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Hold that trip to Fargo . . .

Posted 7/23/13 (Tue)

So on my wish list of North Dakota adventures, I am proud to say I’ve enjoyed visits to some of the state’s finest features:

The Des Lacs, Upper Souris, Lostwood and Audubon national wildlife refuges, of course.

Mouse River Park.

The Medora Musical and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The state capitol building and North Dakota Legislative Assembly.

The Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall.

The North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

Jaunts to Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks, Williston, Devils Lake and Dickinson.

But it looks like I’m going to have to hold that trip to Fargo for a while.

You know I’m a big fan of fact over rumors, so I’m giving you the straight story today in this column.

The husband has accepted a position as a fire management officer with the Alaska Fire Service, affiliated with the Bureau of Land Management, effective the last week in August.

He and I will be re-locating to Fairbanks, Alaska, but this will take place in stages. He leaves in a month or so to make the drive up to his new office.

He will also be house-hunting for us, without much input from me, so I’m trusting him to find something with space for two dogs, me and a sizeable personal library, and with indoor plumbing that works even on the coldest nights.

I am serious about this. He has been researching real estate online, and he already discovered one property in our price range that has a lovely house--and lighted outhouse.

I am not a big fan of outhouses, with or without lights, for everyday use, even if there are services for hire to pump them out on a regular basis.

For the time being, I will remain here--and by here, I mean both at our home in Bowbells and my desk at The Kenmare News--where I will continue to mow, feed the chickens and turkeys, report the news, and pray very hard for the husband to remember that indoor plumbing feature for our new home.

I could be around a couple of months or even until next spring.

We still have many details to work on for this move--what about the Kenmare Summer Arts program? where do we keep the boat? who wants the turkeys? is there any way to keep bad, bad bunnies from obliterating my lilies? how many goose decoys should we pack?--but I can tell you this is a temporary relocation plan for us.

According to federal mandates, the husband has to retire from his position in fire within the next three to eight years. We do not intend to sell our property here because we’ll need it. The husband has plans to build a garage, remodel the kitchen and fence a larger area to raise more turkeys when we return--and then there is the fishing and hunting component of his retirement. We’re already talking as much about coming BACK as we are about leaving.

North Dakota has a strong hold on us, let me tell you. Maybe I’ll get to see Fargo yet.

In the meantime, if you want a story told in The Kenmare News, stop in or make that call to our office. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to share your tale with our readers!