Friday, November 30, 2007

November 30, 2007 - Friday

St. John's Catholic Church
Grafton Wrestling program benefit
Hours from 8:00 til full
Silent auction and tasty bake sale
AND,... pictures with Santa.
== The scrumptious 2nd annual ==
=== Grafton Federated Church ===
-------- Saturday 11 to 4 -------
By the bowl - OR - By the bucket
Rumor has it Glenn (GUNNER) Gonsorowski & friends may also be
participating in this wonderful event.
The current temperature is -8°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 8/-6
Normal H/L Temp for this date is 26/10
A wind chill advisory is in effect causing
all swimming pools, beaches and bath houses in the area to remain closed
until our part of the world warms up again.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I received an interesting note about hyperactivity. Of course I will
honor the "do not use my name" in the Gazette request. However the gist
of the note was that my comments "simply must be wrong", because, the
note suggests. That every time that individuals children were given
candy they would "run around the house yelling a screaming like wild
early Americans." (I'll admit I did change that part a bit.) So,... in
this persons analogy anyway, the sugar "must" be the cause.
To that I might suggest. Try giving a kid a pony and you'll see that
exact same hyperactivity. Try giving your child a new bike and again you
will see the same "hyperactivity" reaction.
Of course kids will display a heightened level of jubilation when given
candy sweetened with sugar. Candy tastes fantastic with sugar, eating
anything sweetened with good old fashioned American Crystal Sugar is a
pleasant experience. Why shouldn't they be happy. That doesn't mean kids
are "hyperactive". That means kids are active and happy.
Or so it seems to me.
It's always fun sharing nice things from good people. Kathy wrote. >>>>
Subject: thanks
Good morning Gary.
As the holidays are amongus, again, it'stime to reflect on
things we have to be grateful an thankful for. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank everyone in the Grafton an surroundingareas
for the many cards,gifts,well wishes an prayers we received during
my daughters surgery in Rochester Minn. A special thank you to
Mike & Tim DeSautel, Frances, Mitch and all of the employees at Wally's.
Thanks for working with meand for allowing the timeoff I needed to
make this happen.Their expressions of thoughtfulness and concern was
overwhelming and very VERY much appreciated. Ashley is on the road to
recoveryand things are looking good. Thanks again, so much, to
each and everyone.
Kathy Nomeland & Ashley Grabowski From our house to
Thank you for caring and sharing Kathy. Even the most difficult times
are made easier when we surround ourselves with wonderful people.
Speaking of wonderful people. Mary Arnesen (Arnesen's Rocky Point
Resort) stopped by the Country Smokehouse the other day. As most of you
are aware. I have often said, "if your hungry, and you are anywhere in
the northern Minnesota area, stop in at Arnesen's Rock Harbor Lodge for
some of the country's absolute best cuisine. It is really wonderful to
have folks like Mary and her culinary expertise stop in the Country
I hope ALL of our potential future politicians are paying close
attention to the ramifications involved with the teacher possible
facing, 40 lashes, (that's torture in my book folks) a prison sentence,
possible gang rape, AND, she could even be put to DEATH. WHY,..... for
giving her students a TEDDY BEAR.
It's impossible to "negotiate" with folks that live and believe in that
kind of logic. Unless I am totally misinformed. I believe it was
somewhere over their that the old adage "a eye for a eye" originated.
So,... if that be true, the teacher should get a giant teddy bear.
Or so it seems to me.
"If you don't let me know your there. I won't know you care."

