Turtle Mountain Guide 2021 Edition

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2021 Issue Complimentary

Special section featuring North Dakota’s Four Seasons Playground!


• Your Guide to Fun in the Turtle Mountains • Full Color Area Maps & Points of Interest Along the Way • Community Events & Attractions • Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway, International Peace Garden & Rugby–the Geographical Center of North America

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WELCOME TO THE TURTLE MOUNTAIN REGION There’s much to explore in the breathtaking Turtle Mountains! From the International Peace Garden and Lake Metigoshe to the Geographical Center of North America and scenic views for miles, this region is truly one of North Dakota’s must-see areas. Let us be your guide!

HIGHLIGHTS | PAGES 4-5 Points of interest across the region


Includes Dunseith, Rugby–the Geographical Center of North America, the Village Prairie Museum and other places to see west of U.S. Hwy. 281

REGIONAL RECREATION |PAGES 16-21 All the details on year round activities including hunting, golfing, ice fishing, skiing, and more!

SPECIAL CENTER SECTION: BOTTINEAU- LAKE METIGOSHE Explore North Dakota’s Four Seasons Playground

EAST TOUR: ROLLA TO ST. JOHN |PAGES 22-34 Includes the International Peace Garden, Rolla’s Ragtop Festival, Coghlan Castle, Wakopa Wildlife Management Area and more

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At the junction of Hwy. 3, 5 & 281 on the southern entrance to Dunseith, a giant turtle built from discarded car wheels welcomes visitors.


RV Parking available. For more information, call 1-877-BIG-WINS or go online to www. skydancercasino.com.


The geographical center is marked with a stone and concrete cairn located at the ST. PAUL’S INDIAN MINISTRIES Natural setting with authentic Indian junction of Hwys. 2 and 3. Across the road architecture, Indian villages, summer camp to the north is the tourist information booth. and swimming. Located north of Belcourt. PRAIRIE VILLAGE/MUSEUM This museum gives you the opportunity FOUR ARROWS MONUMENT Built for Belcourt’s Centennial, the design itself to view antique autos and collectibles in a is filled with symbolism in an effort to blend village-style setting. Located a block east of Jct. Hwys. 2 and 3. the cultures from which most of us came.


Hwy. 5, Belcourt. Open 24/7. Features over 700 slot machines. Try your luck at blackjack, bingo, live poker or simulcast wagering. The Poker Room is open five nights a week, with Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; and a variety of live games each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dine at Fire’s Edge Steakhouse from 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Page 4


Reproductions of women’s garments representing the years 1860 through 1907. Located at 312 2nd Ave. SW. Arrange a tour by calling 701-776-2189.


An 88 1/2 foot tall illuminated steel structure built to simulate the Northern Plains’ most stunning natural phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis. Located on Hwy. 2 East. Turtle Mountain Guide 2021

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The 30-foot tower holds 15 bells ranging in This Victorian cottage was built by Fortunat size from 40 inches to 16 inches in diameter. and Cedulie Martineau, early St. John Located at 215 2nd Ave. SW. pioneers, in 1899. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in St. John, and is listed GREAT NORTHERN DEPOT On the National Register of Historic Places, this on the National Register of Historic Places. impeccably preserved building was built in 1907. SAINT CLAUDE HISTORICAL SITE Located 1/2 mile west, and 1 1/4 miles north PIERCE COUNTY COURTHOUSE: Located in Rugby, the courthouse is listed on of St. John. Site contains the archaeological remains of an 1882 mission and its cemetery the National Register of Historic Places. founded by Father John Malo, who came to the area from Quebec, Canada, to open a CITY OF ST. JOHN church for the Metis people.



Scenic log church in wilderness setting. Family DALE & MARTHA HAWK MUSEUM camping available. Located west of St. John. Lifelong collection of restored antiques south COGHLAN CASTLE of Rolla on Hwy 30. Located north of Rolla on Highway 30, JEWEL BEARING PLANT southeast of St. John. The only facility of its kind in the United States, ROLETTE COUNTY HISTORICAL SITE located in Rolla. Tours by appointment. Pioneer log cabin, display building, box car, and caboose located in St. John.

306 HWY 2 SE • RUGBY


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Miles: 190 | Stops: 5 Drive Time: 3 hours Dunseith, ND





● Westhope


J Clark Salyer NWR


Willow City



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Dale & Martha Hawk Museum

Rugby Prairie Village Museum


J Clark Salyer NWR Westhope, ND


Dale & Martha Hawk Museum Rugby, ND • Prairie Village Museum



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Home of the World Famous W’eel Turtle

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Truck Stop • Motel • Restaurant

Jct. of ND Hwy 3, 5 & US 281 Dunseith, ND • 701-244-5491

Gas & Diesel Fuel Evening Dinner Dining Convenience Store • Ice Food • Soft Drinks Pizza • Video Rentals

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CITY OF DUNSEITH  Dunseith is located in North Central North Dakota at the base of the Turtle Mountains. Home of the W’eel Turtle, a giant turtle sculpture built from discarded car wheels.

The Dunseith Log House and Tourist Information Center is your headquarters for details about activities and events throughout the season. The Log House is  The town hosts fun activities in summer. In also your destination for unique gifts, crafts June, the Dunseith Rodeo Club hosts a two- and artisanal items from the local area. day Roughrider Rodeo Association event  The International Peace Garden is located annually. 14 miles North of Dunseith on ND Hwy 3 and  In August, the community hosts Dunseith US Hwy 281 on the Canadian Border and is Days, a week of activities. Events often one of the principal tourist areas in the state. include the kiddie parade and city parade, There is an abundance of activities year community picnics, movie in the park, golf around for you to enjoy. tournament and other fun activities for families. For more info and a full schedule of events, find the “Dunseith Days” Facebook page.

The area is well known for its recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, water sports, snowmobiling, cross country skiing with trails and ski slope in the Lake Metigoshe  The community also hosts the Chief Little area, which is a well known travel destination. Shell Memorial Pow Wow each summer.  We welcome you to come and enjoy the Tribes from all over the United States and scenery. Canada participate.


17 Main Street • Dunseith • 701-244-5696

Fresh Homemade Sausage, Jerky & Summer Sausage Fresh Bakery Items & Produce

Open 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday

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DALE & MARTHA HAWK MUSEUM  One can almost hear the past come alive when you enter the museum grounds. The Museum is located on 40 acres, and consists of one of a kind vehicles, tractors, machinery.  Tours start in the Main Museum Building which houses machinery, carriages, home items, etc. Then head to the Potratz Building, it houses tractors & cars. Next visit the tractor shed, full of steamers, threshers, and more. Other buildings on the site include the original Hawk home, as it was, the Blacksmith Shop, Nanson one- room school, and the Home of Yore.  Make sure to stop at Henry Johnson General Store from Nanson. The Store shows its importance in the lives of the early pioneers.

Marker Lutheran Church from rural Barton, Mylo’s Community Hall, a Doll House with hundreds of dolls, law office and a cook car round out the collection.  On the second weekend of June, the Museum hosts “The International Harvester.” The show includes a daily parade of hundreds of tractors, steam engines and antique equipment. There are blacksmith, steam threshing, planing, shingle making, and demonstrations. There are activities for the kids too!  Museum Hours: May 1 - September 30 are 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday. Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Camping and tours available.

Dale & Martha Hawk Museum NORTH DAKOTA’S LARGEST DISPLAY OF PRAIRIE LIFE — — — Large RV Campground — — —


“International Harvester” Thursday Night Kick-Off @ 7:00 Craft Show • Flea Market • Parade Tractor Trek • Blacksmith • Plowing Saw Mill • Shingle Mill • Threshing Ice Cream Parlor • Kids’ Activities Old Time Music and Much More! SATURDAY NIGHT STREET DANCE FEATURING RYAN KEPLIN & HICKTOWN @ 7:00 PM


4 Miles E & 3 Miles N of Wolford • 20 Miles S of Rolla | 4839 78th Street NE • Wolford, ND • 701-583-2381 Dale & Martha Hawk Museum • www.hawkmuseum.org

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CITY OF RUGBY  Welcome from the Geographical Center of North America! Located at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 2 and N.D. Hwy. 3, Rugby is also the most direct route to the International Peace Garden and the beautiful Turtle Mountains.  When you visit Rugby, you’ll find a number of interesting things to see and do. The two must see structures are the Geographical Center monument and the Northern Lights Tower. Commemorate your stop in “the center” by having your picture taken near the monument that officially proclaims Rugby the continent’s geographic center. The Northern Lights tower is on the south side of U.S. Hwy. 2, in front of the Prairie Village Museum. Made of 10 tinted steel beams almost 90 feet tall, coated with multicolored shades of metallic paint and featuring a lighting system at night, the tower is dedicated to one of the Northern Plains’ most stunning natural phenomena, the spectacular Aurora Borealis. The Interpretive Center is a gazebo housing an interactive kiosk that allows you to view video footage of the northern lights and an informative clip that explains what causes the aurora borealis. You will also find pictures of the northern lights on display by native North Dakotan Jay Brausch. Many brochures for Rugby and the surrounding area are available to pick up at the Northern Lights Tower Interpretive Center. The center is open May 1 through Sept. 30.  Your trip through Rugby won’t be complete without playing the beautiful golf course. If golf isn’t your game, you can shop, dine, worship, relax in one of the motels or campgrounds or visit one of the parks. Go to a movie, swim, picnic or take a leisurely stroll around the designated walking path.  Other stops to delight even the seasoned traveler include our museums and gift shops, including the Prairie Village Museum, the historic Pierce County Courthouse and the authentically restored Amtrak Train Depot.  Make sure to take time to explore the unique downtown. The merchants pride

themselves on offering an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, home furniture and décor, and much more!  Rugby has a lot to offer the fall and winter sports enthusiast. Located near the Turtle Mountain State Forest, Rugby is just a short distance from two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Game Preserve and a Wildlife Management Area.  The area surrounding Rugby abounds with both non-game and game wildlife. There are few experiences to compare with the outdoor opportunities available in north central North Dakota, including the Rugby area, so come on over! Bring your camera, binoculars or spotting scope, as well as your friends, and explore the wildlife.  Sportsmen and women find a perfect base of operations as they plan their excursions in the Rugby area. Rugby is located at the center for two major flyways, surrounding the area with large concentrations of snow geese, Canada honkers and many varieties of ducks. Most of Rugby’s restaurants offer bagged lunches as a service to hunters.  Fishing is a popular sport year-round as Rugby area lakes offer excellent fishing.  So relax and stay a while. If you have any questions, call the Rugby Convention and Visitors Bureau at 701-776-5846.

