1909 Birds Eye View of Neche. From a Double Folder postcard, printed by Judson LaMoure
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From the Winnipeg Free Press 7/13/2012
A guided tour of Riel's North Dakota hideout
His rich friend's trading post became place of refuge from Wolseley's troops
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lady in WhiteFor all you Ghost Hunters out there, Saw this posted on Facebook.
Lady In White - Leroy, ND Link
The Bridge on White Lady Lane
By Mindy Reznik
|In Pembina County, North Dakota, the White Lady of local lore was a young farmer’s daughter destined for sorrow. The story goes that after she bore a child out of wedlock, her fervidly religious parents forced her to marry against her will. The unhappy bride returned home after the wedding ceremony only to find that her baby died in its crib.|
Apparently, her distress over the baby’s death and the thought of having to spend the rest of her life with a man that she didn’t love were too much for her. Still clad in her wedding gown, the young woman left home and walked to a lonely lane on the outskirts of town, where she hanged herself from a bridge. Today, many people claim that if you travel to the bridge at night, you can see the ghost of the grief-stricken girl hanging there in her white dress.
The bridge spans a small creek between the towns of Leroy and Walhalla, near the Minnesota and Manitoba borders. It is reached by a narrow, over-grown road, off county Route 9 that leads through the Tetrault Woods. Known locally as White Lady Lane, the gravel road narrows until it’s barely wide enough for a car. The woods surrounding the rickety bridge are dark and eerie. All in all, it’s the kind of place that would scare you even if there weren’t a ghost lying in wait.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Collection of North Dakota State University Pins
1966 NDSU vs San Diego St, Winner became National Champions
1947 Bison Homecoming Football vs Sioux
Bison are the visiting team on this pin, played at Gustavus Adolphus, Minnesota
1957 Bison Booster
Vintage Gold Star Band Wagon Bison Booster
Undated Homecoming pin
1984 Homecoming vs South Dakota State
1983 Basketball Team Photo Pin
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Bathgate North Dakota Native, Noval Baptie
Member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
I, who have passed the half-century mark, know that the best way to remain a good specimen of physical fitness throughout life is to constantly participate in intelligent exercise. My favorite activity, and as matter of fact it has always been, is skating - ice skating, and after forty years, much of which has been spent with steel skates on my feet, I believe that this is one of the most enjoyable and healthiest of sports that will do as much as any sport or exercise to keep a young fellow healthy and active and an old fellow young.
There is nothing difficult about ice skating. Almost anyone with two sound legs can become a good skater. It is to some extent a matter of practice but largely a matter of liking, yes, of loving to skate. As with any other sport, one can only become proficient by constantly spending hours on the ice, and one can only spend hours on the ice when one loves to skate.
No doubt the people who excel in any sport are those who have taken part in it all their lives; you have to grow up in a thing in order to be outstanding. I have been skating almost since the time I was able to walk. This is possible in the country where I was born, in Ontario and in North Dakota, where I was raised, because in those places winter comes early and stays late. At sixteen I was fortunate enough to win the professional skating championship of the world and since that time have competed successfully with some of the best and fastest skaters. I always view with pride, the fact that in addition to winning the above named championship, that in 1902 at Saranac Lake, NY, I managed to win the five mile race and win the world's record of 14 minutes, 47 3/5 seconds, which still remains the established record for that distance. These accomplishments were only achived by constant exercise, continuous practice, and careful observance of the rules for keeping fit which you as athletes must also observe.
Every year it is possible to see some of the world's greatest skaters give exhibitions in and around New York. Some of these skaters are no longer in early youth but nevertheless they are still healthy and retain their youthful form and appearance. In contrast to other sports these people participate in skating almost throughout their entire lives without serious strain upon their heart and without detriment to their health. It is a smooth health-building activity, especially so as it often brings one out doors in the winter and when the air is bracing and invigorating.
It is only in recent years that indoor skating rinks have been made possible by the development of artificial ice. Skating in an indoor rink is always a great pleasure to one who not only likes spped skating but fancy skating, and at this point I might say a good word for fancy skating (figure skating). Few activities add so much to the grace and build of a man or a woman as does fancy skating for the benefit of those who might like to take it up. The gyrations, bending, twistings and curves of fancy skating give one more healthful exercise than any number of daily dozens. This too is something which almost anyone with the use of poper skates can learn to do with a certain amount of proficiency.
