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Pictured is the Ward County Historical Society Pioneer Village Museum at Burlington.

North Dakota State University history students will be on hand next month to help the Ward County Historical Society with archival and display work.

Angela Smith, a public history professor at NDSU, said this will be the fourth Public History Field School her students have done. In 2019, Smith and her students were at a museum in Fessenden; in 2017 at Linton; and in 2015 at Ellendale.

The work they will do at the Pioneer Village Museum in Burlington will be a bit different. At the other small-town museums, Smith said the students helped museum staff catalogue their historical treasures. The staff at the Pioneer Village largely know what they have and how to preserve it, but they are interested in learning how to present it to the public.

“We are going to focus specifically on interpretation,” said Smith, such as writing labels and creating explanatory posters about the different historical displays that help put it into context and tells a story about what it might have been like to live more than 100 years ago in Ward County.

“My students and I will be there for almost two weeks,” she said. “… In every town we’ve done this, it’s (been) wonderful. You get so much done in those two weeks because you have 15 people working on it for 12 hours a day

Smith said she has been impressed by all the historical society has accomplished, in its efforts to recover from the Souris River flood of 2011 and its move from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds to its new site at Burlington a few years ago. The students will also learn the history of Ward County before they travel to Minot.

The students who will receive class credit will do a week of training at NDSU in Fargo before they come to Minot. They will stay at the Minot State University dorms while they are taking part in the field school at the Pioneer Village Museum.

Bethany Andreasen, a history professor at MSU, had reached out to Smith and suggested the museum could benefit from a field school. Grants will provide money for some of the archival supplies and interpretive materials the work requires, and the museum has done some fundraising to cover the approximate $5,000 cost of housing, meals for the two weeks of on-site work, and some incidental costs. They will be in Minot from May 31-June 11.

Smith said she and her students will present a plan for their work at the museum to the historical society board and receive approval.

This is a partnership between the museum and the public history students, she said, and both will benefit.

Smith said she also plans to offer a genealogy workshop to the public during the field school. There will also be a personal archival tip session, and a historic photo scanning class. Smith said students have also recorded oral histories from residents during past Field Schools to help preserve precious stories. Students will give a presentation on June 11 to show off their work.

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Valley News – Column: Friendly faces and rich history elevate travel

Published: 5/4/2022 9:04:25 AM

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We left Logan Airport still before sunset around 7 p.m. on a spring evening, rose above the clouds and flew east into darkness. The cabin crew let us get settled, brought us a snack and a drink and dimmed the cabin lights for the night. I began my perennial struggle with a space too small for my frame, with my (prosthetic) knees jammed against the seat before me and the metal armrest digging into my elbow. Could I stand this all night, short though it might be? At that moment, as if in answer, my new and still untamed Apple Watch buzzed on my wrist and asked me to meditate. “Think about something that was really fun,” it urged. Heaven knows I tried.

First thing upon landing and collecting our bags, we tackled an ATM that dispensed euros, and I had my usual tussle with electronics; folks behind me in line must have been going nuts. Then I figured out you didn’t poke the number on the screen but instead the invisible button beside it. Finally emerging, blinking and flush with cash, into the morning sunshine of western Ireland, we met our three companions for the week: Charlotte, our tour director; Gerry, a genial, soft-spoken, portly Irishman whose hat bespoke a sense of humor; and the most pleasant bus driver I’ve ever met, one Pat O’Connor, who looked as though he’d put in some happy years on the pitch. The bus was immense, especially noticeable on the narrow roads without shoulders just off the main highways, but Pat was clearly dedicated to getting it back to the barn without a blemish.

Conventional wisdom would suggest a nice rest at a hotel after such a flight. But there’s no checking in to hotels till mid-afternoon. So off we went, to a 15th-century Norman tower house, Bunratty Castle, and our group scattered.

