Wednesday, February 28, 2007

February 28, 2007 - Wednesday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in spite of high winds and a foot of
The current temperature is 28 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 26/6
Normal H/L temp for this date is 27/10
We are in the winter storm warning area. 4 to 6 inches of snow today
and 2 to 4 tomorrow, with more than enough wind to keep us humble.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The 'Main Street' Dollar Sense store is closing. Signs on the windows
yesterday gave me every indication that the Dollar Sense store, and a
whole lot more operation, housed in the former Elmer Berg Ben Franklin
building will discontinue it's business venture.
All the windows have been covered with paper and several large signs
across the front say "going out of business". As I understand it, the
store will be closed today (Wednesday) in preparation for their 'final'
Elmer Berg started his career in the variety business in the north half
(25') of the present building. In 1946 Berg's purchased the adjoining
property doubling the size of their store.
The closing of our (main street) Dollar Sense store will once again
change the dynamics of Graftons downtown business district.
Since the new store opened, a relatively short time ago, there was
every indication it could be successful. The management and staff always
seemed to open the store early and always stayed open late. There front
windows were inviting, the shelves seemed well stocked, and their prices
could and did match those of stores anywhere in the country.
It will be sad to see the Dollar Sense store close it doors.
Pat and I stopped in Denny's Food Pride store yesterday. For all intent
and purposes, it would be our last time. I found it very disheartening,
walking thru a store that has been so much, and, given so much, to our
community as well as the surrounding area.
As we walked thru the empty produce section, I found myself, asking,
why(?), why couldn't those produce coolers still be filled with produce.
Then, as we passed the meat department, it to was empty save one lonely
turkey in a very large freezer. With few exceptions the dairy cases too
were empty.
As we walked out of Denny's, I couldn't help but think of the
Hoffman's, Walter and Walter. When this store was on the corner of 4th
and Main. I remember the day Walter (the young one) stood out front of
his new store in the Western Plaza complex telling me he wasn't sure if
moving into a new store was a good idea or not. However, he said, "one
has to keep growing, if one is going to keep going. I will never forget
him finishing that statement with his favorite saying. "And that."
So,... I too, will never forget the many contributions Dennis and Sally
Schneider have made in so many areas, to help our community, in so many
ways, be as good as it can be.
We wish Denny & Sally the very best in their future endeavors. Thank
you very much for all you have done in the past. From the entire Gary
Moe family.
Even with all of our troubles and toils, there just isn't anything as
wonderful as an American small town.
Within minutes after the last snowstorm, shortly after 11:00 pm as a
matter of fact. I heard a noise outside the house. It was Greg
Martinson, a neighbor from down the street. He was outside with his
4-wheeler and scraper blade, cleaning our driveway. Just because he
wanted to, he said. He wasn't sure if Jeff would be able to get there
cause he might be at a firefighters meeting in Bismark, he said. I found
it difficult to find words to describe how I felt. Thank you, just
simply didn't seem to be enough.
I thanked Greg before he left, and he smiled, waved, and, as he was
driving away he said, "don't think anything of it, besides,.. now you'll
have more time to write the Gazette." Thanks again Greg.
Speaking of small towns. I received a note from Keith yesterday
fortifying the big enough to serve you, small enough to know you theory.
Keith wrote: >>>
Dear Gary;
Thought would drop you a line from sunny S. Texas. We finally arrived
on Friday, after a four day extended stay in Minneapolis. We had engine
problems in Minneapolis, and after four days of it will be done
tomorrow, I called Jeff Hanson. I can tell you it is sure nice to have a
local businessman to help out. We were about ready to call the trip off
and rent a car to come home. Jeff said give me a minute and I'll see
what I can come up with. Seven hours later Hansons had a replacement
pickup for us delivered from Grafton to our motel. Thanks to Jim
Schiefer and Leon Hart for their help. After switching the hitch from my
pickup to Jeff's pickup we were on our way. We had a very nice trip down
with no other excitement.
We have a very nice spot in Port Isabel, which is on the mainland right
next to Padre Island. It has been a treat to have fresh shrimp and fresh
valley produce. Oh yeah thanks for taking in my trash can! I heard the
spoilers hockey team lost a tough one. It is too bad officiating had to
come into the outcome.
I hear we missed a nice snowfall. Too bad! Say hello to the breakfast
Keith & Joleen <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Keith. I
can't be sure, but I think we seen/saw your pickup go thru town on a
trailer yesterday, heading for Hansons. Which reminds me, your shaking
partner hasn't been doing to good lately, so save some money for when
you get home.
It was on a Wednesday, a few years ago, "I heard it on the grape vine"
was playing on the radio. It was also the first spanking the wife of our
oldest son ever received. She joined 179,323,175 legal American
citizens.Pat and I are pleased Yvette decided to marry Jeff and join our
family. We are even more pleased she has been able to tolerate some of
our sons unusual idiosyncrasies.
Happy Birthday Yvette, we love you very much, Mom and Dad Moe

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

February 27, 2007 - Tuesday - Grafton, ND

Small town America. Use'm or lose'm.
The current temperature is 23 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 27/10
Normal H/L temp for this date is 27/9
==== "Profanity makes ignorance
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff
In light of the recent snowfall, and the present forecast, it would
almost seem like the Lord appointed Polaris and Arctic Cat Snowmobile
officials in charge of the weather. First we received 6 inches, then 10
inches and now it's over a foot of newly fallen snowcat dust. And, the
forecast for the rest of the week is for 'another' 9 inches.
If you happen to be flying between Minneapolis and Winnipeg. That mound
of snow just west of the interstate could be Grafton.
I noticed a small article in Sundays Grand Forks Herald indicating that
the Canadian Government and the city of Winnipeg will each be spending
over 170 million dollars each to establish a plan and implement flood
protection (dikes and levies) to the 700 year level.
I'm not absolutely certain, but I 'think' Grafton has already
determined "we" (Grafton) will flood. "We" (the community and the
community leaders) just hasn't decided that the town is worth saving
Even though I'm normally not superstitious. I can't help but be
reminded of the 1997 flood, along with all of it's ramifications. I
really doubt that 100 year floods will come every 10 years. However, I
suppose it's possible, we could experience a 200 year flood, in between.
Or so it seems to me.
The other day when I mentioned that I thought the decision to call a
penalty in the final seconds of the game would be better suited for
barnyard fodder than a High School sporting event. I was sure everyone
wouldn't agree. I was even reminded to think back to last year, to a
very similar circumstance when the call was in Graftons favor.
Well, I've tried to remember the circumstance, being much the same, but
different. For the life of me, I can't remember last years call in
exactly the same light. Anyway, I did receive several comments leaning
in the direction of my inclination.
J. R. wrote. >>> Hi Gary:
That was an excellent article in today's Shivercity Gazette
regarding the performance of the Spoiler Hockey team in the state
tournament. I totally agree with your analysis of that last minute
penalty called by the official- -it was totally unnecessary at that
point in the game especially when therehad beenso few penalties
calledduring entire game. One begins to wonder!!!!!
Jim Gaustad <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Jim. More
than one individual has suggested that the Spoilers inability to control
'anger' may well have established a 'flag' for officials to watch and
hence, easier to call. I suspect there is a fair amount of true to that
However, I have been told by several serious sports enthusiasts that
that call would be classified as unusual, not normal and, that it is
always unfortunate when it happens. Regardless of who it happens to.
And, I gotta say, I agree with them too.
Here's an interesting issue I hadn't thought about til now. Bert sent
the following note: >>>
Subject: The 2007 Presidents dollars
Hi Gary, I just saw the new dollar coin they want us to use. The "in
God we trust" and the "E Plurabus Unum"are nowimprinted on the
outer edge of the coin---inferring the core values that
shapedAmericaare something we should be ashamed of andconceal.
I will never accept one of these whimpy dollarsin change and urge any
proudAmerican to do the same.This is just another strike
against Christianity and America from within.An Englishman just wrote
a piece "What would the world be like without America" andhis
revelations are shocking. Bert A. Overland <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Bert. I really haven't seen
the new dollar coins yet. Of course, I would be willing to check them
out if anyone wants to share a pile of them.
George Campbell called this morning and says everything is going great
in the Carolinas. So far, George says, he hasn't had to use his
snowblower at all. If I understood him correctly, their 'summer season'
is just beginning.
I told him we're enjoying someare season here also. Someare in Florida,
someare in Arizona, and, of course, someare still here in Shivercity
shovelling snow.
I read somewhere that a half hour nap, three times a week would reduce
the chance of a heart attack by 37 percent. So,... while I was in
the library researching the process of elimination. I got to thinking.
Would a half hour nap every day, eliminate the chances of having a heart
attack completely?