Knowing that the work of the PSAL (Public Schools Athletic League) is to build up healthy active habits in boys that will make them good citizens, I believe that ice skating will help to do this almost as much as any other sport or form of athletics and at the same time will give every boy a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment.
Story from 1929-30 New York City Public Schools Athletic League Annual following an article by Lou Gehrig. Norval Baptie was raised in Bathgate, ND, and is a member of the National Speedskating Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Upper Midwest Annual Gold Rush
Oronoco and Rochester, Minnesota, will be invaded by thousands of antique and flea market enthusiast this weekend, August 15-17. With nearly 1000 vendors throughout the city of Oronoco and another 1500 at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds, in Rochester, picking should be great. Both of these events have been featured on national collector shows such as Market Warriors, and Flea Market Finds with the Kovels.
Ornoco is primarily an outdoor event, with vendors scattered around the town. Entrance to the show is free, but may have to pay to park close to the event. Many residence charge to park in their yards. Free parking, close to the event is scarce, but available to the early birds.
Rochester has a majority of vendors inside with a nice group of vendors in the outdoor area. Also free admission, but there is a fee for parking on the grounds.
Oronoco, since 1972, approx 1000 vendors
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rochester, since 1973, Approx 1500 vendors
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (setup)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Three Time Defending Champion North Dakota State #2 in AGS Preseason PollNorth Dakota State, FCS Champions the last three seasons, is rated #2 in the AnyGivenSaturday website annual preseason poll, receiving more first place votes than any other school with 36. AnyGivenSaturday is a fan based poll with voters knowledgeable in the Football Championship Subdivision of NCAA football. NDSU will begin the season with a new Head Coach, after Coach Craig Bohl moved on to the University of Wyoming. Eastern Washington takes the top spot in the Poll after making a nice playoff run last year, and returning some key performers.
Results for 07/28/2014 AGS Poll:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Satchel Paige Comes to North Dakota
Some great stories from the Satchel Paige years with the Bismack Churchills. There are many stories that have been passed around the area. The Bismarck team had multiple players that are now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Besides Paige, Double Duty Radcliffe and Hilton Smith have been inducted over the years. This article brings to life a golden era of Bismarck and North Dakota baseball. Enjoy the link.
Pitch Black Baseball Link
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Another Story on the legend of Norval Baptie. The Bathgate native, is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Do It Backwards
Once upon a time, long enough ago for this tale to become muddled folklore, there was a talented young man who desperately wanted a pair of skates. Times were hard, there was war and rumour of war, and hockey was fast becoming a popular diversion from all of it. Skates, and a very good pair of skates, ones designed by the fastest skater in the world, Norval Baptie, were particularly special and this particularly talented young man wanted them more than he had ever wanted anything. All he would have to do to get them would be to beat Norval Baptie himself in a race. Ever the showman and the gentleman, Norval Baptie offered to race backwards while his challengers could skate forward. Norval Baptie was at the height of his speedskating career at the time, but facing him while he skated backwards especially for such a pair of skates was a tempting challenge. The young man entered and the race was on, but as the race unfolded the young man realized something very quickly. He was losing. Not only could Baptie skate as fast backwards as the young man could skate forwards, the advantage was in Baptie's favour. He could see his opponents, and he could block them as they attempted to pass. With every stride, the young man's frustration grew and grew, till he was so angry he could spit.
Plaque located in Bapties hometown.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
From a North Border Farm......to the Governors Mansion. Online Exhibit of Former North Dakota Governor Walter Welford on the North Dakota Historical Society webpages. Welford's farm was located between Neche and Pembina.
ND State Historical Society Online Exhibit Link
As lieutenant governor, Welford became governor after Thomas H. Moodie was disqualified. Welford was a staunch supporter of the Nonpartisan League (NPL), a farmers' political group. During Welford's administration the state was caught in the grip of the Great Depression. The 1936 crop yield was disastrously low because of drought. Welford met with President Franklin Roosevelt and obtained federal aid for drought-stricken farmers.
