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Near Rugby, ND

Finding myself in the middle of everywhere

“Where did you move again, Montana?” my client in California asked. “Actually North Dakota,” I said proudly. “Oh, wow. Even more remote.” (Yup.)   On August 28, 2014, about 1 month before we launched Intersection Journal, I visited Rugby, ND, to venture into the center of it all.  Literally.  With the help of Dan Smith, I went looking for the actual center of North America, not the fabled landmark that sits outside a diner in...

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Branding cattle Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Eagle Ridge Ranch outside Casper, Wyo. (Photo by Ryan Dorgan)

Following the road West

Moving west meant a lot of time alone. A lot of time with just my thoughts to keep me company.   Moving west meant sorting through unanswered questions and buried emotions that had lay dormant since childhood.   “You conquer loss by going to the place it happened and replaying it, saying the name of the face in the open casket right,” wrote Richard Hugo.   My journey west has served as both a scathing indictment...

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Sunlight filters through steam rising from one of the hot pools illuminating Georgia Uski, Dan Uski, Josie Uski and Jesse Uski, left to right, soaking at Symes Hot Springs Hotel and Mineral Baths in Hot Springs, Mont.

The Montana I love

I would be hard pressed to say that I chose Montana when there is more truth in the idea that Montana chose me – or at least won’t let me go. [caption id="attachment_50508" align="alignnone" width="900"] Bigfork High School Cave Club member Gabriella Eaton, left, and teacher Hans Bodenhamer pause on a couple large rocks to watch a couple of bighorn sheep make their way across the rocky incline while caving in...

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Cole Kuchenbecker, 16, back-flips into the water from the cliffs high above the surface at Pactola Reservoir in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

My South Dakota

I have long had a love affair with the Wild West. Having grown up in California and spent so much of my childhood traveling with my family up and down the coast of the Pacific Northwest, across the deserts of Nevada and in the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Area, I have found the wildness of the West both incredibly fascinating and hauntingly beautiful. When we vacationed, we road tripped. Hotels...

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Watford City sunrise

Welcome to Detour

From the desk of Chad Ziemendorf:   Welcome to DETOUR, the blog of Intersection Journal.   Here you will find behind the scene info, notes from me, insight from our photographers and commentary about photography, the business of photojournalism and the craft of storytelling.     The sun rises over North Dakota Highway 23 marking a new day for Watford City on September 18, 2014.     I have such great anticipation for the relaunch of Intersection Journal. This dream...

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