Mandan News

Before Highways there were trails

By Delores Klusmann

Today was an absolutely beautiful day with a tinge of fall in the air. However, with all the rain in the last two weeks, it looks like spring with everything such a lush green. But when I look at the calendar and it is September 15, I know that fall is coming.

The past month has been busy with festivals in many of the towns along “Old Red.” Almont had their Labor Day Festival and I did make it to the program on Monday afternoon. As always, it was very good and amazing talent in their community.

Mandan was voted the most Patriotic City in the online portion of the Rand McNally competition. However, Marlo Anderson said that there’s still work to do before the city can clinch the entire title. If Mandan would capture the title, they would be highlighted in the Rand McNally map with the title “Most Patriotic City”. Let’s all pull for them.

In my endeavor to visit all of the Historic Churches along the “Old Red Trail,” I attended the Sunday service in Sims several weeks ago. The beautiful church on the prairie and between hills was organized in 1884 by a group of Scandinavian immigrants. The first structure was a parsonage with living quarters on the first floor and meeting space on the second floor. The present church was built later. As part of restoration efforts by Preservation North Dakota and Save America’s Treasures, First Lady Laura Bush visited the site in 2008. What a cozy and warm feeling I had that morning and thanks to all for your hospitality.

I had some extra time in Hebron one day and took the opportunity to visit the Hebron Brick Company. I have driven by it many times and had no idea the history and massive amount of bricks that they produce. The Hebron Brick Company was organized in August, 1904. Paul Sayler gave me huge amounts of information and now I must go back for the real tour. It is SOOOOOOOOOOO interesting. There are 26 million bricks in the yard and they make 135,000 a day. They ship throughout the United States and to Japan and Canada. I am anxious to take the tour and to witness the entire process of the varied sizes and colors of bricks. Thanks Paul for all the information.

If you have not been to Elmcrest Manor in New Salem to see the Petunia Garden at the front entrance or to see the courtyard of flowers, you must do it. The courtyard is absolutely beautiful with the many varieties and colors of flowers as well as the flower tree. I know it is nearing the end of the season for many flowers, but still come and take a look. Thanks to Connie Lennick for all your hard work and passion for these beautiful gardens.

Until next time, Be Well. Do Good Work. And see you on the “Old Red Trail.”