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 29, 2007 - Thursday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part, by The Grafton
Federated Church. The home of the 2nd annual Fabulous CHILI-RAMA
COOK-OFF. This Saturday from 11 to 4. For a mere $6 a person, $15 a
family, you can enjoy one, or all, of the dozen or more chili recipes
offered at this years CHILI-RAMA COOK-OFF.
The current temperature is 3°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was
Normal H/L temp for this date is
With temperatures of the past few days, and, those in the forecast.
This would be a super spot for a world conference on global warming. The
Grafton Armory, which sits right in the middle of what was once a
gigantic glacier, has ample room to handle the sale of billions of
dollars worth of "carbon credits" for the very rich. I could even
arrange a spot in front of the line for the Schwarzeneggers and Gores of
the world so that they can continue spewing their bull excrement into
the same air we breath.
It is unbelieveable to me that all the rich need do is purchase a few
acres of swamp land to justify their frivolous life styles.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
===== GUNNER =====
May I have your attention please?
This is a special note from John Aasand to "GUNNER" and all his friends
and contractor buddies. He says you're supposed to load up a buss load
from Grand Forks and bring them to Grafton Saturday for the Chili-Rama
While your at it Gunner, come a little earlier Saturday and stop by St.
Johns Church for a fantastic benefit breakfast for the Grafton Wrestling
club. Gene Fayette organized Grafton's wrestling club a couple of years
ago, and, although still in it's infancy, the club seems to be doing
quite well. However, like all fledgling organizations, they can use all
of the support "our" community can muster.
As for me Gunner, I'm thinking maybe you could buy up a dozen or so
breakfast's, a couple gallons of chili and bring it all up to your place
at Rocky Point and we could have us a really super "winter
wing-ding",..... of sorts. Okay?
There is still no sign of a house on the new foundation across the
street from Ole Aasand's. However, there has been a little more activity
on the multi-unit garages for the apartment complex just south of there.
Gladys and Harry Misialek have the cutest snowman in their picture
When you drive by Jim & Nicole DeSautel's home at 425 15th street West,
turn your FM radio to 88.9 to listen and watch a super neat Christmas
sound and light show.
Speaking of holiday lighting. I noticed some members of the city of
Grafton crew decorating one of the shelters in Leistikow Park. It really
looks great and certainly does light up the northwest corner of the
It appears the folks from the park are still to busy to fix the flag
and get all the park department decorations functional. I'm guessing
they will get around to it, as soon as they can.
While I was driving through the park yesterday afternoon shortly after
4:00 pm I counted 5 cars in front of me and one (that I could see)
behind me.
How wonderful, I thought, that so many were able to visit Leistikow
Park and to appreciate the significant effort and enjoy the wonderful
How unfortunate, I thought, that only a few of the displays were
actually lit so they could truly be appreciated as they should. Yes, it
is still daylight at 4:00 pm, even in this country. However, it would be
an unusual day in deed that it would be to bright for the lights in the
park to be ineffective.
There must be hundreds of people stopping, shopping or just passing
through "our" community that simply can't wait til dark to appreciate
"our" parks presentations before returning to their homes. How much
more could a few additional hours of electricity possibly cost?
I received the following note, postmarked Gettysburg, from my friend
Kermit. >>> OK, I believe "Shivercity" is for
real....all the Skeeters are dead. 10 degrees will do it. I will keep
track of the future below zero report. I'll bet you your front tooth
(teeth) that the high school and college kids are still outdoors in
How on earth did you manage gnawing on a turkey bone? I can
sympathize.....I, too, knocked out a couple of front teeth, the year
before last, because I tripped over a manhole cover which was being
repaired on the streets of NYC. I think I would have been better off
had the cover beenleft to the side. Come to think of it, we might
have had a better view of the TG parade last Thursday from below! We
accompanied our little grandchildren, along with the hundreds of
thousands of other turkeys. Santa welcomed in the Christmas season
andled his entourage of elves and cheering throngs right to the front
doors of Macy's!! Uf da!
We wish you, your family and greater Shivercity family a very SMILEY
Holiday Season, but for the right reason! Kermit and Barbara
<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kermit. Our best to you
and your sweetheart, from me and mine, this holiday season as well. We
will look forward to seeing you again this summer at Rocky Point.
==== H Y P E R A C T I V I T Y ====
Many people still believe that sugar intake in children causes
hyperactivity. A meta-analysis, however, of 16 different reports from 23
separate studies with 560 subjects showed virtually no effect of sugar
intake on the hyperactivity in children. In a review of the literature
from 12 double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, no association was
found between sugar intake and hyperactive behavior. Thus, despite
numerous anecdotal perceptions to the contrary, systematic, controlled
studies show that sugars do not cause hyperactivity.
Rumor has it that Ben and Sara (Rystad) Suda spent the first night of
their tenth year together last night. Only time will tell if that was a
bonafide event. However, another rumor has it, Sara did "entertain" Ben
during a anniversary lunch at the Curling club. If that's true then I
certainly would expect Ben to recipricate with a scrumptious brunch at
the Ice Box today.
Right Ben?
Congratulations Ben & Sara, from Pat and Gary and our entire gene pool.
After all, 9 years doesn't seem long at all,... until you realize
that's 3,375 days, or, a whopping 81,000 hours together.
Or so it seems to me.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 28, 2007 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part, by my dentist. He's
the only person I know, that has actually asked me to open my mouth,...
and keep it open.
The current temperature is 10°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 9/-12
Normal H/L temp for this date is 27/11
The hi temp on this date in 1914 was a balmy 52°, although I'm sure
Al Gore has already documented that.
A 3 inch blanket of snowcat dust is covering our neighbors back yard.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Leistikow Park is, "beginning to look a lot like Christmas". Large
decorated candles not only light up the entrance to the park, they
herald the 102 anniversary of Johanna (Mrs. George) Greens birth.
If the red ribbons tied to tree branches indicate a plan to be
decorated, (and I think they are) there are still several additional
displays planned for this years presentation. However, already, Graftons
Leistikow Park Holiday Season Light Display is "worth the trip". (oops,
I borrowed that quote from Landowski's Furniture Store in Grafton.
Although they too are "worth the trip".)
Every day, it seems, there's something new added in the park. The
other day, for instance, I noticed that Country Smokehouse set up a
"seasonal" satellite smokehouse in the park. Then, for some reason, the
