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Bob Lind, Published May 15 2013

Fargo man searches for poem

Don K. Johnson, of Fargo, seeks your help in tracking down a poem.

“I have searched far and wide for a poem I misplaced many years ago,” Don writes.

“It was about an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art super highway whose route was laid out many decades earlier by the feet of cattle wending their way home each evening from the pasture.

“I am paraphrasing,” Don says, “because I have long since forgotten the exact words, but that is the gist of this delightful poem, whose author is unknown.

“I’m hopeful that you or one of your readers will recognize it and furnish me with a copy or direct me to where I can find one. I’d very much appreciate any help you or your readers can give me.”

Neighbors hasn’t heard of this poem. Have you? If so, let us know, and we’ll put you in touch with Don.

Yogi, ‘vinters’

Now, here’s a memory of days past and of a former local entertainer named Yogi Yorgeson.

Gene W. Anderson, of Las Vegas, writes that he enjoys columns about area “old-timers” because they stir up recollections of his growing-up years in Portland, N.D.

“Many times when I was a child,” Gene writes, “my family would visit Fargo and a stop at the WDAY studios in the Black Building was a must to see and hear the Co-op Shoppers and others, like Yogi.

“Yogi was doing a show in Fargo in December 1951. Dad and Mom somehow got tickets for us. It seems like it was just yesterday.

“Yogi sang all those crazy Christmas songs. He also teamed up a few times, as I recall, with Jimmy Jensen and Ardis Wells in Alexandria, Minn. Always a fun time for all, especially when playing to a packed house.

“I’m now retired and have lived in Las Vegas for 28 years, but I still miss North Dakota – ‘vinters’ and all.”

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com