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Jeff Firth, president of the North Dakota Chautauqua Association, intoduces actress Kate Fuglei via Skype at a press conference Thursday in Devils Lake. Fuglei is bring her one-woman show, "The Rachel Calof Story" to the Robert E. Fawcett Aiditorium at Lake Region State College in June.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Play tells of woman’s life in Jewish pioneer settlement near Devils Lake

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DEVILS LAKE — The story of Rachel Calof, a Jewish pioneer who homesteaded in a 12-by-14-foot shack — along with her new husband, her in-laws and their children — on the harsh plains north of Devils Lake in the 1890s and early 1900s is coming home.


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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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