The SpaceCrossing the country and want to spend some time in the country? Stop over here. Live in Fargo or the Forks and looking for that one-of-a-kind weekend getaway? Look no further. Coming to Fargo on business, or venturing down from Winnipeg for shopping? Relax in a private house in a small town in the country. Guest AccessThe house is located on the backside of the Galesburg Co-op grain elevator. The gigantic working grain elevator is a local co-operative, meaning that it is not a impersonal corporation, but rather an institution that is operated for the mutual benefit of the local farmers who own it and contribute to it. The giant grain bins are lit up at night, providing an extraordinary view unlike anything else you will ever see anywhere else in the world.
The house is a fully updated hundred-and-thirty-year-old house that yet features some of the original woodwork and etched glass.
The master bedroom features a brand-new pillow-top queen-size mattress that I just recently bought in Grand Forks and finagled up the stairs. The relaxing living room features a picture window with a southern view and an antique stained-glass accent pane. The bright, inviting kitchen features views to the south and to the west. The house also features posh wall-to-wall carpeting, an upstairs office/lounge/den with a view from the desk of the fields and trees and road to the south, and a second bedroom with bunk beds: double bed on the bottom and twin bed on the top. The sofa in the living room folds out into a double bed. There is also an army cot in a closet, because when your friends visit, they end up wanting to stay the night.
There are board games, books, magazines, movies, and an electric toy train set. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, utensils, silverware, plates, bowls, cups, cutting boards, a couple popcorn poppers, oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, waffle iron, and a Norwegian stove-top krumkake griddle.
You can take your meals outside and watch the sunset from the deck. There is also a firepit and a stock of firewood.
The property includes a very large, level lawn; the soccer ball and bocce balls are kept in the entry of the house. The town horseshoe pits are located just across the way in one of the town parks, behind the town baseball diamond. Interaction with GuestsI'll meet you at the house when you arrive. Stay more than one night and you'll have the whole house to yourself or selves. Stay one night and you'll might have the whole house to yourself or selves, or you might have the entire upstairs (two bedrooms and a den) to yourself or selves and I'll stay on in my room downstairs. The NeighborhoodWith a population of about 100 people, many of whom are retired local farmers, and a strong Norwegian heritage, Galesburg is as authentic an old-time farming community as yet exists anywhere in the United States. Every morning, the ladies in town meet at 7 in the V.F.W. hall for coffee, and the men meet in the grain elevator at 8 for coffee. Galesburg is too charming to be believed; you must experience it for yourself. The town features a post office, a bank branch, a hair salon, a very active Lutheran church, a large John Deere implement dealer, and the enormous grain elevator, but folks are modest about it. Getting AroundThe garage is available for your use for long-term stays; a sedan-sized or smaller vehicle can fit inside it. Private asphalt driveway with space for up to at least six vehicles.
Question: "How is the road to the house in winter conditions?"
Galesburg is about an hour out of Fargo. At least half of that is on Interstate 29 North. Then there are a couple of ways to get to Galesburg, but a pretty direct way is on County Highway 26 west from Gardner and then County Highway 16 north to Galesburg. The county highways are good highways, two-lane paved, and without heavy traffic. The county keeps them clear, but, of course, not like the Interstate. So the county highways are usually clean to the pavement, but there can also be packed snow on them sometimes. I went to Fargo yesterday (December 15) and there was some packed snow only on Highway 16.
If a lot of snow gets dumped, the plows run and the highways are clear within 24 hours.
So, it is actually very reliably accessible to Fargo, but nonetheless there are not too many people out here, and so you really do get a nice feeling of heading deep into the country. Other Things to NoteThe town of Galesburg is located halfway between Fargo and Grand Forks, and is about an hour's drive from each.
Galesburg is ideally located as a base for antiquing, excursioning, and exploring small towns in this fabulously charming farmland:
* 14 miles from the famous Hunter Cafe & Bakery (profiled in chapter eight of the book "How Fargo of You"), which doesn't take credit cards, but does take personal checks
* 16 miles from the lovable little town of Page, population about 200, with its perfect small-town cafe that features old photographs of the town, the community-owned movie theatre, and Steve's antique shop with his seven buildings full of antiques including old horse-drawn covered wagons
* 18 miles from Hope, North Dakota and the Steele County Museum
* 20 miles from Mayville, North Dakota and Mayville State University with its fantastic library that features a literary map of North Dakota circa 1930; the nearly 100-year-old Soholt Bakery where you can get traditional Norwegian treats as well as daily fresh-baked breads; and Paula's Cafe, which draws in people from miles around with its excellent breakfast and lunch offerings and is doubly recommended by Marilyn Hagerty, the celebrity restaurant critic for the "Grand Forks Herald"
* 27 miles from Hillsboro, North Dakota and the Traill County Museum and Traill County Courthouse, which features murals of scenes from the history of the county in its rotunda
And there are many more small towns in this historic area to be explored by you.
In addition, 11 miles away is the KVLY-TV mast, the fourth-tallest structure in the world, formerly the tallest structure in the world for 28 years until 2010; it is still the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere!
Only 4 miles away is the KXJB-TV mast, which is the fifth-tallest structure in the world, only one meter shorter than the KVLY-TV mast!