In Touch with Prairie Living, January 2022

Posted on Mon, 01/03/2022 - 01:52pm

By Michael M. Miller

Father Thomas Welk, Wichita, KS, grew up on a farm 11 miles directly east of Strasburg, ND. He translated an important work by Johannes Brendel, “Aus Deutschen Kolonien im Kutschurganer Gebiet,” or “The German Colonies in the Kutschurgan Region.”  The original translations were published in a series in “Heritage Review” from April 1979 to December 1981.

In Touch with Prairie Living, March 2021

Posted on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:59pm

On March 11, 2021, we celebrate the 118th birthday of bandleader Lawrence Welk. He was born March 11, 1903 in a sodhouse near Strasburg, ND, and died on May 17, 1992. The Lawrence Welk Collection was donated to the North Dakota State University Archives, Fargo.

In May 1994, I interviewed Fern (Renner) Welk, wife of Lawrence Welk, during the grand opening of the Lawrence Welk Champagne Theater in Branson, MO. Included in this column are highlights from that interview. 

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