large tractor from Farm Credits display disappeared.
Then,.... on Monday, much like the Wringling Brothers and Barnum &
Bailey Circus folks used to do in the old days when they would come into
town with a train load of acts and displays. I noticed a whole string of
trucks, pickups, vans and vehicles along the east side of the park. It
proved to be Wally DeSautel and his band of faithful followers. They
were setting up, what I can best describe as "Wally's wonderland of
wonderful, whimsical, characters in the snow." Descriptions, even
pictures, can't do justice to Wally's display this year. You really have
to see it, to believe it.
The beautifully decorated tree directly across from Wally's display
also touched my heart in a special way. Unfortunately, some "buffoons"
used it to display their superior ignorance as evidence by the following
note. >>>
Subject: The Park Decorations
Gary -
Barnes Family Funeral Service has decided to decorate a tree out in the
park this year. The tree is a memory tree for all of the wonderful
families we have served throughout the year.
I was pretty excited to be given the ability to choose the
decorations. I picked a lovely tree and spent most of the weekend going
back and forth from Pamida to the Park. I wanted to make sure the tree
looked just right! Last night I drove my family out to the park to see
the finished product and was saddened to find it had been more or less
toilet papered. My hard work has been tainted by someone's lack of
spirit. I had to stop the car, get out, and tear down sheet after sheet
of paper and trash. I can't help but wonder why people feel the need to
do this. I recall this being an issue last year but somewhere in my
hopeful heart thought that maybe... just maybe, it would be different
this year. I will continue to monitor the tree in the park, but am sad
at the fact that I even have to.
Hopefully the spirit that has filled those of us that took the time to
decorate trees and such at the park will far outweigh the obvious
vandalizing scrooges.
Nanci Gale-Wilson <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Nanci. Your "revitalized" tree
looks great and makes a wonderful addition to Holiday display of lights
at Leistikow Park.
Anyway, I'm guessing the folks at the park will have "all" of their
decorations lit within the next day or two, and, I'd be surprised if
they don't even put a new flag on the flag pole.
I was in the Gazette library the other day, utilizing our brand
spanking new "pot-to-think-on, and, the following thought occurred to
If "our" politicians can't get the folks who truly love "our" country,
ie; those folks on the other side of the political isle. How in Gods
green earth can they ever hope to "negotiate peace" with countries, and
people, that believe the only way they can get to heaven is by killing
Then, I got to thinking, maybe,... just maybe... "If our politicians
weren't quite so full of the main reason I spend so much time in my
library, they might actually be able to accomplish at least some of what
we elect them to do in the first place. Or so it seems to me.
====== d a f f y n i t i o n ======
CARBON CREDITS: A system that allows wealthy individuals and
corporations to continue polluting the atmosphere while the poor and
middle class PAY FOR IT. Or so it seems to me.
===== Callenge of the day =====
--------- SOME ---------
Think of some one, or some thing that could use some help..... Then
give some.
P.S. (How's the weather in Ohio?)
Rumor has it the coyote population around here is way up this year. We
have more turkeys than we could eat at Thanksgiving. The ground is
covered with snow. AND, it's cold enough to freeze the fuzz off a peach.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November 21, 2007 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part, by "The DAILY GRIND".
Their coffee's the finest their soup is delicious. It's a great place
for lunch and you don't do the dishes.
The current temperature is 22°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 33/24
Normal H/L temp for this date is 30/14
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The 49th annual Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held this
past Monday at Market Place on 8th. The Special Guest Speaker for the
evening was Miss North Dakota "Ashley Young". And, there couldn't have
been a more beautiful speaker, (pardon the pun).
John Fox served as MC of the event, doing an admirable job. He also
told a few "Ole & Lena" jokes unfortunately, being ½ Norwegian myself,
I didn't understand most of them.
I'm sure the Walsh County Record will do a much better job reporting
the events than I could. So, for the purposes of this discourse I will
only touch on the highlights.
I found it especially touching to witness Sally Schneider express her
appreciation while presenting her husband Denny, (Denny's Food Pride), a
participation award from GHS Experience Based Career Education Program.
Both Denny and Sally have given much to our Community over the years.
I found it heart warming to hear Renae Fayette call Zebbie (DeSautel)
Hankey to the podium to accept the Teacher of the year award. The world
would be a better placed if it was full of educators the likes of
This years "Boss of the Year" award went to a well deserved individual.
One only needs to enter the recipients place of business and the feeling
of pride and attention to detail resonates throughout the entire
establishment. Employees of the business all present themselves with a
dignity and eagerness to serve that leaves one with the knowledge that
excellence isn't just simply a word at Grafton's Squire Shop. It IS the
way they do business.
I would like to extend a most heartfelt congratulations to Rita Amiot,
this years "Boss of the Year".
It's easy for me to get a "little" emotional when I see good people,
doing good things receiving recognition for their efforts. However, when
John Fox called Rita back up to the podium to present the "Citizen of
the Year" award, I started swallowing a lump that just wouldn't stay
down. Rita started her presentation with a list of accomplishments this
years "Citizen of the Year" has achieved. She listed several
organizations this years recipient participates in as well as a long
list of volunteer activities throughout the community and the area.
Of course, from the very beginning, I recognized the individual she was
speaking of. Certainly, over the years I have been well aware of the
numerous significant contributions this years "Citizen of the Year" has
HOWEVER, when Rita finish reading off a long list of accomplishments
and said. The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce 2007 "Citizen of the
Year" is
A. K. (Andrew) Moe. I experienced a feeling of pride that I previously
only thought possible in dreams. I found myself thanking God, and,....
the community in which I live.
As I watched my "little" (pardon the pun) brother walk toward to stag,
one of my thoughts was -- "If only his Father and Mother could see him
CONGRATULATIONS A. K. You have served Grafton Floral, your fellow man
and your community well. Making me and your entire gene pool very proud.
Tomorrow is a special day we have set aside to give thanks. Gosh I hope
it doesn't become the only one. I have so very many things to be
thankful for.
For my family and friends and those fighting "our" wars.
For our community and those that are running "our" stores.
For the right to life, to live as we see fit.
I am so thankful our Lord can really understand.
So that when I goof up, he still holds out his hand.
If you never ever hear from someone. How can you know you know they're
really there?

