I admit, though, that I knew very little about North Idaho before I moved here. I had gone to school in Pullman and briefly visited Coeur d’Alene several times, but still had no feel for the area. It wasn’t until becoming a resident that I learned about the Aryan Nations or heard stories about the goings on in the shacks along dirt roads in areas such as Athol. I had to wonder, was Athol a real name? Were there really clans of toothless, inbreeding hillbillies out there? Then I began to wonder what people from the outside might be thinking. Certainly any of the rich and famous who frequent the Coeur d’Alene Resort see the better side of North Idaho, but what does the rest of the country think? — Stephen LindseySpokesman-Review.
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Question: Well, what do your friends and relatives from out-of-state think about Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho?