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Neighbors: Penmanship of man who headed Dakota Business College continues to impress

The penmanship of F. Leland Watkins continues to impress his students after all these years.

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Neighbors: Old wood-piling practices go up in smoke

A column about the use of clotheslines in the past was “precisely reminiscent of the way my mother used it, and it brings to mind a (non-clothesline) story from the male side of housekeeping,” writes Ed Hentges, Fountain City, Wis.

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Neighbors: Blind hunter's HBO film foiled by windstorm

Here’s feedback concerning past Neighbors’ topics. The story: Carey McWilliams, the Fargo man who has gained fame as a hunter even though he is blind, was going to be filmed by HBO as he hunted for mountain lions in Nevada in February.

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Neighbors: Stamp clubs have been around a long time in Fargo

It was Jan. 4, 1938, when 18 people gathered in Fargo to form a stamp club. Their first order of business was what to name it. Their decision was to call it the WDAY Stamp Club, because they met in the WDAY radio studios.

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Neighbors: Is the term 'gals' sexist? Readers respond

An email came recently from a woman who objected to this column’s use of the term “gals.” She said it was “sexist.” Wondering if that term – and the use of “guys,” which the woman also doesn’t like – offended others, Neighbors asked for this column’s readers’ opinions.

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Neighbors: Reader sends in a couple of memorable ditties

This column has heard from several people over the years about poetry they learned as students that stuck with them.

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Neighbors: Stiff penalty for playing wrong note

You wouldn’t think Lance Johnson of Dilworth, famed for his Johnson Organ Co. and his organ playing, would ever hit a wrong note. But he admits he did, in terms of behavior, when he was a kid in Fergus Falls, Minn., becoming what he calls “the subject of a new type of punishment that I can assure you is 100 percent effective.”

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Neighbors: Famous people keep crossing local woman’s path

Helen Nemzek couldn’t really see why Neighbors wanted to do a column about her, feeling her life wasn’t all that interesting.

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Neighbors: 'Some little-known facts' about North Dakota

Even though Gary Westerholm and his wife, Joyce, of Fargo, are spending the winter in Surprise, Ariz., they keep an eye on things back home. So, with North Dakota celebrating its 125th year of statehood, Gary has dug up what he calls “some little-known facts” about the state, adding “I bet even those of you living there don’t know some of this.”

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Lind: Neighbors, is the term ‘gal’ offensive?

Once again, Neighbors would appreciate feedback from you. This time it concerns the use of the word “gals.”

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Neighbors: A letter from grandpa about the golden times

One December night in 1994, Victor Gelking received a phone call from his 13-year-old grandson, Jared Cunningham, of Atascadero, Calif. Jared told Grandpa Vic he was going to be tall like him some day. But the big news was that he’d just played in a baseball game in which he hit two homers.

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Neighbors: Rec center welcomed many musical acts

The Red Dogs. The Fab Flippers. The Castaways. And don’t forget the Churchkeys

Neighbors: Unbelievable Uglies helped make a couple’s Christmas memorable

Stories have been carried here about the Legion Recreation Center in Halstad, Minn., and the musical groups that performed there.

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Neighbors: Car hops, frenchees and jukeboxes: ‘Quality’ time at King’s Food Host

What was the name of that old Fargo café in which you placed your order via a phone in the booth?

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Neighbors: Jan. 12, 1888 storm like no other

Sure, this area has had some rugged storms this winter. But none of them have been as bad as the blizzard of Jan. 12, 1888.

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Neighbors: Self-taught musician wrote music about the state he loves, North Dakota

You know, since North Dakota is celebrating its 125th year of statehood this year, someone ought to write a song about the state.

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Lind: A visit from Chet Huntley, more on DBC

We’re into 2014, but Neighbors’ mail from 2013 is piled high. Let’s look at some of it, starting with a story from Curt Johnson, Lakeville, Minn., formerly of Lisbon, N.D.

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Neighbors: Family that worked together, married together

Here’s an update on an old store that sold, among other things, two brands of gasoline.

Lind: More readers remember bands that played Halstad

Remember the Uglies? Or how about the Marauders? Or the Fabulous Flippers?

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Neighbors: Broadcasters’ deaths loss to area

The area lost two popular broadcasters this year: Marv Bossart and Larry Ristvedt.

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