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Wishek Sauerkraut Day

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WISHEK, N.D. -- The line for lunch stretched around Wishek Civic Center Wednesday for a free meal of sauerkraut, wieners, potatoes, cheese, speck and buns. The 92nd annual Wishek Sauerkraut Day drew more than 1,500 people to the town of around 1,000 people. Many came from surrounding communities but the event also attracts people from around the region and out of state. “To me it’s amazing that they prepare this and feed all these people for nothing,” said Donna Miller of Bismarck. “Where else in the world are you going to get a meal like this for free?” Immigrant Germans from Russia in the community started Sauerkraut Day. There are not many people still speaking German in their homes as with previous generations, but the event is important to help preserve that heritage, said McIntosh County Sheriff Laurie Spitzer. Born and raised in Wishek, she now invites area law enforcement to attend. “It’s a good socializing event for everybody including law enforcement,” Spitzer said. “I have kids too and will eventually be bringing them here for Sauerkraut Day.” Tom LaVenture / Jamestown Sun