One of the joys of adult tour groups, as opposed to kids’ groups, is that you can give them a time to be at such-and-such place — like back at the bus — and be pretty sure they’ll be there. Some of our group never got beyond the coffee-and-scones shop or the gift shop. Others disappeared to tour the castle, which has been preserved pretty much as it was in the Norman days. Some wandered through the re-created 19th-century Bunratty village and came back marveling at the huge Irish wolfhounds. I checked out a tarred canvas currach lying upside down beside the path. In its day, it was essentially an ocean-going canoe, manned by very daring and very tough cookies.

We checked into the Killarney Plaza, freshened up and, according to the tour schedule I’m looking at, had an introductory dinner of which I have no recollection. But the next day we traveled out onto the Dingle Peninsula, a beautiful seagirt range of small mountains that are the bit of Europe closest to the United States. Legend has it that, if you look hard enough and want badly enough to emigrate, you can see from the cliffs the towers of Manhattan on the horizon. The all-but-abandoned Great Blasket Island is just offshore. On our last trip here, we landed on the island by Zodiac; and I can still see Mother, inspired by the books written by the island folks, tromping firmly up the steep slope above the landing, determined to check out the now-roofless stone houses. This time we just motored by in a cruise boat — we couldn’t have landed, anyway, in the sea that was running — and dealt as cheerfully as possible with a few green and wave-splashed faces.

Pat, the bus driver — you can’t believe what a sweetheart he was — had heard me mention somewhat longingly the South Pole Inn. It was established by one of the toughest cookies ever: Tom Crean, a stalwart survivor of Scott’s expeditions to Antarctica who was also with Shackleton on his incredible small-boat voyage across the Drake Passage. Pat made sure we got to stop at Tom’s inn in Anascaul for a half-pint. On the last day of the trip he gave me a copy of Crean’s biography.

The Irish seem to have about them the same easy conversational style I’ve noticed at the old men’s morning coffee gatherings at McDonald’s or at a Red Sox game. I could always get something going by asking any small gathering, “What are you lot up to?” The answer was always the same: No good. “Can I join you?” And we were into a chat.

There’s a deeper, darker theme running all through the Irish consciousness, but that’ll keep for another week. For now, spring lambs in green pastures and yellow gorse blossoms will do.

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We’re making history by making our carbon history

In 2020, we pledged to become 100% green by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2050 – our most ambitious step toward a sustainable future. We’re going beyond traditional carbon offsets and taking a more direct approach to making sustainable aviation the norm.

At United Airlines, we have navigated the tides of doing business in our ever-changing world, committing to innovation every step of the way. When we look at the challenges we have overcome in the past, and look at the ones that lie ahead, we see the ever-growing need for responsible leadership in creating environmental initiatives. We recognize United’s role in climate change; therefore, we are committed to creating sustainable solutions to make a lasting impact on modern-day air travel.


We’ve looked at the current state of air travel and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that come with it. While purchasing carbon offsets helps, it doesn’t target the source of the problem: the use of fossil jet fuel. Our approach is technology driven, focusing on a three-prong strategy toward decarbonization:

• Reducing our emissions by implementing operational efficiencies and scaling low-carbon sustainable fuels

• Removing carbon emissions by investing in carbon capture and sequestration

• Innovating to drive the next generation of decarbonization solutions

We have been an industry leader in emissions reduction and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) deployment. This goes back to 2009, when we became the first U.S. airline to operate a SAF test flight. Since then, we have made the single largest SAF investment to date – with $30 million in biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy in 2015 – and started our continuous use of SAF on flights out of our Los Angeles hub in 2016. In September 2021, we announced an investment in Alder Fuels, which plans to produce carbon negative fuels, coupled with the largest publicly announced SAF agreement in aviation history – an agreement to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of SAF produced by Alder over 20 years.

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Testing Kevin Costner’s HearHere app on a road trip full of history

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Kevin Costner says the best way to see America is on the back of a horse. But what if you’re not an Academy Award-winning actor and filmmaker who regularly saddles up to shoot westerns?

“You see it by car,” the “Yellowstone” star said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Despite his preference to travel like a cowboy, Costner reveres the humble road trip. That sentiment led him to partner with HearHere, an audio app designed to entertain drivers and their passengers with stories about the U.S. landscapes around them. Whether you’re driving down a freeway or backcountry road, the app promises to illuminate the trip with short bursts of information about the local history, culture, nature and mythology.

