By Brian Lang | Buchanan, N.D.
I remember driving my grandfather's old Oliver tractor down the road in Iowa. Even though I drove slowly, people would smile and nod at me. Moving to North Dakota to raise my family allowed my kids to grow up around this same rural kindness.
Today at the grocery store, I saw an old farmer wearing a mask. His eyes crinkled when he saw my kids, and I could tell he was smiling. At that moment, I was happy that we were wearing masks too. Not because of the "rules" or the science, but because it was a way I could "smile and nod" back at him just by wearing a mask.
Masks are classic North Dakota nice.