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Pretty park with a frisbee golf course, picnic Stretch your legs on our 3-mile paved walking area, restrooms, playground & bandstand. path in a 26-acre nature park.

Built in 1908. It was designed by St. Paul, Minnesota architects Buechner & Orth in Beaux Arts or Modified Renaissance style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


Situated 14 miles northeast of Rugby, offers fishing and water recreation. If you’re headed south, stop at Balta Dam, located 14 miles south and 3 miles west of the city.

201 W. Dewey St. Built in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hope on the Empire Builder route that travels from Spokane, WA to Chicago Ill. for adventure.


Located behind the Northern Lights Inn, south of Hwy. 2. Indoor public skating on Sunday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. with $2 admission and $3 skate rental.

Al Wentz Arena is home of the Rugby During the winter months, the Rugby Park Ice Hawks, and is operated by the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association. Learn more Board sponsors an outdoor skating arena online at rugbyicehawks.net or on Facebook: on the north side of town. Open for public Rugby Amateur Hockey Association skating.


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Features reproductions of women’s garments representing the years 1860 through 1907. The garments are representative of North Dakota working women, school teachers on the prairie, and affluent women of fashion. There are winter clothes, summer dresses, evening gowns, a bathing suit and sports clothing. A good cross-section of all types of tastes and classes of women is shown. The garments are historically correct, based on research in old family albums, books from libraries and other sources that depict fashions of bygone eras. Call (701) 776-2189 to arrange a tour.


Dale G. Niewoehner of Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby has changed the skyline of Rugby with the construction of a 30 foot bell tower containing 15 bells at his funeral home. The largest bells, of which there are two, are 40 inches in diameter and weigh about 1,300 pounds each. There are also a 36 inch bell, two 34 inch bells, a 30 inch bell, a 26 inch bell and a 24 inch bell. The balance of the bells are in the 15-22 inch range. There are about 4 tons of bells in the steel tower. The bells have been purchased from auction sales, private parties, antique shops and churches. At this time, the bells are rung with a simple cable on each bell. Located at 213 2nd Ave SW in downtown Rugby.


Located in the northern part of Rugby on First Street Northeast, is home to the Pierce SWIMMING POOL County Fair, slated for June 24-27, 2021. In the summer, open daily from 1 – 5 p.m. This is the place to bring your whole family and 7 – 9 p.m. Weekends from 1 – 5 p.m. for fun and entertainment. The fair features The Mighty Thomas Carnival midway, food vendors, musical talent, Full Pull Truck and Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, 4-H events and much more. Live entertainment by Snake Oil on Friday and Diamonds & Whiskey Saturday. Entrance to the Pierce County 270 Hwy 2 SE | Rugby | 776.6528 Fairgrounds is free. Check our website at 2291 Hwy 3 NE | Harvey www.piercecountyfairrugby.com for other Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 11 AM - 9 PM activities and events taking place or changes Fri. Sat. 11 AM - 10 PM, Sun. 11 AM - 9 PM to any scheduled events. Dates and times subject to change.

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TOUR PRAIRIE VILLAGE MUSEUM  Prairie Village Museum at the Geographical Center of North America features 20 historic buildings and 7 exhibition halls arranged around a quaint village square. The grounds are filled with history of days gone by. There are over 35,000 square feet of heritage housed there. The admission fee is minimal, but you will need a whole afternoon to see it all.

Prairie Village Museum Upcoming Events May 1 Opening Day Event Admission is a nonperishable item donation for the food pantry

• Car show, Vendor Show, & Food Trucks

Step back in time by entering the complex through the main building that has many different displays, a replica of Silva native Clifford Thompson, one of the world’s tallest men, antique gun collection and many old items that helped the pioneers make their home on the frontier.

Then enter the village, consisting of over 20 buildings and 7 exhibit halls, including a land office, 1907 Great Northern Depot, caboose, cook car, blacksmith shop, general store, livery barn, an 1885 log cabin, a saloon and the new Germans from Russia exhibit hall.

June 27 Rhubard Fest

The museum’s expansive collection includes everything from Native American Pow Wow dresses and antique cars to farm machinery, and even a real iron lung!

• Gallery: Shane Balkowitsch’s Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Book • Gallery: Denise Lajimodiere Birch Biting

June 1 Ryan Stander Gallery Opening July

Kid’s Camps

July 1

Horse Hair Pottery Gallery Opening

Aug 22 Village Fair Sept 25 Harvest Festival

With over 50,000 artifacts, visitors are consistently impressed by the depth and breadth of the collections. Plus the museum is within walking distance of the historical marker at the Geographical Center of North America. School groups and bus tours are welcome throughout the season.  The museum and village are open May 1-October 30, weather permitting. Group rates are available. Please allow two hours for tours. For more information, call 701-776-6414. Page 12

Open Year Round • Drive-thru Service Buses Welcome!

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VILLAGE FAIR OFFERS OLD TIME FLAIR  Enjoy the 36th Annual Village Fair Sunday, August 22nd at Prairie Village Museum in Rugby. Look forward to the new Germans from Russia exhibit hall opening this summer. There will be special musical entertainment provided, plus the annual Pioneer Demonstrations at the Prairie Village and Museum. Listen to old-time music in different areas of the village.  Fair-goers will find cooks baking in the cook car, butter churners in the creamery, a blacksmith hammering in the blacksmith shop, fancy gals performing in the saloon, clerks merchandising in the General Store, artists exhibiting in Silva School, and the sheriff locking folks up in York Jail. Kids’ activities include old-fashioned games, impromptu classes in one-room Juniata School, and face painting. Music, food and family fun make this fair one of the best of the summer.

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106 Hwy 2 East • Rugby • 701-776-7650 HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM

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701-776-6414 Village is open May 1 - Oct. 30 weather permitting Gallery and gift shop are open year round - call for hours RV parking available - overnight allowed with paid admission

Visit our facebook page and website for more information www.prairievillagemuseum.com www.facebook.com/prairievillagemuseum

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J CLARK SALYER NWR  J. Clark Salyer NWR offers a variety of opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, canoeing, photography, hunting and fishing. The Refuge office is located 2 miles north of Upham, N.D., off Highway 14.  North Dakota is home to several varieties of sparrows that are hard to find elsewhere. The small birds are one of the species sought after by bird watchers traveling hundreds of miles in the hopes of adding a few names to their lifetime lists. One of the birding tours of the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge will do just that.

beautiful the state is, while others are impressed with such a wide variety of birds as the tour bus snakes its way through the auto tour route.  At J. Clark Salyer visitors are treated to rapidly changing terrain and habitat. Kingfishers flit along the wooded banks of the Souris River. Black-crowned night herons take flight from flooded meadows and perch in tall trees nearby. The marshes yield an abundance of birds from blue-winged teal to white-faced ibis.

For scenic views of a marsh, visit the accessible wildlife viewing platform and observation tower near the Refuge headquarters. In the spring, an observation blind for viewing sharp-tailed grouse breeding displays in the sandhills is available  One of the tours will take you down the back by reservation. roads en route to J. Clark Salyer where the  Hunting and fishing are also permitted in mixture of birds includes prairie, woodland, areas of the refuge. Refuge hours are 5:00 am and wetland species. Touring birders usually to 10:00 pm daily. The refuge office is open come well equipped, most toting top-end 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (except spotting scopes and solid tripods. federal holidays). For more information, call  Birders particularly enjoy their first trip 701-768-2548 or go online to https://www. to North Dakota, which for most of them fws.gov/refuge/J_Clark_Salyer/.  You can get a great look at the ruffed grouse drumming on a log in the Turtle Mountains, or catch a glimpse at a pileated woodpecker with three young in a hole in a dead tree.

is an eye-opener. Some are surprised how

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CITY OF WESTHOPE  Westhope, located along Highway 83, like many towns in Bottineau County, was founded as a Great Northern Railway station in 1903 and later was incorporated as a city in 1906. Westhope is also a port of entry to Canada, which is only six miles away.  This area is a major flyway for ducks and geese as well as upland game. As a result, hunters from all over the country come back year after year for the hunting enjoyment and camaraderie that they have developed with the Westhope community. The Westhope area makes hunters feel very welcome. Outdoorsman Tony Dean himself endorsed the hunting!

