Saturday, December 30, 2006

December 30, 2006 - Saturday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, by Grafton's Heritage Village.
New Years Evening Bingo Party. Saturday Night!!!!
The current temperature is 18 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 31/17
Normal H/L temp for this date is 16/-3
Rumor his it, some folks in Denver are looking for suitable storage for
a couple million snowman parts.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
For those who say there's never anything to do in a small town.
Please put the following notice in your next newsletter.
Heritage Village will be celebrating an early New Years Eve Bingo
party on Saturday, Dec. 30. We will have 2 sessions, the first one
starting at 7:45pm and the second starting at 9:45pm. We will have an
extra game each session worth $50.00 to the lucky winner and an
additional blackout game each session with a guaranteed $200.00 payout.
There will be free coffee, popcorn and New Years favors. We will serve
Chili, sandwiches, bars, and desserts until gone. Hope to see you all
there for a fun evening. Thank you
Verna Sherek <<< Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone would grab their
daubers and spend this Saturday evening at Heritage Village in Grafton.
Subject: Newsletter
Please subscribe me to your email newsletter. I had worked at
Heritage in finance for a couple years and had read it there every time
it came out. I had always enjoyed it and still read it at when I get the chance. I am starting a new
business in Grafton within the next few weeks and would appreciate the
chance to say something about it in your newsletter, as it is a great
resource for the community.
Erick Soltvedt <<< Welcome to the Gazette family Eric. I hope you
will find "something" of value in our babble.
Subject: Shivercity Gazette
I'm an ole Graftonite, who hasn't been "home" in a long time, I do
keep in touch with my friend, Judy O'toole. She had told me of
your E-mail news the Shivercity Gazette and sent a couple to read,
which I've enjoyed I would like to be on your mailing address. Is it
possible to read past writings? Even being away from Grafton for 37
years some of the names in your articles are familiar and interesting.
Thank you
Judi Friesen Larson <<< Thanks Judi, it's always great hearing from
former Graftonites. And, we are pleased to include you and them, and
anyone, in the Gazette family.
From the beginning, when only a few of my very closest family members
would tolerate my babble. My intent for the Gazette, was never to become
a newsletter. Rather, that it would become a vehicle from which "we"
could share issues and ideas with people whom we really cared about. To
the best of my ability, I have never strayed (to far) from that intent,
even though the Gazette family continues to grow.
The very first Gazette, only went across town, and was part of my
personal mental rehabilitation process, that, continues til this day.
From the first group of five or six individuals. The Gazette has grown
to multiple groups, which in turn includes multiple groups, going into
twenty three states and three foreign countries.
Never once have I considered the thought of advertising, nor will I
ever. Never once, have I intended harm to anyone or anything. Although I
will admit, I know sometimes the truth does hurt. Never once have I
written, or allowed anything to go out in the Gazette that I believed
not true.
However, that doesn't mean I haven't been wrong, and, it doesn't mean I
haven't reserved the right to change my mind. "You show me
someone that still believes everything they did the day they were born,
and I'll show you a person that believes their first spanking was from a
doctor that didn't like them."
Hence,... if someone truly wants to advertise, a business or product.
The Grand Forks Herald, Walsh County Record, KXPO Radio or WDAY is, in
my opinion, the best place to accomplish that process. IF,... on the
other hand, anyone "cares" to "share", information about new or old
businesses, status of family or friends, or just plain general
information and stuff (things I often call babble). I'm almost certain,
some of the several thousand folks that receive it, will read it, and
find it interesting. Certainly I will.
It was on a Tuesday, Sandy Koufax was blowing out six candles on his
Birthday cake. Benny Goodman's hit tune There'll Be Some Changes Made
was playing over the KROX radio station and Wayne Stark received his
very first spanking welcoming him into the world. When he stopped crying
he was one of 131,669,275 legal citizens of the United States of
====== HAPPY BIRTHDAY ======
It happened one Monday as Bobby Goldsboro's hit song "Honey" was
playing over KGPC. It'll take Tiger Woods another 7 years before he even
'enters' a maternity ward, let along his first PGA tournament. However,
Todd Durand got his butt slapped for the first time that day and here we
are 333,106 hours later and he's blowing out 38 candles, just two days
before the new year's eve celebration.
======= HAPPY BIRTHDAY =======
------------- TODD DURAND -----------
With Love From
Your aunt Pat and uncle Gary
"I can almost guarantee,.. if you don't tell me,.. I don't know." GLM

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

December 28, 2006 - Thursday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the Boy Scouts of America.
The current temperature is 29 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 34/18
Normal H/L temp for this date is 16/-2
If it doesn't snow pretty soon, we'll be putting "Sta-bil" back in our
snowblowers so they'll start if it ever does snow.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Tuesday nights Piano Talk, and Lloyds message from Longfellow gave
Ralph reason to write the following. >>>
I don't want to be one of those old people who always talk about the
goodness of the old days, but reading the Longfellow poem Lloyd Hanson
sent you does make me wonder why we never hear things of that quality
anymore. People like that were not ashamed to write of their faith.
Then I think about last night at St John's. Hearing Wally's
granddaughters sing, then hearing the Sevigny girl sing that song for
her grandmother, and always always listening to Ventzi play and sing
makes me realize our future is in good hands, and our present is
wonderful. Add to these wonderful young people all the others who shared
their musical talent it was immeasurably better than any $75 ticket at
the Fritz.
p.s. although I have never won with a firefighters ticket you sold me
yet I will try again. How much per ticket? <<< Thanks a million for
caring and sharing Ralph. First of all, I must hasten to note that
Ralphs humble nature (?) kept him from mentioning his very talented and
beautiful daughters participation in Tuesday evenings performance.
As far as the firefighters tickets are concerned Ralph. The old adage,
the more tickets you buy, the better chance you have of winning, still
applies. It's not, always, good to mention names so let it suffice to
say your older brothers household has "invested" in ten tickets. So,..
as a lifelong friend, I can only say, let your conscience, and you
budget, be your guide.
P.S. The tickets are only $20 each and each one gives you 365 chances
to win, all or part of $11,520 in prize money.
"Scouters Will Meet in Fairdale Tonight."
A meeting to elect officers of the B-P Boy Scout district is scheduled
for Fairdale this evening (Thursday), I. E. Stenso, chairman of the
district, announced. Reps from every town in Walsh County are expected
to attend the session.
Three Grafton scouters, Mr. Stenso, Mr. H. N. Bliss and A. B Thompson
were in Crookston, Monday for a meeting of the Lake Agassiz Scout
(Oops,... that was in December of 1948)
It might be beneficial to note that Bill Tollack served as Walsh County
Treasurer from 1921 to 1925.
Hi Gary,
You've made so many references lately to Bill Tollack I couldn't help
but think of him and thought perhaps you'd be interested in my story, a
REALLY OLD story which kind of incudes him.
I was born and raised at the same address (different house) that I now
live at. Our neighbors across the street when I was growing up were the
LaMarres. Mr LaMarre was the County Auditor and had an office in the
courthouse two blocks south of where we and the LaMarres lived. One of
my best friends for several years was Jean LaMarre, son of W.J. and a
really handsome child. At ages 4 and 5 we played together a lot - before
either of us were in school and neither of us had any inhibitions
(actually neither of us knew what that was).
At this time Bill Tollack was County Treasurer and his office was also
at the courthouse. Jean and I would often bring our "equipment" and set
up "house" on a large landing on the back stairway to the second story.
One day Mr. Tollack was trying to get past our "layout" and stopped to
chat; several people were standing around watching and listening as Mr.
Tollack offered us a nickel if we would kiss each other - NO PROBLEM! As
soon he handed us the nickel we headed for the candy store on 5th street
(about where the hockey rink and bar is now) and came out with 5 cents
worth of candy - quite a bit in those days! It was just so simple that
after that we would go from office to office and offer to kiss each
other for a nickel. Many offices took our offer - until Mr. LaMarre
found out what was going on and was totally shocked! He made it very
clear that would not happen again. Jean and I were kind of sad because
it seemed such an easy way to satisfy our need for sweets and it only
took a second! Jean and I still exchange Christmas cards - he visited
me every time he came to Grafton, for many years, and had occasion to
visit him and his wife once at his home in Pinehurst, NC. Aren't
memories wonderful things??
<<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Dorothy. It's the memories
of our past, that puts the gold in our future.
Or so it seems to me.
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Sally Gaustad. HAPPY

