About me…

Reach me at Dakota Essence at G mail dot com (obviously you’ll need to make it all one word and add appropriate symbols to make the address work)!

We’re in central North Dakota, west of the state capital of Bismarck. Here’s a typical early autumn scene from 2009:

Most people know little to nothing about North Dakota. Here are a few facts that we learned after we moved here (1994):

– In the U.S., every time you eat spaghetti, chances are there’s ND durum wheat in it!

– ND ranks first in the U.S.  in the production of many crops, including spring wheat, durum wheat, barley, sunflowers, dry edible beans, pinto beans, flaxseed, canola and honey.

– ND is also an important producer of sugar beets, potatoes and oats.

– Ranching in ND includes cattle, sheep and pigs.

– 90% of the land is occupied by farms or ranches.

– ND weather can be extreme! The state’s highest temperature reading, 121 F (49.5 C), and lowest minus 60 F (minus 51 C), were recorded less than six months apart in 1936.

– Annual precipitation ranges from 13 inches (33 cm) in the northwest to more than 20 inches (51 cm) in the southeast.

– There are fewer than 10 people per square mile in the state.


9 Responses to About me…

  1. Joan says:

    hi Jillian. Very interesting information…Was there an Indian poputlation there at all..I know it may sound funny but in our youth we watched many Westerns, and I think Dakota was a place of many?? How big is the area you you live on, or are you in the town?

  2. dakotaessence says:

    Hi Joan,

    Yup, this was part of the ‘wild’ West that was in the movies. There were many Indian tribes in this area. This link
    will tell you much about them and the current reservations.

    If you saw the movie Dances with Wolves, this area looks exactly like what was in the movie.

    I live in town. This town, and those directly east and west of us, are about 15 miles apart, a day’s horseback ride! The sites for these towns were built along the railroad lines by the railroad companies.

    Thanks for asking!

    ’til later,

  3. Joan says:

    Thanks for your reply Jillina- I did see Dances with Wolves…it was a great movie…Visited you photos…thanks for the invite

  4. Subee Mohr says:

    I cut nothing smaller than 3/4″ and nothing larger than 1 1/2″ for these small blocks. Each block will have 6-8 strips when done. I love string blocks!
    XOXOXOXO Subee

  5. Judy says:

    the Tutorial on Star of the Milky Way is not showing up. Can you fix?

    • DakotaEssence says:

      Hi Judy, I goofed and hit Publish instead of Save on this tutorial! The post is in process (as of Dec. 17, 2013) and will be published in the next few days. Thanks for asking…

  6. Judy says:

    Thank you. I am following the Celtic Solstice (altho I can’t start until after Christmas), but saw the Star of the Milky Way and that might be the reason to purchase the Inklingo set. I have all the triangles and HRT’s from Set 2, so have been procrastinating purchasing the set, but that parallelogram might be the push.

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