By Michael M. Miller
Larry Kruckenberg of Cheyenne, WY, a native of Hazen, ND, has authored a new book, “Big Bend Country: A Journey of Good Times, Hard Times, and Hope,” available from the GRHC.
Kruckenberg shares memories of his German-Russian mother, Lorraine Guenthner Kruckenberg. He brings the travails of working a prairie farm into sharp focus. It was a good life, but a hard life, filled with work and family. Through his mother’s words, Kruckenberg details every aspect of what it was like to grow up in a remote part of Mercer County, northwest North Dakota, and upon reaching adulthood, raising a family under difficult circumstances.
The book is a chronicle of life, hardship, and sometimes tragedy, that underscores the strength of our forebears, and renews appreciation for those who came before us. It is one of person’s remarkable journey, grounded in personal sacrifice, and hope of the times.
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