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Published February 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Images of Hope, N.D.


Lance Hites, a board member of the Steele County Museum in Hope, restored a surrey from about 1900. Hites put in about 200 hours dismantling and rebuilding the carriage. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

  • Lance Hites, a board member of the Steele County Museum in Hope, restored a surrey from about 1900. Hites put in about 200 hours dismantling and rebuilding the carriage. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Jessica Jordan, right, plays a game with children at the Hope Early Learning Center. Jordan is the director of the center, which has three full-time employees and one part-time worker. The day care is city-owned and has, depending on the day, 12 to 18 children registered. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The Steele County Museum in Hope uses the old Baldwin’s Arcade, which has served as a home for many businesses for about 130 years, including a hardware and grocery store. The items in the museum were donated by county residents. During the summer months, a handful of people come to the museum to use the looms for weaving rugs, which they sell to help raise money for the museum. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Brock Schmidt works on building a panel at Hope Electric. The company opened in 1978 and employs about 70 people across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. “The company started with two men,” said Joe McCullough, owner of Hope Electric. “Over the years we kept expanding and directed ourselves to specialize in grain elevators.” Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Margaret Gunderson, left, and Althea Ihry play a game of 65 with a table full of ladies at the Hope Senior Center. The ladies get together about a dozen times a month to play cards and chit-chat over treats and coffee. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Locals hit up Mic’s Grocery & Cafe for lunch in Hope. The cafe is owned and operated by Kevin McCullough, who is known as “The Grumpy Grocer.”� The business was moved to the new location after the old building’s roof collapsed. The new building houses the grocery store, cafe, a conference room and the senior center. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left to right, Warren Stromberg, Ed Kainz, Kevin McCullough and Mason Whitmore trade barbs over coffee at Mic's Grocery and Cafe in Hope, N.D. The cafe is owned and operated by McCullough, who is known as "The Grumpy Grocer." The business was moved to the new location after the old building's roof collapsed. The new building now houses the grocery store, cafe, a conference room and the senior center. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left, Mitch Ludwig, Levi James and Billy Quick work together to weld a hopper bottom for a grain bin at Micada in Hope, N.D. The business opened in 1990 and specializes in designing and building grain storage and handling systems. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Workers package pasta at La Rinascente Pasta in Hope, N.D. The plant got its start in Bronx, N.Y., and was brought to the community in 2003. "Investors in the Hope community brought the company here to employ people in the area," Tom Hanson, company CEO said. "And it's worked." The plant has 18 full time employees who help mix, press, fold, dry and package about 3 million pounds of Fideos pasta a year. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Homer Wennerstrom, a Steele County Museum emeritus board member, points out unique items such as dog hair gloves that have been donated to the museum in Hope, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The Steele County Museum in Hope, N.D., has thousands of donated items from the county including a "freak calf" that was donated by the Hilstad family from Finley, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • An area of the Steele County Museum in Hope, N.D., is set up like an old store and has thousands of items that were donated by area residents. Carrie Snyder / The Forum