The city of Michigan, N.D., is losing its city auditor just weeks before a special election to pick a new mayor. Rita Hjelseth, put in her two weeks' notice, effective Jan. 25, according to the city's Facebook page.
Barns and quilts are two of the images perhaps most associated with rural life. Today through Sunday, a tour of quilts painted on eight-foot wooden panels and hung on barns will debut near Michigan, N.D.
U.S. Navy Ensign Rose Ellen Wilson was one of 34 people, 20 of them service members, who were killed when their stalled westbound passenger train was struck from behind by another passenger train on Aug. 9, 1945.
It was one of the worst rail accidents in U.S. history.
Sylva Daws painted the 8-by-8-foot Star of Eden quilt earlier this month and Greg, her husband, mounted it on a farmstead building on the east side of North Dakota Highway 35, a few miles north of Michigan.
The Michigan Area Ambulance Service was on life support just a few months ago, a victim of a withering supply of volunteers. Local leaders found at least a temporary antidote in January, when the ambulance service hired Darren Schemionek to staff the operation full-time during the daytime, Monday through Friday, when most volunteers are at work.
Better late than never is the unofficial motto for a group of local residents that will place a memorial to the Michigan Train Crash of 1945 in Veterans Memorial Park this summer. The granite monument will be dedicated July 21 during the annual Michigan Days.
Eyewitness vividly recalls the dead and dying It was a warm, sunny day on Aug. 9, 1945, when 20-year-old Marian Pederson and her parents boarded the Great Northern Railway’s Empire Builder in Grand Forks. The Pedersons’ train never made it to their destination. A mechanical problem — an overheated journal or bearing — forced it to make an unscheduled stop on the west side of Michigan, N.D. The second train couldn’t grind to a halt in time. They collided at about 7:20 p.m., the engine of the trailing train slamming into the back of the first, shearing the luxurious Pullman observation deck car and thrusting it over the top of the engine.
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.
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