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  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:490
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098353476

Winds Across the Northern Prairie

by Christian Wingire

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Overview
The book, "Winds Across the Northern Prairie" is a story of a young boy and his family learning to deal with the demise of rural living on the Northern Prairies. This was a wonderful place to start off one's life. To me, there was nothing bigger than looking out across the wide-open prairies dotted with grain fields as far as the eye could see. The flat rolling hills, barren of trees, with clear fresh air making it seem as if the sky came all the way down to the horizon. I learned my core values I have today by growing up on the prairie. Life was hard but at the same time it was also a good life. The extreme weather was a major part of my life and I had to learn to enjoy all four seasons. Sure there were years when fall, winter, and spring seemed like one season. Cold was brutal and yes I seen frost in every month on the calendar. The wind would blow almost everyday from all the points on the compass. Observing the abundant wildlife, especially the birds, around our small town was an everyday learning experience. Their migrations taught me when spring and winter was about to arrive. When I was very young life was good as the small towns we grew up in were at their peaks in population and the towns businesses were thriving. Some people called these times as the good times. Times were about to change, and did change, as we grew older out on the Northern Prairie. For many different reasons people started to move off the land causing the small town businesses to close and the population started to decline rapidly. The memories I have are left to read in this book but as time goes by even these memories will be fading away for good. When you read this book maybe it will bring your own memories back to you. I hope those memories will make you smile of a time long ago.
Description
The book, "Winds across the Northern Prairie," is a life story of one individual growing up on the Northern Prairies of North Dakota. This individual is only one of many thousands of individuals born on the Northern Prairie during this time frame from the mid-1940 to the mid-1960's. We were call Baby Boomers, and the towns we grew up in were at their peaks in population and the town businesses were thriving. Some people called these times as the good times. We learned to make our fun, as we did not have cell phones, computers, or even TV's at first. No one was there to help organize our baseball games or told us how to play kick-the-can game during the early evening hours. We kids gathered together and organized our own fun, learning how to negotiate our own rules. Living in a farming and ranching community, we also learned how to work hard and to play hard. We were told to address our seniors as Mr. and Mrs. with respect and to do what we were what we were told to do. Responsibility was learned early in life even if we did not know we were learning it. It was something we just grew up with. Weather on the Northern prairie was something we learned to accept. The Wind blew hard in every direction on compass. Some of the seasons were too long and others were too short. Sometimes, we just missed a whole season all together. Winters were long and cold and the cold winds made the snow go sideways into high drifts of solid hard snow. Living on the open prairie was a blessing for me. Learning the hunting sports with my Father gave me a whole different view of the wide-open prairies of the Missouri Coteau. Most people felt the prairies were a lot of wide-open spaces of nothing, but for me, I found beauty, serenity, and peace. Times were about to change, and did change, as we grew up. Due to draughts, reduced crop prices, increasing costs to operate, increase of land values, government programs paying farmers not to grow their crops, or just getting tired of working hard and not making a living were some of the reasons people started to move off the land. In small towns, the ripple effect caused businesses to start to close and the populations in these small towns started to decline rapidly. This is when the youth of North Dakota became the top export for our state. We were given the opportunity for a good education and taught to be dependable hard workers. Being considered responsible individuals made us a valued commodity to be hired for good paying jobs from businesses outside North Dakota. The memories I have are left to read in this book but as time goes by even these memories will be fading away for good. I hope as you read it will bring your own memories back to you. I hope those memories will make you smile of a time long ago.
About the author
I was born and raised in North Dakota with many good memories. I left the State when I was nineteen years old to serve in the U.S. Navy. After discharge from the Navy I attended College at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington D.C. earning degrees in Business, Accounting, and a Master's degree in Finance Management. I worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for thirty-four years of Federal Service. I'm Married to Diane L. Wingire. We retired 2002 to North Dakota and built our dream home on Barnes Lake near Woodworth, ND and did everything I never had time to do while working. We now reside Marana, AZ enjoying the warm weather.
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