Thanks to a recent assignment with Minnesota Public Radio, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours in Ellendale, North Dakota, on Wednesday evening. It’s fair to say Ellendale is a bit off the beaten path. The town of 1,500 or so sits along U.S. Highway 281 near the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The downtown [or “just plain town” as described by a server at the community’s lone restaurant] is visually dynamic. The Opera House [pictured above] speaks for itself as does the sunshine yellow interior of Young’s Coin Laundry [pictured below].