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Published November 25, 2010, 11:06 AM

8 Over 80: History kept alive by one hard-working volunteer

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, especially for the volunteers who make a difference year round. Correspondent Teri Finneman brings us tonight's special 8 over 80 report from Valley City.

By: Teri Finneman, WDAY

History is alive here in Valley City, thanks in part to one hard-working volunteer. For the past three years, 84-year-old Howard Langemo has been the go-to Mr. Fix-It for the Barnes County Historical Society Museum. He's done nearly 300 projects for the museum, big and small.

“I felt I could do some good here and contribute something, and I'm enjoying doing it. I think I'm being of some service.”

Howard was particularly helpful during last year's flood when the sewers in downtown Valley City backed up, putting historical items in danger. Howard came running to the rescue, and he's done that many times since.

“It's a remarkable thing to have Howard here. He's had little projects here and there that make all the difference.”

Howard's dedication is also evident in his work with the Kiwanis and his church. His museum friends don't know what they'd do without him.

“We're very proud of Howard and what he brings to us.”

For now Howard is part of their history. You can find the entire 8 over 80 story and video collection by going to