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HearHere uses geolocation technology to queue up 8,800 stories narrated by voice actors, including celebrities such as Costner, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, actor John Lithgow and Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell. The stories automatically start playing when travelers pass featured locations. If the app is closed, it sends you a notification when you have activated a story.

Throughout his life, Costner said, he has been compelled to pull over at landmarks to read about a place, no matter how interested his traveling companions were in an impromptu history lesson.

“There’s something terribly satisfying in the learning process when it’s not really shoved down your throat and to understand where you’re walking or you’re driving through,” Costner said. “Our intention is to go deeper and deeper into those stories.”

I told Costner about the short road trip I was taking with my dad near Sierra National Forest, a place not too far from the parts of California where the actor and I both grew up. He immediately regaled me with stories full of geological and cultural facts about the region full of geological and cultural facts.

I decided to try the app myself to see how storytelling could inform my own road trips. Here’s what I learned from the test drive.

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You can listen to five stories with a free account, but the stories aren’t very long — usually just a couple of minutes. You could easily run through those freebies before your road trip has really started.

In California, I downloaded the app for my iPhone and paid $35.99 for a one-year membership. There are weekly subscriptions, too, for $29.99. If paying for a “road trip app” seems like too much of a niche purchase, note that you don’t have to be in a car to use it. You can fire it up on trains or buses, open it up at home to learn more about your neighborhood or listen to stories while you’re visiting a new place on foot.

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My dad and I hopped into the van to drive into the mountains, and the first story we listened to was about my hometown, Fresno. Apparently the city’s name is the Spanish word for ash tree because the county is full of them. Somehow, in 18 years of living there and 13 years of visits, I had never learned that. About nine short stories later, I felt much more in touch with my home state.

To get the best use of the app, download stories offline before you start driving, or at least while you have cell service. I didn’t, and I regretted it once my dad and I began twisting up mountain roads. Not only did I get carsick, we couldn’t listen to many stories for the rest of the trip.

The app is part entertainment, part icebreaker

Beyond providing educational entertainment, Costner sees the app as a conversation starter for families.

“I’m having a hard time with my own kids getting their nose out of their computers and I don’t think I’m the only one,” said Costner, a father of seven. “I know it’s biblical that your kids don’t listen to you, but I find that they’ll listen to this a little bit.”

“Sometimes when you hear a story together, it kind of bonds you,” he added.

On my trip, the app did inspire conversations beyond the usual small talk catching up on family news. After listening to a story about Fresno’s Forestiere Underground Gardens — a national treasure built by a Sicilian immigrant in the 1900s — we reminisced over our own family visit to the site when I was a kid, as well as the loose connection that my parents now love traveling to Sicily.

The app doesn’t shy away from America’s ugly history

Before he agreed to get involved, Costner had one stipulation: HearHere had to tell stories about Native Americans, “because there is no HearHere without who was here first,” he says. The app needed to offer a robust account of American history, including the negative parts.

“It’s horrible in so many ways, but I’m not embarrassed to learn about it,” Costner said. “It allows for more empathy to understand how people were shoved out of here. … The depth of displacing people is not something we will ever overcome but if we choose to forget it then we’re really in a lot of trouble.”

One story got me and my father talking about the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. My dad told me that he worked in a building that was once part of a detention camp for Japanese Americans in the 1940s. During my dad’s career, a Japanese firm purchased the company. I never would have learned this without HearHere sparking the conversation.

I survived a Japanese American internment camp. We cannot forget that history.

Listening will make you want to plan a road trip

My main takeaway from testing the app was that I’m not taking enough road trips.

Instead of seeing long drives as a painful form of transportation, I should be seeing them as a way to slow down, learn more and connect with my travel partners. Plus, Kevin Costner loves them, and apparently I am easily influenced by Kevin Costner.

