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ND HeRitaGe 2021, North Dakota’s 15th RG, was held August 20-22 in Valley City at the GrandStay Hotel and Suites.

We had over twenty attendees from six states including Illinois, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and of course North Dakota.


Our program began Friday evening with hospitality and dinner at the hotel.

Saturday morning we were welcomed by the Mayor of Valley City, Dave Carlsrud. Then we proceeded to the Medicine Wheel Park, receiving a detailed explanation from its creator, Professor Joe Stickler of Valley City State University. From there we visited the Barnes County Historical Society museum and learned much about the history of the region, including that of some of the earliest residents.

After lunch we toured the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway from Valley City to Fort Ransom, with stops along the 35 mile route. In a state known for its flat horizons, a dip into a tree-speckled valley with snaking river and winding roadway was a welcome variation. We discovered Native American, Viking, and pioneer lore, exploring over 20 interpretive sites.

Dinner and hospitality followed at our hotel.

Sunday afternoon, we traveled to Fargo to attend a Red Hawks minor league baseball game. Thus our weekend program concluded, and thoughts turned to gathering again in 2022.