2013-05-09 / Top News

Group promotes German-Russian Country


Tri-County Tourism Alliance President Carmen Rath-Wald of Napoleon presided over a very interesting discussion during the group’s monthly meeting at the Hazelton Coffee Shop on April 26. Sue Balcom, who is in charge of the new coffee table history/cook book project, took part via phone. Tri-County Tourism Alliance President Carmen Rath-Wald of Napoleon presided over a very interesting discussion during the group’s monthly meeting at the Hazelton Coffee Shop on April 26. Sue Balcom, who is in charge of the new coffee table history/cook book project, took part via phone. By Acacia Stuckle

The Tri-County Tourism Alliance hosted their April meeting in Hazelton at the Coffee Shop. Halupsie (pigs in the blanket) were served, and 21 people were in attendance.

A motion was made and carried to purchase an ad in the Emmons County Guidebook. The Emmons County Record generously agreed to donate part of the costs of an ad.

Joy Sather-Wagstaff, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at North Dakota State University. She specializes in tourism and heritage and would like to work with the alliance in the area of local/state/regional work with heritage tourism— particularly in terms of site, institution or event assessment/evaluations from prospective tourists or community evaluation for site, institution or event development. She currently does this kind of work in museums so they can have powerful feedback and analytics on visitor experiences as well as ways to improve services, venues, events and exhibit content. Carmen Rath-Wald will meet with her in an upcoming trip to Fargo.


Angela Jangula of Hazelton models the beautifully hand-stitched Amish apron presented to her as a birthday gift sometime in the 1950s. Angela Jangula of Hazelton models the beautifully hand-stitched Amish apron presented to her as a birthday gift sometime in the 1950s. The alliance will have a booth at the Ashley City Hall next to the GRHC on June 20-22, 2013, during the Ashley 125th Celebration. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booth and sell books. Michael Miller of NDSU donated funds to purchase two pull-up banners promoting the new book.

Contact jeremy.kopp@ndsu.edu, carmen. rath. wald@ndsu.edu or acacia. stuckle@ndsu.edu for any content additions to our new website: www.germanrussiancountry.org. An order form for our new publication can also be found on our website. Folks were reminded to frequently check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/germanrussiancountry) and blog (www.dasguteessen.com) for new additions.

The Tri-County Tourism Alliance’s foodways publication, Ewiger Saatz— Everlasting Yeast, is now complete and submitted to the publisher.

Volunteers are needed to assemble the binders for each county including all the interviews, recipes and photographs as part of the foodways project. Volunteers are also needed to write thank you notes to book pre-orders. It is a possibility that this may be done on May 17 after the alliance meeting. Carmen Rath-Wald is coordinating the projects and interested volunteers should contact her.

It is the goal of the alliance to have at least six vendors in Emmons, Logan and McIntosh counties to carry this book for resale.

Sue Balcom is preparing a brochure listing businesses where people can find German-Russian food in German-Russian Country. They will be ready for distribution by the end of May.

Oktoberfest will be held in Napoleon on October 4 at the Downtowner in Napoleon. There will be a sausage contest, beer tasting, silent auction and accordion music. There will be “Best of the Wurst” t-shirts. Admission will be $10 and attendees will receive a punch card for samples.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is including funds to purchase the Welk homestead in their budget. The site will need some restoration before it is turned over to the state. Tom Isern has suggested at past meetings that he could bring NDSU students to make repairs. Senator Robert Erbele has asked alliance members to think of ways the alliance can support these efforts.

The museum at Hazelton is looking for volunteers to assist with moving items to their new location.

Angie Ibarra is working on ideas for a mock German- Russian wedding.

The next meeting will take place at The Church at 9437 38thAve, S.E., near Venturia.

German-Russian Country is the heartland of the Black Sea Germans, Germans from Russia who settled on the Great Plains of North America. The Germans from Russia are among the most visible and vibrant ethnic immigrant cultures of the plains. Three counties in south-central North Dakota—Emmons, Logan and McIntosh—are at the center of German-Russian Country.

Partners include NDSU Extension Service, NDSU Extension Service’s Center for Community Vitality, NDSU’s Center for Heritage Renewal, NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota Department of Tourism and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, but participation and support from local residents and business owners are fundamental to the success of the mission.

For information about the next meeting or the Tri- County Tourism Alliance, contact Carmen Rath-Wald, Tri-County TourismAlliance president, at (701) 754-2504 or carmen.rath.wald@ndsu.edu.

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