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Monday, November 19, 2007

November 19, 2007 - Monday

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in part, by Graftons Golden
Harvest Jewelers.
If your looking for something in silver or gold, or a wonderful
time piece where time and date are told.
If diamonds & pearls put a twinkle in your eye, give Jeff
Narloch's Golden Harvest Jewelers a try.
The current temperature is 44°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 39/28
Normal H/L temp for this date is 31/15
We received a trace of snowcat dust yesterday. It started snowing
a little before noon and quit by late afternoon. By Monday morning, most
was already gone. ============================
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Speaking of diamonds. I am pleased to report that the worlds
largest diamond (or close to it) will light up a good portion of
Leistikow Park once again this holiday season.Thanks to the efforts of
Golden Harvest Jewelry.
Early Sunday afternoon I did some shopping at the Alco and Pamida
stores on the West side of Grafton. I talked with one couple that
commented how wonderful it was to hear Christmas music again. Then, the
lady said, "but it's way to early to start celebrating Christmas. It
isn't even Thanksgiving, for God's sake." As I watched them walk away, I
couldn't help being a tad confused.... Their shopping cart was "plump
full" of Christmas presents.
Personally, I believe we should be celebrating "Christmas" all
year 'round.
Last week truly was an interesting one, for me. It also
proved to be another of lifes learning experiences. I learned, among
other things, it's much easier to whistle thru your teeth,... if you
have teeth. I must also admit that I am a bit concerned that buy the
time I, eventually do leave the dentist office I may not be able to
afford the proverbial "pot-to-P-in". Speaking of which, wouldn't you
know it. The "Throne" in our home library sprung a leak Sunday. Now that
too, will need to be replaced. Hence, for awhile at least, I won't even
have "a pot-to-think-on", if you know what I mean.
I also learned there are numerous members of the Gazette family
willing to share various forms of solace and consolation. For instance;
---- "Well, Gary, that whole scene would be worth a Norman Rockwell
painting of it!",or, "Take heart in knowing you aren't alone in
taking a header. I made mine in front of a tourist filled carriage."
One of my morning breakfast friends thought this would cheer
me up, -- "I hear they serve good oatmeal at Grannies. You might be able
to gum some." another note mentioned, "This aging process is not for the
faint hearted and sometimes not much fun." Then too, a long time friend
said, "You might have to have an extra helping of lutefisk instead of
turkey for thanksgiving this year. Boil it long enough and you should be
able to suck it through a straw. Then, direct from the Mayors office, I
received --- Well Gary it seems you're taking that old song to heart...
"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth." Hope all goes well for
you on the 26th.
I even had one well wisher stop by the house to give me a
stout very brightly painted cane. I suspect with the idea that it would
be easier for me to see and not forget. Thanks a million John. I will
not only cherish the thought, I'll cherish the cane forever as well.
Okay, I'll admit I did take many, if not most, of the previous
"comments" out of context. I will never take lightly the compassion and
thoughtfulness of the many members of "our" Shivercity Gazette family.
AND, so that there is no misunderstanding. I am fine, I am doing
well,... and, eventually I hope to be able to gnaw the meat off the bone
of one of those giant, tender and juicy County Smokehouse T-bone steaks.
On a more serious note. Shane would like to share the following
THANK-YOU with entities and individuals that he feels are very
deserving. He wrote: >>>>
I would like to give thanks to those who have helped me through my
surgeries and recovery over the past month. Whether it was cards, food,
prayers or phone calls, every bit helped make me stronger and made me
smile. Thanks to the Unity Medical Center of Grafton, Dr. O.S. Omontunde
and all of the nurses and staff. A very special thanks to Dr. Schultz,
and his professional staff in Grand Forks and to all the Doctors and
nurses at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Thank you to my neighbors
especially Terry and Julie and to Dary. Your kindness and help was
unbelievable. To all of my fellow associates and extended family of
Marvin Windows and Doors of Grafton God bless all of you. What a
pleasure and comfort to work for a company that stands by your side when
you are down and out and asks "what can we do for you?" A special
heartfelt thank you to the HR department to whom I am so very honored to
work with, Vicki, Jay, Todd, Nikki, Barb, Kris, Patty and Muriel. To my
Mom, Dorothy, I love you and I truly believe mothers are the next best
thing to angels. Sister Debbie you do not know how much you are
appreciated! Thanks to Doug Flicek for when I was in the hospital in
Grafton he came to see me every night even though his worries were much
greater than mine. Thanks to Derek Anderson for being there for me.
Father Tim, his staff and all at St. Johns Church you are so special and
wonderful and are all in my prayers. To Adelle Momerak for your kindness
and help when I got out of the hospital. You were there for me when I
was a kid and you still are today. Thank you cousin Chipper and all my
friends for all the visits. It is times like these when the goodness of
so many comes to surface. God bless you all and a Happy Thanksgiving.
Shane Shereck <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Shane.
"We work for money, but we live for thanks." "It is much easier to
overpay someone, than it is to over thank them."
Or so it seems to me.
If your looking for a super fun time. Take the kids to the
Strand Theater in Grafton.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

