Unforgettable road trip meeting NDNA's friends while soaking up history and culture
By Beth Helfrich, NDNA Executive Director
History, culture, and breathtaking landscapes made for an unforgettable road trip in scenic North Dakota on September 20th covering the expansive prairies through the northwestern part of the state in the welcoming towns of Kenmare, Bowbells, Crosby and Tioga.
Kenmare, located in Ward County, population 961 (2020 census), home of the Kenmare News owned and operated by Terry Froseth and part time staff & former owner Glen Froseth. Awesome Father/son duo.
Bowbells, located in Burke County, population 301 (2020 census) home of the Burke County Tribune, owned and operated by Kristi Bohl and LeAnn Olson with Michelle Redmer, who assists with daily duties on a part-time basis.
Crosby, located in Divide County, population 1,065 (2020 census) home of the Crosby Journal owned and operated by Cecile Wehrman with a team of 5 other dynamic individuals covering various news, sports reporting, production, & advertising for the newspaper. The in-depth tour of the facility included a couple of vintage printing presses still running smoothly and very impressive. Cecile Wehrman treated me to a bonus visit to the Divide County Courthouse learning more about the counties and the historic features.
Tioga Tribune is located in Williams County with a population of 975 (2020 census), owned and operated by Cecile Wehrman, staffed by an amazing local reporter Jacob Orledge.
These spirited communities are the heartbeat of America and is most obvious they support, embrace, and interact with their local newspapers.
It was truly a pleasure meeting & visiting with these great people who continue to protect, promote, and enhance journalism.
The NDNA supports all your efforts and continues to stand behind your noble cause through advocacy & education.