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Bob Lind, Published June 15 2012

Lind: Lift bridge in North Dakota was only raised once

It appears that what was North Dakota’s only lift bridge, built to allow river boats to pass underneath, wasn’t all that necessary. It was raised only once.

Neighbors carried a story about this bridge that is now part of a walking path leading to a tunnel. The bridge is located over the Yellowstone River near Williston.

Feedback: Cornelius Kooren, Fargo, writes that he and his wife once lived in the Dickinson, N.D., area and traveled the Yellowstone River many times.

“The area mentioned (in the bridge story) is a neat place to visit,” he writes: “Walking opportunities, picnic ground, Badlands, scenery and the tunnel.

“The bridge itself was raised one time after its construction,” Cornelius learned. “Seems the river boats disappeared before the project was complete.”

The Gazette

Another Neighbors story: An elevator fire in Georgetown, Minn., in 1966 was retold in the Georgetown Gazette some years ago.

Feedback: The Gazette is still being published, although it has been cut back from a monthly publication to every other month.

Kathy Richards, Georgetown, writes it with assistance from others who contribute material.

The Gazette, covering current events and highlighting that area’s residents, past and present, has a mailing list of 375.

But the Gazette faces a familiar problem: “As you know,” Kathy says, “expenses add up.”

For sure, Kathy.

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