Discovering stories on the road less traveled

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 am

My personal GPS system is an old, frayed, faded and coming-apart-at-the-seams North Dakota road map.

It’s guided me over countless highways and through hundreds of towns.

Highway 200, one of my favorite roads, is a no-nonsense, largely straight-line highway that rifles across the state from the Red River Valley to the Badlands.

I’ve traveled it enough I could drive it blindfolded, which I’m nearly doing now, considering I’m nearly blind in one eye and can’t see jack out the other eye.

I also like driving – eyes wide open – Highway 5, the road up north that takes you across the state, border to border.

Many of the smaller towns I’ve made it a point to stop and tour, seeing if I can find the newspaper first; whether it’s a paper still in publication or not, matters little.

If I’m familiar with the town and paper, I’ll stop in at the newspaper and talk printing, small towns and the changing landscape, familiar topics, all.

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