North Dakota

I told them that roof would fall down!

Posted by on July 24, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I told them that roof would fall down! These prophetic words from Marv came true sometime this summer. Marv, cousin to the second-generation Hutmachers, remembers visiting Aunt Veronica and Uncle Frank‚Äôs house when he was a kid. He would not step inside the building, sure that the dirt roof would tumble down and [...]

Date Night: Page, North Dakota

Posted by on June 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It’s Saturday night in Page, and folks are lined up in the streets–because that’s how they park here–ready to take in a show.   We’ve been planning all week to get back to Page, where we know that every Saturday night the Page Cafe is serving all-you-can-eat bbq ribs (just $10.95). And they mean it, [...]

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase

Posted by on November 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

Last night I began my Christmas shopping foray. After dinner we put on comfy shoes and headed for the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase. Pride of Dakota is a place to shop local–sort of, if local counts a whole state. The event is located at the Fargo Civic Center, continuing today (9-5) and tomorrow (11-4). [...]

Farmers’ Market at Dike East Park

Posted by on October 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Last week I had to buy a cabbage. Nobody made me buy it; I just wanted it and we had none left in the garden. I revel in the seasons we enjoy, but I’m not good at saying goodbye to any of them. Light freezes, wilted roses, and cooking already with pumpkin are the gentle [...]

Model Bakery, Linton, ND

Posted by on April 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

When we married–in our backyard under the apple tree–we served our guests kuchen. My husband-to-be and I worked to perfect our recipe, finally (after many taste-tests) ending up with a thin, lightly sweet crust and a custard decorated with apricots and juneberries.     This past weekend, on a new kuchen hunt, we visited the [...]

Restoring the Hutmacher Farm, Dunn County, ND

Posted by on April 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Several times a year, I can be found out at the Hutmacher Farm in Dunn County, North Dakota. Since 2006, this farmstead has been under the care of Preservation North Dakota, and in recent years service-learning students from North Dakota State University have been adding sweat equity to the preservation project. While we’ve had a [...]

Liberate Those Cups!

Posted by on April 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

Quick! Get yourself to the Plains Art Museum today! April 1 is the last day to view the Misfit Cup Liberation Project by artist Michael J. Strand.   Our travels don’t have to take us far to find something to satisfy curiosity. Yesterday (at long last) I made it over to the Strand exhibit, just [...]

“What’s a SuchyFest?” asked Ben.

Posted by on August 19, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Saturday last, August 13, we spent at the Hall. The Bohemian Hall, more precisely, located near Mandan, North Dakota. Mandan is home to the Suchy (pronounced soo-key) family, farmers and musicians. About ten years ago they started an outdoors concert tradition: Saturday Night at the Hall, titled after a song Chuck Sucky wrote and made [...]

Saturday Starts with Sundae

Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Last Saturday we headed for the tallgrass prairie, hoping to find morels in the Sheyenne National Grasslands. We made some unexpected stops along the way. The drive is easy. From our place west of Fargo, we take the Kindred road until it meets Highway 46, where we turn west. At County Rd. 23, turn south. [...]

Canoeing the Willow

Posted by on April 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Sometimes the adventure begins in your own backyard.     Here is how the yard appears today, with our poor rose garden and apple tree (where we stood to be married) drowning in Sheyenne waters.     Our Easter started out perhaps differently than yours. We’ve been having some water problems due to overland flooding, [...]