This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
"I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Detroit Lake . . . My mother, who was a nurse and going to school I think in North Dakota, came for vacation one summer day in August. My dad was getting his hair cut up at a building on the north side, and saw her come to town, and just knew that she was the woman he was going to marry." This story was collected by Shanai Matteson in conjunction with the "Be Here: Main Street" project from the MuseWeb Foundation, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, their waterways, and their towns.