the segment on the school will be one of the primary segments on the show
that airs. That means the Old School will get eight or more minutes of the
22 actual showtime and the other three properties will share the other 16
minutes," relates Hanson.
Wednesday, Sept. 7, Milt Hanson’s ‘tallest residence in Arnegard’
was filmed from top to bottom, inside and outside, by a producer/writer
and free-lance cameraman from Home & Garden TV.
in all, it was a fun experience and they didn’t even ask me to find a
stunt double!" Hanson jokes.
January Hanson has been sharing the history and renovation work present in
his Old School Bed & Breakfast with Highnoon Entertainment, the makers
of ‘If Walls Could Talk.’
bell will be going back up on the roof," declares field producer
Alada Ramsey, working out of Denver, Colo. "It is now in the school
yard and will eventually go up (in the reconstructed cupula)."
history of the old school and its conversion into a private home/bed and
breakfast will be highlighted in approximately 10 minutes of ‘air time,’
possibly at the beginning of the ‘If Walls Could Talk’ show. It might
be broadcast sometime before or after Christmas, according to Ramsey.
minutes is a large part of the show’s 22 total minutes of a half-hour
show," notes Ramsey, who has worked for ‘If Walls Could Talk’ for
six months, but has 10 years of experience with this type of work.
"The school was turned into a home combining the elements of the past
in it. These things tell a story rich with the history and culture of
includes the community pulling together around the 1961 basketball team
that won the state championship as well as basketball games in
general," adds Ramsey. "Old walls talk about the importance of
sports and bands in the prairie community, together in the small town
considers the building’s story to be in the top 25 percent of
interesting stories compiled by the show, and there are 65 episodes of the
show produced. Yet, because of the remote location and lack of other
buildings in the locale filmed with the same show in mind, Hanson may not
be interviewed by a host as part of the filming/editing.
definition TV watchers will enjoy the future broadcast done in both
formats, according to the cameraman.
many buildings like this are torn down," remarks cameraman Steve
Barnhisel, who has about 15 years experience with this type of work.
"The history is important to maintain and preserve."
is the first time I’ve ever been in a school that has been turned into a
home!" points out Barnhisel when asked about the unusual qualities of
also an instrument repairman and owner of Uncle Milty’s Band Instrument
Repair, works in two repair shops in the school basement, which were also
of interest to the film crew.
love the show itself and wanted to work with it," says Ramsey, who
has a degree in history and loves history. "I grew up in an old house
and always wondered if there was a story in it. There never was. But I
loved the shows I saw in ‘If Walls Could Talk.’
‘Walls’ show did take a two year hiatus from broadcasting. Through
website questionnaires, however, people are saying they want more of the
‘If Walls Could Talk’ shows.
a matter of months, those people viewing Home & Garden TV will see a
bit of western North Dakota’s unique history and restoration efforts.
Overview of the Arnegard School
Friday, Jan. 29, 1915 an Open House was held to celebrate the opening of
the new school building.
June of 1936, the "Little Gym" addition was added. That included
a fine stage located in the gym, locker rooms, four classrooms, a library
and the Superintendent’s office.
1954 the community decided to add a new, larger gym as the athletic
programs had garnered a fair bit of notoriety. Its steel structure with 10
foot sidewalls measured 80 x 100 feet and featured #1 maple tongue and
1963 the county elected to close the high school.
1976 the school was closed. Soon the building was deeded over to the City
the city deeded the building and a portion of the school grounds to a
group known as The Friends and Alumni of the Old School. The building was
used as a roller skating rink, rural library and meeting place.
1998 the building was sold to the current owner. It has undergone a great
deal of restoration and renovation for the purpose of housing a Bed &
For Hanson, the
walls are whispering, "The area’s history and culture will become