“We’re used to taking everything for granted. Everything is at our fingertips now; there’s not anywhere you can’t go,” Costner said. “But to go across the country, you have to make an effort. Make the effort. Get a part of doing something that isn’t easy, and you’ll never forget it.”

Once he started dispensing advice, Costner got on a roll: “Get in the car. Take your kids. Take your friends. Stop. Find a campground. Find a museum and ask how the name of the town came to be. … Just try it. You’ll never — almost never — regret it.”

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Walks and rhubarb: how Catherine the Great looked to England for top parenting tips | History books

Catherine the Great, who ruled Russia for more than 30 years in the late 18th century, copied eccentric English childcare methods to try to alter Europe’s view of her empire as unsophisticated and feudal.

The harsh nursery regime favoured by the English royal family, including long walks for toddlers, cold water washing and no rocking of cribs, was adopted by the empress’s own palace in St Petersburg once she received a note outlining the rules followed by the royal nanny in London.

“The emphasis was on discipline and fresh air,” said Lucy Ward, the author of a new book that reveals startling practices in both royal households. “It is all hearty and no-frills stuff but, for Catherine, it was part of showing the world just how progressive Russia was.”

In a message to the empress, the nurse Louisa Chieveley, who tended George III’s 15 babies, claimed it was “their constant living, the regularity of which, with air and exercise, makes them the healthiest family in the world”.

As part of what Catherine described as her own “anglomania”, in 1768 she also secretly summoned a doctor from Hertfordshire to travel out to inoculate her and her young family against smallpox, a technique that was highly controversial. The charismatic despot, who is played by Elle Fanning in the hit Channel 4 drama The Great, reigned over her empire from 1762 to 1796, and was determined to impress European elites with her adherence to modern scientific advice.

“These ideas were part of her interest in education and health. Russia had a big child mortality problem and it was seen as crucial to expand the population,” said Ward.

The Empress and the English Doctor, published on Thursday, makes use of several previously unseen papers that belonged to the Quaker-born English physician Thomas Dimsdale. The doctor’s own sister had died of smallpox, and by the time he was summoned to Russia, Dimsdale had already inoculated 6,000 people, with live small pox with only one reported death.

Thomas Dimsdale.
Thomas Dimsdale, summoned to Russia by Catherine. Photograph: Courtesy of the Dimsdale family

At Catherine’s request, Dimsdale also went to Chieveley, officially titled Head Superintendent of the Royal Nursery, in 1779 and obtained key childcare details.

“As the royal family are very large, they are never put on their feet till a year old and generally walk perfectly well three or four months after. The only medicines used are rhubarb and magnesia, which are given whenever it is necessary, and walking twice every day except in rain,” explained Chieveley, adding, “It is usual in the royal family for children of three or four years old to walk four or five miles in a day.”

Catherine gained power in Russia as the wife of Peter III, who was murdered in 1762. As a native German, she saw Russia as part of Europe.

“Although Catherine quickly learned the Russian language and used the Orthodox church to bond with the Russian people, there was a pivot towards Englishness in her court,” said Ward.

“English habits, along with hunting dogs and garden design, became fashionable, but it was also really important for her to fundamentally change Europe’s view of the country. It was this thinking that led her towards inoculation.”

Smallpox swept Russia shortly after Catherine came to power, with more than one in five people affected. Emperor Peter II had died of it at the age of 14, on the eve of his wedding.

“Catherine is commonly associated with a lie about having died during an odd sex act but, in fact, the most interesting thing that she ever did with her body was get herself inoculated,” said Ward.

Pragmatic English doctors could see that inoculation worked, even though it was dangerous. Safer vaccination methods came later in 1798 when less virulent bovine pox was injected by Edward Jenner to boost immunity.

Catherine invited Dimsdale and his third wife, Elizabeth, to return to Russia later to carry out the same procedure on her two grandsons, one of whom became Tsar Alexander I. She also made the doctor a Russian Baron and gifted him large sums of money.

“Catherine really knew how to handle state symbolism,” said Ward. “She was an expert in that side of leadership and wrote letters to Voltaire about her inoculation because she knew that would help spread the word.”

