February 4, 2010

Denhoff newcomers enjoy new home

Denhoff newcomers enjoy new home
Annie Strobel’s old home has new life in it; newcomers Zachary and Tabitha Shaskin relate their story of moving from a fairly large urban area to the prairies of North Dakota.
There are some differences that might not appear great to those who look upon day to day life in new places. These differences seem much more profound to those who live them. Case in point was Zachary Shaskin waking up to the sound of a machine running close to his new home in Denhoff. Accustomed to the strict property rules and what happens to trespassers in the big city, he was alarmed at the sound. He smiled as he related that all was well, it was Annie’s son who had come to mow the grass and to tell the newcomers that mowed grass was necessary to keep complaints, as well as weeds, down.
Tabitha had her own story of adjusting; it happened when they drove home along the highway north of Wing. Along the road was an injured raccoon and Tabitha insisted that they catch the animal and take it home to find help for it. This type of deed in the city would have earned them praise as being kind to wildlife, at least.
After getting the creatures home with no small effort, they were unable to find anyone who would help, any more than to tell them to destroy the animal. When they were finally told they had violated a law in picking up the wounded creature and taking it home, they finally contacted the Sheriff for help in disposing of the animal. By this time they had found out that the animal was too crippled to survive, even with help. The couple had a crash course in wildlife, North Dakota style, and also learned about the vermin and diseases such animals might carry on themselves and transfer to people to touch them or put them into their vehicles or homes.
Shaskins related their story and move from Florida as an attempt to have a home of their own and a good place to raise a family.
Tabitha likes to do reproduction enlargements from photos, knitting, crocheting and making jewelry from natural fibers.

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