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Monday, February 26, 2007

February 26, 2007 - Monday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you, by the letters S-N-O-W.
The current temperature is 27 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 25/22
Normal H/L temp for this date is 26/9
If anyone is looking for snowman parts, or material to build an igloo.
We can supply everything you need, right here in Shivercity.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Snowfall since Friday is somewhere around a foot. That could be as much
as 18 inches to two feet, if measured by a fisherman worth his weight in
Most everyone around here has already heard about this years State
High School Hockey Tournament. Friday's game against the Fargo South
'Bruins' was a tough one for us to loose. The 2 to 1 final score not
only remindS us of the value of anger management, it proved that bruins
don't only defecate in the woods. We, certainly were reminded that the
officials calling a penalty, with less than 2 minutes to play in a
(score tied) state tournament. Was a call that would be more appropriate
in a barnyard environment than an arena full of high school students.
Especially in light of the fact that there were very few penalties in
the entire contest. It would be hard for me to believe that the instant
the official called to play, he must have known that he had also decided
to outcome of that game.
Yes, a penalty was committed to be sure, however, unlike numerous other
times throughout the game when a penalty 'might' have been called and
wasn't. To change the dynamics with less than 1½ minutes to go, seems
Or so it seems to me.
Then, on Saturday afternoon, the Spoilers faced off against the
'Firebirds'. The end result being that the little 'devils' (pardon the
pun) from Devils Lake-Cando took home the third place trophy leaving us
with the fourth place medallion to hang in ours.
That being said. It isn't like the Grafton - Park River organization
didn't come home without substantial recognition. The Spoilers coach,
Jay Haugland garnered the Coach of the Year honors. Congratulations Jay,
for a job well done. Zach Miller, Minto's contribution to the
Spoilers hockey efforts this season earned himself a place on this years
all-state team. Zach was also one of the finalists for the state's
outstanding senior athlete award. Congratulations Zach, you certainly
earned the honor.
This years state high school hockey champions are the Grand Forks Red
River Roughriders. After the last buzzer sounded, it was easy to see
why. They (Roughriders) obviously payed close attention to their anger
management instructor. They play together as a team, so much so, that,
when they removed their helmets at the end of the game. All of them even
had the same short blond hair style.
Our team may not have brought home the biggest or brightest trophy.
However, in my opinion, 'we' couldn't have been represented by a better
group of young men and women.
We would like to extend our families heartfelt thanks and gratitude to
the entire Grafton - Park River Spoiler Organization. You may not have
won the trophy but you are certainly all winners to us.
Or so it seems to me.
Of course it just a rumor, most facts in small towns are, but the
latest one to cross my desk is someone is really interested in the
former Trax on fifth building by the railroad tracks on fifth street.
I must apologize for not getting this one in the Gazette sooner. Mavis
certainly got it in in time, I, on the other hand, didn't.
Mavis wrote; >>>> Gary,
Once again, it's tournament time. I hope the GPR Spoilers can come
on top with a state championship.
A young girl from Grafton has been playing hockey since she was tiny,
playing with the boys until this year when she opted to play on a girls
team. She traveled to Grand Forks twice a week for practice with the
Grand Forks Angels. These girls are 11 and 12 years old. The goalie
broke her leg last year and wasn't able to participate, so these girls
took turns playing that position. After only 2 weeks of practice, they
went to the Twin Cities and played in the "All American Girls and
Women's Hockey" Tournament in Blaine, MN. They came home with the
Championship in their division.
Last weekend they went to Williston for the "ND State Tournament" and
also took the championship. Of course they had games every weekend in
The coach, Perry Nakonechny, (an X-Sioux player) developed health
problems and turned the coaching over to Kevin Sevigny, Grafton and
assistant coach, Greg Ladoucer,GF.
They had an excellent record this year and were so much fun to watch.
I'm proud to say that my granddaughter, Erica contributed to such a fine
hockey team, as did her father, and they both enjoyed it.
Mavis <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Mavis. I'm guessing
the first part of todays Gazette answers the first part of your message
as well.
I am pleased to welcome Ray & Rose Altendorf, Cindy Staven and Mitsy
Knoll to the Gazette family.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 22, 2007 - Thursday (evening) - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you by Julie Trapp. Close friend and room
mate of Ilze (Vitums) Sando.
The current temperature is 12 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 38/9
Normal H/L temp for this date is 25/7
The weather should be just perfect for beating Fargo South Friday night
at 6:30
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Today has been an especially pleasing day for me. Having the Spoilers
pull 5 points out of thin air while the magicians could only pull 2 out
of their hat, was one pleasantry, but more on that later.
Receiving, another, super message from from Bert Overland complete with
a wonderful invitation was another. I'll mention more on that later too.
Caring and sharing has been a major goal of the Gazette since it's
inception. Sharing ideas, emotions, and memories of those we know and
care for has given me gratification far beyond my imagination.
I am pleased to share the following note I received from Julie Trapp.
She wrote. >>> After reading my UND Alum Review Bulletin and seeing
that Ilze Vitums Sando died a few months ago, I googled her and found
this website. Ilze was my roommate at the Tri Delta house when we were
at UND. We were part of the Basement Broads (those handful of girls
relegated, by choice, to rooming in the basement). The one thing that I
remember most about Ilze (besides her fun loving, funny, smiley self) is
that because of her I knit left handed. I wanted to learn how so she
taught me. People, to this day, tell me I knit backwards, but I tell
them no, I learned from a leftie how to knit. My sympathies to her
family. (What adorable grandchildren she has.) <<< Again I am reminded
that our loved ones never really leave us. They simply take up residence
in another place.
The mention of TI Dahl generated the following correspondence between
George Cox and Kitty (Dahl) Garnett.
George wrote, Kitty, there is a story about your grandfather in
todays Shivercity Gazette - thought you might enjoy it. George To which
Kitty replied.
Thanks George...
It was interesting.
If you ever see anything about James J. Hill stopping by my great
grandparents (Dahl) farm North of town, I'd be interested in seeing it.
My dad used to tell me about it but I'd like to know more about it - -
It had something to do with right of way for the railroad. Giving George
reason to send the following.... Gary, I forwarded your ShiverCity
Gazette that talked about T J Dahl on to Kitty (Dahl) Garnett and she
wrote back the following question. Ever heard of the railway king James
J. Hill visiting the Dahl farm North of Grafton? <<< Wouldn't it be
wonderful if someone could answer Kitty's query?
Bert wanted to share these memories. Subject: Grafton as I will
remember it.
Gary, Alot of us guys left Grafton at the start of the Korean war,
many never returning to Grafton other than a visit and thenas
relatives died off the visits grew further and furtherapart. But none
should ever forget the summer friday/saturday nights. All the stores
were open and full of shoppers, the sidewalks crowded with people whom
most knew each other. There were large Mexican farm labor groups,
familiesthat had returned for generations to work especially in the
beets. They were a welcome group andwould alsoroam the stores and
sidewalks doing their shopping. People would park their cars on the
street during the afternoon so they would have a good gossip spot to
meet other passerbys in the evening until long after the stores were
Then Joe Birkland would get the Parade band together to march up
the main street playing to let all know there would be a 30 to 45
minuteconcert. We would always then march, alwaysforming a circle
in front of the J. C. Penny storeThe smaller kids would rush up and
instead of us holding the music in the liar on our instruments we would
let them hold it for us, they considered it quite a privilege. We would
finally play "Now Is The Hour" and the concert was over.
As kids we could and did rove all over town with our bikes or on
foot, sometimes till after dark and our folks never had to worry. And I
remember the constant competition between the East side Kids and the
west siders especially through grade school. There was never any
destructive vandalism--even on halloween. We didn't know what drugs
were.Looking back I realize just how fortunate we all were with
ourchurches, good schools and very strict parents. I am proud to tell
people I came from a small town in North Dakota.
It would be fun to hear what othersremember about their growing
up in Grafton in the 30's-40's and 50's.
Bert A Overland <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Bert.
It certainly would be wonderful if others would care to share some of
their memories with the group.
Did I mention that the Spoilers beat the magicians today 5 to 2?
Wendy sent the following. >>> Of course its ALWAYS more fun to have the
home team score be it a little or ALOT higher then the others......did
anyone leak it to you that the Grafton-Park River hockey team has a Mr.
Hockey finalist and the state's leader scorer on it...he is Zach Miller
from MINTO....YEAAAA....a VERY nice guy belonging or claimed by John and
Dawn Miller....Zach is one of six boys who I have to say, "one is TRULY
nicer then the next"....GO SPOILERS!!!!! <<<
Thanks for caring and sharing Wendy. We couldn't have won the game
today, or any other day, for that matter, without the help of every
single member of the team. Just as any good race car driver will tell
you. They only drive the car. The folks that fix it, are the folks that
make it possible to win the race.
If we can only remember everything we've learned, on the ice, and, in
anger management class we'll win Friday night and play for the big
trophy on Saturday.
I will do my best to get to Friday nights game at the Engelstad. I'll
have a super time, and, I now I will enjoy the game and the facilities.
Unfortunately, not quite as much as I did when Craig Perry would greet
me at the door and help me to my "special" seat.

