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February 26, 2009

'A spa for my spirit'

Once upon a time, the Knife River Indian Villages was a place where very different people joined together to embark on a common journey.

Now a national historic site, a group of people from varying backgrounds again came together at Knife River Indian Villages, but this time for the Heritage Outbound Winter Adventure held Saturday at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton.

Among the 19 participants were Marty Marchello and his wife, Barbara Handy-Marchello, Bismarck. Both are retired college professors, but "she’s the historian," Marty said, gesturing toward Barbara. "This is kind of up her alley."

Marty was wearing a pair of his own snowshoes that harkened back to earlier days, when snowshoes more closely resembled wooden tennis rackets laced with animal hide. As he trudged through the snow, Marty noted with a smile he has been doing a lot of traveling by snowshoes this particular winter.

Bob Wefald and his wife, Susan, are also from Bismarck. Susan just finished her final term on the North Dakota Public Service Commission, while Bob formerly served as North Dakota Attorney General and currently serves as a North Dakota District Court judge.

They came to the Winter Adventure to take in some area history and breathe some of that fresh winter air.

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