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

December 27, 2006 - Wednesday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by the makers of snowblowers.
The current temperature is 26 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 42/19
Normal H/L temp for this date is 17/-2
So far this winter I have spent more time walking around the snowblower
in the garage than behind it on the driveway.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Tuesday was a pretty slow news day in Shivercity. However, during our
afternoon "coffee break" at Granny's. The discussion centered around the
quality, and quantity of local talent. Amongst the group, several,
generally, well known individuals were mentioned. Then, one member of
our group, trying to think of one specific person, looked at me and
said. "There's a young girl at our church that can really sing." as he
added, "she is really a good singer". When we asked, who, his response
was. "I can't remember her name." After thinking about it for a few
minutes, he looked at me and said. "I know you know her father,..
originally he went to your church, and now,.. he goes to ours." Holly
cow, I thought (Pardon the pun). Then I said, "Martin Luther -- you
mean?" Of course, the answer to that was "nope" not even close.
Eventually, however, we determined that the young lady with the
melodious voice was the daughter of our local Jeweler. Aren't small town
wonderful? Don't you wish everybody had one?
Lloyd wants to share the following.
He wrote: Gary:
I thought of this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written in 1864 a
few months before the end of the American Civil War. The five stanzas
below were set to music by John Babtiste Calkin in 1872. It has
become a standard Christmas song in some songbooks and hymnals and is,
perhaps, known to many of your readers. It seems most appropriate
for, us at this time, in our national distress over the outcomes of war.
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men."
Lloyd W. Hanson <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Lloyd.
Thank you so much, Jim & Kaye McFarland, for the wonderful Christmas
card, and, your request for a Firefighter ticket. I have purchased one,
in your name, for Valley Ambulance and Rescue. It's a super way of
helping two wonderful local organizations.
Thank you Ray & Marcy Gourde for purchasing a couple tickets to help
our local volunteer firefighters. Ray also left a message titled 'I wish
you had my job' that we will be sharing at a later date.
Thanks too, to Danny LaHaise, Diane and Jerry Urbauer for helping our
fire department be as good as it can be.
It was little more than 26,297,992 hours ago, 600 months if that
sounds less. Dean Martin was singing Memories are Made of This over the
KNOX radio station in Grand Forks and Cindy Barclay started crying
because she had just received the very first spanking of her life. That
day, Cindy joined 150,697,361 other legal United States citizens. HAPPY
We love you very much.
aunt Pat & uncle Gary
A few days ago, Susan Ordahl Eggen asked the question. Has the Grafton
Lutheran Church enlisted a new shepherd for their flock. And, if so,
who? I must admit, just this morning I had coffee with Grafton Lutherans
"temporary" shepherd, Pastor Wayne Stark and I forgot to ask him. I
guess maybe I was mesmerized by his ability to roll spotted cubes of
Anyway, I am confidant that when those folks involved in the
appointment deem the time is right. We will be told,... maybe.
The subscription department was busy last night. Please help welcome
Mavis Boura, Erick Soltvedt along with Kevin & Devra Olmstead to our
Gazette family tree. From time to time we hope you will find cause, and,
be willing to share a part of your world with us.
Webster certainly must have had a plan, when he put ignore and
ignorance side by side in his "book of words and thought".

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

December 26, 2006 - Tuesday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by Brent Hermans PIANO TALK.
Tonight at 7:00 pm at St. Johns Parish Center.
The current temperature is 30 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 28/9
Normal H/L temp for this date is 17/-2
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
There were 29 very exited people in our house Christmas eve, and that's
not counting grandma Moe and me. Of the wee ones, Ty was the bravest,
then Kylie and Trevor touched Santa's knee. Finally, reluctantly, Jade
was up next. Tho it seemed that she would sooner give Santa the "hex".
Pat and I are extremely fortunate to have so many of our family with us
at Christmas.
This year, as always, I struggled with what I would get Pat for
Christmas. I thought I might get her a picture or a portrait, or two.
Then, I wondered if maybe "regifting" would do. For a while I considered
an antique maybe two, while still I kept wondering if "regifting" would
do. Then gift certificates popped into my head, but where would I get
them, how much should I spend, or,... should I consider "regifting"
instead. One things for certain we have always agreed, it's not the cost
or the present that's important you see. It's the thought, and the
effort, that goes under the tree.
So, after much thought I decided I would give Pat a few portraits of
Ben Franklin. They would be printed by a reputable printer, the US
printing press. They would be on old paper (antique). They would be a
super gift certificate. Good for anything, anywhere. And, I will have
participated in the country's newest craze, "regifting". After all, I
did in fact get them from someone else, first. Or so it seems to me.
Kathee sent the following that should be shared with everyone. She
wrote. >>>
Just thought that I would let you know that my boss visited Grafton
last week. He had an appointment in Walhalla and then worked his way
back to Wadena, going through Cavalier, Park River and Grafton. He said
that he was impressed with Grafton's downtown and with the friendliness
of the people. He had lunch at the coffee shop downtown. (Is that the
Daily Grind?) He stopped by the former Reyleck's building to see the
store to which I often refer and which was the original home of the
posting desk that I now have in my Wadena office. He went across the
street, visited with Denise Sevigny and picked out a Spoiler basketball
memento for me. He put the basketball on my Reyleck's posting desk the
next day. It will stay there as another reminder of how lucky I was to
have grown up in Grafton.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Kathee Carlson <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee. You
are correct that the coffee shop is in fact the Daily Grind. It's a
super little coffee shop that the whole town can be proud of. Denise
Sevigny, for those not aware, operates Embroidery Plus in downtown
Grafton. I might also add that I received a UND (green & white) Fighting
Sioux bird feeder from my granddaughter Nicky this Christmas and it came
from Embroidery Plus. Gosh it's great hearing nice things about our
wonderful little community.
Speaking of our community. The St. Johns Catholic Church Community,
along with Brent Hermans and his cast of musical magicians invite
EVERYONE to tonights performance of PIANO TALK, a Christmas Concert.
It's free, including cake and coffee, AND, I'm told, some fantastic door
prizes too.
The Parish Center is located on the south end of Western Avenue, right
across the street from Shirley and Larry Durands house.
It's still a rumor but it sounds like Larry might be there too.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

December 25, 2006 - Monday - MERRY CHRISTMAS from Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the magic of our family and
The current temperature is 22 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 38/20
Normal H/L temp for this date is 17/-1
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
" Smoking makes ignorance visible. "
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Pat and I would like to thank everyone that sent us their greetings and
best wishes for the blessed holiday season.
Christmas is a special time, to share with those who care. Each and
every one of us have lost someone we hold dear. For that, we look to
faith and strength to understand the reason. So we believe in Jesus
Christ, that he came to give us faith and reason for the season.
I received the following note from Shane Shereck a few days ago. As
many of you know, Shane lost his father, Edward, this year. He wrote.
Dear Gary,
For anyone that has lost someone close to them and this is your first
Christmas without, please read the following poem. It will make you cry
for sure but also give you some piece of mind. Merry Christmas Gary and
God Bless you in 2007.
Shane Shereck
=== "Christmas In Heaven" ===
I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't
compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren't apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more
precious than pure gold.
It was always most important
in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other,
as my Father said to do.
For I can't count the blessing of love
He has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and
wipe away that tear.
Remember, I am spending
Christmas with Jesus Christ
this year.<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Shane. Each time I read these
special words I find a different meaning. Somehow I'm sure, it's those
we've lost, that keep heavens golden gates gleaming.
I'm sure there's several different ways telling the same story. I also
like the one I received from Rod Glennen, almost a year ago. I hope you
enjoy this version of "Merry Christmas from Heaven."

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights.

I still share your hopes
And all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers.

I just want to tell you
You still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all of the crowd.

Keep trying each moment
To stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place.

You don't have to be
Perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
if you continue the climb.

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
in a new special way.

