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Filming for the Foodways Videotape Documentary with the "Verrückte Frauen"
Prairie Public Television

St. Louis Park, Minnesota, September, 1999


See the newspaper article, "Cooking helps women maintain their German-Russian heritage," Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, September 27, 1998, page E2, for a story about the women featured in these photographs. The article appears at the following GRHC website page: http://library.ndsu.edu/gerrus/news/cooking.html. Recipes of these women appear in the cookbook, Sei Unser Gast: Be Our Guest available at this GRHC website page: http://library.ndsu.edu/gerrus/books/cookbook.html.

Evelyn Ziegler Tonra, St. Louis Park, MN, native of Beulah, ND, makes German dumplings or Knoepfla and cooked apples. Jacqueline Dohn Maas, Plymouth, MN, native of Lamoure, ND, shares her canning skills including making pickled watermelon. Her ancestors settled at Ashley and Wishek, ND. Her ancestors came from the Bessarabian village of Friedenstal and Johannestal, Black Sea.
Betty Lackman Fiske (left), Plymouth, native of Billings, MT, and Bernelda Kallenberger Becker (right), St. Louis Park, demonstrate making of dumpling soup and butter glace (home made soup noodles). Betty's German villages are Glückstal and Neudorf of the Black Sea and Dietel, Volga region. Bernelda's German villages are Franzfeld, Bessarabia, and Kassel, Black Sea. Martha Schaefer Suppan, Brooklyn Park, MN, native of Braddock, ND, makes Halupsie (pigs in the blanket). Martha's ancestral German villages are Lichtental and Rohrbach, Black Sea.
Judy Eman Teske (left), Plymouth, native of Bottineau, ND, and Carol Just Halverson, St. Louis Park, native of Lamoure, ND, toast with their home-made wedding schnapps or "red eye." Judy's ancestral German villages are Neudorf and Glückstal. Carol's ancestral villages are Kassel and Neudorf, Black Sea and Akkermann and Klöstitz, Bessarabia. The Verrückte Frauen (crazy women) at the home of Carol Just Halverson, St. Louis Park, sharing their German-Russian cooking memories.
Women expressing a German prayer before the meal. The women pose for a photograph with Praire Public Television staff (standing left to right): Tapio Kube, Bob Dambach and Dave Geck.

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