Governor Welford and members of the Highway Patrol at the
In 1936, Welford decided to run for office again. He beat former Governor William Langer for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, but Langer refused to drop out, and entered the general election as an independent. Welford lost the three-way governor's election to Langer. (The third-place candidate was Democrat John Moses, who became North Dakota's twenty-second governor, following Langer's second term.) Walter Welford became governor when Thomas H. Moodie was removed from office shortly after being elected. Welford served during a time of drought and depression
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Maris' bat and ball to be displayed at tournament
FARGO – The bat that Roger Maris used to hit his record 61st home run and the ball that landed in the right-field stands of Yankee Stadium in 1961 will be on display at the 31st annual Roger Maris Celebrity benefit golf tournament.
The bat and ball will be on display on Monday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Roger Maris Museum at the West Acres Shopping Center. The viewing is free and open to the public.
The bat and ball will also be on display at the tournament auction which will be held Sunday, June 22, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. They will also be displayed at the tournament banquet that night at the Holiday Inn.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Best Food Stands at Target Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins
For those heading to Minneapolis this summer to watch the Minnesota Twins, here are a couple of Stadium food recommendations.
1. Andrew Zimmern Canteen - Minnesota Crispy Belly Bacon” with jalapeno jelly and vinegar slaw.
2. Tony O's - Cuban Sandwich
3. Talenti Gelato - ( Italian word for ice cream) - Sea Salt Carmel
Mention of Former Neche HS Grad Gary Vollrath in this 1973 Fergus Falls Newspaper.
80 boxers in Upper Midwest
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - A field of 80 boxers from Minnesota and the Dakotas will compete Friday and Monday nights at the Minneapolis Auditorium in the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament Regional teams will be representing Minneapolis, St. Paul Wadena, Hibbing, Rochester Fairmont, Wahpeton, N.D., and Watertown, S.D. No less than three former champions make the heavy- weight division the most attractive on the card. Bob Culbertson of Rochester is the defending champion, Scott LeDoux of Minneapolis won the 1971 title and Gary Vollrath of Wahpeton was the 1970 king. The individual champions ad- vance to the national tournament in Lowell, Mass., in mid-March.
Daily Journal Link
Monday, July 29, 2013
Joe Martindale (1936-2013)
Askew Funeral Home Link
Frank Hughes (1936-2013)
H. Frank Hughes, 76, of Neche, ND passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the Neche Union Cemetery, Neche, ND. H. Frank Hughes was born August 9, 1936, on the family farm near Neche, ND to Howard and Doreen (Twamley) Hughes. He grew up in the Neche area, graduating from Neche High School. Frank received his Masters Degree in Agricultural Engineering from North Dakota State University. On May 31, 1959, he married Judy Hvidsten at Neche. After working in California for several years he returned to Neche to farm with his father. He loved spending time with his grandkids and attending their activities and was also a motorcycle enthusiast. Survivors include his children: Jeff Hughes, Neche, Jackie (Steve) Johnson, Reiles Acres, ND, Laurie (Allen) Williams, Morrison, CO, Jonathan Hughes, Grand Forks, ND, Jeremy (Beth) Hughes, Thompson, ND; grandchildren: Daniel, Samuel, and Jacob Williams, Rachel, Mara, and Lauren Johnson, Marcus and Mackenzie Hughes; great grandson, Thomas Johnson; sisters: Judy (Roy) Wood, Collinsville, IL and Nancy (Randy) Heimark, Henderson, NV. Preceding him in death were his parents; twin brothers in infancy, Donald and David. Clergy: Rev. Don Swenson; Honorary Pallbearers: All of Frank's Grandchildren; Casket Bearers: Jack Driedger, Snookie Menke, Manford Newell, Roy Paton, Philip Renwick, Melvin Stark, Dick Winkler, Jim Wznick; Music: Lori Dingmann, Soloist and Bettie Lou Stegman, Accompanist.
Askew Funeral Home link
North Border Athlete Shines in Shrine Bowl
Grand Forks Herald Article Below
GRAND FORKS – Wide receiver Luis Vasquez said he and quarterback Tyler Stockton talked this week at practice about their love of the deep ball.
