By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 12/23/19 (Mon)
My first job out of college was working at the Emmons County Record in Linton. It was my hometown newspaper so I already knew my way around pretty well.
One day I got a call from a
So we came up with the headline “Linton visits Linton” and it confused a number of readers.
I never stopped thinking about that parallel and in 1993, while on vacation in
So, I did the quirky thing and sent a postcard from Grafton to Grafton.
Sometimes we run across oddities like this and when we do, one would hope that the person in that position would take advantage of it.
When I landed a job at The Kenmare News in 2013, it didn’t take long to discover there is another Kenmare. It’s in
Regardless, I attempted to contact the newspaper editor at the Kenmare News, which has the same name as the
Sometime later, there was a young lady from
We were walking out into the
I told her there is only one other Kenmare in the world and she quickly piped up and said “There’s one in
I thought I knew a fair amount about
That got me to thinking. I needed to contact someone from Kenmare and just exchange greetings if nothing else.
Kenmare was too small to have a newspaper so I was able to track down the editor of the newspaper in nearby Rainbow, NSW.
I told her what I was up to and she gave me the names of several people in Kenmare who might talk to a reporter from another Kenmare in the
After jockeying emails for what seemed like a long time, I finally made contact with a farmer who wasn’t living in Kenmare, but was still farming his land there.
When I interviewed this man, it was as if I was interviewing a farmer right outside of town.
He grew wheat and canola and was going through a drought, something we were dealing with at the same time.
He drove a Case IH tractor to pull his tillage equipment and he hauled his grain into the local elevator (called silos in Autralia).
He was an Australian military veteran and told me he was thinking of selling out because he was getting to an age where he didn’t really want to do it anymore.
It’s just uncanny how this turned out. In fact, he had a granddaughter who played on the high school volleyball team in Rainbow and he always made it a point to get to her games.
It was a pleasure getting to know his story. It was nearly identical to a North Dakota farmer, but he had never heard of
If I had enough time, I would attempt to do this with other communities with the same name.
Examples, Langdon, Alberta, Carrington, Missouri, Edgeley, Saskatchewan, Valley City, Ohio, Devils Lake, Mich., Williston, Maine, Burlington, Vermont, Niagara, Ontario, and Hazelton, Kan.
I would be willing to bet there would be someone in each of those communities who would have something in common with the like named communities in
Every morning on my way to work, I listen to KSL-AM 1160 in
Anyway, there’s a suburb of
Quirky, perhaps? But the stuff you can learn from making contact. It’s just remarkable.