February 22, 2007 - Thursday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, by The Grafton / Park River
hockey team.
The current temperature is 30 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 38/9
Normal H/L temp for this date is 25/7
I hope you snowbirds are watching how fast our normal H/L is coming up.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
If your going to have fish, and, you can't catch and eat it fresh from
the lake. Try the walleye at MarketPlace on 8th in Grafton. I had
walleye there last night and it was so good, I could, almost, hear the
waves splashing up on the beach. The large fillet definitely was on the
larger side of the super eaters everyone talks about on the way to
Arnesen's Rock Harbor Lodge. We enjoyed a fabulous walleye dinner
complete with giant salad bar for less than the cost of bait and gas,
for me at least.
Speaking of great places to eat. I understand the Hastings Landing
Restaurant in Drayton is enjoying some well deserved notoriety.
Christine wrote: >>> Gary, just wanted to let you know we had a few
groups of people come into the restaurant in the last few days who told
us they read about it in the Gazette, so thanks again for mentioning our
new endeavor. We feel truly blessed with of all the support we are
getting from people. I just wanted to say thank you to all those who
have come to check out the new place and give us bursts of
encouragement. Grace is a magical thing. Blessings always to you and
thanks for including us, Christine <<< Thank you Christine. Appreciation
is a earned response only afforded those that earn it. Or so it
seems to me.
Today is the first day of what has come to be known as the annual
"Hockey Holiday" in Grafton. There is no-school today or tomorrow so
everyone can attend the North Dakota State High School Hockey
Tournament. Grafton started going to state tournaments back about the
time we stopped using potatoes for a puck, and, we've been there for
most of them since then.
It's interesting driving down local streets and seeing signs and
banners in many doors and windows. A giant banner, stretching across the
entire front of the Choice Financial Bank wishing the GPR Spoilers good
luck. B&D Flooring has a large Banner in their store front wishing The
Grafton Park River Spoilers success at state. Larae & Holly at Shear
Magic Styling Salon also have signs in front of their establishment
giving our area students encouragement. The Extra End has had best
wishes to everyone in all Spoiler Sports on their billboard for over a
week. AND, how many towns do you know, that would close down all of
their movie theaters for the duration of the state tournaments. The
Henriksen's have closed the Strand Twin Theaters during the state
tournaments for several years now. Tom says, he just wouldn't have it
any other way.
Our Volunteer Firefighters, Valley Ambulance and Rescue Squad, City
Police Department and several dozen local residents all started lining
up at the Centennial Center to escort the Spoilers, our youth
ambassadors, out of town.
Shortly after the long caravan of Spoiler supporters turned onto
interstate 29, and, as they approached the first overpass. Right on top,
smack dab in the middle of the overpass, was Nick Moe, Mark Dusek and
Matt Wilson,.... waving giant maroon and gold flags as they passed by.
Although there are numerous signs throughout town, I am a bit surprised
there aren't more. I was surprised "our" chamber didn't have a message
of encouragement to the youngsters that bring so much notoriety to our
community. It would have been a wonderful gesture for the record, too, I
think. Especially in light of the fact that they are in the sign making
business anyway.
Speaking of signs and the making thereof. I understand Ann McCann is
offering her "Letter Perfect" Sign Business for sale. If someone is
looking for an interesting, rewarding business opportunity. This could
well be the chance of a life time. According to the sign, (pardon the
pun) if your interested, in a sign business, call 352-3720
It hardly seems like yesterday, certainly not a Saturday 13,879 days
ago. Sugar Sugar, by Archies was playing on the radio and Holly
(Demester) Perry, received her very first, and only, spanking. Holly
shares the same birth date as George Washington (1732) and Steve
'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin (1962). Along with her pretty little smile,
Holly would also join the other 179,323,175 legal residents of the
country she loves so much
We love you very much.
Aunt Patti and Uncle Gary
Our young athletes left town today as winners. They will return home
tonight the same way. No matter what the score is.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