Westhope takes great pride in the quality of life in the area and the fact that this is a great place to raise children. The population of Westhope is 550, and the community has many facilities and services which are not common to communities of this size: a tourist park with picnic facilities, two tennis courts, swimming pool, large softball complex and a lighted football field. Camping facilities are provided at the trailer court with water, sewer, electrical hookups and dump station. Westhope also has an airport with a paved and lighted runway and an excellent school system.

Take a sip back in time! Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Dessert. Check out our menu on TRIP ADVISOR or FACEBOOK! Browse our collection of antiques in this restored 1900s hardware store. facebook.com/Rockin’ Relics Rockin’ Relics where good friends meet! Share a meal and indulge in our desserts, hand dipped shakes or hot or frozen Big Train coffees. Keto friendly options available!

Take-Out Orders & Outdoor Seating Available Party Bookings Available

Located on Main Ave • Downtown, Rugby ND Hours: 10am - 5pm Mon-Fri • 11am - 3pm Sat Earlier or later by chance or appointment


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Burgers • Panini Sandwiches • Salads Malts • Old Fashion Sodas • Blue Bunny Ice Cream Big Train Blended Iced Coffees

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(map courtesy of N.D. Parks & Recreation)

TRULY A SNOWMOBILER’S PARADISE  Snowmobile enthusiasts will find open trails in the Rugby area from December 1 through April 1. Contact Northern Lights Trail Blazers on Facebook for further information. Rugby has two snowmobile trail systems that connect in Rugby. Visit the Snowmobile North Dakota site for information and maps of the latest conditions and trails at www.snowmobilend.org

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2021 SMALL GAME, WATERFALL AND FURBEARER REGULATIONS North Dakota’s 2021 small game, waterfowl and furbearer regulations and most season structures are similar to last year. Hunters and trappers can find the North Dakota 2021 Hunting and Trapping Guide – which includes upland game, migratory game bird and furbearer/trapping regulations and other information – by visiting the state Game and Fish Department’s website. All dates published here are subject to change as the 2021 proclamation hadn’t been signed as of press time. RING-NECKED PHEASANTS OPENS: OCT. 9, 2021 CLOSES: JAN. 2, 2022 DAILY LIMIT: 3 POSSESSION LIMIT: 12

percent decrease in the Turtle Mountains, but nearly four times more grouse were heard drumming in the Pembina Hills this year.

Once again, for anyone looking to key in on ruffed grouse, it’s recommended that SHOOTING HOURS: HALF-HOUR hunters look for areas with quaking aspen BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET stands that provide areas of young, densely packed shoots mixed with areas of large Pheasants in North Dakota were treated with mature trees. above average snowfall and below average temperatures for most of last winter. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE However, results of the spring crowing count survey showed higher numbers of breeding OPENS: SEPT. 11, 2021 roosters throughout most of the traditional CLOSES: JAN. 2, 2022 pheasant range. The number of roosters DAILY LIMIT: 3 heard calling was up anywhere from 14-16 POSSESSION LIMIT: 12 percent throughout North Dakota’s good SHOOTING HOURS: HALF-HOUR pheasant range. This was not a surprise, as BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET last summer’s reproduction led to a slight increase in the late summer roadside counts. Sharp-tailed grouse harvest in 2018 remained Cover for nesting hens was average in spring near 20-year lows. Unfortunately, the 2018 due to timely spring rains and residual cover. hunter reports and 2019 spring surveys have Those timely rains continued into summer only shown slight increases since the drastic and all of North Dakota was green through population decline in 2017. late July. Most of the state should have good Nesting conditions were good for 2019. This production, so hunters need to be mobile and spring was the first since the drought of 2017 willing to move to different locations to find where the state had tall residual vegetation some good pheasant hunting opportunities. and promising nesting conditions. So far, during the first half of Department brood surveys, biologists have observed slight RUFFED GROUSE increases in the number of sharptail broods, but no increase in average brood size (4.6 OPENS: SEPT. 11, 2021 chicks per brood). CLOSES: JAN. 2, 2022 DAILY LIMIT: 3 POSSESSION LIMIT: 12 SHOOTING HOURS: HALF-HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET

Currently, the highest sharptail densities occur in the management district that follows the Missouri River from Montana to South Dakota. The lowest densities have been in the far eastern part of the state.

Ruffed grouse populations occur in the Turtle Mountains in the north central part of the state and in the Pembina Hills in the northeast. They are typically found in aspen forests with multi-aged stands of trees.

Once again, hunters are encouraged to send in grouse and Hungarian partridge wings from harvested birds to help biologists further assess production for 2019. Since it’s predicted harvest will be low, it’s hoped that In 2019, spring drumming counts showed hunters who have not submitted wings in mixed results. Spring surveys showed a 41 the past will help in the wing collection effort.

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pretty good shape despite some drying.”

The breeding population survey results indicate numbers for all primary species, Population and harvest data indicate the except redheads (down 12%), were stable to up from 2019 estimates. Ruddy ducks were state’s deer population is up 87%, green-winged teal were at a record stable to increasing, but still high and up 66% and blue-winged teal were below management goals in up 58%. Mallards were unchanged. All other most eastern hunting units. ducks ranged from down 2% (pintails) to up High quality deer habitat 40% (scaup) from last year’s numbers. All is not as abundant as in species, except pintails, which were down the past, which limits the slightly, were well-above the 72-year average. potential for population recovery. For example, deer numbers in hunting units 2E “Conditions that we have seen since 1994 and 2C in northeastern North Dakota have seem to be the new normal with more not responded to more favorable winter precipitation and higher duck numbers,” weather conditions and reduced harvest. Szymanski said. “This year’s ranking of our These hunting units have lost approximately breeding population is a pretty good sign as 60 percent of CRP grass cover and nearly 400 our 13 highest duck counts are all within the last 26 years. When you start getting around acres of trees. the 4 million range, you are talking about Winter aerial surveys were generally good very, very good duck numbers. So it is good to excellent throughout most of the state, to see us getting back to the allowing 31 of the 32 hunting units with middle of the road for the monitoring blocks to be flown. In terms new normal.” of severity, the winter of 2018-19 was a mixed bag. Conditions in most of the state The July brood survey were moderate, however, the southeastern provides a better idea of portion of the state received some late winter duck production and insight into expectations for fall, snow causing prolonged winter conditions. Szymanski said, though Deer numbers were decreasing in the Devils hunting success is also influenced by bird Lake management unit, but increasing in the movements before and during hunting nearby Sheyenne/James and Pembina Hills seasons, and weather patterns during the management units. fall migration. DUCKS AND GEESE The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its 73rd annual spring breeding duck survey in May despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and results showed an index of nearly 4 million birds, up 18% from last year. This spring’s wetland index was the sixth highest on record and the breeding duck index was the 13th highest, both are highs since 2014. For the second year in a row the number of temporary and seasonal wetlands was substantially higher than the previous year, as figures show the spring water index is up 65% from last year. The water index is based on basins with water, and does not necessarily represent the amount of water contained in wetlands or the type of wetlands represented. “Not surprisingly, we found really good wetland conditions during this year’s survey,” Szymanski said. “We had an unusually large amount of rain last fall, but have really been drying up since, especially in the western half of the state. The eastern half of North Dakota is still incredibly wet, and wetland numbers in the western half of the state are still in




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From Tommy Turtle to the Bottineau Country Club, there’s much to see and do in Bottineau, North Dakota’s Four Seasons Playground! Explore the city at the heart of the Turtle Mountain area.

Lake Metigoshe is one of the most popular yearround vacation spots in North Dakota. From Lake Metigoshe State Park to Metigoshe Ministries, there’s much to see and do at Lake Metigoshe!

No matter the time of year, the Bottineau & Lake Metigoshe area is always bustling with outdoor activities! From hiking & kayaking to skiing & snowmobiling, the fun never stops!




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Live Entertainment Monthly! 415 Main St, Bottineau

701-228-5161 Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sundays noon - 2 a.m.

Cowboy's Bar Check our Facebook page for updates and live entertainment announcements!



The fair always hosts great talent, a fun midway and a variety of events for the entire family. For a complete list of events and attractions, check the Facebook page, Bottineau County Fair, or visit www. bottineaucountyfair.com.


Walk in the store and you can literally mix and match any Pride Dairy products to make gift boxes that are the perfect gift for holidays, events, and to take home to enjoy. Their signature “cow” gift boxes come in various sizes. From mixing caramels and cheeses to mixing syrups and butter, it can be done at Pride Dairy!

up their life jackets to others when the ship, Dorchester, sank.

The Bottineau County Fair Board has set the dates of June 17-20 for the 132nd Bottineau County Fair, the oldest county fair in the state of North Dakota.

Located on Main Street at Fifth Street, this small town theatre is still going strong. Small Art Deco style lobby and auditorium that seats 312.

Forestry Park is Bottineau’s newest park, originally the home of the State Tree Nursery. This park sits on 45 acres on the west edge of Bottineau. Here you will find picnic shelters, playground, soccer field, hiking trails, 9-hole disc golf course and plenty of summer shade PRIDE DAIRY Pride Dairy was established in the 1930s as a for everyone. The park is located 2 blocks place for farmers to bring their extra cream north of Hwy. 5 on Forestry Drive. and has continued to grow, keeping the FOUR CHAPLAINS MONUMENT traditional flavor of its products. Eighty years At the corner of 4th Street and Sinclair later they still manufacture butter, ice cream, Street. Dedicated to four chaplains who lost syrups, toppings, honey and cheese. their lives during World War II. They gave

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TOMMY TURTLE PARK & WELCOME CENTER Home of the famous “Tommy Turtle”, the park has a 16 unit full hook-up RV Park with restroom & bathhouse facilities, picnic 2021 Issue

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shelters, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, three baseball diamonds, basketball court and two playground areas. Located at 1001 10th St. East. Info online at bottineauparks.com

BOTTINEAU COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Located on north end of Main Street across from County Fairgrounds. New building with one-of-a-kind things not to be seen elsewhere. Free admission.


