By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 12/10/19 (Tue)
In the eight years I worked at the Minot Daily News, I did a segment every Monday called “On the Road.” It was well received by many readers and I really enjoyed doing it.
“On the Road” followed a long-time curiosity I’ve had about people and places in
After high school, I began traveling when I had the chance and discovered some of the state’s secret treasures.
Everyone should. It’s
•Right up there with
•Can anyone outside of
•If you take
There are hundreds, if not thousands of acres of irrigated potatoes north of
•Cartwright, nearly on the
•Have you ever heard of Battleview? Most people haven’t. There isn’t much there anymore, but if you visit, you’ll find some striking scenery of cattle and farm country blended together.
•The confluence of the Pembina and Red rivers is also a significant spot in
•Have you ever seen
It has become quite a popular cottage destination, as more people build cabins along either side of the north-south lake.
•There’s an obscure place northeast of Dunseith that was probably my most intriguing “On the Road” segment.
Just below the Canadian border, there is a tucked away spring that was said to be a Holy Water spring used by Father Bellecourt in the 1840s and ‘50s.
The spring was hard to find. It was in a grove of trees in what is now a livestock pasture.
The day I found the spring, crocuses were blooming all over the place.
•Speaking of Dunseith, north of town is San Haven, a sanitarium owned by the state that is now vacant and vandalized.
It’s a huge place, it’s just too bad it has to sit vacant as people traveling U.S. Highway 281 can see.
•Amidon is a little town of only 22 people in the southwest, but there are three unique things about Amidon. It’s the county seat of
As you drive through town on U.S. Highway 85, you’ll see a police car sitting in an alley with a radar gun at the ready. It’s actually an old Royal Canadian Mounted Police car with a dummy sitting in it to deter speeders.
•Thirdly, White Butte is south of Amidon. It sports the highest elevation in
•Riverdale is a unique community. It was built by the
There are literally thousands of spots like this across the state. Typically, all we see is what’s on the interstate highways, which is pretty dull. We all need to explore and find those treasures.