The 7-0-1

Today in Impromptus, I begin a North Dakota Journal — some jottings on a trip to the 7-0-1. (The state has just one area code, and that’s it.) I happen to mention Kroll’s Diner and its slogan “Sit down and eat.”

A colleague, Kyle Peterson of The American Spectator, e-mails me,

It’s not often I have the opportunity to brag about my native North Dakota, so I want to drop a quick note about the legendary Kroll’s Diner.

. . . I’m guessing you saw the Kroll’s slogan on a billboard. When spoken, it’s “Sit down und eat,” in the style of your old German Oma who’s dissatisfied that you’ve only finished half of her homemade knoephla soup.

Kyle then provides a link to one of the most delightful TV ads you’ll ever see: here.

And check out this letter, from a reader in Milwaukee:

N.D. is a wonderful place, truly American, in the best sense. I spent a few months there last year as part of the federal policing efforts in response to the flooding in Minot. They have perhaps the nicest people I’ve ever encountered. I had several people thank me for doing my job while I was arresting them. That’s taking friendliness to a whole new level. I’ve been in law enforcement a long time and have never seen anything like it.

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