Bottineau County was named in honor of Pierre Bottineau in 1873, in recognition of his service as a guide to numerous expeditions in Dakota Territory. A statue of him was erected

in 1998 on the lawn of the county courthouse.


The memorial, which was primarily designed and constructed by the city’s local veterans, is in the shape of an octagon, which symbolizes the nation’s Pentagon. Within the center of the memorial, there are two statues who guard the Battle Cross of the Fallen Soldier. On the outer edges of the walls are insignias that represent the different military branches. The memorial is a site that grants individuals the opportunity to visit a sacred place in the cemetery, which also symbolizes the bravery and sacrifices of so many soldiers who were called to duty during a time of war. It is a place to remember.

1109 11th Street East • Bottineau 701-534-2121 • 888-693-8262 www.staycobblestone.com Free Breakfast Buffet • 100% Smoke Free Flat Panel TVs • Free High Speed Internet Business Center • Convention Center Meeting Room • Convenience Store Onsite Exercise Facility • Guest Laundry Whirlpool Suites • Full Lounge www.facebook.com/ cobblestoneinnbottineau

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North Dakota’s Finest Ice Cream Dairy Dipper II, Malts, Shakes, Sundaes, Our Famous Cow Pies and More! Coffee Beans and Ice Cream Gourmet Coffee! Enjoy your coffee in our Coffee Lounge w/Free Wifi 517 Thompson Street • Bottineau, ND 701-228-2216 • www.pridedairy.com Pride Dairy of Bottineau on Facebook

Bottineau County Museum Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day Open by appointment by calling 701-228-2355 Located North Main St. in Bottineau (across from the fairgrounds)


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DENNY’S PIZZA INN 307 11th Street East 701-228-2601


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THE COVE LOUNGE 345 11th Street West 701-228-2223


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FAMILY BAKERY & RESTAURANT 412 Main Street 701-228-2179

DOG HOUSE SALOON 507 Main Street 701-228-3092

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LET’S stay COBBLESTONE INN & SUITES 1109 11th Street East 701-534-2121


1007 11th Street East 701-228-2125

HOMESTEAD LODGE 789 98th Street NE 701-263-4069


In town, East 10th Street, by Tommy Turtle


4 miles west on Hwy 5, 5 miles north on Hwy 14

TURTLE MOUNTAIN INN 345 11th Street West 701-228-2296

1007 11th St E • Bottineau 701-228-2125

sales@shalominnbottineau.com www.shalominnbottineau.com Free Breakfast • Free Wifi 100% Non-Smoking • Flat Screen Tvs Microwave & Refrigerator in Room Marketplace • Business Center Pet Friendly • Truck & RV Parking

406 Main Street | Bottineau (701) 228-2226

Store Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am - 7 pm Sunday 9 am - 4 pm

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Bottineau Car Show  Rev up your engines and head to the hot sales both Friday and Saturday. Enjoy live rodders rendezvous in downtown Bottineau! music and delicious eats from area food  On Saturday, August 7, Main Street will be trucks. Vendors will line the street and fill hoppin’ with classics, antiques and hot rods. the armory with a variety of wares. There’s a This event offers trophies for the top cars, bike giveaway and other fun activities for the eye candy for the gawkers and fun for the kiddos too! whole family.

Bottineau is where it’s at on August 7. Be  Local businesses will feature sidewalk there or be square!

BOT TINEAU CAR SHOW Saturday, August 7, 2021 Main Street • Bottineau, ND /Bottineaucarshow


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to Lake Metigoshe THE CLUB DE SKINAUTIQUE  Lake Metigoshe is home to North Dakota’s only water ski club. The Skinautiques, French for nautical skiers and pronounced Skee-now-teeks, became a water ski club in 1959 and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1961. However, the club put on its first show in July of 1958 and since that time has performed ski shows every summer.  Club de Skinautique performs four to five full ski shows each season. Their traditional July 3rd show provides a reason for many families to gather at Lake Metigoshe to see the show and then enjoy the fireworks display at dusk. They also put on a second show in August, which is the skiers’ favorite show because they get a chance to present the acts they’ve been working on all summer.  The club enjoys traveling and performs two to three shows a year from Canada to South Dakota. In addition, the Skinautiques accepts requests to put on skiing demonstrations and mini shows for special functions at Lake Metigoshe. Check the website for updates: www.clubdeskinautique.com.

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Lake Metigoshe • 701-263-4466 (Across from Quilt Inn)

Summer Grill & Bar Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am - 9pm Fri-Sat: 11am - 10pm • Sun: 11 am - 9 pm Bar open later Enjoy our Outside Patio! Check our Facebook page for updates & winter hours!

Delicious food • Appetizers • Steak • Seafood Pasta • Chicken • Burgers • Salads Refreshing Beverages • Wine • Mixed Drinks Imported & Domestic Beers

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21 Birchwood Heights Rd S 701-263-4283

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LET’S stay QUILT INN & SUITES 10722 Lake Loop Rd E 701-263-6500


LAKE METIGOSHE STATE PARK (CABINS) 14 miles NE of Bottineau 701-263-4651



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MON - FRI: 8AM - 5PM SAT: 8AM - 12 NOON


Adventure Anchored In Christ Family & Group Retreats in our Comfortable Christian Center • 14 uniquely-designed, high comfort • Canoes, paddleboats & pontoon rooms with private bathrooms available for exploring lake • Electrical hook-ups for campers • 6 spacious guest rooms • Weekly Sunday worship with • 7 bunk rooms with beds for 14 Metigoshe Lutheran Church • Several meeting and worship spaces • Dining for up to 300 and appetizing meal service • 6 inviting fireplaces • A smoke-free and alcohol-free environment • Recreational Opportunities

FOR RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION: METIGOSHE MINISTRIES 165 Lake Loop Rd E • Bottineau, ND • 701-263-4788 • www.MetigosheMinistries.com Page 12

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Lake Metigoshe State Park  Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountain region on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota. The rolling hills support heavy forests of oak as well as birch, elm, aspen and ash.  Visitors can find unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation in this 1,551 acre park, with camping, swimming, fishing and hiking during the summer months, and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. The snowmobile trails within the park connect with over 250 miles of groomed trails throughout the Turtle Mountain area.

beach with bathhouse, mountain biking trails, playground, Lake Metigoshe Outdoor Learning Center, amphitheatre, group dormitory facilities, and dog park.  Located on Lake Metigoshe 15 miles from Bottineau. Year-round modern cabins and a yurt can be rented by the night or week. For cross-country skiers, the park has 12 miles of groomed and double-tracked ski trails, and equipment for rent. Ice fishing is popular during the winter months as well.

The unique beauty of Lake Metigoshe draws nature and photo enthusiasts to the area to capture these sights. The Old Oak Trail, North Dakota’s first National Recreational Trail, is found within the park boundaries as well.  The park offers a boat ramp, modern and primitive campgrounds, sewer dump station, fitness trail, picnicking, swimming

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Opening Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 - 9 Summer Hours Begin Memorial Day Weekend

Open Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm Sunday Noon–5pm 3474 Lake Loop Road • Lake Metigoshe 701-263-4739 • www.giftsbythelake.biz

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Metigoshe Ministries  Metigoshe Ministries is a year-round camping, retreating, and resource ministry. With one mission, children, families, and older adults can discover “Adventure Anchored in Christ” right here in the Turtle Mountains.

popular too. Any time, you can visit or read in the comfortable family room or near one of our many fireplaces.  Camp Metigoshe on Pelican Lake has 26 cabins, a glass-surrounded lodge overlooking the lake, and a splendid waterfront with a sandy beach. As lifeguards keep a watchful eye, you can get on the water in canoes, kayaks, banana boats, sailboats, or take a ride on the pontoon.

The Christian Center on Lake Metigoshe offers 20 unique sleeping rooms with either private or semi-private baths along with 7 bunk rooms. Meals made from scratch can be arranged for groups of 12 or more.  Special weekly offerings open to the  Metigoshe Ministries makes it easy to relax public include Sunday worship at 9:00 and and enjoy nature all year round. In summer, 10:30am at the A-frame Chapel on Lake you can try out the basketball court or take a Metigoshe from Memorial Day to Labor Day. bike for a ride. Spend time outdoors walking At Camp Metigoshe, the ‘Christ Hike’ is a walk on the Prayer Labyrinth or stroll on the recounting of the last days of Jesus and His walking path. In winter, try snowshoeing or resurrection. cross-country skiing on provided equipment.  Visit MetigosheMinistries.com or call 701The sledding hill and skating pond are 263-4788 for more information!

BOTTINEAU PLUMBING & HEATING Master License 0618 Fax: 228-2344 Shop: 228-2333 Donn Cell: 263-5785 Jamie Cell: 228-4445

1122 Hwy. 5 NE • Bottineau, ND 58318

Nero Funeral Home Serving Bottineau County & Western Rolette County Monument and Pre-Need Services Available

402 Sinclair St. Phone: 701-228-2286 Bottineau, ND 58318 Fax: 701-228-2032 www.nerofuneralhome.net • nerofh@utma.com




The 9-hole course is located 3 miles northeast of Bottineau in the hills above the city on the Lake Road. It features 2,835 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 32.3 and it has a slope rating of 91. Great views, fun holes, and remember, every putt breaks towards the grain bins. Open to the public.