February 20, 2007 - Tuesday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you by all the wonderful people in the
Grafton area law enforcement group.
The current temperature is 15 degrees. Yesterdays H/L temperature
was 28/9
Normal H/L temp for this date is 24/6
The weather person says, by the end of the week, we can expect one of
the biggest winter storms of the season.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It's always enjoyable receiving word that in some small way, "we"
sometimes can make a difference. Erick sent the following note. >>> Hey
Just wanted to let you know that the response from having my
business in your Gazette has been great. Local people
and businesses have been finding out just how much money we can save
them here on Alltel cellular, office supplies, furniture, and machines;
and advertising. We are going to have our "Grand Opening" starting
next week and running into the end of March. We will be giving away
one Leather Office Chair and a One Custom Built Computer System. All
you have to do, starting Monday is register at 20 E 12th st (between
Red's and Mac's). Thanks Again Erick Soltvedt Spectrum
Services & Dist. LLC. <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Erick.
And, thanks for picking Grafton to open your new business.
I suspect, from time to time, several important people have enhanced
our midst. Some important politicians, and, some that thought they were
important politicians. From famous athletes, the likes of "Happy"
Chandler to folks that made athletes look good, like Harris Holiday.
Over the years, I've even heard "stories" of some, less than desirable,
individuals traversing our country. Such as the 'brigand' Loretta
mentions in the latest note she shares with us. She wrote: >>>
I don't know if Bert Overlund knew anything or heard anything about a
fellow by the name of "Baby-face Nelson" - who supposedly was connected
in some way to Al Capone. -- I know I heard --- many, many times -- in
Edinburg (where I grew up) that he would come to Edinburg from time to
time and played cards and whatever in the bar(s) there. Supposedly - he
had relatives in the area - but I'm not sure who they were or where they
lived. Maybe someone else remembers this? <<< Thanks a million for
caring and sharing Loretta. It would be fun hearing "the rest of the
story" if someone out there knows. I'm 'almost' certain the Leroy and
Rodney Nelson I know in Grafton, are not related,.... closely anyway.
And, I'm still waiting for Bruce Jackson to answer the question about
the Chicago Gambler.
Often I have mentioned my sincere appreciation for the members of "our"
Law Enforcement organization. I'll never forget the night Ed Hooey, in
pitch darkness, ran across our back yard in pursuit of a low down
scoundrel, and, how he staved off a very possible, dastardly deed to my
family and our property. I remember the night I watched my, future,
Father-in-Law, behind the Ben Sell's bar, grab two degenerates by the
neck. One in each hand and march them down the street to the jail in
city hall. I remember both Arnold Narveson and Bill Janousek giving me a
"break" when they really didn't have to.
AND, I am very pleased that Keith Mohagen, remembered, and cared to
share the following memory with us. >>>
Subject: The Good Old Days
I enjoy your letters about the good old days, andBerquams card parlor
came to mind. It was next to the Old Main Bar, and across the street
from Stan's Cafe where we had to wait for the Grand Forks Herald to come
in by Greyhound every day. If the bus was late or we were early we would
go across the street and "shoot a few" on one of his pool tables or
the 9 ft. Snooker table.The only other carriers I remember were Don
Kearny'sfour kids, Shirley, David, Donnie, and Beverly sharing their
loads to deliver the Herald. It was at a time when the non-whites
(Indians and Mexicans) were finally allowed to drink in bars and there
were frequent knife fights at the rear of the Main Bar. It was there
that I saw about 5 - 6 individuals engaged in a knife fight when
Graftonsfinest arrived in fine fashion. I will never forget seeing
Orville Olson and Ray Demester wadeinto the center of the fight with
their batons and handcuffs; and handled to conclusion. I still believe
that this was amajor determining factor in the mind of a 10year
old boy to follow a career inlaw enforcement. thanks - Keith
<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Keith. I certainly believe
it is quite possible that watching Orville and Ray consummate their
profession, for the benefit of the community. You found gratitude and
solace in a like profession. I must add, that my observations of Ray,
ultimately my Father-in-Law, gave me more than sufficient reason to
treat his daughter with the utmost respect.
Keiths note gives me yet another reason to believe. Those we love and
care for, never really leave us.... They simply change their residence
I am pleased to welcome Don and Nancy Gordon to the Gazette family.
Remember the "good old days", when there were only 8 million stories?
I'll bet there's a lot more now.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

February 19, 2007 - Monday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in spite of all the crazy things in
the world.
Keith, I hope it was okay to but your trash barrel behind your fence.
The current temperature is 12 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was N/A
Normal H/L temp for this date is 24/5
It sure was great seeing "soft water" on the streets again Monday.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance visible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Rumor has it, it won't be to long before they start building the
building that they will be building Subways in.
Wally's question about Grafton's former "poker games" continues
stirring interest.
Jim sent us the following. >>>
Subject: Wally's Poker Game
Price's Barbershop was the scene of an ongoing poker game when I was a
youngster in Grafton. I don't know if it was "high stakes" but it was
played there every day.
Jim Upham, <<< Thanks a million Jim, It sounds like it would have
been a great place to get "clipped",... twice. Once on the head, and
once in the pocket book.
Bert sent us an even more indepth look at the early days in the city.
>>> Subject: Grafton in the 20's
Hi Gary, My father, Erik Overland, told me about one card room back
in the days of prohibition. It was a "speakeasy" located ina
private backroom of Pollys. You could get a drink of choiceand there
were card gamesof any size along with some betting. Dad said that
one evening a friendand prominentGrafton Lawyer (T. I. Dahl) came
in and he had a heavy fur coat on. It had been raining but sure not cold
enough for a coat like that and they started razzing him about it. When
he removed it and shook it off some lead buckshot pellets bounced off
the floor. Everyone got a big laugh but never asked howtheygot
intothe big coat.
Dad also said that our neighbor Ralph Jackson had an old navy buddie
visit him in Grafton every so often, he said he was from Illinois. The
manstayed at a hotel and would walk by our house every day to visit
with Ralph. Dad said he was a real nice man, very well dressed and would
stop to talk, if dad was in the yard. When hevisited he would
sometimesstay for weeks. Then one day to their surprise he was
featuredon the front page of the paper, shot dead in a gangland fight
in Chicago. Maybe Ralph's son Bruce could shed some more light on the
man if his dad ever told him about this friend.
Best regards. Bert Overland <<< Thanks a million for caring and
sharing Bert. Aren't memories wonderful. It would be fun hearing "the
rest of the story" from Bruce Jackson. Wouldn't it?
Speaking of memories. Glenn sent this one. >>> Gary..Your Gazette sure
brings back lost memories to life again.
Hugo Kutz was our scoutmaster for 1 or 2 years in the early 1940's. We
would meet in the basement of the City Hall. Every week we saw Henry
Bernard's 1903 Olds. Actually all that I knew at that time was that it
belonged to Henry Bernard....Glenn Paulson <<< Thanks a million for
caring and sharing Glenn. Wouldn't it be interesting to find out why the
"old" Olds was kept in the city hall, and, why it was taken out of
As I have said so many times in the past. Small town America, Use em,
or lose em.
I am pleased to share the following note from Kelly Dokken proprietor
of Kellys Country Market Grocery Store, in Drayton. >>>>
Hi. Someone I know forwarded me last Wednesdays article about my
grocery store in Drayton. A business owner always loves that kind of
P.R. Since Dennys is closing in Grafton soon I'm going to send my weekly
shopper into Grafton and see what happens. Maybe I'll gain a few more
customers. One never knows. Just thought I'd drop a thank you to whoever
wrote those comments. How does one subscribe to your Gazette? Thanks,
Kelly <<< Thank you for the wonderful note Kelly. You have just
subscribed,.. and, we are pleased to welcome you to the Gazette family.
Also, I would love to be able to take the credit for the following
information about Kelly, his wife Barb and their Drayton grocery
business. Maybe, in a very small way, I can. However, the following
information has been supplied to me by my good friend Lee.
Kelly's Country Market in Drayton has been owned and managed by Kelly
Dokken since July 1996. He also owns the grocery store in Stephen,
Minnesota. Kelly lives in Grand Forks, ND with his wife Barb. Barb is
employed at Valley Health in Grand Forks as an Administrative Manager.
They have four children, one in college and three in high school.
Kelly spends most of his time in the meat department. He hand cuts all
the meat and his steaks and roasts are of the quality you'd expect to
find in a custom meat market. He also makes homemade sausage such as
Breakfast, Potato, Italian, and Maple, and has a smokehouse in the store
which he uses to produce beef jerky and smoked polish sausage.
He caters to hunters who make their own sausage every fall and carries
a full line of seasonings and casings, and also has the cheapest Pork
Butts in the area for those who like to grind their own. For example
last fall I paid $1.27 per pound for Pork Butts, compare that to Grand
Forks, or anywhere else for that matter.
As many small town merchants do, Kelly donates on a regular basis to
many different entities throughout the area. He participates in "Old
Fashioned Christmas" and also "Riverfest Days" in Drayton each year.
He also provides a valuable service to senior citizens in Drayton by
offering delivery of phoned in orders. <<< Thanks Lee, for caring and
sharing. And, thank you Kelly, for helping us keep our small towns,....
"Memories, are all of the little things, that didn't seem very
important when they happened." Or so it seems to me.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