I love you all dearly
Now don't shed a tear
cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year.
Please plan to attend a very special Piano Talk Christmas Concert.
Tuesday night at 7:00 in the St. Johns Parish Center. Along with cake,
coffee and prizes too, you will enjoy the masterful musical
manifestations of Brent Hermans at the piano, and the fabulous
composition of exceptionally talented individuals.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME to come and enjoy food, fellowship and music, that
could easily be considered advertised as ==== "Fit for the Chester
Fritz" ====
I wasn't the one that started the gift giving idea at Christmas.
That,... we should blame that on the three wise men.
Or so it seems to me.

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

December 23, 2006 - Saturday (Grafton, ND)

Todays Gazette is being brought to you,
========= PIANO TALK =========== ~~~~ A CHRISTMAS CONCERT ~~~~
The current temperature is 25 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 36/11
Normal H/L temp for this date is 18/0
Notice that the average low temperature for here is nothing.....
nothing above and nothing below..... ZERO!
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Marvins Windows and Doors held their annual "Profit sharing" meeting
Friday morning in the local high school auditorium. Along with a short
overview of the past years operation. Marvins management thanked
everyone for their hard work and efforts contributing to the companies
success. Then they announced that over 15 million dollars would be
divided amongst Marvins employees. I understand each employee, on
average, would enjoy almost $4,500 in this years profit sharing.
Needless to say, most, if no all of those attending would agree.
Yesterday was one of their better days, working for Marvins. It was also
heartwarming to hear several share their gratitude and thanks to Marvins
Windows, not only at the meeting, but on radio and television as well.
And I might add, rightfully so.
It wasn't til later in the morning that I realized it was the day for
Marvins "profit sharing" message. As I did, I hoped that a significant
contingent of local business people had attended the meeting as well.
I hope they took advantage of the opportunity to thank Marvins
Corporation, and, Marvins employees for choosing Grafton to locate. I
hope our local business representatives were able to share with those
present how important they are to Grafton's survival and, to that end,
is why Grafton agreed to give the Marvins organization $500,000 a year,
among other things, if they would locate hear. I hope they were able to
share the fact that the business community of Grafton was another 'one'
of the deciding factors for Marvins to locate here. And finally, I
really hope, that significant representation of local businesses
extended a very cordial invitation to all of Marvins employees, to
visit, and, to patronize the folks that contribute so much each year to
their profit sharing process.
On the other hand, if there wasn't a significant continent of local
business representation there. I certainly hope everyone (taxpayers)
demands to know why not, and, if they plan on doing so in the future.
Or, so it seems to me.
Chuck Stenso sent the following. >>>
Gary: Don't want to keep going to long on this, but I think you forgot
about the Narveson Insurance Agency also being in the Tollack building
in the 60's. Chuck <<< Thanks Chuck, I certainly did forget, and, I've
even bought insurance from that agency when it was in that building.
Aren't memories wonderful?
Speaking of Tollack's, the Collette family, memories, who, what and
where. I received the following note. >>> Hi,
My brother-in-law, Larry Collette, forwarded several editions of
the SHIVERCITY GAZETTE and we enjoyed reading them. Would like to be
added to the list who currently receives the Gazette.
I grew up in Minto (MHS class of 60) and married Bob Collette
(GHS class of 57); we have lived in Bloomington, MN for the last
forty years.
Thanks for adding us, keep up the great work and enjoy a
wonderful Christmas season.
Liz Houdek Collette & Bob Collette <<< Thanks a
million Liz and we will be pleased to add your branch to the Gazette
family tree. Those of you wondering where Liz and Bob have been for the
past forty years. You should have checked in Bloomington.
=========== REMINDER ===========
Brent Hermans, Father Tim and Rose Marie Kerner, along with the entire
community of St. Johns Catholic Church. Would like to invite everyone to
this coming Tuesday's Fantastic Piano Talk & Christmas Concert in St.
John's Parish Center on the south end of Western Avenue. (Right across
the street from Shirley and Larry Durand's house.)
If you've never seen Brent Hermans "caress" the keys of a piano, and
watched the room "explode" as he, and his box full of ivory, wood and
strings become one. "You ain't seen nothin yet."
If you've never seen Brent and Ventzi Nelson "tangle" on dual piano's.
You haven't been quite as close to heaven as you might think you have.
AND, I understand, "The Karas Sisters" will also perform in Tuesday's
Piano Talk.
I'll admit that I haven't heard the Karas sisters sing either. Pat told
me, however, that she was "lucky" enough to hear Emily sing once, and
that Emily's voice could coax the angels down out of the heavens.
Gosh I hope everyone can come and enjoy the fantastic night planned for
this Tuesday, Dec 26 at 7 pm.

"In love I send My only Son
to live and die for you,
And through His resurrection
you will gain a new life, too."
(Helen Steiner Rice)
The next Gazette will contain a poem that Shane Shereck wants to share
with everyone. Titled "Christmas in Heaven"
I'm confident, everyone will find as much solice in it's message as I

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Friday, December 22, 2006

December 22, 2006 - Friday (Grafton, ND)