Located 8 miles north, l-l/2 miles west of Bottineau. The park features downhill skiing and snowboarding and a variety of hills. Rental equipment, triple chair lift, tubing park, chalet and fast food restaurant.a Named after Ann Nicole Nelson, the only North Dakotan to perish in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is a dream brought to life. Located at the Bottineau Winter Park, Annie’s House provides an array of recreational life-changing opportunities to veterans with disabilities all year. A must see.


Located 5 miles north of Bottineau, the Thunder Mountain Speedway offers race fans great action in these classes: Bombers, Enduro, IMCA Sportmod and Hobby Stocks. Kids go-kart races are also fun! An extremely fast surface and high-banking make the quarter-mile track at the Thunder Mountain Speedway a favorite for drivers and fans. For more info, call 701-351-7199 or visit thundermountainspeedway.org.

BUTTE SAINT PAUL Located 10 miles east and 1-1/2 miles northeast of Bottineau. It is one of the highest points in the Turtle Mountains with a cairn on top of the butte. Steps are provided to climb the butte. On top you can get a grand view of the entire area. Picnic tables are available. Enjoy your stay and the recreational opportunities.


CIVIL ENGINEERING & SURVEYING 701-228-2292 • Fax: 701-228-3938 915 East 11th Street • Bottineau, ND www.woldengr.com


Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm Drive Up Hours 8:00am - 5:00pm Closed Saturday


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1. J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge 2. Mystical Horizons 3. Bottineau Winter Park Ski Area 4. Wild Rose Ridge Amphitheater 5. Thunder Mountain Speedway 6. Tommy the Turtle Statue 7. Lake Metigoshe State Park 8. Metigoshe Ministries 9. Butte St. Paul Historical Site 10. Turtle Mountain Reservation 11. Pow Wow Grounds 12. Turtle Mtn. Chippewa Heritage Center 13. Sky Dance Hotel & Casino 14. Scenic Byway Statue 15. Coghlan’s Castle 16. Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads 17. Wakopa Game Management Area 18. William Lake Provincial Park


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Located on the west side of Lake Metigoshe. Located on the west side edge of the Turtle It has primitive campground, water, toilets, Mountains on Highway 43. It has picnic tables, boat ramp with dock, fishing pier, picnic water, toilets and horse riding corrals. shelter, bicycle trail and nature trail.



Located along Highway 43 or 10 miles north This 21st Century Stonehenge, dedicated in and 5-3/4 miles west of Bottineau. This area October 2005, sits at the western edge of offers a swimming beach, primitive camping, Scenic Byway N.D. Highway 43. water, fishing, hiking and mountain biking trail and canoeing.



The Lake House is a beautifully remodeled establishment located on the shores of beautiful Lake Metigoshe. The indoor/ outdoor space can accommodate 195 guests and is perfect for any event from a wedding or reunion to a casual business meetings.

Located on Lake Metigoshe 10 miles from Bottineau. It has a public swimming beach and boat ramp, picnic areas, modern and primitive camping areas, weekly amphitheatre programs, guided nature trail hikes and canoe rental.

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Begin 3 miles north of Rolla and proceed north to St. John. Then travel west on County Highway 43 until the scenic route terminates at State Highway 14. This is an all-paved surface. Total route is 53 miles.

Located 10 miles north and 5-3/4 miles east of Bottineau on Highway 43. Offers boat docks, picnic tables, toilets, water, fishing and primitive camping.

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Located 12 miles west and 15 miles south of Bottineau on Highway 14. It has a scenic drive, hiking trail and canoeing on Mouse River. A great variety of wildlife can be seen on this refuge.

Located 18 miles east and 13 miles north of Bottineau on the U.S./Canadian border. Home of International Music Camp. Scenic drive through the gardens, conservatory with cacti and succulents, Peace Chapel, Sunken Garden, Masonic Auditorium and 5.3 km of cross-country ski trails.

Located on the lower level overlooking beautiful Lake Metigoshe. Serving 23 flavors of locally made Pride ice cream. Book our Ice Cream Truck for your next event!

Website: www.thelakehousend.com Email: donnet@thelakehousend.com We accommodate weddings, reunions, meetings and private parties.

10725 Lake Loop Rd, Lake Metigoshe (next to A-Frame and across from The Quilt Inn) Contact Donnet Sivertson 701.228.8673

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The Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway in North Dakota begins 3 miles north of Rolla on County Hwy. 43, then goes through St. John to State Highway 14 northwest of Bottineau.

Mystical Horizons is located on the western edge of the Byway near Carbury. The stone structure is a scaled-down, 21st-century version of Stonehenge.

Highway 43 is one of the most picturesque areas in the state. The 53-mile stretch first ascends through the calm, serene beauty of the Turtle Mountains and then descends into the foothills, offering a spectacular view of the prairie. Many of the state’s major tourism sites are located along the highway, including Lions Park at Lake Upsilon, International Peace Garden and Lake Metigoshe State Park, as well as many other museums, parks and sites.

Site-goers can stand on one of the brass pieces while observing the summer and winter solstices (June 21 or 22 and December 21 or 22, respectively) and the fall equinox (September 21 or 22,) all the while with the sun shining directly towards them.

A sundial is also located at the site. Here, visitors can view the position of the sun’s shadow to tell the correct time of the day during Daylight Savings Time from spring  The “Scenic Byway” is denoted in the official through fall. Another feature is the North Star North Dakota Highway Map and on the Turtle Polaris Sighting Tube, in which individuals can Mountain Area Map on Pages 16 and 17. view Polaris, the North Star.

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International Peace Garden A Hidden Treasure in the Turtle Mountains  It’s an unassuming place nestled in the Turtle Mountains near the geographical center of North America. It’s a destination for art, entertainment, recreation, culture and education. Best known for its formal gardens, the Peace Garden has something for everyone and is a welcome natural retreat nestled in the Turtle Mountains and an opportunity to connect with nature and get away from the commotion of our 21st century lives.  Its unique history started as merely an idea. A place imagined by visionary men who would make it a reality in 1932 under the ideal that a garden could serve as a living monument to the ideals of friendship and cooperation among nations and be an example to the world. And at the entrance still stands the original monument carrying their message:  “To God in his glory, we two nations dedicate this garden and pledge ourselves that as long as men shall live we will not take up arms against one another.”  Start with a stop at the Conservatory and you will enter into another world of over 5000 unique cacti and succulent species that will treat your eyes to spiny shapes, vibrant colors and striking patterns that highlight one of the world’s most diverse dryland plant collections under one roof.  Make your way outside and step into the formal gardens that are home to the sunken perennial garden, more than 50,000 annuals in a vibrant display of bold colors. Walk down the garden pathways that are separated by the iconic water channel that provides only the notion of an international border.  But it’s not just the flowers that make this place special. It’s the history and the monuments, the scenic views and the quiet hiking trails. It is the nature that allows you to get away from it all and asks you to sit quietly and listen. Breathe deep and smell the land’s finest perfumes produced by blooms or by the Page 22

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pines. Let your ears fill with the songs of the magpies, finches, warblers; and the purposeful patter of the woodpeckers. Be on the lookout for rabbits, deer and even the occasional moose sighting.  There are so many reasons to visit the Peace Garden, and there’s truly something for everyone. Whether it’s a day trip to enjoy the gardens, a solo hike on our miles of nature trails, a weekend camping trip with family or enjoying an early evening kayak across a quiet lake, everyone will find it’s easy to understand why peace grows here. Visiting the International Peace Garden  Because the IPG sits on the United States and Canadian border, visitors depart through customs and will need a Passport or government-issued ID with copy of birth certificate. Birth certificates are also required for minors. IPG is open year-round with day and night access to the grounds. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day the Garden is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per car per day or $40 for an annual pass. For more information on IPG, visit peacegarden.com or call 701-263-4390.

2021 SUMMER EVENTS May 25 Flower Moon Night Hike June 5 National Trails Day Event June 11-12 Volunteer Planting Weekend July 3-4

Border Blast Fourth of

July Family Weekend

Aug 28 Kids Garden Days Sept 11 9/11 20th Anniversary 2021 Guide

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Featuring more than 80,000 flowering annuals and perennials, with terraces, fountains and sculptures. Don’t miss the iconic floral clock, sunken garden and floral flags.

Open year round, this is visitor central for the garden. Explore the Conservatory, with more than 5,000 species of succulents. Also features a restaurant, gift shop, horticulture library and meeting room.

Built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the oldest building in the International Peace Garden is a magnificent display of natural architecture and a reflection of human tenacity in hard times.

Includes iron remnants from the collapsed towers at the World Trade Center. Local organizations host 9/11 remembrance events at the site.

Stands at the entrance to the gate and serves as a symbol of hope to all who enter. Was dedicated in 1932, prior to the Nazi regime’s rise to power in Germany.

Anchors the west end of the Formal Garden and offers memorable quotes by world leaders on peace and on its fragility.

Grab a sandwich and go on a picnic with your travel companions and soak up the beauty of the gardens.

A vast network of hiking and biking trails connect 2,400 acres of pristine prairie and wilderness, dotted with natural features including lakes and ponds.

