Kittson County Historical Society

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Visitors doing research at the museum.

Visitors doing research.

This morning I was at the museum for a few hours and during that time I met five people who visited for various reasons. Two were in their 70’s, two were in their 80’s and one was over 90 years young. It is a pleasure to help people find family members they have been searching for and adding new names and facts to their family tree. We direct people to…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 20, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Wickie brothers visit.

While the Kittson Historical Society and the museum have many visitors during the summer months, we are now starting to see members of the Kittson Historian web page on our door step. Tom and Dick Wickie arrived about ten days ago and spent a large part of the day going through the Museum and getting a tour of the research centre from Kathy Pederson. We enjoyed their visit and appreciated the chance to get to know them…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 16, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Museum improvements

The museum is continually working on exhibits or the building itself and David Danielson is the man in charge year round. During the summer, student part time help assists David. A new set of stairs was just constructed in the main storage building in order to safely reach a storage loft. I got a chance to inspect the new stairs built by David and Wyatt Johnson. They did a great job as you can see. David is in the…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 16, 2010 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Kittson Historian members visit museum

At the last meeting of the Kittson Genealogy meeting we had two new members arrive. Vicki Hill came from Hamilton, North Dakota where she recently took up residence with her husband. Georgine Cleem Whalen also appeared after a long drive from Arizona. Instead of a regular meeting we spent the after noon visiting and assisting them in finding information on their families. An enjoyable time was had by…


Added by Glenn Browne on July 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

20 States, Canada and United Kingdom

I just tallied up where all our Kittson Historian members are located. Would you believe we already have members in 20 of the United States, 3 Canadian members and even one in the United Kingdom. The states included in our membership are: Minnesota, California, Iowa, Florida, Utah, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Montana, Colorado, Arkansas, Nevada, North Dakota, Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Texas. I don't know where the 3 Canadians are from. I think this is… Continue

Added by Louise Coffield on June 28, 2010 at 11:37pm — 2 Comments

Keep those checks coming! just announced that on July 20th we can purchase an upgrade to Ning Plus. That gives us a little over two weeks to collect all our pledges. As of yesterday the following generous members have submitted their checks.

Glenn Browne $20.

Roberta Nyquist $20.

Vicki Hill $15.

Darnielle Kimbrel $20.

Louise Coffield $20.

Thomas Wickie $20.

Marjorie Vargas $20.

Ed Merck $20.

Bev. Niebruegge $20.

Marcy Johnson…


Added by Glenn Browne on June 24, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

A letter to all members.

I am pleased to report that we have now received pledges in excess of two hundred dollars and we are in a position to arranged for the upgrade to Ning Plus.

We wish to thank you for your pledge and would appreciate if you would forward your check in the amount of your pledge, payable to The Kittson County Historical Society, at the…


Added by Glenn Browne on June 3, 2010 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Ning website situation --

Sorry, I haven't responded to the website situation. I would be happy to make a donation to continue.

Glenn, thanks for all the work you do.


Added by Beverly Ryan Niebruegge on May 30, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments


You will receive my contribution of $20 to help continue this activity. You have done a great job in creating this project, Glenn. It deserves to live. Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I just returned from a visit to New Orleans where I attended graduation activities for my nephew's daughter who graduated with highest honors from Tulane. Another star achiever among Andre Jerome's descendants.

Ed Merck

Added by Edward Merck on May 25, 2010 at 10:41am — No Comments

New Spam protection. has just started a new safe guard to keep out spammers. I have deleted many dozens so far.

Now a new member will have to answer the question, Where is the County Courhouse located. This questione will be changed now and then to keep the spammers out. Anyone interested in joining our Kittson County Historical Society page should know that answer or knows someone they can ask. Spammers will not wish to waste their time. If they do we will delete them and…


Added by Glenn Browne on May 20, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pledge to support Ning

Yes, of course I will donate my fair share to keep the website if we, as a group, can raise the funds each year. If everyone is not willing to help fund the project, then it is time to check for other avenues like Glenn described at the last group meeting, but there is no quarantee that other sites would not eventually ask us for fees in the same manner as Ning is now. Maybe we should set a small amount of yearly dues per member so everyone will be "an equal… Continue

Added by Louise Coffield on May 17, 2010 at 11:48pm — No Comments

May 17th, 2010

Over the weekend we obtained a total of $95.00 in pledges and heard from seven members. We still have not heard from the other 53 members. If we can get $200. in pledges we will be able to buy/upgrade to the Ning Plus features and continue for another year.

I sent out an email to each one of our 60 members but only seven replied and 6 pledged money. That is a poor showing on what one would think was an important subject. I know everyone is busy with life but why go to the…


Added by Glenn Browne on May 17, 2010 at 9:18am — No Comments


From time to time you will note our membership will jump from one to five new members and just as quickly drop back to normal. These are either spammers or crack-pots that have no interest in our page but wish to us it for their personal reasons. As quickly as I spot them I punch the delete button and off they go. So far I have deleted 32.

Once I block them for span the network blocks that person with that email address from all two million other web pages on the…


Added by Glenn Browne on May 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Updating our internet site

I tried typing this earlier but got cut off so if 2 blogs get posted--sorry! I attended the last Kittson Historian meeting this past Wednesday. Glenn gave a full report on the update needed to keep our internet site going. After his recommendation about the new site,, I also checked it out. It seems very good. Glenn has put an extreme amount of time into setting up our current site and also researching the new possiblilities and I am happy to report that I think the new Spruz site… Continue

Added by Louise Coffield on May 16, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments

The Kittson Cty site

I can only send my best wishes for your success in saving the Kittson site. Wish I could do something financially but like too many others, I am unemployed now. Too many good and worthwhile causes and too little money I am afraid. Thank you and I hope you meet your goal. Karin

Added by Karin Moseley on May 15, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments


As you may or may not know, is phasing out their free service as of July 2010. This means we have to upgrade to a new platform, move, or get deleted. As a result I have carefully checked out a dozen sites that provide a free Social website platform. I examined them in detail and narrowed it down to and opened a new page there earlier this month to test it.…


Added by Glenn Browne on May 15, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

New website

Why won't the new website recognize me as a member? Do I have to join again?

Added by Chrystal (Lindberg) La Muro on May 14, 2010 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment


For your information the free web page for our Kittson Historical Society has been discontinued as of July 2010. We are left with four choices.

1. Ning Mini - $2.95 a month or $19.95 a year but it is limited to 150 members, provides for no groups , nor any help center support.

2. Ning Plus - $19.95 a month or $199.95 a year. Unlimited membership, standard features and support.

3. Ning Pro - $49.95 a month or $499.95 a year with premium features and… Continue

Added by Glenn Browne on May 14, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments

Prairie grass fire at night.

This is the time of the year that farmers and cattle ranchers set fire to the fields or pasture to remove all the dead grass and weeds. It is also a good way to kill small trees and bushes before they get too big. This field was one mile wide and half a mile long. The light from the flames lights up the huge clouds of smoke so the fire can be seen from miles away.The closer you drive to the fire the taller the flames grow. You can understand why a…


Added by Glenn Browne on April 2, 2010 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Red River Flood crest reaches Kittson County

My previous Blog showed a photo taken from the Red River Bridge on Hwy175 on Sunday March 21st, 2010.

Yesterday the flood crest reached the bridge and flooded Hwy #175. The road to the bridge was closed yesterday. The bridge at Drayton is also closed over the river.

The above photo was taken this morning on Hwy 175 about a mile east of the bridge. This photo was taken facing west. You can see the water is now flowing over the road from…


Added by Glenn Browne on March 25, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

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