Around Valentine's Day earlier this year, Neighbors ran an item that a reader had seen on the web concerning what the word "love" meant to a group of kids ages 4 to 8.
This column was sent to Neighbors by Betty and Mike Mickelson, Fargo. It was written by Mary Nelson, a fine writer for the West Fargo Pioneer.
While he was attending Moorhead South Junior High School years ago, James "Jim" Frey interviewed his father, Richard Donald Frey, about his military experiences and wrote about him as a class assignment.
Phil Larson, Fargo, sat down one day last winter and sent a note and this picture to Neighbors.
Armed Forces Day is coming up Saturday, May 19. In keeping with that, here's some information about the Weber brothers from Valley City, N.D., all of whom served in the military during several wars. Rhiny was in the Infantry during World War II. He served in the North African campaign, then in Europe, where he was captured by the Germans and became a prisoner of war. Donhold also was in the Infantry during World War II and also served in Europe. He received a citation plaque from President Harry Truman.
With area teachers (and their students) heading into summer vacation, Neighbors turns to a former teacher for a story from the past. This column once ran a story about the strict rules for female teachers in the early years of the 20th century and beyond. That led Wayne Worner to write that "Rules (or at least expectations for the behavior of educators) continued for several years beyond the early '50s, and not just for women." And Wayne, who goes by Dempsey, tells his story:
"My goal for this year was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go." That's one of the quips Don Ellingson, Fargo, found online and sent to Neighbors. He suggests they're good for some laughs, especially for those of us who are older. So, to brighten your day, fellow old-timers (and young people, too), here are more: • How to prepare tofu: (1.) Throw it in the trash. (2.) Grill some meat. • I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web. • I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day supply of diet food in three hours and 20 minutes.
Neighbors has run several stories concerning a region in north Moorhead called the Snakey Creek area. People had many nostalgic memories of playing there when they were kids and one of them asked if a sign could be posted marking that area. Well, the city of Moorhead is way ahead of Neighbors. Chris Volkers, Moorhead's city manager, wrote that research on such a sign was being done and that as a result, one was in the making and should be installed this summer. A picture of it appears here.
Hey, baseball fans, do you hear that sound? It's the crack of the bat, maybe coming from Newman Field in Fargo where the F-M Redhawks are playing, or from high school or college baseball fields, or from your favorite major league park or maybe just down the street where neighborhood kids are playing ball. Yes, the baseball season is in gear. And that brings us to this picture, which was sent in by Rosemarie Schmidt, Fargo. It shows three members of the Fargo American Legion team which won the North Dakota state championship every year from 1949 through 1952.
It came about because Conrad Rose and his journalism/photography classmate at the University of Minnesota decided on their own to have a summer photo project. Conrad doesn't remember how they chose what they did. But they chose, of all things, outhouses. So Conrad, then of Red Wing, Minn., and his pal Tom Young, Wabasha, Minn., spent the summer shooting pictures of those architecturally unique and highly functional structures. And they haven't stopped.