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
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
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: >>>
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.
-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY YVETTE MOE --
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
GOTTA - GO - WORK - ON - MY - DASH
Write if you can, call if you can't, and, tell your loved ones they are,
before it's too late.