November 16, 2007 - Friday

All men are created equal. It is what they are equal to that
The current temperature is 46°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 36/18
Normal H/L temp for this date is 33/17
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
When I sent out last Friday's Gazette I fully intended on sending
the next one out on the following Monday. Some may have already noticed,
that didn't happen.
The rest of the story, at least the Readers Digest Version of it.
Sunday night I became aware of the need (request) to make a quick trip
to Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort. My plan was to stop at Granny's in the
morning (as Usual) and then head out to Rocky Point. Monday morning
started out as planned. The weather forecast for the day was great
(above normaI) and, even the dice box at Granny's tipped in my favor.
As I left town I thought how wonderful this fall had been. I
thought of the numerous trips I have made to Rocky Point over the years.
As always, I wondered what I would find changed since my last visit.
The weatherman was right, it truly was a beautiful fall day.
Driving even slower than normal I wondered how Casey was doing as I past
his farm west of Stephen. Next came Myron Larson's field bringing back
even more memories. I noticed some farmsteads were starting to disappear
although I was, somehow, pleased to see that Orvin and Eileens Knutson's
(Elly's mom & dad) farmstead was still intact. I past several Field Bros
fields remembering the wonderful working relationship I enjoyed with
Chuck and John Field and their families.
Continuing east I could see that Pete Sinclairs land was winter
ready as was that of Jeff Nelson as I 'rounded' the curve. I always slow
down going by Alfred and John Jensen's farm and can't help remembering
how graciously they always received me. Next came the Halfmann farm and
ag equipment operation. Both Paul & Craig were invaluable resources for
me. I thought of Wayne Carlson and wondered what he's doing now. Then,
as I continued on my way to Arnesen's, I looked off to the west and
thought of Luther and Carol Johnson. Luther was one of "my" beet growers
and Carol was Ag Secretary at Drayton for many years.
As I turned west on hiway 11 I thought of the Bogestad boys, Roger
& Larry and the many "interesting" times I shared with them. Within a
few miles I was out of the beet growing area and once again I started
thinking of the possible changes I might find at Rocky Point.
As I past thru Warroad I contemplated stopping for dinner. Then
again, maybe I should wait and eat something on my way home instead. (I
Somewhere about here, (I think) is the beginning of some of the
reason I haven't sent out the Gazette.
Anyway, As I turned off 11 unto hiway 12 I "thought" I felt a bit
dizzy, although it went away within a few miles. Everything seemed to be
okay until I turned into Arnesen's Resort. I seemed to feel a little
week. So,... with absolutely no rational excuse, when I got out of the
car to take care of the "business" that brought me there. Unfortunately
I did so without the benefit of my cane. The next thing I knew, I was
sprawled out on the ground with some of my front teeth hiding under a
pile of tree leaves.
I don't remember anything hurting, much, save maybe a sore neck a
stiff back and of course my badly bruised pride. Needless to say, I
returned to the car, and, while calling it several terms unfit for
print, crabbed my cane, finished my errand and started for home.
As I turned unto hiway 11 heading west, it might go without saying
that I wasn't the happiest camper on the Minnesota Hiways in the first
place. Then,... as I was looking in my rear view mirror I noticed what,
at first glance, I thought was a 1949 Mercury - without a grill - racing
up behind me. Rats,... it wasn't a car at all. It was me in that rear
view mirror,.... without front teeth.
I've been told I may be able to get them fixed on the 26th of this
month in this same year. And, if there anyone out there that thinks I'm
afraid of needles. You ain't seen nothin til you've seen me around a
Now then, having said all that. If it weren't for the many notes
and calls wondering where the ---- I am, it is almost a certainty I
would still be hiding out somewhere feeling sore, and, sorry for myself.
As I have said so many times before. "It is not only my need to do
the Gazette, that keeps me going. It is the folks that read it that give
me the will and determination." Or so it seems to me.
Speaking of "things" happening. Wednesday Bruce and Kristy stopped
by and installed a wonderfully thick, warm blanket of insulation in our
attic. It's something we should have done a long time ago. However for
some crazy reason I continued to putt it off. With the price of "energy"
what it is today, and, especially what it will be in the future. "You
must have bats in your belfry, if you don't put more insulation in your
Give Bruce a call, Kristy wants him to keep working.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

November 9, 2007 - Friday

11/09/07 FRIDAY
There is nothing harder than a diamond - except maybe the payments on
The current temperature is + 36.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 39/22
Normal H/L temp for this date is 38/21
Thursday was another wonderfully bright sunny day in Shivercity. No
wind, no fog, no smog or traffic jams.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The mention of Mike Kilmer's Hagen Excavating Company yesterday spawned
the following note. >>> Didn't Hagen Construction dig the hole for the
new house that's being moved in over by Wayne Coulthart's house on the
south end across from Ole Aasand? I heard that a house is being moved in
from SD. It's only a rumor so don't print my name. <<<<>>>> Subject: City stuff
Hi Gary,
Hope all is well with you and Pat and a belated Happy Anniversary to
I write regarding a few recent Gazette items.
We will have all the downtown pavers fixed by next Summerfest. It's
a shame they deteriorated so quickly, but they will be fixed.
In regard to the Utility Rebate, I've heardsome question this,
and it just reminds me that we in ND are stoic folks who are suspicious
about getting something for nothing. The ultimate truth is that this is
the people's money, not the government's and it is the right time to
give it back asthe purpose for which it was collectedhas been
paid.I hope every dime gets spent in Grafton and I hope we have a
great Christmas shopping season.
As for Alchem, they are keeping 4 people on staff all winter. I
would suggest that a permanent closing of the plant would eliminate the
need to keep anyone working so I see that as a positive sign. Of course,
it's a business decision that will be made far from Grafton and as with
most things, I have no control over them regardless of my role as Mayor.
Take care,
Todd Burianek <<<>>> Gary; Are you advertising for
Transystems? There are a lot of trucking companies around here that
would like to get free advertising too... Dave <<< Thanks a million for
caring and sharing Dave. The Grand Forks Herald and The Walsh County
Record are in the advertising business. I'm, (the Gazette) into babble
and bull excrement distribution. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't
concerned about the industry I spent the major portion of my life
working in.
A vibrant sugar industry is a crucial piece of the economic pie in the
entire Red River Valley. Since the transportation of sugarbeets, from
the field to storage piles, and from storage piles to the factories
requires a significant amount of equipment and personal. It's not
unusual, especially during times of limited labor supply, to find
equipment parked due to a shortage of labor.
While attending a Dale Carnegie course several years ago, I learned
that I would be more successful, talking about those topics I understood
best. Believe me Dave, I fully understand the ramifications of not
having enough trucks to keep the factories operating efficiently.
So,... if there is anyone out there interested in driving a Transystems
semi hauling sugarbeets to the five factories in the Red River Valley.
Please call 1-800-557-3520 and they will be most happy to speak with
ON THE OTHER HAND. If there is anyone out there that would like to haul
potatoes for one of the best dad-gum potato haulers in the country. Give
Altendorf Trucking a call at 1-701-248-3204 in Minto North Dakota and
I'm guessing they'll figure out a way to get you into one of their
Tell Elmer Gary Moe sent you. It'll either get your foot in the
door,.... or.... your butt kicked out of it.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