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by
= Mr. Piano man's Christmas Concert =
~~~ Brent Hermans & PIANO TALK ~~~
The current temperature is 22 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 34/9
Normal H/L temp for this date is 18/0
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
William G. Tollack was born in Grafton in 1889, He graduated high
school in Grafton and Attended St. Olaf College at Northfield Minnesota.
He married Amelia Maresh on Christmas day, 1920. Bill served as a city
alderman, mayor and was instrumental in implementing the communities
"White Way". In 1925 he joined in partnership with Ben Sell tell the
fire of 1935. Then he became sole proprietor until 1947 at which time
George Harris and Ray Collette assumed the management positions.
According to Larry, one of Ray's sons, Tollack's Furniture would, from
time to time feature the work of a local Taxidermist (probably Henry
Williams) which may answer the question about the large wolf in the
window. Tollacks built a new house at 906 Western later occupied by the
Kiewels (Ford Dealers), David and Delores Hvidsten (implement dealers,
the Weisz's and Colleen & Don LaBerge.
Throughout it's existence, the Tollack building has hosted numerous
businesses. The likes of Montgomery Ward, a television sales and repair
store, and office supply store, a misc electronic "stuff" supply
business and Erin Gillie's studio for the art's.
TODAY, according to a super, front page, article in the latest Walsh
County Record, by Stacie Sevigny. Henry's Countrypolitan, a venture
referred to as 'Country with an upscale look' will call the premises on
the west side of the 500 block of Hill Avenue home. The facility will
feature both new and old (antiques). Italian and Norwegian items along
with a Thymes bath and body line. Some Crystal, silver, baby gifts and
even a few greeting cards can be found in Grafton's newest downtown
business venture.
Pat and I would like to congratulate and welcome Jean Ann Ill, along
with her new business venture, to the Grafton community.
Now then, that should be just about enough on the "former" Tollack
building,.. almost. Susan sent the following. >>>
Hi Gary,
Always fun receiving your daily Gazette. We like hearing what is going
on in Grafton--or what has gone in the past 125 years. The Tollacks
story brought back memories of those years (the 50's) and growing up in
Grafton during that era.
Many happy times.
Now I have a present day question. You talked about an announcement of a
new pastor at Grafton Lutheran. I grew up at that church so I have a
natural interest in the welfare of the parish. Do they have a new person
leading the flock? Just curious.
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Susan Ordahl Eggen <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Susan.
Even though I'm not a member of the Grafton Lutheran 'flock', I do hear
a 'chirp' every now and then. The last one was that a new shepard has
been identified.
However, for fear a mistake might send me in the wrong direction, (if
you know what I mean) I am hoping 'someone with the correct facts' will
share them with us. Because inquisitive minds, really do want to know.
Speaking about church, direction and facts. The fact is, next Tuesday,
December 26, EVERYONE will be able to Enjoy a Beautiful Evening of
Music, Song and Reading.
There isn't a man alive, more entertaining than Brent Hermans on the
piano. For the past few years, St. Johns Catholic Church, and Brent
Hermans has hosted "Piano Talk". An absolutely fabulous compendium of
music and song featuring many local talents of exceedingly high caliber.
Piano Talk is not simply an event intended for everyone in the Grafton
community, but everyone, in the entire area. Often, such talents as
Steve Larson, Ventzi Nelson, Marvin Mielke, Ken Nelson, the Pinta
brothers, Megan Sevigny and Angie Carriere to mention just a few, have
entertained. Truly professional performances in a down home atmosphere.
I'm guessing past Piano Talks have been enjoyed by folks from Seattle
to St. Petersburg and Los Angeles to New York.
If you thought our, 'local talent', presentations of Vessels of Praise
and Carols and Candles were fabulous. I can assure you. Next Tuesdays
nights PIANO TALK (Dec. 26 at 7:00) in St. Johns Catholic Church Parish
Center pomises to meet or exceed your every expectation.
And, everyone will receive a beautiful book of song and verse to take
home as a gift.
Especially fitting, during this time as we celebrate the birth of our
Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Please plan to attend, and, bring a carload of family and friends with
See you there, Pat and Gary
Pat and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every
member of the Gazette family, a most blessed Christmas. We hope the new
year will be kind to you, with love and health abound.
"We also pray we will find a way, out of this horrible war. That the
Lord will help and guide us, with integrity and show us the door."
From all of us at our house, to all of you at yours. Patti, Gary, Sami
and family

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

December 21, 2006 - Thursday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by
Hank's Store, Nash, North Dakota.
The current temperature is 5 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 39/14
Normal H/L temp for this date is 18/0
This year the normal "average" low temperature falls on the
shortest day of the years. For us Norwegians, that means it is also the
longest night of the year, too.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Folks have been in the former Heritage Sales and Leasing facility
the last few days cleaning out the sailboat fuel. Rumor has it, it will
become a automobile repair business. At this point, I don't have all of
the specifics of the new business, although I expect our local Chamber
of Commerce and our cities civic leaders will be checking it out to
determine how they can help the new venture get off to a flying start.
Speaking of the Chamber, either the Silverados have decided to
reschedule there Grafton performance, or, the billboard by the Chamber
office is outdated.
I mentioned the importance of our areas Volunteers. Their service
to our community, in my opinion, is far to often overlooked. As a matter
of fact, on a few occasions I have even heard some suggest that it is a
volunteers "responsibility", to give of their free time, for the benefit
of others. I would suggest, "They that speak so stupid, should be devoid
of volunteer services."
Anyway, I am pleased to share the following note from an avid
"Volunteer" member of the St.Thomas fire and rescue squad. Tom wrote.
I am pleased to here the nice comments that were said about our Quick
response unit in St. Thomas. The St. Thomas Fire Department handles
these calls, Everyone that is on the STFD is trained as a First
Responder or EMT. Our community is without an Ambulance service and,
have always, for as long I can remember, ran Quick response calls. We
are your one stop shop! We respond to Fire, Medical. Hazmat, and auto
extrication emergencies. Thanks again for the kind words, Tom Kennelly
ps. We are not paid on call, we are all volunteers, and hearing comments
such as you have said, and knowing people appreciate all that we do is
better than any paycheck that could be had! <<< Thank you Tom, for
CARING and SHARING, and, thanks too, to all of "our" volunteers, here,
across the country and around the world.
The deer running thru town gave Lloyd reason to share the
Dear Gary:
Although Flagstaff, AZ is not a small town it is not a large city
either. About 50,000 live here. Yet we not only have dear in our back
yards on a regular basis but Elk, as well. Not so many years ago all of
our children and grandchildren were visiting us for Christmas. On
Christmas morning three Elk showed up in our back yard. All of the
grandchildren 'knew', of course, that they were Santa's reindeer. And so
they were. Within minutes of their being noticed, a large bag of
grandchildren type presents was found on our doorstep. But we never did
see Santa.
PS. One of the 'reindeer' had part of a cloths line hooked on his
antlers, complete with a red dress and some undies.
Lloyd W. Hanson <<< Thanks for caring and sharing Lloyd. We don't have
any Elk running around Grafton, although, we may still have a stray
Eagle member or two.
Glenn Paulson wrote. >>>
Subject: Collette's
Hi Gary.. Just a short note, so you know that I am still reading and
enjoying the gazette.
I think Filbert and Jack Collette were younger brothers of Ray
Collette. Filbert (can't remember his real name) was my age (81) and
Jack was a little older then me. Jack was killed while in the army
during WWII.. Jack was a friendly good natured boy. Filbert was tough as
nails and never smiled. When the new school was being built we
went to 4th grade in the library. We were playing touch football in the
yard. I tackled Filbert by both ankles. He flew up in the air and was
knocked out of wind because he fell on his chest. I thought he would
whip me after he came to, but he didn't say a word. A tough little guy.
I wonder what ever happened to him.
Glenn Paulson <<< Thanks for caring and sharing Glenn. We received the
following note from Larry Collette yesterday. He may
be able to shed some light on you query.
The Tollack 'saga' continues. Larry wrote.
Hi Gary ..... I haven't checked my email lately and just noticed
all the commotion about Tollacks hardware and furniture store. Bill
Tollack and Ben Sell originally opened the business, Tollack eventually
bought out Sell. My dad (Ray Collette) went to work for Tollack in the
mid forty's. Around 1949 he partnered with George Harris, who was
Tollack's nephew, and purchased the business. Two or three years later
my dad bought out George Harris and ran the business until the late
1960s. I worked at the store during most of my high school years.
I really enjoy reading the Gazette, see you this summer. Larry
Collette <<< Thanks for caring and sharing Larry. Besides Glenn's
questions on your uncles, the one about the giant wolf in Tollacks
window remains unanswered as well.
It's always wonderful hearing from folks in the 'sunny south'.
Especially when the average low temperature here hits the zero mark. The
following note indicates the Tallacksons are enjoying the land of sun
and suntan oil. >>> Dody wrote. >>>
Hi Gary, Just so you know we are here. and we are reading the
Gazette. We like where we live down here because it has a small town
feel. Art is busy getting the knee replacement into golfing shape. We
have lots of relatives and friends here, and lots of activities in the
sun, to keep us active and as busy as we want to be. Hi to the morning
coffee guys at Granny's. Hope you have a wonderful "Jesus is the reason
for the Season" Christmas. Art and Dody Tallackson <<< Thanks a million
for caring and sharing Dody. The group at Granny's is dropping in