February 18, 2007 - Sunday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you with the benefits of, anger management
The current temperature is 23 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 17/7
Normal H/L temp for this date is 24/5
The low temperature on this date in 1967 was, 35 degrees,.... below the
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
"Smoking makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Although there isn't any "visible" sign yet. Credible rumors have it,
that three (3) of Grafton's sailboat fuel storage facilities (empty
buildings) will soon have gainful activity in them.
Butch Gillespie's former Gillespie Meat Market will soon house a new
business, "insuring" it's future, on Main Street.
Carl Hvidsten's former Grafton Implement Co. building, will be
providing shelter for the folks planning to repair and rebuild farm
trucks and equipment.
Wally Johnson's former Johnson's Used Car dealership, will regain new
life as another used car dealership.
Graftons newest residents could be seen moving into the former Meyers
home at 1143 Dogwood yesterday.
While listing previous Grafton grocery stores the other day, Twila
reminded me of O'Conners Etcetera. Vally-Jo's predecessor on the south
end of town.
Tom Kutz sent the following response to Paul DeSautels question about
Henry Bernards old car. Tom wrote: >>> Gary,
Henry Bernard's 1903 Olds ran last August in the New London, MNto
New Brighton, MNantique auto race. An annual rally that is about
100 miles in length. There was a big article about the car in the
paper. I also have 8mm movies ofthe carin past Grafton Day
parades. And yes, it spent many years in the city hall basement.
Pretty good for a single cylinder over 100 years old! <<< Thanks a
million Tom. I suppose it would be asking to much to get that car here
for the 125 year celebration this June. Or would it?
Rats!!! Did I mention I didn't win the drawing for the UND Fighting
Sioux Special Edition Motorcycle? Well,... I didn't. Neither did anyone
I know.
Lee Bratlie went fishing this weekend. When he returned he sent the
following note. >>> Subject: Ice fishing
My 11 year old son and I went ice fishing Saturday after attending
the UND hockey game Friday night. We left about noon with the intentions
of sleeping in mypermanent house at Long Point Saturday night and
fishing Sunday.We got up there about 3:30, drilled holes and got the
stove going, then drove to Rocky Point for supper.
When we got there the place was packed, and the hostess asked if I
had reservations. I didn't, so I told her I didn't have a reservation,
but was "good friends" with Gary Moe. She gave me a funny look and told
me to follow her. "Would this table be OK?" she asked, and I assured her
it would be. I figured they must save a few good tables for unexpected
arrivals who have connections. She told me our waitress would be "right
there", and she was. A young lady by the name of Amanda I believe, and a
top notch waitress she was. She helped my son look over the menu and he
finally decided on the chicken strip dinner, andI ordered a hamburger
Our waitressmade us feel like we were the only people in the
place even though it was full to capacity, and I was thanking my lucky
stars I knew you. She kept our drinks full and checked on us several
times beforeshe brought out our food.Derek's chicken stripswere
the best he's ever had according to him, and my burger and fries were
done to perfection. Another side benefit of "knowing somebody" I told
myself as I (barely) finished the largeburger and fries.
After Ipaid for the meal I asked the hostess "how long she had
known Gary Moe", and she got that funny look on her face again and said
"Gary Moe, never heard of him before." So I wonder what kind of service
a person could expect if they actually did know somebody? HA HA!!
I might have embellished the story somewhat, but besides the part
about saying I knew you everything else is the way it was. A great
waitress and a great meal. Fishing was good also, we came back with
"close" to our limit. Yeah, I know, close only counts in horseshoes and
hand grenades, but Derek and I sure had a great time! And I see you made
the Rocky Point Ripple, if you weren't so damn modest I would have heard
about that before!!! <<< Thanks a million Lee. I'm not surprised Amanda
didn't remember me, I don't remember her either. However, I certainly do
remember the food at the Rock Harbor Lodge. Every day I look forward to
the day I can return to Arnesens Rocky Point.
The hockey game Saturday afternoon between the Spoilers and the
Spartans. The final score was 7 to 0. The first goal of the game was
scored by Oakwoods Chad Demers followed by Graftons Tanner Hills with
Graftons Todd Presteng hardly giving the Spartans goalie time to spit.
Then Park Rivers Chris Midgarden finished the flurry of 4 goals in less
than 1˝ minutes.
The second period slowed down some with Oakwoods Chad Demers stuffing
in Graftons fifth point, and Park Rivers Cody Boyle slapping in the
The third period only recoded one goal. That coming from Graftons Tom
We were eating dinner at MarketPlace when the game started. I guess,
they didn't want the radio to bother anyone so I didn't hear the first
period. However, we were able to catch the last two periods on the car
ANYWAY, the Grafton-Park River Spoilers did win, and, will be playing
in the State tournament starting Thursday. Two of "our" players were
picked for the all-East Region team also. Forewards, Zach Miller from
Minto and Tanner Hills from Grafton.
The East Region Coach of the year. --- "The Spoilers coach Jay
CONGRATULATIONS to Graftons Mike Sands, our Goalie and to the entire
Grafton-Park River Hockey organization.
Although it's often true that only a few individuals are singled out
for recognition. The real fact is. Without every single member of the
team, working together as a team. The team couldn't win.
"So when the celebration begins, remember those that made it possible
for those that played the best, and, to play the most." Or so it seems
to me.
It's always fun to get the first note back from a member of the Gazette
family. It's especially fun, when that first note is like that sent by
Rosalie (Punk Peterka) Murphy. She wrote. Hi Gary,
I've sure been enjoying the Shivercity Gazette; Diane Molde Urbauer
sent my name in to you. I've been telling my family about it and now, my
brother-in-law, J. D. Miller --from Minto (lives in Mesa in winter)
would like his name on your list. Is there a subscription fee?
Thanks, Rosalie (Punk) Murphy <<< Thanks a million for caring and
sharing. Of course there isn't a charge for the Gazette, although,
sometimes I think even that's to much.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