November 8, 2007 - Thursday

Always remember, this life is but a dress rehearsal for the eternal
life yet to come.
If you know of someone that wants to drive a semi truck. Tell them to
call 1-800-557-3520. (Transystems)
The current temperature is 31°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 42/23
Normal H/L temp for this date is 39/21
Most leaves have been swept up and put in compost piles. So far we
don't have any snow, and life is good in Shivercity.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Over the years Grafton has enjoyed several "first's". Grafton was the
first community in the state to own and operate it's very own power and
light plant. Grafton was the first community in the state to establish a
free public library. It was also one of the first in the state to get a
Carnegie Library. So, "new things" aren't exactly new to Grafton.
The latest edition of the Walsh County Record contains another "first"
for our area. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time I have
seen a advertisement in our local paper, written completely in Spanish.
A half page advertisement paid for by Transystems Inc. They're looking
for drivers to operate their beet hauling semis throughout the Red River
Valley. Now I can't read Spanish, heck I have enough trouble reading
English. Anyway, if anyone knows anybody that can read Spanish, and,
their looking for work. Tell them to read Transystems Ad in the latest
Walsh County Record.
ALSO, If the latest rumor is correct, and I think it is. Grafton may
well be the first community in the state to have a parking lot covered
with artificial turf. As I understand it, there is a man named "Gunner"
who will supply the grass (turf grass) and, then a guy named John will
be providing the parking lot,.... among other things. Unfortunately, if
the rumor is correct - and I am pretty sure it is - a fellow named Larry
will lose his favorite parking spot.
Mike Kilmer's Hagen Construction Company has been busy this fall. From
dismantling homes like the Robertson/LaBerge place, to demolishing a
large barn on the Daniel Kouba farm, to loading out corn from the giant
corn pile east of the Curling club, to digging in the water and fluid
handling systems for the railroad companies new office and locomotive
engine facility on the north end of town.
It looks to me like the sheet iron on the new giant grain storage bin
by the Peavey elevator is about half installed.
It's hard to believe that it was just 60 years ago (according to the
Record) that left halfback Gene Burns scored the decisive touchdown
giving Grafton a win over Park River 7-0 in the homecoming game.
Still no word on Alchem's status, although the word is they are
shipping all their corn out of town. If that is so, the prognosis can't
be a good one.
We went down and paid our utility bill yesterday and received our
"quota" of GROW GRAFTON bucks. I was hoping it would be enough to fill
the cruiser with gas. Unfortunately, while we were in paying our utility
bill, the price of "Texas Tea" went up another dime. Which in turn
means,.... it's now gonna cost $3.10 to drive the cruiser-with-a-couch
to Minto.
So,... like the wonderful folks at KXPO Radio say. I'm going to do my
very best to do my shopping, "right here at home".
The following note mentions The Country Smokehouse. The author, like
myself, could be accused of being a tad biased. And of course we are.
Then again that doesn't change the facts,.... Right?
Marian wrote. >>> I have to agree 100% with the write up in the
Herald yesterday (Monday) about our Smokehouse. It is suchan asset
to have this store in our town. I am sure this article will bring in
new customers from far and wide, if at first even for curiosity.
Maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel that will shine
brighter because of this new venture and maybe it will encourage some
folks to think about starting up different shops. Let's hope and pray
that this will happen. Keep up your good work with the Gazette.
Marian Hajicek <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Marian. I
gotta believe your son, my son-in-law and daughter would also agree
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

