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Bob Lind, Published February 25 2014

Neighbors: Stories of early-day pioneers worth remembering

North Dakota is gearing up this year to celebrate the 125th anniversary of it becoming a state, which brings to mind those pioneers who were among the first settlers to set foot – and plow – in the area.

Tom Hannaher, Fargo, writes that his grandfather John Hannaher moved his family from Iowa to Dakota Territory in 1880 and lived on a farm near what is now Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

Tom’s father, Thomas O. Hannaher, was born there in 1882. Five years later, Tom’s grandfather died.

Tough times eventually hit the family and they lost the farm. That’s when they moved into Fargo.

All that was “a long time ago,” Tom notes. But, in this 125th year of North Dakota’s statehood, stories like these are well worth remembering.

Staying in touch

Now, over to the Minnesota side of the Red River and word from a man who, although now living in Lynchburg, Va., still keeps tabs on his home area.

He’s Larry Nordick, who writes, “I lived in the Red River Valley for the first 56 years of my life, including a total of 38 years in Moorhead. Something over six years ago my wife and I moved to Lynchburg, where we currently reside and work.”

But “to paraphrase W.C. Fields, ‘On the whole, I’d rather be in Moorhead,’ ” Larry says.

“But I’ve continued to read The Forum online daily,” he says. “I find myself checking the area funeral homes for obits on a regular basis.

“I also have remained a die-hard Twins fan, and travel to see them when they’re playing nearby, including a week with them in Ft. Myers, Fla., for spring training last March.

“I’m keeping up with Minnesota and North Dakota politics and news in general.”

Larry kindly says he appreciates this column because, “There’s always something there to feel good about, and now, to give me a lifeline to my native soil.”

In conclusion, Larry writes that, “You can take the boy out of Minnesota, but you can’t take Minnesota out of the boy.”

But who’d want to, Larry?

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