It was easy to see why Saturday night during the 9-man Shrine Bowl all-star football game.
The East squad used the Vasquez-Stockton combination to overwhelm the West 47-6 at the Alerus Center.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Vasquez of Wyndmere-Lidgerwood racked up 124 receiving yards, while Stockton of North Border tallied 215 passing yards.
“I told (Stockton) if you put it somewhere close to me, I’m going to try as hard as I can to go and get it,” said Vasquez, who plans to play college football at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton in the fall. “(Stockton) puts it right where it needs to be. That’s all a wide receiver wants is a chance. You don’t want an overthrow.”
Vasquez also had 40 rushing yards, a fumble recovery and a key block on a punt return for a touchdown.
Stockton finished 10-for-14 passing. His most effective plays were lobs to Vasquez. Stockton also consistently found New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Chance LaBrie, who finished with 100 receiving yards. Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Dusty Schildberger chipped in with two catches for 43 yards.
“You just throw it up and (Vasquez) makes a play,” said Stockton, who plans to pursue a coaching degree at Mayville State. “We knew we’d be good offensively, but we didn’t expect anything like this.”
The East thoroughly dominated. After the East defense forced a three-and-out on the West’s first possession, Jaron Moor of Lakota-Adams Edmore returned a punt 60 yards for a score.
After another three-and-out for the West, the East made it 14-0 in the first quarter when Stephen-Arygle (Minn.)’s Daniel Haugen capped a 10-play drive with a 5-yard run.
The East led 20-0 at halftime and pushed the lead to 47-0 before the West avoided the shutout with 43 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
On fourth-and-inches, Mason Ankenbauer caught a 6-yard pass from Aaron Morman to put the West on the board at 47-6.
The West was led offensively by Divide County quarterback Lance Knudson, who passed for 42 yards and rushed for 12 yards on 15 carries.
Knudson’s favorite target was Kenmare-Bowbells’ Mason Ankenbauer, who caught a pair of passes for 33 yards.
Knudson was under constant pressure from the East defensive line.
“Our line is stacked with kids,” Vasquez said. “All our linemen are going to play college ball. They’re big, mean guys who like to get to the quarterback.”
E 14 6 14 13–47
W 0 0 0 6–6
E–Moor 60 punt return (kick failed)
E–Haugen 5 run (Moor run)
E–Johnson 1 run (pass failed)
E–Perleberg 3 run (Pic kick)
E–Perleberg 3 run (Pic kick)
E–LaBrie 34 pass from Dufner (kick failed)
E–Moor 12 run (Pic kick)
W–Ankenbauer 6 pass from Morman (run failed)
RUSHING: E, Johnson 9-24, Polansky 6-32, Vasquez 3-40, Perleberg 3-11, Miller 4-0, Moor 1-12, Stockton 2-(1-5), Dufner 1-(-12), Haugen 3-14. W, Knudson 15-12, Bachmeier 3-10, Stene 6-9, Stoll 1-15, Ruff 3-9, Morman 1-1, Haberstroh 1-(-1).
PASSING: E, Stockton 10-14-0 215 yards, Dufner 3-5-1 52. W, Knudson 4-7-1 42 yards.
RECEIVING: E, Vasquez 6-124, LaBrie 5-100, Schildberger 2-43. W, Stene 1-8, Ankenbauer 2-33, Larson 1-1.
