Awards & Contests
2008 NDPC Fall Retreat
“A Rendezvous Retreat,” NDPC’s 2008 fall retreat in Walhalla, N.D., was Oct. 10-12, 2008. Thirteen NDPC members enjoyed conversation, cards, dining and touring in the “Rendezvous Region” of the Walhalla/Pembina/Mountain area in northeastern North Dakota, near the Canadian border.
They started the morning with an introduction to the Rendezvous area and how it has been promoted from Kathy Stremick, executive director of Walhalla Economic Development. From Walhalla, they carpooled to Pembina, visiting the museum, lookout tower and several historic churches. They learned about the history of the area from former Pembina mayor Hettie Walker, who was also kind enough to let them visit her home, one of the oldest residences in Pembina.
From Pembina, many in the group crossed the border to Emerson, Manitoba, for some shopping and sightseeing. Others drove back to Walhalla to drive through the Pembina gorge. They met that evening at the Melsted Place Bed & Breakfast, a Victorian farmstead, where they conversed with local historian and octogenarian Mike Olafson and had dinner.