numbers at about the same rate as the thermometer. You can rest assured,
however, that we never forget about "our" snowbird friends. As a matter
of fact, just last week Art lost the 'shake' for coffee, and, I think he
may have lost once again already this week.
He shouldn't worry though, as Troy said it's OK to put it on Arts
tab,... if you know what I mean.
"That which is happening, or going to happen, is news. That which
has already happened is history."
Or so it seems to me.
Gosh it's great hearing from all of you wonderful people. Aren't
memories wonderful?

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

December 20, 2006 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the Motor Inn Garage of Voss, ND.
=== Stanley J. Barta, Proprietor ===
The current temperature is 27 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 28/13
Normal H/L temp for this date is 19/1
Average is little more than the best of the poorest,.. and the poorest
of the best.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Evidently the drilling process at Grafton Square wasn't as successful
as some had hoped for. I didn't hear how deep they actually drilled,
although it couldn't have been to deep as they were only on site a short
time. Maybe those Sand Ranchers aren't so crazy after all.
The CEO of Taco Belle, says their taco's are "absolutely" safe to eat.
If you can't believe a CEO. Who can you believe? A Chihuahua?
Ever wonder what gives the White House News goons the right to delve
into the First Ladies personal health issues? Ever wonder to what end
(pardon the pun) they would go to "spotlight" the First Ladies problem
area? Have you ever really wondered, what seperates the term news from
As a matter of fact, I have, just last night. I was in the Gazette
library researching the demize of a fantastic meatball and mashed potato
dinner. I asked myself, - it wouldn't be right to ask anyone else to
enter the library,.. when I'm researching, - what really does constitute
news? Then, shortly after the passing of a slight to moderate "cramp",
the answer popped (pardon the pun, again) right out at me. So, I
have determined news is,
"That, which is happening, or going to happen, should be called news.
That which has already happened, will be recorded as history." Then, I
asked myself another question. What percent of the average paper is
news, and how much of it would be history? Unfortunately, I finished my
research project before I could answer my question. I did however, have
time to wonder. How many newspapers ask themselves that question before
their "newspapers" go to print.
As often as I can I like to recognize, and mention the often heroic,
always important, efforts of the many volunteers throughout our area.
Our daughter Kelly and her husband David were able to witness first
hand, how very important our areas fantastic volunteers actually are.
Kelly wrote. >>>
Subject: St. Thomas quick response.
Hi Dad. David and I had a situation happen on Saturday evening that
was quite scary. While we were waiting for our meal at Rookies Bar
and Grill in St. Thomas, a man who was just about to enjoy his Prime Rib
dropped his head to the table with what turned out to be a heart
attack. They, the people at Rookies, called 911 and did what they
could to be sure the man wasn't choking, but I can't say enough for how
fast the quick response team made it to the scene. St. Thomas is very
fortunate to have these two guys that got to the scene as fast as they
did on Saturday night. Kelly <<< Thanks a million for caring and
sharing Kelly. Almost every small town has what is called "first
responders". Often they are the closest, and consequently, able to
respond first, offering their life saving techniques until an ambulance
and more sufisticated medical attention arrives.
In this case, the St.Thomas community can be proud of the group they
call "first responders". They are a very dedicated group adding
longevity to their commnity.
The ongoing saga of the former Tollacks Furniture Store continues. This
time Margie wrote. >>> Subject: Tollacks
I was reminded, when I read about my sister-in-law Maryann mentioning
a piece of furniture from the Tollacks store ---- I was at a local
garage sale about four or five years ago and I spotted a miniature
wooden Lane cedar chest ---- when I opened it up I noticed it was from
the Tollack Furniture Store. What someone cherished for many years is
now my "treasure". How good is that? "A Merry Christmas to All"
Margie Kennedy <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing
Margie. Richard, a gentleman I have morning coffee with at Granny's
tells me he has an ash tray from Tollacks Furniture Store. Richard
Thompson has also "borrowed" me a copy of The Grafton News and Times,
3rd annual Potato Edition. Circa March 1940. An Advertisement on page 54
says Grafton's Heaquarters for Fine Furniture and Hardware can be
obtained from Tollack Hardware and Furniture Company.
If I never hear from you. It's difficult to know if your really there,
or, if you even care. Or so it seems to me.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

December 19, 2006 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the Johnson Garage, north of
Central Lumber.
K. P. Johnson and Lee Graton
The current temperature is 29 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 31/5
Normal H/L temp for this date is 19/1
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Well,.. it's finally happened. The Sand Ranchers have pushed the folks
at Grafton Square to the breaking point. At least that's what it looks
like when you drive by. This morning there is a large "well drilling"
truck out front of the Grafton Square, drilling like they know there's
something down there. I can't imagine what they'll charge for gas, if
they actually find it down there. I suspect it will be something less
than the $2.24 they get for it now.
On the other hand,.. maybe they're just looking for a new supply of
sailboat fuel.
I don't suppose a deer running around the country is news,... in a big
town, but It sure is here. Here's the deer story, as I know it today. It
was first spotted in Elaine and Richard Thompsons back yard. Richard
took a picture if it laying under one of their evergreen trees. (So I
guess, in case of future litigation. The doe, - pardon the pun - belongs
to Richard.) Anyway, the next thing I know, I received the following
note from Rose Wendelbo. She wrote. >>> I heard a rumor about a deer
going thru the window at Tollefsons Funeral Home. I guess he (the
deer) wanted a going out parade. <<<
Then a few hours later. I received the following note. Giving the
whole ordeal even more credibility. Wally wrote. >>>
O.K. big boy. And now the rest of the deer story.
The deer ran west down 12th street and THROUGH the east door of
Tollefsons Funeral Home. Not for a visit,..... but a rest. Call Mike
Such for details. Wally <<< Okay, along with the phone call from our
son Jeff, telling us he observed the critter heading west, AND, our
mayor telling me he too seen the same thing. That,... is almost all the
information I need to believe the story actually does have a bit of
credibility to it. Then, the clincher. The final nail in the coffin, so
to speak. (once again, please pardon the pun)
I received the following note from Beverly, who, as it turns out, is
actually gainfully employed in the area compound we refer to as the
county court house and Walsh County Law Enforcement Center. She wrote.
>>> Hi Gary,
The deer that was seen running down main street was probably the same
deer that ran out the door after she had broken through a window at
Tollefson's Funeral Home. Apparently, Bambi or "Jane Doe" was there to
visit a loved one "lost" during the recent hunting season. If I hadn't
seen the pictures at the Law Enforcement Center on Monday, I never would
have believed it. When the deer crashed through the window, she cut her
nose and, yes, she is now a red-nosed reindeer.
Bev <<< And there you have it. Everything thing I know about the
sighting of the ruminant creature later identified as a deer named Jane
Speaking of sightings, Denise Sevigny sent this reminder worth
following up on. She wrote. >>> Gary:
If you drive by the house immediately east of Our' Saviour's parking
lot, you might see an interesting person in the "front" window. Also, if
you drive down 5th street, on the corner of 5th and McHugh, you will see
a nativity scene made completely out of snow.
Have a nice day. <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Denise.
The nativity scene is in front of the Kerian home on 5th. They did a
super job on it too.
The Tollacks Furniture store building is still creating a lot of
interest. Norman sent the following. >>> Hi Gary,
I wonder if you or anyone else remembers the stuffed Timber Wolf that
was on display in the window of Tollacks around 1950. It was gigantic. I
never knew that it was possible to find a wolf of that size. Maybe
it is still owned by someone around Grafton. I hope someone remembers it
and possibly knows how big it was or anything about the history of it.
Norm Paulson
Maple Grove, MN <<< Thanks a million Norm. It may just be my
imagination, but somehow I think I remember that wolf in the window.
Wouldn't be fantastic, if someone could shed more light on it?
It's always wonderful sharing wonderful things about small towns. Such
is the case with this note from Denise Moe.
She wrote. >>> Gary, Just thought I would share a story about shopping
in a small town. Today, I went to Pamida to purchase something that was
on sale Friday. (I had purchased two on Friday). I needed a third one
because we have 3 kids and only had purchased 2, which did not go over
well. Anyway, the gal at the counter remembered that I was in and
purchased 2 (scooters) and she knew who I was because we had just
finished some flooring work at the store. She OFFERED me the sale price.
She wished me a Merry Christmas - three times- and supplied service with
a smile. This is one of the reasons that I enjoy shopping in town so
much! Did you know that our local Pamida also "price matches" as do many
other businesses in town (ours included)? Why would someone want to
travel when the same or better service is available right here? Just
thought I would share my experience because this time of year, many
people are looking at the ads in the GF Herald to see what items are on
sale in GF or Fargo. Why not try here first? Or bring the ad in.... if
they don't have it, maybe they can get it. Merry Christmas! Shop
locally! <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Denise. Many folks
make an effort to shop locally. Unfortunately,... many do not. Which, is
the reason I have always subscribed to the following quote.
"The cost of living in a small town is in direct proportion to the
amount of spending it's residents "invest" in it."
Have I mentioned it won't be long before the 2007 Grafton Area
Volunteer Firefighters will be holding their $11,520 (in cash) annual
