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Ross Nelson, Casselton, N.D., Published September 30 2013

Letter: Demise of my old home lamented

I hear my childhood home in Georgetown, Minn., recently burned down. It escaped even the 2009 flood of the Buffalo River, but with Georgetown’s new dike protecting what’s left of the old town, the homestead and its four acres on the wrong side of the barrier were condemned and abandoned.

The house was once a school and also a restaurant decades ago in Dilworth before being moved, I’m told. The young couple who bought it from my parents some 20 years ago beautifully renovated the place and gave it new life.

It was hard this past Memorial weekend to swing by and see the house stripped and vandalized, and its fate assured. The poet James Whitcomb Riley metaphorically lamented that it’s “hard to part forever with the old swimmin’-hole.” So it is.