February 16, 2007 - Friday (evening) - Grafton, ND

Evening Edition
There may be such a thing as a good penalty. However, it's almost
always on the other team.
The current temperature is 14 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 8/-20
Normal H/L temp for this date is 23/4
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Steve and Linda Larson spent last weekend in the cities and sent
the following update. >>>>
Subject: Cystic Fibrosis 'Climb for a Cure' Update
Hi Gary & Patty,
Just a quick follow up on the 'Climb for a Cure' for Cystic Fibrosis
event that we went to in Minneapolis this past weekend....and, by the
way, thanks for the plug in your popular paper, as it helped us bring
quite a bit of cash down there for them.
Nearly 800 people, including the mayor of Minneapolis,
climbed 1,280 steps to the top of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis
and raised about $125,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.WOW! It
took the average person roughly 15 to 20 minutes to complete the 50
floor climb. Wife, Linda, and daughter, Abby, did it in less than 20
minutes, while it took me nearly 30 minutes...but we all made it. The
record time was 6 minutes and 18 seconds by a 40 year old Minneapolis
firefighter. And the most impressive thing we saw was the Roseville
Fire Department climbing the entire distance IN FULL GEAR ! As you've
said so many times...firefighters are amazing. At the top was this huge
party with clowns, bands, cheerleaders, massage therapists, fruit,
juices, candy and sandwiches....and a spectacular view of the Twin
Cities, as well as a good sense of accomplishment for something very
important. I bet we do it again next year. Steve and Linda <<< Thanks
a million Linda and Steve. I'm sure you will do it again next year. Your
never-tiring zest for community service is very admirable, to say the
Every community has room for improvement. Grafton certainly does
as well. HOWEVER, "we" are doing a lot of things right too. We have
super people, in a wonderful area, and, when everyone pulls in the same
direction. We can't be stopped.
Notes like the following are frequent and wonderful to share.
I've been reading with great interest all the views as to why Denny's is
closing. I guess when I first read about it and heard it was a lease
situation I understood that it had nothing to do with profitability of
the store. In my former life some 25 years ago I was a corporate
operations manager responsible for 40 plus stores. One of my jobs was
to monitor lease contracts to make sure the operation could remain
profitable and that the lease would not hinder the future of that store
in any adverse way. There were times when Iwas forcedto
recommend to the corporation that a store be closed, even though it was
profitable,because of a clause in a contract that thebuilding
owner wouldn't negotiate. Of course this would start rumors about
theoperation not making money and so on when in fact it was a legal
issue and nothing more. We so love to play the blame game don't
I've been blessed to drive bus for the past few years driving teams to
their place of contest. Each time there have been boxes of apples,
bars, PowerAide, and assorted turkey and ham sandwiches for the team.
When I walked into this store I was always greeted by an employee and
sometimes several times by different employees in different isles.
When I personally was attempting to locate personal items to send to the
South after Katrina, I called Denny and he supplied us with enough
personal items to make over 700 kits to send. These items were
Fargo this week. Well, David was saying how much he enjoyed the
Shivercity Gazette and I told him that I'd really enjoy getting on the
list. We still get the Walsh County Record but would enjoy your
PS: Hope to have Marty Riske join us at our next Grafton '65
breakfast in Fargo.
Thanks, George Cox <<< Please welcome Dean and George to our
I stayed home tonight and "watched" the hockey game on KXPO
Radio. I must say the Radio coverage of he game was fantastic,..... the
game certainly wasn't.
I'll admit I know very little about the game. I'm not even sure
how many innings there are in a hockey game. I don't know how far you
have to be away from the basket to get a "three pointer".
Over the years, however, I have learned that you can't win when
your losing.
Anyway, the game started out just perfect. The spoilers scored in
the first minute of the game. Then, "we" commited a couple penalties and
Fargo tied the score. Then "we" commited a couple more penalties,...
and, Fargo scored again. The rest of the game was much the same. We did
eventually make one more goal while Fargo South ended with a total of 8.
For tomorrows game, (Saturday) If I had a jug with a genie in it.
I'd rub it and wish that the boys could get a good rest, sharp skates,
sufficient nourishment, and a hockey stick that can stuff a puck in the
net,...... without a penalty,
Fargo South Bruins 8 --- the Grafton, Park River Spoilers 2.
"It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game."

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February 16, 2007 - Friday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you with the benefits of a anger
management course.
The current temperature is 13 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 2/-20
Normal H/L temp for this date is 23/4
We are looking forward to a few days of above zero temperatures.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news and stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Conversations this week are still mostly centered around the closing of
Denny's Food Pride, sprinkled sparingly by the fact that this is
district hockey tournament week. Grafton will square off thursday night
with the West Fargo Packers.
Speaking of hockey. The next note is a heartwarming one. >>> Gary:
What I am going to share won't surprise you or your family, but I hope
it inspires other youth to follow in these gentlemen's footsteps. Being
a Termite hockey mom, I have quickly learned how important it is to have
a coach. The first week our fine termites weren't sure if they were
going to have one. We had a couple devoted dads that would help, but....
Well let me tell you how the end of that sentence goes. It is no secret
that late last fall there were some boys who had played hockey for many
years here in Grafton that in this their senior year (be it by their
choice or not-by this time it all was water under the bridge) weren't
playing hockey with the Grafton Spoilers. If there is such as thing as a
bad news/good news story-this may be in the running. We wonder about our
young people and if what they have learned over the years is enough to
make a difference in the world. My bet is that what these two did with a
situation which probably wasn't exactly how they planned to spend their
Senior year on ice, is evidence that yeah-someone, somewhere did it
right. And you can bubble with pride, as one of these guys is a shoot
off the Moe family tree. As our season is on its last month, I don't
know if our Termites could have asked for a better coaching team.
A very devoted hockey dad-Hans Halvorson, agreed to be the coach,
but knew he would need assistance. And to our pleasure these two young
guys happened to fall from the sky at about the same time. I have no
clue how it all came together, but I do know that the 2006-07 Termite
hockey year has been a joy to be part of. Justin Moe and Randy Helgeson
are the young guys who played hockey for many years and now in their
senior year have stepped in to become Hans's assistants. These two have
faithfully been at practice, traveling to games and providing great role
models for these rookie skaters. I often marvel at the fact that on
Friday nights and Saturday mornings (which are 2 of the 3 days the
termites practice) these two could be at a million and one better places
than hanging out with 4,5,6 & 7 year olds. But here they are, picking
our kids up off the ice, showing them those basic skills that will groom
them for years to come, making an impact on each of these little boys
and girls. Hans, Justin & Randy are coaching the way all parents want
their kids to be coached. They put emphasis on "we" not "me", they talk
about how important working together is. That you need to value your
teammates. Every practice each kid there leaves knowing that their
coaches knew they were there and were making a difference on our team.
Each is also working to be the proud recipient of the "Player of the
Week". A coveted award that is not based on who scored the most goals,
but on who worked hard and supported their team. It is so much fun to
hear when we are out and about, our son point out these guys as "there's
Coach Justin, or Coach Randy" as well as "Coach Hans". Each of them are
equal, just like the values these coaches are impressing on our termite
team. To Randy and Justin-Thank you for taking time in your busy senior
year to make a difference in our children's hockey future. Thank you for
coming back at a time when you could have very easily moved on. And to
all three of you, for all the times we may have forgotten. Thanks for
the great job. You are appreciated!
Kathy Larson <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathy.
The following note looks at store closings from a different angle. >>>
Regarding your "use it or lose it" conversation. Its a real tuff
call. In the old days all business training was focused on customer
service. Now days with the advent of Walmart, Home Depot, etc where
there is no service, everything is focused on price. People use those
prices to beat the little guy with service, over the head.
You have to have a level of volume in any business to price your goods
so you can grow the business. If your to high you won't get the
volume and in a small market if you lower your price to compete you
still can't raise your volume. If Walmart came to Grafton they won't
make it because they really need volume.
Also its surprising how many people are envious of a successful business
and like to see it fail.
I'm sure with all the banks in town they ship most of their deposits out
of town which also hurts the money turn over in a small town. <<<<
Thanks for caring and sharing. It is a fact that the larger the business
is the easier it is for them to control price.
The Girls will be playing in the Region 2 Tournament at the Betty
Engelstad Center beginning Monday. The Spoilers will take on Dakota
Prairie. If they win that game, they will play again at about 7:30pm
against the FLPR/Hillsboro winner. If they lose, they will be out of the
The boys, travel to Drayton-St. Thomas Their District 4 Tournament
will start Friday, Feb. 23 thru the 27th in Grafton.
Chris Larson <<< Thanks Chris
The Spoilers and Packers squared off Thursday night with Grafton player
Tanner Hills scoring in the first 30 seconds. Drayton's Tanner Anderson
stuffed one in a few minutes later. That was followed by Minto's Zach
Miller putting the third point on the board. Shortly into the second
period Minto's Zach Miller made it 4 to 0. Then Grafton's Alex Gaustad
dumped in the 5th goal and then "allowed" the Packers to score 1.
Grafton's Alex Gaustad poked another one in making it 6 to 1. Then
Grafton's Todd Presteng slapped in the 7th goal, and, by then, the
second period was over.
The third period started out with running time. With 4 minutes left of
the game, Oakwoods Chad Demers made it 8 to 1 and before I knew it, the
Game was over.
The Grafton - Park River "Spoilers" 8 The West Fargo "Packers"
The "Spoilers" play Fargo South Friday night approx. 8:30. Maybe, if
I'm real good tomorrow, my mommy will let me go.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