Calendar draw? If not, I will be really soon. I wonder if I mentioned
that the tickets are only $20 each, AND, if you purchase 5 tickets all
at one time, you can get them for only $100 AND then S&H is absolutely
free. Did I mention I still have a pile of tickets for that event? Gosh
I certainly hope so.
It hardly seems like yesterday, although in reality, more than
536,500,906 have ticked off my Timex. It hardly seems 6,209 days ago
today, that Phil Collins was wailing out his hit tune "Another Day in
Paradise" while our granddaughter, Krystal Brittney Moe, was wailing
from her very first spanking.
Fortunately, after 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild, we have
come to realize that time, in fact is relative. And, we love every
single one of them.
Happy Birthday Krystal Brittney Moe.
We love you very much.
Grandma & Grandpa Moe
The Gazette works best, when the folks that read it, write it. Or so it
seems to me.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

December 18, 2006 - Monday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the 2007 Grafton SummerFest. June
It's not to early to start planning.
This year will be Grafton's 125 year anniversary. Plans are to have as
many of the city's ORIGINAL FOUNDERS as possible attend the event.
The current temperature is 18 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 28/13
Normal H/L temp for this date is 19/1
I looks like we're experiencing a slight "glitch" in the global warming
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The next time you hear someone say, "please pass the corn", it might
well be for heating and not eating. If you hear someone say "please pass
the potatoes" it's probably just an old radio recording of Frances
We're still receiving information on the former Tollacks furniture and
hardware store. I received a call from Norman Russum the other day, he's
down enjoying the warm Arizona sunshine. He reported everything down
south is going well, and, he said, the supply of chocolate chip cookies
is as a good as ever. He also reminded me that Bill Tollack and Ben
Sell, at one time, were partners in the furniture/hardware business.
We also received the following insight from Maryann. She wrote. >>>
Tollacks ran a furniture store and Ray Collette was an employee - He
bought out Tollacks and ran a furniture store there for a number of
years - his wife was my husbands aunt and I know they owned the store in
the early 50's - cause in 1954 they presented our first child with
furniture from the store (she was their godchild) - they have 3 sons
still living = one in Mpls and the other 2 I believe live in CA-Larry,
Bob and Billy Collette-they probably can provide more history-know they
come to Grafton frequently for the annual summerfest-but someone may
have their address and can forward your request to them = Maryann
(Blanchard) Kennedy
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Maryann. As a matter of fact, I
gotta think we have a Collette family member, or two, in the Gazette
family. No definite word, yet, on the "official" re-opening date of that
building. I expect I might see something in the Wednesday Walsh County
Record,.. on Thursday.
=== IT - IS - A - SMALL - TOWN ===
It happened just his morning, on the corner of Hill Avenue and Hiway
17. According to reports from two reliable sources, one was our son,
the other the mayor, a deer was seen at the aforementioned intersection
this morning. No,... it wasn't a John Deere, the wheeled kind. It was
the four legged kind. The ones that start life with neat little white
spots on them.
The one this morning was just past the spot stage,.... if I understood
the call correctly. Evidently, about the same time as a North Dakota
State Hiway Patrolman was giving a local resident a reason to "invest"
in our state hiway system on the south side of that intersection. Bambi
(not Lewie) was buzzing thru a red light heading for the Westside Drive
inn. Maybe he was on the way to the sugarbeet storage pile west of
This has been a busy morning for some folks on main street downtown
too. A large Semi-trailer truck parked on the south side of the old
Nelson Drug, (most recently Ekatta's) and crews started unloading
numerous pallets of stainless steel equipment resembling something that
"might" be used for repackaging things that go in small packages. I'm
almost certain, we'll be able to read more about that in Wednesdays
Record,... on Thursday.
Anyway, for those of us that were wondering if the former Ekatta's
building was empty. By the looks of the stuff they're trying to stuff in
that building today. It won't be empty for long.
Or so it seems to me.
The Gazette works best, when the folks that read it, write it. Or so it
seems to me.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

December 15, 2006 - Friday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the folks from
The current temperature is 28 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 37/26
Normal H/L temp for this date is 20/3
With the current five day forecast being what it is. We are advising
our Northern Manitoba "snowbirds" that they should only unpack enough
clothes for one day at a time.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
===== THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN =====
The intersection of Main & 7th street has certainly enjoyed it's share
of evolution. As I remember it anyway.
The Armory - the very first place I remember seeing Pat - on the
Northeast corner has evolved into Darcie Einarson's Law Offices. The
old Woodmen Hall on the south east corner has given way to Generations
Bar & grill. The south west corner, however, hasn't enjoyed quite such
a flamboyant evolution. Starting out as residential housing then
converted to Service stations with proprietors the likes of Harold
Campbell and Keith Mohagen has evolved into a parking lot for the
Norwest Banking organization.
The northwest corner of that intersection continues it's never ending
process of evolution. As I remember, it started out as the Tea Pot Dome
gasoline station. Like many Gas Stations, the "Dome" probably enjoyed
more proprietors and employees than Carters had liver pills. Eventually
however, the "Dome" disappeared evolving into a financial institution.
The latest being that of Choice Financial.
Almost since the first day "Choice" came to town, they have continued
an aggressive evolution program. First by "nudging" the former Gambles
building into the history books to provide additional parking space for
Choice, and, the way it looks, the rest of that entire block. Then they
added additional office facilities unto the original nucleus. For the
past several weeks the "original" portion of the bank has not only had
it's roof raised and redone, it appears as though they are updating the
entire insides again, as well.
Who said Grafton isn't a progressive little community? I didn't, and by
the looks of the corner of 7th street and Main Avenue. Those folks
didn't either.
== TIS the SEASON to be JOLLY ==
Thursday afternoon Pat and I attended the Century Elementary Holiday
Our Grandson Jacob was one of the stars of the show. As was the rest of
the students in grades 1 thru 4. It's always a little dangerous to
mention individuals amongst such a large group. Then again, nothing
ventured, nothing gained. Right? Anyway, I was able to bring home the
memory of Gabbi Gaustad doing a super performance of a "rapper" in
Santa's Comin' Down The Chimney. And, of course a "Holiday Program"
wouldn't be, without Santa Claus. This year Gonzalo Jimenez's portrayal
of Santa Claus couldn't have been more entertaining.
The entire school system should be commended for the fantastic job
they do nurturing our children into adulthood. And, we can be especially
pleased and proud of the work and effort Beverly Boura contributes to
that cause.
As we returned home I felt a subtle tranquillity that I could only
attribute to the super performance of our youngsters on that day. I even
thought how great it was, and, how woderful it made my day.
Then, later on that evening, as I was sitting in my chair. Several
vehicles stop out front and a whole bunch of youngsters piled out. (25
to be exact) For a second I wondered, what in the world are they doing
here. They walked toward our front door frolicking on the snow.
When we opened the door to greet them they politely said hello.
Then,... as Emily said "we're ready", it seemed like heaven opened up
it's doors, and the angels started singing,... standing right there, at
our door. As I stood there next to the most important person in my life,
I could almost see our loved ones, those that had passed on before me.
I tried hard to keep from blubbering as those youngsters sang to me.
The task seemed even harder in the shadow of our Christmas tree.
Twenty five wonderfully jubilant young members of the Mennonite
community visited our house last night. Giving absolute truth to the
phrase "Tis season to be Jolly", and,... for presents under the tree.
Somehow, it seems, those angels voices meant much more to Pat and me.
As they sang we knew the most important reason, for this season, is the
things God gives to you and me.
I believe we have all been put here on earth for a reason, and,... I
believe the reason is this season.
Or, so it seems to me.
Please help us welcome the Vorachek's and Folson's to the Gazette
The Gazette is one of the few places, left in the world, where you can
say what you think. I think.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

December 14, 2006 - Thursday

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in part and parting, by our very good
=== Herbert and Orpha Bertsch. ===
The current temperature is 28 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 32/25
Normal H/L temp for this date is 21/3
There isn't a snowman left in town with big enough ears to hold their
hat on. If this warming trend continues. Snowblowers will soon be a glut
on the market.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The neat little community tucked in around hiway 81, a mere ten minute
drive north of Grand Forks, started it's life named Kimball. However, to
eliminate duplication, it's name was changed to Clair, and, ultimately,
in 1882, it became Ardoch by way of the suggestion of John Stevenson.
That same year, the Ardoch Monitor, a weekly paper was started, and
later it's name too was changed, to the Standard. It would seem as
though names were a hard thing to hold on to in the early days of
Mrs. Alice Heffern Cayley was reared, (born and raised) in Ardoch.
It doesn't look like many folks can remember much about the former main
street Tollacks Furniture Store building. I did receive this one. >>>
Roger Davis had his TV repair shop in the Tollack building. There was
also another family who had a furniture store there (back in the 60s I
think.) They moved here and then moved on.
Ralph Kingsbury <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Ralph. I
