Murdo Girl…Rise and shine, it’s Independence Day

A brief 4th of July message

I hope you and your families are enjoying all of the festivities happening in our little town today. Our Nation’s Independence Day is a perfect time to learn the history and hear the stories deeply embedded in all who have called Murdo their home. We soak it all up, and that is how we capture the spirit. From the very old to the youngest, everyone’s story becomes part of us. What other’s tell us and what we experience, will live inside our own history to be carried with us always. The Sanderson’s and the Francis’s, all storytellers, believe stories passed down, are so much more important than things.


  1. Great Grandpa Gus Gustafson saying the Pledge of Allegiance with the little ones on Thanksgiving. They were directed by Charlie (4), who knows every word.
  2. Me with little Ryan Constance who was just born Saturday. (She’s Connie like to me.) My middle name is Constance too, after my Grandmother Francis.
  3. Grandpa and Grandma Sanderson were the epitome of grandparenting. They truly enjoyed their roll in our lives.
  4. Grandpa’s brother Arlo (Sandy) Sanderson, Great Aunt Tet Sanderson, who worked at Sanderson’store for many years, and another of Grandpa’s sisters, Melitha. When I was born, Great Aunt Melitha came from Iowa to help Mom.

Around Murdo

Teachers, schoolmates, friends, and family


Murdo, South Dakota… where we spend our time together


The race for Next Pres heats up

 Tomorrow will be a day to create more fun and tell more stories. We’ll have fairs, debates, fundraisers, and more. We have added a Town Crier, and a Communications Liaison to an already huge bunch of unpaid, yet hardworking locals. (There are a few who are not so local, but they are relatives of Murdoites.) The poles (located wherever the pole vault and the high jump thingy are), continue to clear higher and higher goals for the Coyote Party Candidate, Murdo Girl, and The Lone Wolf Candidate, Barney Fife. This race to become “Next Pres,” continues tomorrow, (or tonight if I can’t stand it any longer.)

Do we have what it takes to finally eliminate  out of control politicians? They won’t even see us coming.


Which photo do you think I should go with for my campaign? I have the worst time making important decisions.

This is Murdo Girl and Barney Fife, and we approved this message

If you didn’t read last weeks activities, please catch yourself up. Thank you!

13 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Rise and shine, it’s Independence Day

  1. Sherri Miller July 4, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I think all of the photos need to be incorporated into the campaign. All are very good and show the true beauty of our Murdo Girl candidate!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch July 4, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      I like your answer best. I will try to overcome my shyness Sherri and use them all!!


  2. Ed Jackson July 4, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Just ask yourself which Picture you would want on a $100 bill. You will be that great of a president, so look to the future girl!!!!!


  3. sanjuan831 July 4, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Congrats on the new baby girl in your family! Great name choice. /So true what you wrote about stories being passed down generation to generation. That is what Murdo Girl has done and it makes us happy – reviving old memories and stories. / All the pictures of you are lovely! You look different in the one with your hair dyed gray and with the hat.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch July 4, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Yeah, not doing that anymore. Grey hair dye is expensive! Storytelling is what keeps all alive in our hearts!

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  4. scoper07 July 4, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Happy fourth to you Murdo Girl. Thank you for bringing back such fond memories along with lots of laughs. I vote for the last photo. It is as I remember you.

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      • scoper07 July 4, 2016 / 8:56 am

        The pictures come out single file in my email. I went to the website. First picture. Upper left. They are all good. The one I chose is more presidential. Just think you could have your picture on a coin or currency someday. How exciting.

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      • Mary Francis McNinch July 4, 2016 / 9:38 am

        Actually, I’m pretty old there. Actually, I’m pretty old everywhere. I’ll put your vote down. Some coming in from FB too. Thanks scoper07


      • scoper07 July 4, 2016 / 9:46 am

        Like any good politician you count the votes and then pick the one you like. Right? That’s what Barney’s doing. Don’t let the sly dog get one up on you Mirdo Girl.

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      • Mary Francis McNinch July 4, 2016 / 10:22 am

        Okay right 07 for short. I just got 3 more staff members on FB. I’m going to start delegating some stuff.


      • Mary Francis McNinch July 4, 2016 / 1:14 pm

        My brother said he liked the one where I’m glancing back. I’m having a hard time figuring out which one they’re talking about, so I guess I’ll take your suggestion and pick the one I want. I’m thinking about using Lav’s daughter’s picture.


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