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FORT UNION, N.D. - The Fort Union Muzzle Loaders, representing engagés, will occupy Fort Union Trading Post Dec. 6-7 to re-enact the role of American Fur Company employees during the winter.

Fort historian Randy Kane said engagés hauled wood and water for the fort, cut ice and performed basic construction duties. During the winter, fort personnel were greatly reduced in number, and those who remained were limited to basic survival.

Visitors will be welcomed by a fire in the reception room of the trade house and treated to a cup of coffee or cider, biscuits and taste of pemmican.

Weapons, dress and equipment of the re-enactors will be on display.

Inside the Bourgeois House, browse the fur trade exhibits.

Fort Union is 24 miles north of Sidney and 25 miles southwest of Williston, N.D., via Highway 1804. For information, call the park at 701-572-9083.

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