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​55 Years at NDSU: the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

January 8th, 2023

By Michael M. Miller

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

My deepest appreciation to our Germans from Russia community for the cards and emails, as well as financial gifts to honor my retirement for GRHC’s Germans from Russia Fund. My lifelong dream has been to preserve, document, and enrich the heritage and culture of our Germans from Russia community – and it does not end with my retirement. I will volunteer at GRHC with special projects and work with Prairie Public to produce the Germans from…

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​In Touch With Prairie Living

January 7th, 2023

By Michael M. Miller 

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

My October column features a heartwarming interview with Christina (Gross) Jundt on October 14, 1998, at Rugby, ND, conducted by her first cousin, Brother Placid Gross, Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND. Access the complete transcription here: https://hdl.handle.net/10365/31673.

Christina was born on November 10, 1909, and died on April 18, 2006. Her parents were…

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JOSEF OLIVIERI: NORTH DAKOTA’S GODFATHER OF HAIR

December 23rd, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung sabrina@hpr1.com

The following interview was done in February of 2016, just a few months after Mr. Josef Olivieri's 90th birthday. We're sorry to hear of his passing at the age of 97 on December 22, 2022. As we remember the life and legacy of Mr. Josef, we send our condolences to his family and community.

Josef Olivieri is the stuff that legends are made of. With his charm, impeccable style, crisp suits, and perfectly curled silver handlebar mustache. He is the man who…

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​Get Creative for the Holidays

December 15th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Nothing says one-of-a-kind like local, vintage and handmade

The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re on the lookout for finding your loved ones something truly special and unique, we thought we’d assemble a list of some of our favorite art, handmade and vintage hotspots for your shopping pleasure.

VINTAGE

BDS Books

1200 1st Ave N, Fargo

A treasure trove of used books; and is in fact, FM’s only fully stocked used book seller!

Brad Stephenson…

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​Resurrecting Ralph’s Corner

November 16th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Exhibit recreates and examines the iconic bar’s legacy

There’s something to be said about a good bar. The really good ones serve as a sort of community living room, bringing folks from all walks of life under one roof. If you’re really lucky, these sacred spaces can even serve as a cultural hub.

Ralph’s Corner Bar in Moorhead just so happened to be one of those spaces before it was demolished in 2005. Not only was it the oldest bar in the area:…

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​Otter Tail County Historical Society Resurrects Local History

October 20th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Photo provided by Otter Tail County Historical Museum

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story, or better yet, who doesn’t love a good dose of local history or an urban legend from our own backyard?

The Otter Tail County Historical Museum is dishing up a couple of different options chock full of local lore for the Halloween season.

First, the Historical Society will be leading Walking Tours of the Fergus Falls State Hospital and Poor Farm Cemeteries on…

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​Romania to Poland to Germany to Wisconsin: One Family’s Odyssey

September 14th, 2022

By Michael M. Miller 

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

Photo credit: Sabrina Hornung

In May 2022, the Rauter family of Wisconsin visited the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. Paul Rauter of Osseo, Wis., donated the family history, “Our Life and Struggles of Our Past: The Life Story of David and Ottilie Henke Rauter,” published in 2002. These memories of Ottilie were translated from German to English by Lydia Rauer…

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​A Traditional Cure-all for Just About Anything That Ails You

August 17th, 2022

By Michael M. Miller

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

The “Northwest Blade,” Eureka, SD, published a wonderful article in August 2020, “Granddaughter keeps grandmother’s precious chamomile seeds,” by Cindy Schumacher. Cindy wrote about the experiences of Judy Hooff, a resident of Eureka, founded in 1887, once called the “Breadbasket of the World” for its many wheat elevators and the trains that transported grain to the rest of the country.

When she was a first grader, Judy Hooff lived…

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​Keith Hapip Jr. and His War Against Sinners

July 20th, 2022

By Melissa Van Der Stad 

m.forfargo@gmail.com

photo credit: Keith Hapip, Jr.

One North Dakota family is in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the Protect North Dakota Kids group and its primary member, Keith Hapip, Jr.

The controversial Facebook page has shared a photo featuring three kids, against the express wishes of the childrens’ guardians. When asked to take it down, the page refused.

Raquel…

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​The Very First Turtle Mountain Pride Drag Show

July 20th, 2022

By Eric Hamley

Erichamley@gmail.com

Back in the mid-2000’s, a guy punched me at the bar for dancing with another man. 15 years later I was in drag onstage celebrating the first Pride on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in front of one of my tormentors.

It is very much an indication of how far we have come as a people to accept our Two Spirits who were once revered in the community before the colonized idea that being LGBTQ was sinful. It was an honor to be part of this historic moment…

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