While recovering from a fall in 1971, Robert Asp read a book on Viking shipbuilding. This sparked a thought.
Angela Beaton is a graduate student at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, studying public history. She has a bachelor’s degree in public history and has worked at several museums and historical societies, including the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.
It all started when Moorhead Junior High School guidance counselor Robert Asp read a book on Viking shipbuilding.
During the later years of World War II, many rural areas experienced a severe labor shortage. To help ease the pressure, the federal government shipped prisoners of war to the U.S. to work as laborers.