gotta believe someone in our midst can add more information than that.
Like maybe Vernon Russum, Jerry French, Jack Elshaug, Sharon Martens or
Judy (Anderson, Johnson) Keizer to mention just a few.
Some may find it hard to believe, certainly I do. However, out there
somewhere is one of the worlds lowest forms of life. --- Several days
ago, when someone, or more, stole Goofy (3 of them) from the magnificent
display in Leistikow Park. I thought that might be the lowest feat, so
far this festive season anyway. Eventually though, Goofy (one of them)
was found and returned to his rightful place in the park display. And,
for a few days, I thought life and living in our small town in the
valley was good.
Then, I understand some scoundrel had the audacity to chop the top off
of one of Tim DeSautels brand spankin, newly planted, evergreen trees.
Yup, right in his very own back yard, they did.
Somehow I struggle with the thought of a person sitting around a stolen
Christmas tree, singing Christmas Carols and wishing loved ones "Merry
Christmas." I understand there is a bounty on the scoundrels head, if
he is taken in alive. If he's not,... oh well. Merry Christmas to
everyone,... except that bum.
The other day I made mention of Diabetes. I happen to be a diabetic, in
good standing, I might add. If I behave myself, I can do pretty well. If
not, a meter reading above 200 plus makes me very humble, very fast.
Anyway, my comment containing sugar stems from the fact that for more
than 36 years I worked (tho some might argue differently) in the sugar
business. At any rate, I received the following comments to that
inference. >>> Gary -
I love receiving the Shivercity Gazette and enjoy reading the
information that it has. With that said, I was a bit disheartened by the
diabetes comment. Although some of what you said could be true in some
cases, there are various medical reasons for it as well.
Certain medicines;
pregnancy (gestational diabetes); and
any illness or disease that damages the pancreas and affects its ability
to produce insulin e.g. pancreatitis.
Drugs such as steroids, Dilantin, and others may elevate the blood sugar
through a variety of mechanisms. Certain other drugs, such as alloxan,
streptozocin, and thiazide diuretics, are toxic to the beta cells of the
pancreas and can cause diabetes. Certain syndromes (for example,
Prader-Willi, Down's, Progeria, and Turner's) may result in a
hyperglycemic state; if this state is prolonged, the result can be
permanent diabetes.
When I lived in South Dakota, I worked with many special needs children
who suffered with Diabetes simply because of their syndrome.
I just thought these additional facts on diabetes should be notated.
Thank you!
Nanci <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Nanci. For awhile I
thought I was dealing with a malady I caused because I sat to much,
while eating too much. Now I wonder if I haven't been suffering from
one, or more, of the "other" conditions you mention. I do remember
handling "Beta" beet seed, I sure hope that wasn't the culprit. As for
the "gestational diabetes" thing. Although I might look like it, I have
ever actually conceived anything. ANYWAY, I did spend some time thinking
about the following Quote which you included with your note.
"Sometimes you have to leap and construct your wings on the way down"
Then again,... with my luck, I'd forget to bring the dad-burn glue,
or, the feathers when I left the plane.
It seems I was able to "jog" Lee's memory again. That's always a
He wrote. >>> I forgot I sent you that note, but apparently you didn't.
Glad to share it with you then, and glad you shared it with others again
today. There is so much we take for granted in life. Have you ever
thought what we'd do differently today if we knew we would die tomorrow?
The saying "live today like there is no tomorrow" is a catchy, cute
saying, but how many can actually do that? If I knew I was going to die
tomorrow I sure wouldn't be here doing what I'm doing today, but I can't
realistically stay home and do the things I'd do if I knew I was going
to die tomorrow either. What if I didn't? And I'm not making light of
the situation either so don't think that, but it is a dilemma. How do
you balance it all? Family, friends, work, responsibilities, and the
list goes on and on. About the only thing we can do is realize how lucky
we are to be alive today and make the most of it. Work on our dash, like
you say.
And I'll say again today like I did when I first sent you that note, I'm
DAMN PROUD (I don't think I said "darn" the first note either HA!) of
you for realizing it before it was too late. And also DAMN PROUD to
count you as a friend. <<< There just isn't any better folks than sugar
tramps. I am blessed to have worked with the best of the best. If they
were a chorus, Lee would certainly qualify as their maestro. And, I am
proud to be able to call him my friend as well.
Thanks a million Mary, for your check for the Firefighters Drawings.
I'll have a ticket for you, Tom and Millie with me Saturday morning at
"Only by the exchange of information and ideas can we conquer ignorance
in this world." GLM So too, is it with ignorance in the Gazette. Or so
it seems to me.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

December 13, 2006 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you in part, by the super little town of
Clair, ND
The current temperature is 34 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 32/25
Normal H/L temp for this date is 21/3
Maybe there is something to this temperature warming theory. If our
above normal temperatures continue. Folks from northern Manitoba will
only have to come to northern North Dakota,... to spend the winter.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Tis the season to be jolly, faa la la la la, la la and frustrated too.
If,.. by chance, the folks at "our" local Chamber office is looking for
something to do. A good spirited, well meaning, walk around "our" local
business establishments could reap significant benefit. Not only for
those business establishments, but for the people those entities require
to stay in business. (their customers)
For instance. Yesterday Pat and I were in a local business, I won't
mention the name, for the purposes of this discussion, it isn't
important. Besides, I doubt the folks at Alco would want me to.
Anyway. We were standing in line, waiting to check out,.. and waiting
to check out,... and waiting to check out. I noticed that there were
only two ladies manning (pardon the pun) the cash registers. Both lines
seemed to continue to grow with each passing minute. I couldn't see any
indication of anyone making an effort to "bring more cashiers" to the
front, and the lines kept growing.
Behind us was a nice young lady holding a very large electric crock pot
in her arms, and,.. she was waiting too. First she stood on one foot,..
then the other. Then she would leaned forward, then back. -That
procedure, I assumed, was more to relieve tension and frustration than
tired muscles. I couldn't tell for sure but it appeared that the color
of her cheeks were getting redder by the minute too. Even though it
wasn't all that cold in the store.
Finally, that pretty young lady gave up, succumbing to her
frustrations. She returned her, would be, purchase to the shelf and left
the store empty handed.
When we eventually reached the cash register, and I asked if there
wasn't anyone else in the store that could collect money from, (at least
til then) us Christmas spirited folks. I was told, with a smile, that
someone had called in sick. I didn't say it, but I thought, "well dog
bite my unite", "some 'one' called in sick" and three cash registers
stand empty.
Variations of such maladies take place often. Not just at that store
but many stores. Not just in Grafton, but in Grand Forks and Fargo too.
If, in my opinion, "we" are to expect local folks to shop locally. And,
if we are to expect they not travel to the big stores to the south to
enjoy larger selection and benefit from the economy of mega store
purchasing power. We MUST provide "our" shoppers with rapid courteous
service, at a fair and reasonable price.
The list of idiosyncrasies in the business community is long. Not only
here at home but across the country. However, those with the shortest
list will win, everytime.
That, in my opinion should be a major function of the community entity
known as "our" Local Chamber of Commerce.
All of the parties, dancing and light shows in the world, will have
little or no effect, if folks won't stop and shop here anyway.
Or so it seems to me.
I received the following note several years from a very close friend.
With the recent loss of several close friends and a wonderful young man
from Hoople. I find it appropriate to share it again today.
Lee wrote. >>>
This reminds me of you.
Going through my mail, got this from my daughter. I thought of you when
I read it, partly because I had just read the Gazette, partly because
I'm pretty darn proud of you. It took you awhile, but it's apparent from
reading the Gazette that you realize there are more important things in
life than wearing "just the right tie" to a meeting at corporate,
working 18 hour days to get the beets out of the ground and into piles,
and being up all night making sure the factory gets the right blend of
beets. Don't feel bad that it took so long to see what the really
important things in life are, some people never do figure it out.
by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it
melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was
stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried
much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more
while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished
every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the
only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now
go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's."
More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every
minute...look at it and really see it ... live it ... and never give it
back. Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like
you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love
us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are
doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I
hope you all have a blessed day.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit
there." -- Will Rogers
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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before it's too late.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

December 12, 2006 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part by, the little town of
The current temperature is 31 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 29/16
Normal H/L temp for this date is 224
Our normally seasonable weather has been unseasonably warm of late.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Monday morning proved to be another beautiful winter morning in the