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Hit the Trails HORSE TRAILS  Pleasure riding in the Turtle Mountains is very popular. Several areas with designated horse trails are Wakopa WMA, Strawberry Lake, Twisted Oaks, and Adam Lake, MB. Organized trail riding is available at Cross Roads Range, St. John, ND, and at the Legion Camp at the International Peace Garden.  Trail riders venturing into the Turtle Mountains will find many areas to explore. Winding trails through the wood offer a relaxing, scenic ride. For the adventurous, it is advisable to bring a compass to keep your bearings in the thick woods. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in your country retreat by listening to the gentle sounds of nature. Bring along a light snack, coffee or a big feed. Cap off your day with evening campfire at one of the area campgrounds.

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BIKING, HIKING & NATURE TRAILS  The most extensive trail system in the Turtle Mountains is the hiking and nature trail. Walking for pleasure and other trail related activities are among the favorite outdoor recreation activities of visitors. Many of the trails provide interpretive sessions, while others offer the beauty and serenity that only nature can provide. There are also extensive unmarked areas which can be hiked or backpacked.  To experience hiking through a tree laden corridor, and smell the clean air of the Turtle Mountains is to become more aware of your environment, and your heritage.  Three of the Turtle Mountains’ most popular trails are Disappearing Lakes, Turtle’s Back (Canada side), and the Old Oak Trail (US side) at Metigoshe State Park.  The Turtle Mountain tracks include Turtle Mountain Trail (35 miles), Strawberry Lake (4 miles), Twisted Oaks (2 miles), Dalen (10 miles), Pelican Lake (4 miles), Hartley Boundary Lake (5 miles) and 20 miles of unmarked trails. Contact North Dakota Forest Service, Bottineau, ND at 701-2282278 for more information on these trails.

North Dakota’s Oldest County Fair June 17-20, 2021 Featured Entertainment

FRI Parmalee

SAT •Divas through the Decades •Six Appeal

SUN Demo Derby

Carnival provided by Crabtree Amusements

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TURTLE MOUNTAIN STATE RECREATIONAL AREA OHV TRAILS  The hilly terrain and heavy woodland cover provide a unique landscape in North Dakota. The Turtle Mountain off-highway vehicle (OHV) area is open to motorized vehicles such as dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and side by sides as well as non-

motorized trail users and sportsmen. This area has over 12 miles of trails. The OHV area trail head, youth trail and parking area is located about 6 miles NE of Bottineau and provides enough parking for trucks with large trailers.

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Hit the Trails Continued OLD OAK TRAIL


Located at Metigoshe State Park, this is North Dakota’s first National Recreation Trail. The trail is approximately two miles long. It will take about 11/2 hours to walk. If a shorter walk is desired, leave the trail at the halfway point near the east side of the Maid O’Moonshine Campground.

Climb to one of the highest points of land in southwestern Manitoba by following the Turtle’s Back Hiking Trail. The trail begins at the south end of William Lake and leads to a viewing tower at the hill’s peak. From this tower you can see the International Peace Garden. On-site signs discuss the history of the Turtle’s Back and its significance to the CANOE/KAYAK TRAIL various people who have lived in this area This trail starts 200 yards east of the over the years. trailhead warming house at Lake Metigoshe ANNIE’S HOUSE HIKING TRAILS State Park. Canoeists are allowed to travel anywhere on the lakes and wetlands. The With the support of the ND Outdoor canoe route is provided only to give users Heritage Fund, Bottineau Winter Park has established over 3 miles of fully accessible a general route to enjoy. hiking trails with Trac wheel chairs and DISAPPEARING LAKES snowshoes available on site. The trails A lake disappearing before your very are Wayland Trail (.75 miles), Hannah’s eyes... hard to believe? Visit a lake that is Trail (.30 miles), Carelton Trail (1.35 mile), vanishing from the landscape by following Stanley Trail (1 mile) and Andy’s Trail (.10 the Disappearing Lakes self-guiding trail. mile). Contact Bottineau Winter Park at Winding its way through dense broad-leaf 701-263-4556 or go online at skibwp.com forests, this trail is an easy one-hour walk for more information. appropriate for all ages.


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TRAILS NORTH OF HWY. 43 Dalen Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 miles Big Meadow Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 miles Aspen Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.9 miles Lost Meadow Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5 miles TRAILS SOUTH OF HWY. 43 Black Lake Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 miles Foothill Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.5 miles Twisted Oaks Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 miles

TURTLE MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST  There is no better place to observe the forest resource than on North Dakota’s two State Forests found in the Turtle Mountains. The Turtle Mountain State Forest and Homen State Forest comprise 11,978 acres of public land managed by the North Dakota Forest Service for your enjoyment.  Primitive camping is available at Strawberry Lake, Hahns Bay, Twisted Oaks and Pelican Lake. All campgrounds provide tables, grills, and centrally-located drinking water and vault toilets. During the season campgrounds are patrolled and an overnight camping fee is charged. The campgrounds provide excellent access to over 20 miles

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of maintained trails. The trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and crosscountry skiing. From the trails you can get a close up look at the forest from the prairie edge to the Canada border.  The varied plant communities found on the State Forests support a variety of wildlife common to North Dakota. Hunting, birding, photography, canoeing, fishing and berry picking are additional activities people enjoy in the State Forests.  For further information contact the North Dakota Forest Service at 701-228-3700. Bottineau Bottineau Lake Lake Metigoshe Metigoshe

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Peace Garden Trail

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State snowmobile trails open December 1, provided there is at least 4 inches of snow on the trail. The season closes April 1. The Lake Metigoshe/Peace Garden Trail opens December 15 to avoid conflicts with the moose hunting season.


the snowmobiler as well as the downhill or  With spectacular scenery, deep snow cross country skier. Winter usually hits the and hundreds of miles of trails, the Turtle Mountains two to three weeks earlier Turtle Mountains region is a paradise for and lasts two to three weeks longer because of the high altitude. snowmobilers.  All the grandeur of the winter season can be viewed along countless miles of snowmobile trails within the area. Many of the wooded trails are groomed daily, adding comfort to the natural beauty of the vicinity. Witness the splendor of nature while sliding across the crispy snow. Heavy snowfalls in early winter usually ensure long seasons for

There are approximately 400 miles of groomed trails, mostly in the Lake Metigoshe and Provincial Park area that are groomed regularly throughout the snow season. One of the newer trails leads all the way from Bottineau to the Peace Garden and promises to be a very scenic journey. Trail heads are located at the Quilt Inn, Bottineau Winter

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Park, Max Lake, and north of Adams Lake on Highway 10 to Boissevain, Manitoba.  If you’d like an introduction to the Turtle Mountains’ snowmobiling world, contact the Bottineau County Family Snowmobilers. The family oriented club offers organized trail rides for snowmobile enthusiasts. The club sponsors several trail rides throughout the winter season. Club members welcome the chance to inform visitors of snowmobile opportunities around the Turtle Mountain area. They can be contacted for organized trail rides, repair information, where to go, or any other snowmobile information. Call the Bottineau Area Chamber at 701-228-3849 for contact information.

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Lake Metigoshe State Park is a favorite for many because of the scenery, uncrowded trails and variety of terrain. Since snowmobilers aren’t allowed on the trails, skiers also find the trails quiet, making wildlife viewing common.


There are several different trails offering If the call of cross-country skiing attracts you, you a variety of distances depending on your an endless vista of wilderness and countless experience and physical condition. For more skiing opportunities are right at hand here in information on snow conditions, call Lake Metigoshe State Park at 701-263-4651. the Turtle Mountains.

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This winter, Bottineau Winter Park celebrates 52 years of snow fun in the Turtle Mountains! Thousands flock to this “jewel on the prairie” for downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing every year. Now is the time to make the trip and hit the slopes!  The park features nine open slopes with a variety of challenging runs to test enthusiasts of all skill levels. The slopes and terrain park are accessible from the unloading area of the triple chair lift. Conveyor lifts serve the two beginner hills, allowing easy transport back to the top. One T-bar and high speed rope tow is also available on busy days to bring any level of skier to the top of one of the eight runs.





and handle lift that effortlessly whisks you and your snow tube back to the top for another run. Snow tubing tickets include lift ticket and snow tube rental for two hours. Experience the thrill of night tubing on Thursday and Friday nights, when the runs are illuminated! RENTAL GEAR  No gear? No problem! The Rental Shop has a variety of equipment available to rent for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Snowshoeing rentals are also available. ANNIE’S HOUSE VISITOR CENTER  This state-of-the-art, 11,500 sq. ft. facility provides comfortable seating, warm food and free Wi-Fi, and houses the Rental Shop, ski patrol kitchen and bathrooms.

The season typically runs from Thanksgiving  Winter is a beautiful season. Come to to the end of March. Bottineau Winter Park and make the most of SNOW TUBING it! For more information on the park go to our  The tubing park features five exciting website at www.skibwp.com or Facebook at downhill runs. Better yet, there’s no hiking Bottineau Winter Park. back to the top thanks to the moving carpet

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Get your skate on this winter in Bottineau! for pleasure skating and hockey. The outdoor  The Community Arena “Lumberdome” is hockey arena has an asphalt surface for roller one of the oldest ice arenas in the state of hockey and in-line skating during the off North Dakota. The Arena plays host to boys season. & girls youth hockey club, figure skating club,  The Community Arena is open from the Bottineau/Rugby High School and Dakota middle of October through the middle of College at Bottineau Lumberjacks. March each winter.  Offers a Children’s Learn-To-Skate program,  Located at 403 East 7th Street, Bottineau. open public skating and adult recreation For more information, go online to http:// hockey. Equipment rental and concessions www.bottineauparks.com/arena.html inside.  Two outdoor ice arenas are located adjacent to the Community Arena, one each

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Experience the THRILL and ADVENTURE of fantastic skiing, snowboarding and tubing right here in the Turtle Mountains! Call for group ski packages and seasonal ticket prices. Bottineau Winter Park 1 Winter Park Road • PO Box 168 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4556 • (800) 305-8079 Fax: 701-263-4446 Check us out on Facebook!


