I was never so proud to be from Luverne, MN when it was chosen to be featured in The War documentary. Luverne wasn’t famous for much of anything before that, except for being where Fred Manfred lived, and for its marching band festival. It really boosted the town and seemed to make the residents more cohesive somehow
Recently, two North Dakota towns have been highlighted in the media-Minot in a Feb. 15-22 New Yorker article by Atul Gawande , and Williston in the book The Good Hand (2021) by Michael Patrick F. Smith. Gawande is a surgeon and public health researcher who was part of the Biden Transition Advisory Board for COVID 19. He wrote about the struggle in Minot city council over a mask mandate, and all the the antimask rhetoric and hysteria that swept through the community, a community that was severely impacted by the virus.
Smith’s book highlights what it was like to work in Williston during the oil boom, and what he writes about is pretty awful. He is a a folksinger, actor, and playwright who left Brooklyn to experience life on the rigs. Much of the book is about his own self discovery, but I don’t think many people would want to move to Williston after reading the book. I wonder what folks in Williston and Minot are thinking about all the publicity.
What is your hometown famous for? What would you write about in a book or article about your hometown or places you have called home?