Monday, July 25

North Dakota~ Land of 10,000 Lakes

Oops, thats Minnesota~ Land of 10,000 Lakes, no wait..... it IS North Dakota.  I've seen it with my own eyes.  Water everywhere.  I travelled home to the farm recently and filled up my "farm girl" tank.  O how I miss ND in the summer... winter not so much, but summer there is amazing!  I made the trip by myself this time since everyone else had work or camp.  It was a long drive as usual but I enjoyed the time to myself and being able to stop wherever and whenever I darn well pleased, right! 

Here's the Mouse (Souris) River where it crosses Hwy 2, just East of Minot. Water on all sides as far as you could see. 

Here's an aerial photo of a neighbor's farm just a couple miles from my Dad's-  his farm would be in the upper left corner, just out of view. It is photo of a photo I took when we ran into this neighbor at the Threshing Bee.  The road  to town has been under water for many, many weeks.  Something like only 20% of the crops were able to be planted in Divide Co. this spring. :(  Dad says in all his years he has never seen anything like it, and he's been around 89 years now!

We celebrated Rollie's 89th birthday and suprised him with a golf cart so he can tool around the farm to get the mail and out to his garden and shop, etc.  I think he likes it :)

All my siblings were able to be there- Yay! 
Here we are youngest to oldest....

Besides having a Zimmerman Reunion, the main event of the weekend was a Roness Reunion (my Mom's side) in Noonan and had over a hundred there.  Over a hundred people I mean, but the temperature was almost that too!  It was great to catch up with aunts and uncles and cousins, some I haven't seen for 30 years.

My sister put together an awesome slideshow of the Roness family back to my Great-grandparents, Anton Godtfred Gunderson Roness and Maren Anna Nilsen Roness.  One relative put together a huge family tree complete with pictures that must have taken her massive hours but was so helpful to see all the descendents down to the newest, a 6-week old baby who attended.

We had some good food and visiting and even did a little karaoke- here's some of my sisters and a cousin and I singing Come to the Church in the Wildwood. Wow.  Can't wait to do that again, not.  Let's just say you won't be seeing us in concert any time soon.

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt

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