Posted on 10/11/14
By Jake Kulland
What we are about to write is without a doubt the toughest column we’ve ever had to do. A horrific car/semi traffic accident happened in Langdon the afternoon of Oct. 8. It took the lives of two Langdon students, freshmen Justin Kruk and Ashley Ratzlaff. There simply are no words to express the deep sorrow that the families of both those kids are going through. Both of them were awesome people and will be sorely missed for their great smiles and terrific attitudes. We can report that the third student involved in the accident, Zach Hoyt, appears will be okay with just some stitches and bumps and bruises. As always the Langdon and Cavalier County communities have come together to show tremendous support for those we lost, and for the families involved. This area has always been famous for doing such things, and it’s still the main reason that drew me to this part of the country 20 plus years ago, and one that I am very proud to now call home. There have been so many great tributes from so many people, I thought I would share two… From my KNDK friend and colleague Ryan Bachman – “When one family aches in this community, we all ache. Thoughts and prayers to everyone that is hurting.” And one from Chase Heck – “Langdon, not just the name of our town, but the name of our family.” Both are powerful statements, and are so true. A new phrase has come out of this tragedy – #LANGDONSTRONG – It’s what’s called a hashtag (And I’m not the one to explain what a hashtag is, it’s kind of confusing), but basically what it means is that Langdon and the surrounding area stands strong for each and everyone, and will continue to do so. Perhaps “#LANGDONSTRONG” can be a rallying cry for the sports teams that lost some great teammates, and be one for the rest of us that we all have each others backs. We trust that Ashley and Justin are now in a better place, and our deepest condolences go out to the Kruk, Ratzlaff, Boesel, Hoyt, Reiser, Groseth, Throndset and Kitchin familes, and everyone else involved in this simply awful event. God speed my friends.
Some sporting events moved around
Due to the accident, Langdon-Munich has had a few changes in their sporting schedules. The Lady Cards volleyball match at St. John Oct. 9 has been postponed to a later date, and the Langdon-Munich football game at Park River-Fordville-Lankin football game has been outright cancelled. The 32nd Annual Langdon Inviational Volleyball Tournament will go on as scheduled at the time of this writing, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and going throughout the day and evening Oct. 11 at the Langdon High School gym. If there are any other changes, we will announce them next week.
Country Club meeting Oct. 21
We will leave you with a change in the fall meeting date for the Langdon Country Club. Due to some board members being out of town, the meeting will now be held Oct. 21, which will also be the last Tuesday Night Men’s Stag of the season. We will have more information on this next week.
Stay #LANGDON STRONG folks, and “See ya!” next week!