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Lloyd Anderson, Washburn, N.D., Published March 04 2013

Letter: Forum’s story on KKK is much-appreciated

Thank you and thanks to Patrick Springer for the excellent articles on the KKK in the Red River Valley. It was historical journalism at its best.

I heard stories from my father about Klan activities in the Washburn, N.D., area when he was young, including a cross burning. He also told of a subsequent incident when the Klan marched to downtown Washburn in full regalia with the intent of severely punishing the owner of a local gas station who had supposedly committed some moral transgressions or other. The transgressor pulled a pistol and ordered the Knights to remove their hoods. According to my dad, that ended the KKK reign of terror in Washburn.

I wrote a letter about that incident to the Washburn Leader some years ago, and when the letter was published, an elderly woman from the West Coast sent me a note telling me how strongly she remembered being a young Catholic girl in Washburn when the cross was burned and how terrified she had been. The terror remained with her 70 years later.

Again, thanks to The Forum and to your great reporter, Springer.