A Mandan native co-authored book about North Dakota’s Carl Ben Eielson

MANDAN, ND – Sometimes a good idea gets better with time.

One could say that this is the case with Kevin Kremer’s latest book.

He began thinking about writing a book about Carl Ben Eielson in 1995, after an author visited a school named after the North Dakota-born pilot.

The writing and publication of the book is good news, but there is more to this story.

Kremer did not write the book alone; he had the help of his compatriot Paulette Bullinger, originally from Mandan.

The book not only helped reconnect these old friends, it also helped Bullinger conquer a great fear.

Bullinger still can’t believe she took those aerial photos.

“I had a horrible phobia of small planes. Horrible,” admitted Bullinger.

Somehow she was able to put that fear aside and focus on getting the shots she needed for her book project.

“The idea of ​​starting over scares me,” she said.

His photos appear in this new book, “North Dakota’s Polar Pilot: The Heroic Story of Carl Ben Eielson from Hatton.”

Bullinger co-wrote it with fellow Mandan native Kevin Kremer.

“I love the history of North Dakota,” Bullinger said.

North Dakota’s history comes to life on the pages of this book.

“It’s a fun read,” Bullinger added.

Born in 1897 in Hatton, North Dakota, Carl Ben Eielson became a renowned pilot and a great promoter of early Alaskan aviation. In addition to Bullinger’s aerial photos, the book also includes historical photos and a story that will hold the reader’s attention.

“The book is narrated by the grandfather of two children aged 10 and 11,” Kremer explained.

The authors hope this book will spark children’s interest in North Dakota history and inspire families to learn more about the state.

“Hopefully that will inspire people to want to drive up to Hatton because it’s an awesome sight,” Bullinger said.

“As a former fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, teaching history should focus on big stories and teaching North Dakota history should focus on big stories,” said Kremer.

Great stories, like that of Carl Ben Eielson, a native of North Dakota.

You can purchase the book at select Pride of Dakota stores in Bismarck and Mandan, or online at kevinkremerbooks.com.

It is also available on Amazon.

Bullinger will be signing books on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Paddle Trap in Mandan.

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