Soon after her initial inoculation by Dimsdale, Catherine embarked upon the first Russo-Turkish war and successfully took control of Crimea.

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‘Vande Bharat Mission’ is largest evacuation exercise in human history: EAM

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the Distinguished Alumni Annual Lecture at St Stephen’s in Delhi on March 24. While addressing the event, he said, “The ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ brought back minions of Indians from multiple countries through air, sea, and land. Vande Bharat is the largest evacuation exercise in human history. The movement of the people itself was the tip of the ice-pick behind it there was a complex set of activities that included organising, gathering, testing eve feeding. The mission covered everybody from tourists, locals, workers even pilgrims and fishermen.” The ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ was started in early May 2020 to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.

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2022 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

Visit Conference Tournament Central and the 2020 Conference Tournaments Hub for full Championship Fortnight coverage.


Wednesday, March 9 (first round); Thursday, March 10 (quarterfinals); Friday, March 11 (semifinals); Saturday, March 12 (championship)


Stepladder bracket


The Merrell Center in Katy, Texas has been the site of the Southland Tournament since 2008. That’s an eternity for a mid-major conference.

TV/Streaming Info

ESPN2 has the final on Selection Saturday night with the remaining six games streaming on ESPN+.


The Southland has been ripped apart by realignment leaving just eight teams. All of them will travel to Katy for the second time this year, as they also met in a preseason tournament in January to help fill the number of non-conference dates that opened up after five teams left for the ASUN and WAC.

First Round (Wed., March 9)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 1: (8) Incarnate Word (7-24, 3-11) vs. (5) Houston Baptist (10-17, 6-8), 6 p.m.
The Huskies won the regular season series 2-0 (but lost the pair’s Southland Tip-Off matchup).
Game 2: (7) McNeese State (10-21, 4-10) vs. (6) Northwestern State (9-22, 5-9), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Cowboys won the regular season series 2-0.

Quarterfinals (Thurs., March 10)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. (4) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (20-11, 7-7), 6 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. (3) New Orleans (17-12, 10-4), approx. 8:30 p.m.

Semifinals (Fri., March 11)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. (1) Nicholls State (21-10, 11-3), 6 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. (2) Southeastern Louisiana (18-13, 10-4), approx. 8:30 p.m.

Championship (Sat., March 12)

Game 7: Semifinal winners, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Data originally posted by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

In the past 10 Southland tournaments, one of the top two seeds has won the automatic bid seven times. However, despite the No. 1 seed having a 4-3 advantage over the No. 2, the regular-season champ last emerged victorious in 2017.

  • 1 seed (4): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • 2 seed (2): 2013, 2019, 2021
  • 3 seed (2): 2012, 2018
  • 7 seed (1): 2011

Years with an NCAA win are in bold.

  • 12 seed (2): 2014, 2015
  • 14 seed (4): 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021
  • 15 seed (1): 2019
  • 16 seed (3): 2011 (First Four), 2012 (First Four), 2017 (First Four)

Since 2011, just two Southland Tournament titles have gone to teams that are currently in the league. The last, New Orleans, ended up in 2017’s First Four despite being a double champion. Northwestern State earned a 14 in 2013.

The teams responsible for the Southland’s last three non-First Four NCAA wins (SFA in 2014 and 2016 and Abilene Christian last season) and two 12 seeds (SFA) are now in the WAC.

This year’s Southland champ will be fortunate to avoid a trip to Dayton.

New Orleans: 2017 (16 seed, First Four)
Northwestern State: 2014 (14 seed, Round of 64)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi: 2007 (15 seed, 1st Round)
Southeastern Louisiana: 2005 (15 seed, 1st Round)
McNeese State: 2002 (14 seed, 1st Round)
Nicholls State: 1998 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Houston Baptist: 1984 (12 seed, Preliminary Round, TAAC (ASUN) member)

Incarnate Word has yet to make its first NCAA appearance. This will be the Cardinals’ last shot as a Southland member, as they’ll join former rivals ACU, Lamar, Sam Houston State, and SFA in the WAC next year.

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