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Located 2 miles north and 2 miles west Located 3 miles northeast of Bottineau on of Rolla. 9-hole grass greens cut out of Lake Metigoshe Road. 9-hole grass greens. Turtle Mountains. Par 35. One of the most 701-228-3857. scenic and challenging courses in the area. 701-477-6202.


Located just north of Dunseith on Highway RUGBY GOLF COURSE 3. 9-hole grass greens, challenging course. Located about 1/2 mile east of Rugby on 701-224-5211. the north side of Highway 2. The course is an attractive 9-hole grass green course SOURIS VALLEY GOLF COURSE, with a challenging variety of landscape. MINOT 701-776-6917. The 18-hole “Souris Valley” course at the Souris Valley Golf Course facility in Minot, WESTHOPE GOLF COURSE North Dakota features 6,759 yards of Located 1 mile east of Westhope. 9 holes golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. of rolling hills. 701-245-6553. 701-857-4189.


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TURTLE MOUNTAIN REGION FISHERIES  Fishing in the Turtle Mountains is a yearround pastime, and there’s no shortage of opportunities for anglers in the area. Lake Metigoshe is one of the cleanest natural fresh-water lakes in North Dakota. Its many surrounding small bodies of water are perfect for an afternoon on the water chasing pike, walleye and bluegills. Below is a list of the 21 fisheries in the Turtle Mountain Region that have public access and some degree of management by state Game and Fish Department biologists. Whether you cast a line from your boat, drift a fly from shallow water or drop a line in an ice hole, you’ll sure to get plenty of bites! Source: ND Game & Fish Department

miles east of Bottineau. Decent pike and walleye populations. Lots of small perch and some nice bluegill. Loon Lake – 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles south, 2 miles east, .5 miles north of Bottineau. High number of mostly smaller perch. Good number of decent-sized walleye. (No ramp). Pelican Lake – 9 miles north, 8 miles east, .5 miles southwest of Bottineau. Decent number of northern pike. Strawberry Lake – 4 miles north, 2.5 miles east, .5 miles south of Carbury. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Some larger trout. (Fishing pier).

Thompson Lake – 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 2 miles south, 1 mile east, 1 mile south Sand Lake – 4 miles north of Pleasant Lake. of Bottineau. Mostly smaller yellow perch Good pike fishery, with fish commonly up to abundant. (No ramp). 5 pounds. Perch numbers good, but most ROLETTE COUNTY fish are less than 8 inches. Belcourt Lake – 2 miles north of Belcourt. BOTTINEAU COUNTY Yellow perch and northern pike abundant, Boundary Lake – 9 miles north, 11 miles with some larger keeper-sized fish. Black east, 2.5 miles north of Bottineau. Decent bullheads abundant. number of 6- to 8-inch perch. (No ramp). Cain Lake – 2 miles south, 9 miles west,


Carbury Dam – 1 mile south, 1 mile west of .5 miles north of St. John. No recent Carbury. Recent fish kills have led to low pike information. Managed by the U.S. Fish and and perch numbers. (Fishing pier). Wildlife Service. (No ramp). Lake Metigoshe – 9 miles north, 4 miles east, 1 mile north of Bottineau. Several sizes of bluegill, including some large fish, along with some nice crappie. Good number of walleye in a wide range of sizes. Good pike fishing, with some large fish. (Fishing pier).

Carpenter Lake – 12 miles west of St. John. Good pike population, with most fish longer than 25 inches. Recently stocked walleye are about 15 inches. A few perch, but most are under 8 inches.

Dion Lake – 10 miles west, 2 miles north, 1 Long Lake – 8 miles north, 7 miles east, 1 mile east of St. John. Walleye densities lower mile south, 1 mile east, .5 miles south, .3 than recent years, but there are fish up to

TURTLE MOUNTAIN REGION FISHERIES CONT. 20 inches. Perch numbers are decent, with most fish under 10 inches. Illegally stocked pike common, with some fish longer than 30 inches. (Fishing pier). Gordon Lake – 4.5 miles north, 1 mile west, .25 miles northwest of Belcourt. Walleye and yellow perch abundant, with some larger fish. Northern pike and bluegill in good numbers. Gravel Lake – 6 miles west, .5 miles north of St. John. Pike, bluegill and perch fishery. Pike average about 24 inches, with some up to 36 inches. Most perch under 10 inches. Bluegill Long Lake – 2 miles south, 5.3 miles east mostly under 7 inches. (Fishing pier). of Rolette. Good number of pike, with the Hooker Lake – 8 miles west of St. John. One average fish more than 5 pounds. (No ramp). of a few rainbow trout lakes in the district. Trout stocked annually and reach maximum Upsilon Lake – 6 miles west, 1 mile north size in fall. Some older, larger trout available. of St. John. Partial winterkill in 2019. Annual netting survey in June 2019 sampled good (Fishing pier). pike numbers of all sizes and some large fish. Island Lake – 3 miles west, 2 miles south of Some nice walleye sampled, along with many Mylo. Partial winterkill in 2018-19, yet there smaller bluegill and some smaller perch. are still good numbers of 24-inch–plus pike. Larger perch and bluegill at low densities. Jarvis Lake – .75 miles southwest, 6 miles (Fishing pier). west of St. John. Yellow perch abundant, with Wheaton Lake – 4.5 miles north, 2 miles a few larger fish. Walleye ranging from 12-18 west of Belcourt. Northern pike and yellow inches abundant. Bluegill and northern pike perch fishery, with some decent keeperpresent. (No ramp). sized fish.

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WAKOPA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA  The Wakopa Wildlife Management Area, totaling 7,173 acres in the Turtle Mountains, is owned and managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Wakopa WMA is a forested area interspersed with lakes, wetlands, and grassland communities. Trembling aspen forms nearly pure, dense, uniform stands that comprise 80 percent of the forest. Other trees include Paper Birch, Bur Oak, American Elm, Green Ash, Balsam Poplar, and Box Elder.  The Aspen Forest provides cover and browse for deer, moose, elk, snowshoe hare and ruffed grouse. A mix of aspen stands of various ages is ideal. Maintenance of such a forest mosaic on Wakopa WMA is accomplished by mechanical shearing.

The wildlife community on Wakopa WMA is comprised of many species, including fox, coyotes, lynx, raccoons, skunks, weasel, mink, beaver, squirrels, muskrats and woodchucks. Many songbirds not normally seen in the open areas of the state may be observed. Bald and golden eagles are occasionally seen hunting the area during the spring and fall migrations.  Wakopa offers fishermen an opportunity to fish on several beautiful, natural lakes. These lakes range in size from 30 to 400 acres. Rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, small-mouth bass and yellow perch are available to anglers.

1. Lake Upsilon - 6 miles west, 1 mile north of St. John - campground, picnic area, rest area and fishing pier. 2. Gravel Lake - 6 miles west, 1/2 mile north of St. John - Campground, picnic area, rest area and fishing pier. 3. Hooker Lake - 8 miles west of St. John - campground, picnic area, rest area and fishing pier. 4. Dion Lake - 10 miles west, 2 miles north, 1 mile east of St. John campground, picnic area, rest area, and fishing pier. 5. Jensen Lake - 9 miles west, 3 miles north of St. John.

WAKOPA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA MAP • Trail rides are only allowed on the above designated areas. • Camping is allowed on the above mentioned campgrounds and restricted to no more than 10 consecutive days. • Groups of 25 people or more require a permit from NDG&F. Contact: Brian Prince, 7928 45th St. NE, Devils Lake, ND 58301 or call 701-662-3617. • A swimming beach is located at Lion Park on Lake Upsilon. Wakopa WMA is an ideal area for nature study, photography, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, berry picking and primitive camping.

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CITY OF ST. JOHN  Nestled in the oak and aspen forest of the eastern Turtle Mountains on one of only a few designated scenic highways in North Dakota lies the City of St. John. St. John was settled by French settlers from Canada who followed trappers and traders into the area among the Chippewa and Cree tribes in the 1840s.

blacksmith’s shop, and Burlington Northern Railroad cars.  Recreation areas abound in the area. The Wakopa Game Management Area offers outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. Lake Upsilon, Gravel Lake, Hooker Lake, Dion Lake, Jensen Lake, Carpenter Lake, and School Section Lake are all within a few minutes of St. John, and offer excellent fishing for pike, perch, walleye, trout, bluegill, crappie and sauger, with campsites available for overnight stays or picnicking.

There are several businesses on Main Street ready to serve the needs of visitors to the community. They include a full line grocery store, gas station/garage, cafe, and bar.  Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling  The historic Martineau house located are popular winter sports in the area. on Main Street is being used as a tourism information center. This Victorian cottage was built by Fortunat and Cedulie Martineau, early St. John pioneers, in 1899. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in St. John and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shepherd’s Hill at the Cross Roads, a Christian camp and retreat center, is seven miles west of town and offers a wide variety of activities, including trail rides, wagon rides and canoeing. The center has guest rooms, dorm rooms, private cabins and bunkhouses for groups of varying sizes.

