Nationwide award-winning guide about rising up in North Dakota within the Fifties is headed to the massive display screen

BISMARCK, ND – Windmills are an iconic piece of the North Dakota panorama. Early settlers used windmills to pump water from wells for livestock and home use. By 1954, most farms within the state had electrical energy, and windmills started to be phased out.

However for the Pfeiffer sisters, who grew up close to Menoken, the windmill on their farm was a key a part of their lives and fashioned lots of their childhood reminiscences within the Fifties. It was so influential that the household windmill impressed them to put in writing a guide.

And what has occurred since their guide, Because the Windmill Watched: A Slice of Rural America within the Fifties was printed, is sweet information.

Jackie Pfeiffer McGregor and Janine Pfeiffer Knopp have a ardour for the Fifties. A lot so, in actual fact, that the last decade is the main target of their You Tube channel, “Fifties Enjoyable Discuss.”

“Every week, Jackie and I movie with somebody who lived within the Fifties or whose life was influenced by the Fifties,” Knopp defined. Their visitors are from everywhere in the world. “It is only a fantastic method to study different folks’s experiences within the Fifties,” Knopp stated.

However the sisters have a smooth spot for North Dakota. They grew up on a farm close to Menoken within the Fifties.

“I spent the primary 10 years of my life within the decade of the Fifties,” Knopp stated. “It was imprinted in us, in our group, our neighbors and the way we lived that life again then.”

These reminiscences and pictures from their childhood had been the inspiration behind their guide Because the Windmill Watched: A Slice of Rural America within the Fifties. The guide is written in 4 voices: every sister, the sisters collectively, and the windmill. It consists of many images of the sister’s childhood.

“As we had been writing the guide we realized we had been blessed,” McGregor stated.

They share tales of their 4-H days, dance and piano recitals, and farm life. Their guide was lately acknowledged with a Nationwide Unbiased Press Award for Distinguished Favourite and can quickly be made into a movie.

“I believe Fifties North Dakota is a really lovely time and an excellent place to make a film,” stated Daniel Belinsky, founding father of Canticle Productions, the Bismarck-based firm that can make the movie.

Manufacturing is anticipated to start in 2023. Within the meantime, the sisters will proceed to share their reminiscences of the last decade that formed them.

“Whereas the Windmill Watched” is offered at a number of bookstores in Bismarck, in addition to the NDSU Bookstore and on-line at

The sisters will likely be on a guide tour of North Dakota subsequent week. You will discover all the main points of their stops on their web site.

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