He got it from his friend Jim Paulsen. It’s an incident which occurred at Christmastime several years ago.

“Jim’s dad left his car running in front of the Fargo airport,” Jim Simpson writes, “and then got caught up in conversation, forgot about it, and left without moving it or turning it off.

“When he remembered it, he called a friend who, nine hours later (!!!), in minus 25 degree weather, went to the airport and it was still there, keys in the ignition, doors unlocked, and engine running.

“It was another thing unlikely to happen in the 21st century,” Jim Simpson says.

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Pitcher Roeder

Now here’s a woman who’s hoping someone can tell her something about her baseball-playing father, Milton Roeder.

Carla Fjeld, of Courtland, Minn., which is near New Ulm, Minn., sends a clipping from a newspaper’s sports pages. It apparently is from The Forum. The date the story ran isn’t given, but Carla thinks it’s from around 1922 to 1925.

It tells of the Fargo Athletics baseball team.

The manager was Wingfield (no first name given).

Here’s part of the article:

“Wingfield was high in his praise of Milton Roeder, the lefthander who hails from Thompson, N.D., who joined the club last Thursday. Roeder started against Valley City Saturday and showed sufficient stuff to remain with the club. Wingfield claims that Roeder has as good a left arm as there is in the league and that a little more experience will make him one of the topnotch hurlers in the league.”

To this, Carla adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing what you can dig up on my dad.”

Well, this is from a long time ago, but Carla is hopeful someone can produce something about her father. Maybe someone from the Thompson area?

If you can, please let “Neighbors” and Carla know.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.