FISHER, Minn.—Friday was humid on U.S. Highway 2, and smoke from wildfires in Ontario billowed into the air across the plains. That didn't stop Steve Epp from walking through the haze near Fisher as he shouldered a 40 pound wooden cross. The 66-year-old said the northwest Minnesota portion of his 4,000-mile walk across the country has been particularly lonely, but within a half hour on Friday morning, July 20, he was visited by three different cars who stopped to talk to him about Jesus.
Jim Davis doesn't think he has a "North Dakota" accent. "Most people in North Dakota don't believe we have an accent," Davis said. "I'm sure we do to another part of the country." The Upper Midwest regional accent was famously launched to national consciousness by the over-the-top Hollywood rendition featured in the movie "Fargo." Davis, who works in the North Dakota State Archives, said that he doesn't think the North Dakota dialect is distinct from most of the Midwest.