Maybe you remember the picture and the unfinished story that went with it. More than 70 years ago, toward the end of the Great Depression and just before America entered World War II, famed American photographer John Vachon traveled through North Dakota, looking for images of what the country and its people were like at that great transitional time. On a sidewalk in a little Nelson County railroad town, he found a boy in a wagon.
He would be close to 80 years old now, maybe 82. He was a tall boy, a child of the Great Depression, but in 1940 he possessed a wagon and a jaunty cap, the sort that Spanky wore in the “Our Gang” movie shorts, or Jimmy Cagney in his “Roaring 20s” movies.
Heritage Arts Gallery in Michigan, N.D., is having an art and gift sale this weekend, featuring artists from the Heritage Arts Gallery, at the C'Mon Inn in Grand Forks. Hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Landowners have until Aug. 16 to vote on a $2.66 million Michigan Spillway flood control project that could divert pooling sheet water away from the city of Michigan, N.D., and relieve about 40,000 acres of agricultural and rural road flooding in Nelson County.
The water is safe to drink and use in Michigan, N.D., Mayor Allen Orwick said Thursday, and the boiling order was lifted in the afternoon. The city had been without drinking water after the water system was damaged by two separate rain storms last week. The problem was fixed Wednesday, but water needed to be tested at a lab in Grand Forks before it was deemed safe to drink.
Michigan, N.D., residents got their water turned back on early Monday morning and officials are hopeful the water can stay on this time.
But it could still take a while to pinpoint and fix the problem that has crippled the sewer system in the town of 345 located between Grand Forks and Devils Lake.
The water was turned on for longer than scheduled Sunday for residents of Michigan, N.D.
“We had scheduled the water to be turned on from 9 a.m. to noon, then 3 to 6 p.m., then 8 to 11 p.m.,” said Allen Orwick, Michigan mayor. “But a change in the discharges from the lift station allowed us to leave it on from 3 to 11 p.m.”
Crews in Michigan, N.D., will try to provide residents with water for a longer period of time.
The town’s 345 residents were allowed water use from 10 a.m. to noon and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Mayor Allen Orwick said.
Water has nowhere to go in parts of northeast N.D. For more than a week this summer, the only way Maynard and DeLores Lillehaugen could get to and from their farm home was with a 4-wheel-drive tractor down a muddy, water-covered driveway more than a quarter-mile long.
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