November 7, 2007 - Wednesday

What this country needs is a special encyclopedia with blank pages for
the folks who think they know everything.
The current temperature is 29°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 30/21
Normal H/L temp for this date is 39/22
The hi on this date in 1999 was 73°. That must have been prior to the
time Al Gore discovered global warming.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Only in a small town in America can you go down to city hall to pay
your utility bill and get half of it back in "community bucks".
Actually,.. I'm not even sure that many, if any, small towns have given
back money in any form, once they have control of it. In any event, I am
pleased that the Grafton city leadership has decided to do so in this
instance. I suspect there are as many reasons for, or against the
program as there are folks getting the refund. As is always the case
with "such things". I'll go on record as agreeing with the decision.
There is little question the additional monetary influx will have a
positive impact on the Grafton business community. That, in turn, will
have significant impact on every citizen living in the community as
Or so it seems to me.
Local news isn't, just, local any more. The Country Smokehouse story in
Monday's edition of the Grand Forks Herald not only went into thousands
of homes in the Red River Valley. It was probably read by as many folks,
or more, across the entire country. I've received several notes in the
last couple days indicating they keep up with the Valley's news by
reading the Herald via the internet. Notes like the following from
Darcie. She wrote. >>>
Hi Gary -
I too enjoyed reading the article on Dave and Kelly in the online
version of the GF Herald - it was great to see a picture of them as well
as I haven't seen them in years - since my babysitting days out on their
farm!! Reading the article reminded me of going to Gillespie's meat
marketon Saturday mornings with my Grandpa Joe. We always got
bacon and we'dtake it home and slice it on our very own meat
cutter!I don't remember much but being very small standing in
front of the giant counter andthatdistinct "smell" that the meat
market always had. I think they also had a little candy machine that
I used to frequent. The article brings backfond memories and it
sure is fun to see Grafton Growing!!
Give my best to Dave and Kelly and family!!
Take Care Gary -
Darcie (Komanetz) Gust <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing
Darcie. For those unaware, Darcie was, in the words of my daughter
Kelly, "the best darn baby sitter in the world", then Kelly added, "she
would even clean the house and do the dishes when she was there."
Somehow, that doesn't surprise me. I remember watching her grandfather
Joe Komanetz when we worked in the Laboratory at the American Crystal
Sugar factory in Drayton. He too, always seemed to do more than was
expected of him. Aren't memories wonderful?
Speaking of sugar here's a little More on the subject of SUGAR:
How much sugar do Americans really eat?
Not as much as reported. Using information from a 2001 report as
illustration, a general statement like "Americans consume more than 150
pounds of sugar in a year" is not only thoroughly misleading, it is
completely wrong. Such false assertions perpetuate the myth that
"Americans eat too much sugar." The fact is the average American
consumes no more than 1.6 ounces of sugar per day or less than 40 lbs.
The source of this 1999 report information is the Economic Research
Service [ERS] of the United States Department of Agriculture. ERS
statistics are purely economic numbers. By convention, economists use
the term consumption to describe the total supply of any product
available for all commercial uses during a specific period of time.
Economic consumption simply indicates the total weight of a product that
is used throughout a year. No matter the goods, economic consumption is
calculated by subtracting year-end inventory from the sum of the amount
of merchandise produced during the year + the stock-on-hand at the
beginning of the same year.
Ignoring the descriptive term "economic" and misrepresenting supply
numbers as human consumption is not only deceptive, it is dishonest. A
news release2 like "According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) data, sugar consumption in 1999 was 158 pounds per person - 30%
higher than in 1983." misleads the American consumer. Reporting economic
supply numbers as nutrition fact is as fictitious as equating gross
salary [total available supply] and take-home pay [human consumption].
Besides misrepresenting economic supply numbers as human intake, there
is a second factual error in this news release. This error is using the
word sugar to represent all sweeteners.
Sugar is only one component of the total sweetener supply. When
tabulated by ERS, total caloric sweeteners include all the corn syrups +
honey products + miscellaneous edible syrups, like sorghum, as well as
sugar. Total caloric sweeteners is cumbersome to say or write
repeatedly, thus the term sugars was adopted for convenience [note the s
on sugars]. Although the term sugars was coined to represent all caloric
sweeteners, some continue to write and talk about sugar [pure sucrose
from sugar cane and sugar beets] instead of sugars. This is more than
semantics. Continued misrepresentation of total caloric sweeteners
[sugars] as sugar [no s] is not only flawed but damages America's
hardworking farmers and the stability they bring to their local
"It's becoming painfully obvious that there are more readers than
writers in the Gazette family tree."

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

November 6, 2007 - Tuesday

The natives of ancient India were excellent metallurgists.
The current temperature is 29°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 37/28
Normal H/L temp for this date is 41/23
We can only hope the forecast for the next five days is as inaccurate
is the 50 mph wind forecasted for yesterday.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
======= SMOKE & WEINERS =======
I must admit I was more than pleasantly surprised to open up the Grand
Forks Heralds Business section Monday and see the words, Smoke & Weiners
in bold print. Page one of that edition also featured a picture of our
daughter Kelly and her husband David as well as a even larger picture of
Mike Misialek hanging up a string of Country Smokehouse Sausage.
I was also pleased with the manner in which the article was written by
Grand Forks Herald staff writer Ryan Schuster. Of course I'm a bit
biased, that's for certain. However, I was able to feel the "interest in
the topic" in Ryan's story.
I am also pleased that the Grand Forks Herald has recently increased
it's interested in the Grafton Business community.
As I read Ryan's article I struggled to keep my eyes from wandering
toward the picture of my oldest daughter and her husband. I found myself
having to start reading the article over again, because of it.
Several things in the article caught my attention. For example; the
small shop carries a wide variety of "specialty" meats and seafoods that
has made the store a popular place for locals. That they strive to greet
their customers by name. I also appreciated the comments from loyal
customers like Liz and Les Aasand saying, "They have such a great
selection of everything, it's always fresh, the price is right. It's a
small place you walk in and everything is there."
The comments from life long family friend Patti (Watkins) French hit me
especially close to home. She mentioned that shopping at Graftons
Country Smokehouse reminds her of her father, who was a meat cutter and
he also smoked his own meat. Patti also mentioned the shop reminds her
of Gillespies Meat Market. (A well known butcher shop in Grafton for
many many years.)
I too, have caught myself walking into Country Smokehouse reminiscing
about the Gillespie's, and, somehow knowing that they, both Butch Sr.
and Jr., would most certainly approve of The Country Smokehouse,
Grafton's newest meat shop. The article concludes on page 2 of the
business section along with a picture of Gary Hajicek trimming pork in
the back room.
I am amazed how many people have commented on the Smokehouse article
featured in the Herald. For example.
>>>> Good writeup in the Herald about the Smokehouse in todays paper.
I've stopped there quite a few times and have always been very satisfied
with both quality of product and service. <<<<
Notes like that are especially gratifying, not just because the
management of the Smokehouse is family, that's a given. But because the
Country Smokehouse is a fabulous little business operated by fantastic
individuals, located in the wonderful little community, I call home.
I am surprised at how many folks think they know the name of the
Norwegian I eluded to in yesterdays Gazette. I'm even more surprised at
how many wondered if it was them.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