February 15, 2007 - Thursday - Grafton, ND

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in part, by -----==== The MARKETEER
The current temperature is -11 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was -5/-21
Normal H/L temp for this date is 22/3
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The shelves in Denny's Food Pride are starting to look alot like the
shelves do the day before Christmas at the Pamida store.
Speaking of Pamida and good things that can happen in Grafton. >>> Hi
Gary... With all the talk about local businesses, I would like
to share a story about our local Pamida. I was in Pamida last week and
was at the checkout paying for my purchases. The lady ahead of me had 3
movies/DVD's she was putting on layaway. She was so happy that Pamida
lets her do that because she got to purchase a movie for each of her
grandchildren at the sale price (did you know Pamida gives you $3.00 off
every new release you purchase on it's arrival date to the store?). I
didn't know that until last week, so needless to say I purchased 2 new
releases. Also, do Target or Wal-Mart layaway? I don't know, but I do
know Pamida does! When price comparing with GF, Pamida was then $3.00
less - without the discount, they were the SAME price as Target.
Interesting,.... I think.
I have often looked at the sale ads of our competitors to the south
and have gone back to our store to see how much less they were than us,
only to realize they aren't. Many people don't know that! Some people
automatically assume we will be higher since we are a small store. One
customer couldn't believe her estimate total when I called her. She kept
saying "are you sure?" and, I checked and rechecked because she was
worrying me that I had figured wrong or something. I was sure and we
came in $1500.00 under GF!!!! This is without negotiation, I might add!!
It seems some stores like to charge for the name brand, but not us. We
charge on value. We pride ourselves in great service with a smile. We
are proud to be a business owner in a small town. Although sometimes
difficult, it is also very rewarding. I think for the most part, other
Grafton business owners feel the same way. At least I hope so. Thanks
for all your words of encourage to our local communities on keeping the
shopping local! (You can use our names if you wish) Brad & Denise Moe.
<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing. Not always, but very often,
not being able to find what you need in a small town is little more than
an excuse to go for a nice long drive. So,.. why not just take the nice
long ride,.. and, then come back home and do your shopping.
ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS has opened it's doors in Grafton. Erick sent us
the following, in the regard. >>> Gary,
My name is Erick
Soltvedt and I have just started a business in Grafton called Spectrum
Services & Dist. LLC. We are an Alltel Wireless Agent located in between
Mac's and Red's. Besides Cell phones and plans, we also offer office
supplies, machines, and furniture.
When talking about small
towns and price, one would be surprised to find we are up to 35% cheaper
on our office supplies, furniture and equipment than Office Max and 20%
cheaper than Quill (mail order), plus we offer free delivery on orders
over $25. We don't stock everything same day as that would be impossible
(Over 25,000 plus items), but everything is guaranteed same or next day
delivery, if ordered before 2:30 P.M. In a small town or a group of
small towns, we know that service is key and we hope to offer that
exceptional level of service.
Our other venture is the
"The Marketeer". It is a localshopper/classifieds paper geared strictly
towards cheap effective advertising in the small towns north of Grand
Forks, N/S between Hwy 2 and Canada, and E/W between Adams ND and Hwy 75
in Minnesota. We offer no Grand Forks businesses advertising, unless
they have multiple locations (such as Grafton/Grand Forks/Kittson County
We print our shopper
paper locally with Morgan Printing. We bought all of our paint for the
offices from True Value. I will even advertise with other local
publications, and not just my own. My whole point is there is a lot to
offer in the small towns north of Grand Forks and we try to offer
businesses cheaper means of products and advertising to cut down on
their bottom line so they can be even more competitive.
I live in Oslo, and
although we have Dahlstroms and have had Landowski's. I have seen the
town of Oslo lose several businesses. If you don't use it, you lose
it...but unfortunately a lot of people don't appreciate it until it's
My wife owns the Café
in Minto and has seen business decline over the past 5 years....some of
it economy, some of it mandatory price increases, some of it the
"smoking ban" she has cut back hours. The one thing she notices
is that the only people that complain about the cutback in hours, are
the people that never come in to do business anyway.
Thanks Gary for raising
awareness about these issues. <<<< Thanks for caring and sharing Eric.
Welcome to Grafton. We wish you the very best in your new venture.
Marcia sent the following. >>>
Hi Gary
Happy Valentines Day to you and Patti.
Today is another day that brings back great memories of my parents. My
dad use to deliver flowers for Grafton Floral and I remember sitting at
the kitchen table watching out the window because my dad's last stop was
at 620 Prospect and he would walk up to the door and ring the door bell,
my mom would answer it and my dad would say, "this is my last delivery I
saved the best for last". I remember my mom smiling and saying "thank
you". Memories are great Marcia Molde Seeba <<< Thanks a million Marcia.
Memories are wonderful, especially memories of wonderful people like
Mildred and Bennie Molde.
Wally's "original challenge" was ---- Gary,there was a high stakes
gambling card room in Grafton. Where was it? Who ran it? I know who it
was. Who will be the first to win? <<< Ole Aasand called from the sunny
south and said he thought the man was "Poker John" and, the place was
Bergquam's Pool Room. He also said if the prize was 200 pounds of steak,
I could bring it down to him. And, that Wally would pay the freight.
P.S. Ole,... Mrs. Bergquam did operate a rooming house above the
poolroom and saloon.
Jan Burns shared the next note. >>>
Hi Gary: Regarding the note from Wally about the high stakes
gambling that used to occur in Grafton, I worked for Bill Depuy while I
was in high school and again several years later. I remember gambling
being mentioned occasionally and I am wondering if it was held in his
law offices which were above the former Walsh County Bank. He was a
wonderful human man and I have never met anyone I respected more.
Your Shivercity Gazette continues to be a highlight of my days.
Blessings to you, Jan Burns <<< Thanks a million Jan. I gotta think your
assessment is pretty close.
Then, a person named Anonymous sent this note. >>> Nice updates on the
hockey team, but what about the girls and boys basketball team. Those
boys and girls deserve the same acknowledgement as the hockey players.
<<< Of course, I couldn't agree more. I would even be willing to discuss
the probabilities & possibilities.
We are pleased to welcome Jerry and Delores Daley and Jerry Unruh to
the Gazette family.
I am looking forward to sharing a heartwarming message from Kathy
Larson and, Cynthia's emergency cell phone message in a future Gazette.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

