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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 18 2011

Hankinson history in view

Hankinson, N.D. - The building that houses Dave and Bev Paulson’s antique shop is a relic itself.

The couple saved a train depot that was set to be torn down in Hankinson, and have turned it into a business.

Both had dabbled in antiques and collectibles, Dave starting with a collection of Aladdin kerosene lamps and Bev with a collection of antique silhouettes.

They displayed many antiques at Lakeview Supper Club in Hankinson, which they operated for 38 years before they decided to open the antique store.

“I always jokingly said I’d legalize my habits,” said Dave, 65.

When the depot located on the east side of Hankinson was scheduled for demolition, Dave and Bev decided to move it to their property near the Lake Elsie Recreation Area. The depot, constructed between 1899 and 1902, was a local landmark, the couple said.

“We looked at the building as an opportunity to save a piece of history of Hankinson,” Dave said.

The Paulsons moved the depot in 2003 and began restoring the building, preserving the original woodwork and flooring. The building was a passenger and freight depot and had a second story where the agents lived.

It’s been open as the Antique Depot since 2008, and attracts tourists and others who want to check out the depot or buy and sell antiques.

“It’s neat to meet the people from all parts of the country,” said Bev, 58.

The shop features a variety of antiques. Dave’s favorite item on display is a picture of Abraham Lincoln that is on a wall of presidential pictures.

The couple lives next door and operates the shop full time from April through December. The shop is also open by appointment to buy or sell during the off months.

Dave said he enjoys the opportunity to see the different antiques.

“A big part of the antique business is people who want to relive their youth, he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590