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Carrie Snyder / Forum News Service George Just, left, watches Willis Caldwell grind meat for sausage at Stan’s Supervalu in Wishek, N.D.

German spoken in North Dakota; N.D. only state in the union where German is second most-spoken language

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WISHEK, N.D. — George Just will give you a hearty “Guten Tag!” at Stan’s Supervalu in Wishek.

Beyond that, the 77-year-old won’t promise you but a handful of other German words.


The guy behind the meat counter only guarantees good German sausage.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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