Murdo Girl…the road trip..all roads lead to Murdo.

I love being here in Murdo. I love being from Murdo. Murdo has more personality in it’s newly refurbished water tower than most places have in their whole main street.

Thanks Kerri Venard for suggesting I go see the water tower. Do these Orange pants make me look fat?


You might think I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I do. Not only have I lived in the great State of South Dakota; I have lived in Wyoming, Colorado, California and Texas. 

It is important that I say something here. I have lived in a small lake community in Texas for nineteen years. Kip and I have been blessed with a group of friends that understand that friendship is a lifelong commitment. This group of people share birthdays, Tuesday night dinners, good times, and bad, successes and failures. They are there for each other no matter what! I have learned so much from this close-knit group about true friendship, which requires you to give as well as get. Pettiness or selfish actions don’t feel right, and martyrdom doesn’t either. There is nothing better than a true friendship and nothing worse than a shallow one.

I probably could have stopped halfway through that explanation, but I need lots of reminders. I don’t do the friendship thing perfectly, but I try to learn from the example of friendships I admire. There was a block of time during which I lost touch with my Murdo family of friends.

Earlier today, I heard a knock on the RV door and it turned out to be someone I had considered one of my best friends from the 7th grade through high school. I haven’t seen her very often in the past forty years, but when I have, the minute we start talking, I feel the friendship we share. We helped each other grow up, and sometimes it was hard to watch, but that’s the kind of friend you remember your whole life.

  Does Karen make me look short?

It would take a while to find our Senior pics, but trust me, Karen has been in a time warp. She looks the same. I cut the pic off at the waist because Karen makes me look fat and short…and I was still wearing the orange pants.

Just ignore the John Thune sign. I can’t seem to get away from them.

I found our red convertible, Lav! The sign said don’t touch, but you know what a rule follower I am! Good thing I had the paper crown in my purse.

Excuse me Senator, this is my blog.


Well, I have people out there who are clamoring to see me. I just had a few seconds to dash this off, and I won’t have time to stir stuff up if I don’t get going. I’m already behind with my reporting to all of you who hang onto my every word.

Someone told me there is another Murdo Girl…get outta here! 

No, I mean it!! Get out of my Murdo!! 

18 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…the road trip..all roads lead to Murdo.

  1. sanjuan831 August 29, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    (Meant Dianna!) Love love love these stories.


  2. sanjuan831 August 29, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    I am so excited. You don’t know how much this blog means to me. Murdo is a part of you & me – forever & always. Hello to Kip!

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      • sanjuan831 August 29, 2017 / 10:00 pm

        Yes! You sure have covered a lot of ground. You two are whirlwinds, I am happy Kip can experience Murdo and see Mark and Aunt Irma and your friends! Guess you’re there for two nights! Say hi to Sherri and Dianne if you get to meet them. This blog has opened up blessed experiences and friendships. I was there with you, cuz, in spirit.

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  3. sanjuan831 August 29, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    I agree with Scoper dude! You look fab and I also wish I were there with you! The water tower is super and happy you saw Karen again and OUR red convertible! The crown is priceless. There are no other Murdo Girls. Is Suzanne or Andrea around? Gotta see Greg!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Saw lots of people today. Greg and Carma are out of town until tomorrow. We saw his son Matthew. Andrea wasn’t here either. I emailed Suzanne, but someone said she was out of town too. We did see Terry and Kay Sanderson. I will blog about the day tonight…maybe..😫I’m pretty wiped out!

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  4. countrygirl57 August 29, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Love the update. Sounds like you are having a great time. How long will you be in Murdo? Just keep the good times going!!! Love and miss you. 😘😘❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Leaving in the morning countrygirl…we have had the greatest time. Love and miss you too😘


  5. scoper07 August 29, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I think the orange pants make you look thin…or is it your hair…or is it your shoes? Then I am a guy, what do I know? Wish I was there too.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      You really have me confused 07. I think I will buy the orange pants in every size or should I get the same size in every color…oh wait…can’t do either. I bought them at Goodwill.

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  6. jeanrmtx1 August 29, 2017 / 10:22 am

    OMG! I love those orange pants and think you look terrific in them. Orange were my H.S. colors, too. Murdo Girl, you have arrived! How nice to have your long time friend visit. No go out there and make them proud to have you pay a visit. Remember, you’re a Texan now and we love you as much as they. You are a true friend. Hugs, Jean

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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      I could never forget my Texas friends…I miss you all, but the last couple of days have been so special.

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  7. Rachel Manlove Vogel August 29, 2017 / 9:58 am

    You can do orange pants very well I think! What is Karen`s last name(maiden)? You were only a few years ahead of me in school and I am curious about these things. Was it hot in Murdo? And where is this RV park? Love your badlands tshirt. If you see Wayne Esmay tell him not to forget to put history pictures on the new SD history FB page. I love seeing them.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Karen’s maiden name is Ferdig. We graduated in 1970. It’s pretty warm here, but we came from Texas where you can fry eggs on the sidewalk. The RV park is behind the Rusty Spur close to the auto museum. It’s pretty nice. I’ll post some pics tonight. I haven’t seen Wayne yet. I enjoy the history fb page too!

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  8. DIanna Kenobbie Diehm August 29, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Humm you look a little like Pearl in those orange pants! And for the record….no they don’t make you look fat!! ♥️

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  9. Rick Thornberg August 29, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I think the orange pants make you look. Beautiful no what I mean and you don’t look short

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    • Mary Francis McNinch August 29, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Rick. I love those orange pants. I felt like a cheerleader again…orange and black fight fight!


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