The Rolette County Historical Society also  For additional information on St. John, has a museum site on Main Street that has call 701-953-8607, or find the city page on two large display buildings, a one room Facebook. school house, a church, a hunter’s shack, the Dana Wright Cabin, a doll house, an old gas station, the St. John Immigration Building, a

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HISTORIC COGHLAN CASTLE  Coghlan Castle is a Richardsonian Romanesque building in Rolette County, North Dakota, near St. John. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 2008.  If Coghlan Castle seems out of place, it is because there are over 60 known examples of this unique building style in Manitoba, Canada, but only one in North Dakota. Maurice Coghlan designed this house and hired a Canadian stonemason, Thomas Bowyer, to build it. The house, built between 1906 and 1909, is constructed from local granite, limestone and sandstone. The Coghlan family only owned the house for a few years.  Like most farm families, they didn’t make it through the first depression in 1918. However, the Coghlan family rented the house into the 1940s. The building has stood vacant since the middle of the 20th

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century. It was a popular party site for local teenagers in the 1960s and 1970s and was vandalized in the 1960s.  Years of neglect damaged the structure, but a non-profit group is raising money to restore and protect this authentic resource.  An interpretive panel sits on the pull off of Hwy. 30. The kiosk is set on a circular stone patio with the same dimensions as the turret on the castle. The panel tells the history of the castle, the history of agriculture within the region and the history of the Coghlan family that originally owned the historic stone building.  As the building is currently privately owned, the castle itself is not open to the public. It should only be viewed from the pull-off on Hwy. 30 unless a private tour is arranged. Call Becky Leonard at 701-953-8607.

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Native American tribal lore gives North America the name of “Turtle Island.” Close to the exact geographical center is the Turtle Mountain area. Cool, green, and inviting, dotted with sparkling lakes, it’s like an island of trees in the northern Great Plains. It is also the heart of the rich tribal and spiritual life of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

barber shop, florist, bowling alley, lounge and a 24-hour mini-casino.

In the foothills of the beautiful Turtle Mountains is Belcourt, the only town on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation. A progressive town, it is known for continually thriving to keep pace with modern technology. Anishinaubag Intercultural Center and Camp, located just two miles north of Belcourt on Fish Lake Road, includes an authentic Indian village, a chapel, hiking trails, groomed cross-country trails and cozy rental cabins.

On a hill just to the southwest of Belcourt, this horse race track offers pari-mutuel betting 3-4 weekends in the summer (June). The park has grandstand and concession stands as well as a number of barns for the quarter and thoroughbred horses.

Belcourt boasts impressive art displays throughout the town. Many sculptures and murals have been produced by talented local artists. A hub of activities in Belcourt is the Turtle Mountain Mall which features a restaurant, the post office, a bank, gift shop,

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July is usually a busy month with the Demolition Derby and St. Ann’s Novena, which runs in conjunction with Turtle Mountain Days. For more information on Belcourt, call 701-477-6140.


HNA NATURE TRAIL  The Heart of North America Nature Trail is a driving trail that documents a journey through some of North Dakota’s most scenic and geologically magnificent wonders. Follow the trail through the Turtle Mountain Region in North Dakota into Manitoba, Canada. Return south and continue east into North Dakota’s Rendezvous Region.

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TURTLE MOUNTAIN CHIPPEWA HERITAGE CENTER  Explore Native American history as you travel through the Turtle Mountain region! The Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center stands on the Sky Dancer Casino grounds east of Belcourt, a beautiful new space that is ready to tell the stories of the Native Americans that inhabited the land in centuries past.

say it was early Chippeway migrants from the woodlands of the east that named the region “Mekinauk Wudjiw”, which translates to Turtle Mountain in Ojibwemowin.

The Turtle Mountain Indian Historical Society, the nonprofit organization that manages the heritage center, is dedicated to preserving and promoting cultural heritage of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. The organization was established in 1981, and its collections were housed in downtown Belcourt along Hwy. 5 until 2016.

Each year classes are held to teach various art forms, including drum making, basket weaving, birch bark basket making, wood carving, quilt making and more. For updates and upcoming classes, visit them online at www.chippewaheritage.com or like them on Facebook at Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center.

The new Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center, which was completed in 2018, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round. The center hosts a variety of artifacts depicting the history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, a multicultural community that holds traditions of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) and Michif/Cree cultures. In fact, Native American historians

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The heritage center consists of a Chippewa/ Michif/Metis museum, art gallery, archives and gift shop. Arts and crafts sold in the gift shop are provided by local artists.

3959 Hwy. 281 E., SkyDancer Way Belcourt, ND, (701) 244-5530 The purpose of the center is to preserve the written documents and artifacts of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and to make historical materials available for use by the Turtle Mountain people and others who desire to learn more about the Tribe and its unique cultural heritage.

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Visitors to Rolla will warm up to its smalltown setting and special charm. Rolla is located on the eastern edge of the Turtle Mountains, located on U.S. Highway 281 and N.D. Highways 5 and 30. An area rich in lakes and forests, great fishing and hunting, Rolla is just minutes away from summer fun. Enjoy a quiet drive through the wooded countryside. For fishing, water skiing or camping, the area lakes are just a short jaunt away.

in the state. The well-manicured fairways are lined with tress. Elevated greens and water hazards make every hole unforgettable. The rates are very affordable and rental carts are available.

In the evening, you can enjoy a movie at Curt’s Theater or choose from a great selection of our unique, hometown restaurants. You can also spend some time at our shopping district.

Crossroads in the Turtle Mountains and the Rolette County Historical Society Museum in St. John.

From Rolla, you’re also just a few minutes away from the Scenic Byway (Highway 43) which takes you through the gentle hills of the Turtle Mountains, with many lakes and campgrounds, including Lion’s Park at Lake  Spend the night in Rolla’s in-town camping Upsilon. The International Peace Garden is facility at the baseball field equipped with just a 30-minute drive away. electrical hookups. Play on the playgrounds  Other interesting sites just minutes from or take a dip in the swimming pool, which are Rolla include the Dale and Martha Hawk both near the school. Museum near Mylo, Shepherd’s Hill at the

Rolla also offers five recreational parks, a public swimming pool, trap shooting range,  One of the main attractions is just five miles airport, six churches, a hospital, two medical north of the city limits – the Rolla Municipal clinics, a dentist office and the Park View Golf Course, of the most challenging courses Assisted Living Center.

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SUMMER EVENTS IN ROLLA  Bargain hunters and treasure seekers will Friday, July 2nd include a three-person mixed enjoy the city-wide yard sales on the first scramble golf tournament, an art show at Saturdays in June and September. city hall, Music on Main and fireworks at  This will be the fifth year of our Music on dusk. Saturday starts off with a 5K and 10K Main event where we close main street and Fun Run and conclude with a Kiddie Parade have local bands perform from 5:00pm to followed by the Ragtop Parade down main 9:00pm in a family friendly environment. street featuring classic cars, floats and many Both adults and kids enjoy playing Cornhole other interesting entries. and large yard-size games of Connect 4 and Jenga, eating from the area food trucks or just visiting with friends for a fun filled evening. The dates of this year’s events are Thursday, July 1st, Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd.

Back this summer is the 2nd Annual Turtle Mountain Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, July 24th. Enjoy a six-hour ride through the Turtle Mountains via Highway 43 (the Scenic Byway) and Highway 5. The day will begin with a motorcycle parade down main street and finish with the final Music on Main of the summer. Music, Fun, Games and Food & Drink are the emphasis for what is sure to be a great day with old friends and a chance to meet new ones!

Rolla’s biggest event of the summer is the annual Ragtop Festival, set for July 1st through July 4th and will include many fun events for the entire family. It kicks off on Thursday, July 1st with a baseball game featuring the “Old Pros” vs the American Legion baseball team  Crazy Days features deals galore from at Robert Neameyer Field. The activities on local merchants with outdoor shopping. There will be plenty of great deals on clothing and merchandise during this year’s event scheduled for Friday, July 2nd. For more information, contact the auditor’s office at city hall in Rolla, located at 14 1st Street SE, Rolla, ND 58367; phone 701-477-3610 ext. 10 or check us out at facebook.com/rollachambernd.

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Many summer visitors travel through this area on their way to the International Peace Garden or stop at the city park for a dip in the swimming pool. Fall visitors to Rolette enjoy the abundance of waterfowl. Local hunters are more than happy to give a few tips where the best bird hunting is to those who are taking advantage of the abundant bird population for the first time. And, weather permitting, they also enjoy the local golf course located along a scenic meandering creek. Next to the golf course, hunters can sharpen up at the trap shoot and rifle range.

There is also a local hotel & motel which features all the creature comforts and is especially attractive to hunters with game cleaning facilities and freezer space.

Rolette’s park board, the school and other interested clubs take pride in offering a wide variety of recreational activity within the community of Rolette and its immediate surrounding area. Some of the activities available are swimming, golfing, slow pitch softball, baseball, trap shooting, upland game hunting, waterfowl hunting, deer and furbearer hunting and trapping, dancing,  Snowmobilers have also found the rolling bingo and many picnic areas. plains a perfect place to get away from the  Visit the friendly community of Rolette pack and enjoy some prime snow conditions. today! Find Rolette’s Facebook page for more For the camper, the RV Park has full information. hookups, electricity and drinking water, drive through lots, internet and cable access. Call 701-246-3511 for more information on RV accommodations.

Photo Credit: A. Schuster

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Photo Credit: A. Schuster

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