"The Gateway to the Old West" is the theme for the 2006 National Salers Tour, Oct. 5-7. Stops include great North Dakota purebred and commercial ranches. Tour activities begin Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Bismarck (ND) Expressway Inn. Buses head out the following day at 7 a.m. Among the stops are MacDonald Ranches, Elm Creek Ranch in Hebron, RAO Ranch in Williston, and Effertz Key Ranch, Bodine Brothers and Feist Salers Ranch, all in Velva.

Hosted by the North Dakota Tour Group, registration is $55, which includes the bus trip and all meals, but not the Oct. 5 riverboat dinner. For more info, call Linda MacDonald at 701/223-6222 or e-mail redbull@extendwireless.net.
-- Joe Roybal