Pembina State Museum – Regional History for Everyone

Pembina, North Dakota.

On our way to Winnipeg, as we approached the U.S. Customs and Canadian Border Entry at the state’s most used border crossing, I noticed a building with a seven-story tower just north of Exit 215, the Pembina exit. We were to discover that the building belongs to the North Dakota State Historical Society and is one of two state museums, the other of which is located near the State Capitol in Bismarck. The Pembina Museum features exhibits focusing on the region. The oxcart and fur in the opening image focuses on life in the 18th and 19th centuries when fur trading was a prime business. Pembina, with it’s close proximity to the Red River of the North became a scene of international politics and a gateway of commerce between Canada and the United States. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 January 2020

Fargo, North Dakota.

Last week we were hoping to leave Fargo in time to miss the winter storm that was forecast. When we got a notice that the airline was offering a no-fee schedule change. Given that we may or may not have been able to get home, we opted to stay in Fargo until the storm subsided. The snow was heavy on Saturday night, but no wind, so it was not that big a problem. There was enough, though, that our snow removal company came late Saturday night and cleared the driveway. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 29 December 2019

Fargo, North Dakota.

“What a wonderful thought that it is some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” – Anne Frank

Let me start off this week that begins a new year and a new decade with a wish to all my readers that the best days of your lives have yet to happen.

As this is being written, we are scheduled to fly back to Arizona tomorrow. It may not happen. A weather alert for the region promises at least a two-day storm with heavy snow, strong winds and North Dakota’s usual winter mix of yuck. With any luck, this post will publish the day after we touch down in Arizona. We shall see. 🙂 Continue reading

National Buffalo Museum – The Story of the American Bison

Jamestown, North Dakota.

A year ago in October, I published a couple of stories about a frontier village in Jamestown and a 60-ton statue that is the world’s largest buffalo sculpture. In recent weeks the frontier village came into some political controversy and the artifacts and buildings were almost given away to a similar pioneer museum in Perham, Minnesota. Fortunately for local fans of the village, the buildings and artifacts will remain in Jamestown as the City Council voted 3-2 to accept ownership of the village and its contents. The controversy started when the Frontier Village Association, owner of the artifacts, was in talks with the city to renew the land lease upon which the village is located. That dispute nearly closed down the attraction which would be a great loss to the community. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 3 November 2019

Drayton, North Dakota.

Last week I shared an aerial image captured in mid-October of flooded areas of the James River near Oakes, North Dakota. This week’s cellpic features a view from the parking area of the Alexander Henry Rest Area along I-29 between Grand Forks and the Canadian border. The Park River flows underneath bridges built on Interstate-29. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 27 October 2019

Oakes, North Dakota.

Last week, air crews and ground teams from North and South Dakota Civil Air Patrol were busy searching for a missing aircraft that departed Aberdeen late at night in less than perfect weather. An interview with a family member indicated that the pilot, alone in a Cessna 172 aircraft, might be headed for Oakes, North Dakota. The story had a sad ending as the aircraft wreckage was found about 7 miles north of Aberdeen, the pilot did not survive. That, however, is not what today’s Cellpic Sunday photo is about. Continue reading

Jamestown Kite Festival – A Quarter Century of Fun

Jamestown, North Dakota.

In late spring, several cities in North Dakota hold kite festivals. One of my Civil Air Patrol colleagues mentioned a kite fest held near Garrison. The Sky Fest Over Ft. Stevenson sounded like a great way to spend a Memorial Day weekend visiting an area of North Dakota I’d never seen. I made plans but as things go, a conflict came up that precluded our visit this year. The Sky Fest is North Dakota’s largest kite festival, so I will have to plan for a future visit. In the process of looking up information about kites and kite festivals, I discovered that Jamestown also has an annual kite festival. Continue reading