Northland. The fog ladened morning air from warmer than normal
temperatures. Trees and hiline wires were all coated with a layer of
frost giving our landscape the appearance Terry Redlin and his palette
had visited overnight.
Tho' it may just be wishful thinking, parking spaces and lots
throughout our little community seems to be busier than usual.
The Carols and Candles Community Service at Grafton Lutheran Church is
less than a week away. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is
welcome to attend.
I am pleased to be able to share a note I received from Stacie Sevigny,
staff writer for the Walsh County Record. Along with explaining the
Records position on the subject, and, answering some of the questions
being asked.
Stacie wrote: >>> Hi Gary,
Just wanted to drop you a note on behalf of the staff at the official
county newspaper for Walsh County, The Walsh County Record.
I assume your questions regarding the business in the former Tollack
Furniture store building (I don't know what it once was as that was
probably long before I became a resident of Grafton) are regarding
Henry's Countrypolitan, as it is now called, evidenced by the
beautifully painted lettering on the door's window.
You're wondering why, as it IS news, it hasn't been in The Record yet.
It's a question you've brought up before and I just thought this would
be a great opportunity to give an explanation. I think people "talk" a
lot about different things and assume since they talk about it, it is
news. Unfortunately that isn't always the case. But Henry's
Countrypolitan is news and it will be featured in The Record soon.
People seem to forget there are two sides to getting news out there -
The Record knowing about it and making the contact AND (most
importantly) the subject or subjects being willing to visit with The
Record staff for a story. Just because we think it's news, we can't
always assume the person or persons want to do a story for the
newspaper. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. So for many stories
The Record is at the mercy of another person's wishes. But because you
don't see it in The Record, don't assume the contact hasn't been made.
Then other times, as is the case with Henry's Countrypolitan, the
subject(s) want to "have their ducks in a row" shall we say before they
get their story in The Record. So the timing for a story in The Record,
is again, at the mercy of someone else. And that's fine with us. Because
really, isn't a story better when all of the information is complete?
Record readers will see the story soon. I know you'll be watching for
it, Gary! Thanks for allowing me to share "the other perspective." Feel
free to share it with your readers.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!
Stacie Sevigny <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Stacie. I
certainly do agree, if one is going "hunting" having ones "ducks in a
row" is a wonderful advantage.
I struggle with the rational (advantage) a business might enjoy by
keeping it's venture a mystery to the general public. Those that will
ultimately become that businesses customers.
Some will remember the very same rational was used during the
construction of the last main street business venture. Ekatta's had been
open, doing business, for several days already and still many local
residents were asking what "was" going to go into the drug store
The management and staff of Graftons newest business, Countrypolitan,
may well have true and valid reasons for note wanting to "share all of
their ducks", until they were all in a row. I have absolutely no problem
with that. However, as the news leader, and, the largest publication in
Walsh County, I believe it would have been good business for the Record,
and, beneficial to Countrypolitan, had the Record simply shared with
it's readership, the fact that a new business was planning on opening in
the community of Grafton.
I might also add that that business was preparing to open, not only
during the largest retail sales day of the year - the day after
Thanksgiving - it is pushing deeply into one of the largest retail sales
periods of the year, namely the Christmas Holiday season. I might be old
fashioned, but I think most mainstreet businesses would agree. "It's the
money generated before Christmas, that carries them through the long
cold winters of the Northland. Or so it seems to me.
Anyway, I am thankful for Stacies note, and I / we will be looking
forward to a more complete story on Graftons new Countrypolitan
On a different note, Today, Tuesday December 12 is the anniversary of
the birth of Leona (Lansing) Sevigny. I remember once many years ago,
Local Attorney Jake Hodny asked me if it was true that Leona was my
aunt. When I said yes she was, he asked. Leona Lansing from Lankin you
mean? Again I told him yes, to which he replied. "Well I'll be ------
darned". I knew her before she moved to town. I'm not sure what all that
really means Leona. I do know that Pat and I want to wish you HAPPY
BIRTHDAY and tell you we love you very much,... and, we would love to be
able to do the things you do, when, and if, we get to be your age. Heck,
I'd like to did that now!!
A well known song once had a phrase in it, some days diamonds, some
days stones. Leona is, a center cut diamond.
Over the years I have purchased many cars from Dave French. He always
seemed to provide me with the vehicle and the feeling I needed buying a
new vehicle. Dave moved to Jamestown earlier this fall although it's
obvious, he hasn't forgotten his roots. Dave wrote. >>> HI GARY, I AM
JAMESTOWN. THANKS--- DAVE FRENCH <<<< Thanks a million Dave.
Believe it or not, I'm starting to miss all the free breakfasts too, if
you know what I mean. I thank you and I know all of your Firefighter
friends will be pleased with your contribution as well.
The Gazette works best, when the folks that read it, write it. Or so it
seems to me.

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before it's too late.

Monday, December 11, 2006

December 11, 2006 - Monday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part by, BRISCO
Convenience Stores
The current temperature is 31 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 29/16
Normal H/L temp for this date is 22/4
Every snowman in town has a frown on his face after Saturdays
balmy upper forty degree temperatures.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The Spoilers beat the Devil out of the hockey team from Spirit
Lake Friday night. The final score (in overtime) 2 to 1 AND, it was done
short handed too.
The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking Is
Dangerous to You Health.
Several million folks have died proving it.
Sugar,.. raw, refined or otherwise, does not cause Diabetes.
Overeating, excess fat, immobility and planting ones derriere by the
dinner table does.
If sugar is really the culprit for high prices. Why is the same
product, when it's sugar free, the same price?
What happens to cattle dung between the manure pile and a plastic
bag that changes it from "organic" to commercial fertilizer?
I'm still not sure of the status of the new business in the former
Tollack's Furniture store building. I checked the latest edition of the
Walsh County Record. The Official "Newspaper" of Walsh County and the
Cities of Grafton, Minto, Forest River, and the Adams and Grafton School
Districts and I'll be darned if I could find anything about it in there.
Then I got to thinking, "maybe the opening of a new business in Grafton
isn't news. So,.. I checked the meaning of "news" in my oft' used Funk
and Wagnels.
News,... it say's... 1. new information; information previously
2. a) recent happenings b) reports of these 3. a newscast - MAKE NEWS to
do something apt to be reported as news. YUP, that's about the way I've
always thought about news.
Evidently, "our" official County newspaper doesn't see it that
way. So,.. one of us must be wrong,... I guess it must be me. If so,
please forgive me.
Speaking of the former Bill Tollack Furniture Store building.
Please help me welcome Marion Lapp, the present owner (landlord) of that
structure. It would be very interesting to know how many businesses and
individuals have spent time in that location. Including the newest one
too, of course.
The list of decoration continues to grow in Leistikow Park. George
LaHaise and Sons Plumbing and Heating has added their name to the list.
The drive thru Leistikow is a pleasant one, not only due to the
wonderful light show, but also for the fabulous memories one might
conjure up, on the way around the park.
Tom Ganyo & the wadin pool, Earl, the giant toboggan slide, Milton
Johnston, Buster Schumacher, Hugo Kutz, the big pool Elvin & Allan
Mattson and, of course, I often think of all the time my father (Bill)
and, the rest of his gene pool has spent in "our" Leistikow Park. All
Wonderful Memories.
Thanks a million for the wonderful Christmas Card Chuck, and for
the check for "our" Volunteer Firefighters. I'll hold your ticket til
you guys get here in January for the fox hunt. The folks at Granny's are
all looking forward to seeing you guys.
Speaking of Firefighter tickets. I've had a few wondering, how
much, and where to send the checks. The tickets are "only" twenty
dollars each. OR, you can get five tickets (family plan) for $100. OR,
you can purchase the couple plan (other & significant other). If you
order early, and this is early, the Department will be able to take
advantage of "your" money quicker and longer.
The total, in prizes, all cash of course, is $11,520. This year
there will be two Draws per day instead of one. Of course the drawings
will be for only 6 months instead of 12. Normal day drawings will be 2
draws at $20 each. On May 28 & Sept. 3rd there will be two & 500 draws
each day. July 4th will be 2 $250 draws. May 13th & June 17th there will
be 2 draws of $200 each day. May 1st, Aug. 15th Sept. 11, Oct. 31 there
will be 2 draws each day for $100 each draw.
As soon as your name has been drawn, your name will be recorded
and your ticket is put back into the barrel for the very next draw. WOW,
what a deal.
Send checks payable to the Grafton Fire Department, in the amount
of, the number of tickets you want ($20 each) ALONG with the names you
want on the ticket/s including the address and phone number. Send to
Gary Moe, 764 Birch Court, Grafton, North Dakota 58237. OR if you
prefer, you can get tickets from any of the fantastic members of the
Grafton Area Volunteer Firefighters.
Then too, I'd be less than honest, if I didn't tell you that
I do get a significant amount of gratification out of bringing the
checks from members of "our" Gazette family, to the organization that my
son donates his time and talents too, and, I might add, risks his life
The Gazette works best, when the folks that read it, write it. Or
so it seems to me.

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