass

All right, jazz fans, let’s take five with Dave Brubeck.

Lind: Readers help identify Old Timers PressPass

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.


Bob Lind: ‘Lompe’ is lefse for hot dogs PressPass

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.

Lind: Minn. writer a huge fan of the Twins PressPass

It being midsummer, the F-M RedHawks and the Minnesota Twins are in full swing. In fact, some of you will probably be spending part of July Fourth at the ballpark.