2013-05-16 / Columns

News & Reviews

By Edward F. Keller, D.D.S.
1732 Golf Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

Dakota Ties

When I was promoting my books I called the Minnesota Newspaper Association. I explained to the person answering the phone that I needed a new list of all the Minnesota newspapers; that I was an author and needed to send news releases and brochures of my latest book to those newspapers.

“Where are you from and what do you write about?” she asked. I live in North Dakota and I write about growing up in Emmons County, North Dakota. I grew up in Strasburg on a prairie farm in the 1920s and 1930s, I told her.

“Goodness, I grew up near there, in Napoleon. In fact some time ago someone wrote a story in the Linton Emmons County Record about how years ago pigs became drunk after eating fermented chokecherry pits from wine-making. What an entertaining story that was,” she enthused. “I think I know who wrote that story,” I quipped.

“I can help you with what you want in the Minnesota papers. Send me the news releases and brochures and we will insert them with our regular newsletter to our papers.” Great!! What a good deal I got from this former Dakotan!

When I told her that I was the author of the “pig story” she thought it was incredible that we should meet on the phone. She inquired about my books and ended up getting some for herself and some for her North Dakota family. After I hung up the phone I thought how bound together we Dakotans are; how the act of writing and sharing memories gives us all a secret wealth, the value of which we should never doubt.

Till next time.

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