Alliance’s second book features memories of country schools in Emmons County, Logan County and McIntosh County

“Ready for School,” a new book published by the Tri-County Tourism Alliance will be on the shelf by the end of March. The alliance is offering a pre-sale opportunity for its latest collection of memories, photos and quotes about country schools in German-Russian country.

This 12×12 companion book to “Ewiger Saatz – Everlasting Yeast,” is 36 pages of memory-invoking essays and recollections of what it was like to go to a one-room schoolhouse. There are about 40 photos of country school life in this black and white beautifully designed book written and edited by Sue Balcom, historian for the alliance.

The contents of this book was gleaned from the interviews for “Ewiger Saatz” and the upcoming book, “Women Behind the Plow,” a compilation of life on the farm with photos and interviews from women in the tri-county area of Emmons, Logan and McIntosh. The release date for Women Behind the Plow will be announced later this year. Currently the alliance’s photo exhibit “Women Behind the Plow” is hanging at NDSU Main Library from March 14 to April 22.

Single copies of “Ready for School” are $19.95, plus applicable tax and shipping. If you order five books for your family before May 1, receive the sixth copy free. Books should be ready to mail by the end of March or sooner. To download an order blank visit or email

For more information on the photo exhibit or wholesale book orders, call Sue Balcom at 701-527-5169. Also, if you have memories or photos to share, we would like to hear from you.


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