As a former North Dakotan, I do not share Adam Horvath's dour views of the state's greatest asset: its people ("Destination: North Dakota," July 7). I chuckled at Horvath's descriptions of residents downplaying the desirability and beauty of the state. The big-city reporter, who must have stood out like a sunflower in a wheat field, was hoodwinked. North Dakota is uncrowded, unspoiled and a wonderful place to live or visit. Its people enjoy some of the best schools, lowest crime, least expensive housing and longest life spans (albeit worst weather) in the nation. And the governor was right: You can get lost in North Dakota, mentally and physically, but the odds are some good farmer will find you, invite you in for coffee and Kool-Aid and cookies and help you find the road home.
MICHAEL G. WUFLESTAD
Your reference to "the late Harold Schafer," father of the governor, needs to be corrected. Harold Schafer is alive and doing well following recent bypass surgery in Bismarck.
DAGMAR and JIM STOECKEL
Editor's note: We regret the error.