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Five More North Dakota Sites You’ll Love

Five More North Dakota Sites You’ll Love

If you’re like us, you enjoy all things North Dakota. Here are five more North Dakota-related sites you should check out.

Wild In North Dakota: They might be the most followed North Dakota-oriented site on Facebook with over a quarter-million followers. Wild in North Dakota is a non-profit organization dedicated to the “promotion, education, and awareness of the wild horse herd” in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Facebook | Website

1897 Red River Valley League: This excellent site chronicles the 1897 Red River Valley Baseball League which featured teams from Fargo, Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Wahpeton-Breckenridge. “The league featured future major league players, local heroes, reckless characters, economic unrest, and spirited rivalries.”
Facebook | Website

Dakota Death Trip: This fascinating site highlights the hardships our ancestors faced by examining the lurid. Through these stories of tragedy and misfortune, we learn a lot about the reality of life on the plains. Sometimes sad, other times humorous, you’ll get lost in Derek Dahlsad’s Dakota Death Trip for hours.
Facebook | Website

Fargo Underground: An underground chronicle of the happenings and events in North Dakota’s largest city via a super-clean, easy-to-navigate website, constantly updated with photos and videos. If you want to know what’s happening in Fargo, this is a good place to start.
Facebook | Website

Bismarck Cafe: Also known as BisMan Cafe and Bismarck Pride, this site features the latest news and happenings from the Bismarck/Mandan metro, plus historical data and photos from our state capital.
Facebook | Website

Photo by Terry Hinnenkamp

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Ghosts of North Dakota is Vanishing

Ghosts of North Dakota is Vanishing

If you’re one of the 114-thousand people who follow Ghosts of North Dakota on Facebook, you may have noticed that you’re not seeing us in your news feed much any more. There’s a reason for that, and it is prompting changes we’d like you to know about.

Over the last two years, Facebook has implemented a new algorithm that “squelches” posts from Facebook Pages (not personal profiles) so that most followers don’t see them. The effect has been dramatic on “organic reach.” Our posts used to regularly get 500 shares or more, but now we’re lucky if we break 100. Our posts used to reach 25 to 50 percent of our followers at any given time. Now, we reach one to two percent.

It’s important to note, this “squelching” of our organic reach affects more than just GND. We have seen dramatic impacts on posts that were meant to promote others’ endeavors. We once plugged another Facebook page about ghost towns and abandoned places, similar to ours, and their fan count multiplied ten-fold in three days. They went from 300 to 3,000 fans. Just recently, we tried to plug another gentleman’s website, a blog where he has posted hundreds of fascinating stories about North Dakota, and Facebook’s algorithm made sure that only a thousand people saw it, and he only got 75 new likes out of the plug, which is a shame, because his website is awesome, and we’re sure you would enjoy it.

Why would Facebook do this? Because they want us to pay to reach you. We’re not really comfortable with extortion, so changes are coming.

Here’s what you can do to stay connected to Ghosts of North Dakota.

  • Subscribe to Ghosts of North Dakota email updates. We’ll email you when we update the website with more abandoned places. Subscribe.
  • Follow us on Twitter. When we go on photo shoots in the future, our live updates from the road will be posted on Twitter, not Facebook. So if you want to follow along live, you’ll have to follow us on Twitter.
  • Check the Ghosts of North Dakota Facebook page. Although Facebook is preventing our messages from reaching your newsfeed, you’ll always see our most recent posts by just checking our page every day.
  • Share, comment, and like. Facebook’s new algorithm is sensitive to posts you interact with. In other words, if you don’t share it, comment on it, or like it, Facebook assumes you don’t want to see it.

Update: Several people have asked us to point this out. If you want to make sure you always see our posts on Facebook, visit our Facebook page from a computer, and under the button that says “Liked” select “Get Notifications” and/or “See First,” as indicated by the red arrows in the photo.


Order Churches of the High Plains

Order Churches of the High Plains

Churches of the High Plains is a 120 page, hardcover, coffee table book featuring photos of churches, both active and abandoned, across the High Plains of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Churches of the High Plains is part travelogue, part photo essay, and all history appreciation, and includes comments from the photographers, historical tidbits, stories from current and former church members and staff, and a lot more. A wide variety of faiths are represented in this volume, including Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, and more.

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Ghosts of North Dakota now offers free standard shipping on orders of $99 or more from our online store — hardcover coffee table books, retro tin signs, premium coffee, gift sets, postcards and more!


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Video: Memorial Weekend Trip 2013

Video: Memorial Weekend Trip 2013

After getting suggestions from several people that we start doing videos again, we decided to ease back into it and we did just a little bit of video on our trip over Memorial Weekend.  We stopped doing videos some years ago, mainly because there are only two of us, and when we go on a trip, we’re usually busy enough taking photos.  Video has never been our forte’ but we understand it provides a little glimpse inside our trips, so we’re happy to oblige.  We’ll probably do more in the future.  Enjoy.

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The Bucyrus Fire Relief Effort

The Bucyrus Fire Relief Effort

Bucyrus, North Dakota was decimated by a wind-driven wildfire on October 17th, 2012.  Nearly all of Bucyrus was lost in the fire.  Thankfully, two dozen residents of Bucyrus were evacuated before the fire and there were no injuries.  However, Bucyrus’ residents have lost their homes and possessions.

We spoke with Adams county emergency management and they provided us with the following relief information.  Please do what you can to help these families in their recovery effort.

Monetary donations can be sent to:

Bucyrus North Dakota Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union
PO Box 1020
Hettinger, ND  58639

To offer other kinds of assistance, please check with:

Bismarck Red Cross
4007 State Street
Bismarck, ND 58503
(701) 223-6700

Adams County Emergency Management: