Where It All Began – 10 of 14

While we’re on our next adventure exploring the area around Lancaster, PA, we thought it might be fun to share some of stories from our first journey – where it all began.

After several days in MN, we crossed the border into ND and as the landscape continued to flatten and the towns became smaller, fewer and farther between in this amazing country we call home, we found ourselves in the welcoming town of Cando, ND. If you’d like to meets some wonderfully kind folks, read on in this post. 



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20 thoughts on “Where It All Began – 10 of 14

  1. It’s up to us to share it to the world then. Jim is one of those good samaritans and I’m glad he gave you the heater. I think he recognized a kind spirit when he saw you 😊

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  2. Isn’t it though…. the reality we see for the most part are people that are caring and so willing to lend a hand. We wrote about Jim in Cando ND that went home to get us a small tent heater when he heard us talking about how cold it was waking in the mornings. He would not take any money for it. It was an expensive heater. He touched our hearts deeply!!!!! You are right about the news forgetting to share those stories.

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  3. The TV is so different from reality. There are also a lot of kind hearted people who would go out of their way to help a complete stranger in distress. This is not something we often see in the news.

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  4. We think you would like it Bel and it is our hope you are able to check it out someday. Yes, it is so nice to talk with people living in the communities we travel through. We learn so much about what is really happening from their perspective not the tv view, lol.

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  5. I haven’t been to ND and would like to visit someday. Thanks for sharing your experience and lots of pictures as well. It’s nice to be able to meet locals while traveling and learning about their lives/routines.

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  6. It was so kind of him. You know how some folks will offer something but get busy and forget. Jim mentioned it and as we were all getting ready to go he asked us to wait while he ran home to get it. We were so touched by his kindness. That heater was a God send because the nights were getting really cold. We are sure God was smiling down on Jim that moment with thoughts of “well done good and faithful servant…”. So many good people in this world.

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  7. Wow, I guess you walked on a different path all together. A friend of mine from here in Rochester was in medical sales and went to work with Fed Ex and he had a wonderful career. At one time I guess they had something in the company that if you excelled they would name planes after you or something? I guess he did well. What a company it is from what I understand. Are you a pilot too?


  8. No. I ended up going to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida (a big change from North Dakota). I was hired by FedEx out of university. I managed their airports department for most of my career.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. We just love small towns and the intimacy they provide. The people don’t seem rushed and are willing to stop and talk and to listen. We just fell in love with the huge farm machines. And to think you got to play on and around them while growing up. It had to have been interesting to for your dad to see how the machines got bigger and bigger as time progressed. Did you follow in dads footsteps?


  10. Absolutely. We knew everybody in the county as well as most of the neighboring counties. My dad was a farm implement dealer.

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  11. Wow! 39! That lends itself to being a family. I grew up in a small town and our graduating class was 150 and we felt it was huge but in comparison to many schools ours too was small. You must have got to know each other and been like family.


  12. Thank you Ross and Deb for your wonderful words. We were so excited throughout our travels around ND. The people and the scenery all gave us peace. And to hear you say it was not just a passing thought but rather a way of life for the people of that region is awesome. If I may ask… how large was your graduating class in Cooperstown?

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  13. What a nice story… I was born in Valley City, North Dakota and graduated from high school in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Your story is typical of the people in North Dakota.

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