February 14, 2007 - Wednesday - Grafton, ND

The current temperature is -19 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was -5/-21
Normal H/L temp for this date is 22/3
It's not that cold out. Heck, I'm wearing the same jacket today as I
wore last summer. Only now, I'm wearing it inside.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Judging by the number of cars in Denny's Food Pride Parking Lot
yesterday. You would almost think they were having a sale or something.
It just goes to show,... if you sell food cheap enough, some folks will
buy it anyway. Or so it seems to me.
That rumor about a welding shop in the former Heritage Sales and
Leasing building isn't a rumor any longer. According to Grafton's KXPO
Radio Station, it's a fact. There will be one.
Billy DeSautel is home and doing fine. At least he's getting
ornery,.... so, that must mean he's getting well. Right Dee?
We have much to learn, as a community, if we are to earn the respect
and confidence of the buying public. We are not along in that regard.
Every community does. Let us hope we can realize that before the others
do. And, prosper from that knowledge. I don't think I've kept the fact
that businesses that don't abide by their own business hours, irritate
Wally sent the following note in that regard. >>> Hi Gary
Lessons Chris Anholt taught me. To be one minute late is as bad as a
half hour. I think about that every day.
He gave a lot of people credit during the depression. He looked
them in the eye, eye to eye. Then he asked them if they were going to
pay him. If they continued eye contact they got credit. If they looked
down or side ways they got no credit. He was a master on credit. It
worked every time. Gary,there was a, high stakes, gambling card room
in Grafton. Do you know where it was? Who ran it? I know who it was.
Who will be the first to win? Oh,... Grafton has lots of great
memories Wally <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Wally. It
will be interesting to see who can answer your Gambing room question.
Maybe we could offer them a ride thru the 125 year celebration parade
this summer on "Wally's Bull"?
Yesterday we mentioned the opening of the Hasting Landing Restaurant.
I'm sure we'll be hearing more about that operation in the near future.
All I did was mention it yesterday and Christine sent the following
note. >>> Gary Moe, you brought tears to my eyes!!!! Thank you so very
very much!!!! You are a true blessing in many lives!!! Christine <<<
Thanks a million Christine. It's the caring and sharing that makes the
world go round.
I thought long and hard before I decided to share the next one. Not
because I didn't believe it could, or, should be shared. Mainly because
it hits frightfully close to home. My home. Then I realized, if we truly
do want to improve our communities image, and, I truly believe we do.
The following thoughts are as valid as any. >>>
I read the Gazette a couple times and finally had to send this. If
you've had enough on the subject that's fine, read this and delete it or
do whatever you want with it. But if you choose to use some of what is
below, either all of it or just the last paragraph that's fine with me.
Later my fine friend!!!
Just a couple comments on the Gazette today. First, I think everyone
can sympathize with the person who said it's human nature to seek out a
deal. Everyone works hard for their money and wants to get as much as
they can in return. One needs to look no further than some of the
farmers in the area who purchase diesel fuel by tanker instead of
purchasing from the guy who'll come out and repair the tire on their
beet lifter in the middle of the night. Same with farm chemicals and
fertilizer. And those are big ticket items, not the average loaf of
bread or 1/2 gallon of milk most purchase.
Another person made a good point with the questioning of why some
businesses in Grafton try to sabotage others. I've wondered the same
thing, I see flowers, vegetable plants, and gardening supplies outside
several Grafton stores every spring. Do they really need to try put a
local business, one which celebrated it's 60th anniversary last summer,
out of business to survive themselves? Or is it that some of the
business owners talk the talk but don't walk the walk? I'm sure you're
proud your brother doesn't resort to things like that, and I know for a
fact he isn't selling milk, eggs, coffee, laundry detergent, and
household supplies at Grafton Floral because I purchase all of our
plants from him every year. Probably for a few cents more than I could
somewhere else, but principle shouldn't have a price tag put on it.
Also, a note said Grafton grocery stores have never "price gouged." My
belief is a business has the right to charge whatever they feel is a
fair price for their products. Conversely, consumers have the right to
either shop at those stores, or go somewhere they feel charges a
"fairer" price for goods they wish to purchase. I do a lot of grilling
in the summer, and a fair amount in the winter. I buy Ribeye and T- Bone
steaks exclusively at Kelly's Country Market right here in Drayton
priced at $7.99 to $8.99 per pound, depending on if they are on sale
that week or not. A quick look at the meat cases in Grafton would seem
to suggest that meat is considerably higher there than in Drayton. Yes,
Drayton, not Grand Forks. Yeah, small towns, use em or lose em.
Lastly, I'd also like to invite everyone to Drayton to eat at the newly
opened Cafe. Tracy and Christine are a great couple and an asset to the
Drayton business community. I've only heard two complaints about the
Cafe since they opened it, one is the serving portions are too generous,
the other complaint is the prices are too low. Other than that nothing
but great reports!! Come find out for yourself! <<< Thanks a million for
caring and sharing.
This note also, poses an interesting question. >>> Here is a
question that needs an answer if anyone is so inclined to do so. Why
with Denny's, Wally's, Simonson's, Cenex, Grafton Square, Kum and Go,
etc. would the GRAFTON Booster Club chose to go to Grand Forks to get
their candy for their concession stand for the upcoming tournament? I
have to wonder how many of these businesses are members of the boosters?
<<<<<< Well,... I'm not sure how many Grand Forks stores are members of
the Grafton Booster Club. I am sure someone knows, AND, maybe they would
be willing to share that with us. It might be such a thing that the
Grand Forks Store the candy is coming from has donated a significant
amount of time and money and it's been determined they "deserve" a
chance to make money as well. Small Town America, use em or lose em.
The following note was sent over from the subscription department. >>>>
Hi Gary: As always, thank you for the fine job you are
doing. We always enjoy anddon't miss reading the Gazette. It is
raining hard in Escondido, Ca. today. We are 3 inches behind in our
rainfall for the season, so this is very welcomed. Temperature today
is 64°. A little warmer then Grafton. My brother, Gene Gourde,
was just out to visit us and we were telling him about the famous
Gazette. He asked if he could join your large family and I told him I
would contact you. Hope all is going well in Grafton and everyone is
staying warm. Bye for now. Judy (Gourde) Smith <<< Thanks a
million for the note, weather report and your very kind words. Of course
we are pleased to welcome Gene to the Gazette family.
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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