Tom Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, May 03, 2008
North Border Golf
At Fair Oaks Golf Club, Wednesday
Grafton 322, North Border 334, Hatton-Northwood 340, Grafton No. 2 351, Grafton No. 3 363, Lakota 377, Cavalier 384, Dakota Prairie 386, Park River 388, Langdon 397, Devils Lake 399, Park River No. 2 433, Drayton-St. Thomas 472
Top 4 individuals
1. (tie) Ryan Mohagen, G, 77; 1. Adam Schaefer, G, 77; 3. (tie) Ty Zimprich, NB, 80, Ryan Hills, G, 80
North Border Baseball
North Border 1-3
Cavalier 422 00 — 8 4 0
North Border 001 00 — 1 3 3
WP — Ryan Kallionowski; LP — Alex Kalliokowski
Highlights — Cavalier: Paul Stevens 2x2, 2 RBIs, Nick Askew 1x2, 2 RBIs
North Border 200 10 — 3 6 0
Cavalier 001 00 — 1 2 0
WP — Blake Setness; LP — Alex Cull
Highlights — North Border: Tanner Carpenter 2x3, Jason Margerum 1x3, 2 RBIs, Carpenter save
Pembina County Track Meet
In Cavalier, Thursday
Boys team totals
Cavalier 163, Langdon 154, Grafton 130, Drayton-St. Thomas-Valley 84, Park River 78, North Border 30, Midway-Minto 13
Top 3 placers
4x400 relay — 1. Grafton (Andrew Wysocki, Wade Berg, Tyler Lindell, Riley Mathison) 3:56.12; 2. Cavalier 4:07.21; 3. North Border 4:20.00
4x800 relay — 1. Grafton (Berg, Lindel, Morgan, Mendez) 9:33.40; 2. Cavalier 9:37.43; 3. North Border 10:28.65
Girls team totals
Park River 182½, Langdon 117, Grafton 89½, Cavalier 84, North Border 77, Midway-Minto 34, Drayton-St. Thomas-Valley 18
Top 3 placers
1,600 — 1. Shanilec, Midway-Minto, 5:46.62; 2. Nicole Woinarowicz, Grafton, 5:50.28; 3. Shanon Lene, North Border, 6:05.27
4x100 relay — 1. Park River (Brittnee Linn, Katie Ralston, Tiffany McMillan, Thomas) :52.66; 2. Grafton :53.09; 3. North Border :56.82
4x400 relay — 1. North Border (Morgan Beattie, Hailey Longtin, Brenna Carpenter, Ellie Bjornstad) 4:35.30; 2. Cavalier 4:38.62
4x800 relay — 1. North Border (Beattie, Longtin, Carpenter, Shanon Lene) 10:33.02; 2. Grafton 10:38.65
300 hurdles — 1. Kram, Langdon, :51.15; 2. Larson, Park River, :53.12; 3. Kieran Horsley, North Border, :53.43
Long jump — 1. Kay Krahn, Langdon, 15-3½; 2. Samantha Baldwin, Grafton, 14-5; 3. Tiffany McMillan, Park River, 13-11
Shot put — 1. Cass Heigaard, Park River, 30-7; 2. Kelsey Iverson, Park River, 30-6½; 3. Jessica Helland, North Border, 29-0½
Discus — 1. Heigaard, Park River, 111-1; 2. Iverson, Park River, 92-6; 3. Liz Blair, North Border, 85-9
Triple jump — 1. Tiffany McMillan, Park River, 31-1¼; 2. Baldwin, Grafton, 30-9; 3. Megan Ternquist, Park River, 30-0
Pole vault — 1. Kram, Langdon, 8-0; 2. Julie Ault, Cavalier, 7-6; 3. Danika Carpenter, North Border, 7-0
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Magdeline E. Reimer
Magdeline E. Reimer age 84 of Cavalier, ND died on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
Magdeline was born June 9, 1923, near Neche, ND to William and Ottilga (Stegman) Lembke. She grew up and attended school near Neche and helped on the family farm.
On April 23, 1947, she married Jacob Reimer at Neche. After their marriage they lived in the Hensel area. She then worked at the Borg Memorial Home in Mountain, until her retirement.
Survivors include her husband, Jake; children, Warren Reimer and Richard Reimer both of Cavalier, ND, Mark (Kathy) Reimer, Paso Robles, CA, Wayne (Pam) Reimer, Bakersfield, CA, Lisa (Michael) Carik, Cavalier, ND; daughter-in-law, Rita Reimer, Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren; one great grandson; siblings, Rudolph Lembke, Cavalier, ND, Evelyn (Lyle) Petsinger, Jefferson City, MO, and Helen (Earl) Jackson, Fargo, ND.
Preceding her in death were her parents; infant daughter, Jane; son, Dennis; sister, Dorothy Panasuk.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the time of services.