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Let's Visit Debs: John and Joanne Henningsgaard

Joanne and John Henningsgaard

"Basically, country life, in general, forces you or enables you to interact with the people around you, regardlessof who they are.  So you are not really picking or choosing your neighbors or your friends, so much as they are just your neighbors and so you're all in this together. You share your lives of your families and the community, so it fosters that idea of community...there's not a red and a blue...we've had different living opportunities since then, but I've never felt that sense of community that I did during those years. "  John Henningsgaard reminiscing about Debs, MN

Debs is a quaint, tiny, rural town tucked in rolling hills and woods, 40 minutes north of Bemidji. John and Joanne Henningsgaard lived full time in Debs for seven years, decades ago.  They still own their home in Debs as well as property they garden.  Debs has a sweet spot in their hears, they visit often, and in this segment of Let's Visit, they reminisce about Debs life and discuss the joys of a remote, rural existence in northern Minnesota.  

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.