November 5, 2007 - Monday

At one time the skin from sturgeons was made into the laces used in
joining leather belting together in machinery.
The current temperature is 34°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 39/28
Normal H/L temp for this date is 41/23
It started raining around noon Sunday and by the time it quit we
received .22".
The weather wizards are telling us we could have wind gusts as high as
50 MPH today. However, there is a 70% chance it won't snow,..... today.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. most stuff.
One of the two large grain storage bins being erected in town, (the
south one) is starting to "look" like it's done. Of course there's a lot
left to do including much of the electrical work.
When properly prepared, brick pavers (cobblestones) truly are
attractive and functional. Unfortunately the "cobblestone" strips along
the curb in the downtown area were not.
Cobblestones and trees were added to Grafton's main street facade when
the new main street was constructed a few years ago. Almost from the
beginning, the poorly laid pavers have been a problem. Several feet had
to be redone within a few weeks, even more within a few months and there
are still many areas that need to be removed and reset properly.
Wayne Coulthart spent a good share of this past weekend on his knees in
front of his main street establishment, Wayne's Heating and Cooling,
"fixing" the cobblestones he has been assessed for, and paying taxes on.
Uneven cobblestones are not only unsightly, they are extremely
difficult to remove snow and ice from, which in turn, increases the
chances of accidents.
Although it could be a bit early Kristy, so far I haven't heard from a
single Swede. At least one that can read,..... Swedish. We may have to
ask a Norwegian to help translate those documents. I know one who
professes to know "almost" everything.
We haven't had much luck hearing from anyone with film or video's of
our early era youth hockey program either. It's only a guess of course,
but maybe many of those parents were so preoccupied telling the coaches
how, and, how often they should be playing their sons, they just didn't
have time to run the camera. It could happen,..... it's happened before.
The former W.W. Robertson house on the corner of 7th and Western is
still generating information. Aunt Alice shared the following: >>>
Gary, I would like to give you a little
information on what we used to call
Grandma Rheaume house (Bannerman
house) Dan and I moved upstairs in
the house in the summer of 1948, which
was the year we were married, We
moved out sometime in the spring of
1952. Eloi Major was the gentleman
that Suzanne made reference to that
lived in the house. It was a little strange to see how quickly that
house was
torn down, as I was able to watch it
from our home on the corner of 7th
and McHugh. Alice Lessard. Keep
up the good work Gary. <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing
Alice. Does anyone remember what Aloi Major did for a living?
The mention of the Robertson house, St. Johns parking lot and
interpreting the Swedish language gave Kathee reason to share the
following. >>>
Three things today:
1. I am thrilled to hear that the the parking lot at St. John's is
complete. I remember my dad bemoaning its deterioration and the huge
expense it would be to fix it. When he died in 2002 most of the
undesignated memorials went to that project. Bravo, St. John's!
2. Regarding the request for someone to translate Swedish, the
American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis could be a good resource.
Kristy can reach their website through google.
3. Thanks for the info on the Bannerman house. As soon as I read that
Emelia LaBerge lived there, I could place it right away.
Kathee Carlson <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee.
That might help solve Kristy's problem. And, from now on, I will refer
to the house we have been speaking of as the Robertson\LaBerge home.
Denise sent the following. >>>
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get
in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm
will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you
turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you
come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of
this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and
requires no installation. TEST IT..... It will go off from most
everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery
runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm
goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the
burglar or rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the
neighbors will be looking out their windows to
see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.
And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a
parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.....
This is something that should really be shared with everyone.
Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Denise. It sounds like a super
idea to me.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

November 2, 2007 - Friday (early edition)

The camel was one of the earliest animals to be domesticated.
Speaking of camel's. Desert juice hit $3.00 a gallon today in
The current temperature is 46 °.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
For all intent and purposes, the parking lot at St. John's Catholic
Church is finished,.... for this year anyway.
If one takes the time to look, one will find there is always something
new happening in Grafton.
This morning for instance. As I drove past the former West View School
I was more than a little surprised to see there was a "realestate for
sale" sign planted in the grounds on the West side of the building. That
set me back a bit and then I noticed not far from that sign, was one
that read, "apartment for rent".
Either there is something going on there that no-one has heard about.
Or, the "little tykes" out trick or treat'n last night had some older
siblings doing some trick'n on their own.
The other day I mentioned that the Hagen Construction crew was taking
down the house built by W.W. Robertson. I referred to that home as
being one I associated as the Jack Bannerman home. For the purposes of
clarification. I was never actually aware who officially "owned" the
home. However, because I knew Jack lived there I called it "his home".
Much like we always called our kids bedrooms "theirs" even though in
reality they really didn't own "their" bed room at all.
Anyway, That being said. The mention of the wonderful old structure
gave two individuals reason to write.
First Kathee wrote: >>> I need some clarification here, Gary. Did the
old Bannerman/Lessard house go down by a force of nature or was it
demolished on purpose? Just wondering. Somehow that makes a difference
to me if it was loved to the end and its demise was mourned by its
present owners or if it had come to the end of its useful life and the
decision was made to let it go. Kind of like euthanizing a building.
We live in a farmhouse built in the late 1800s and sometimes wonder who
the next owners will be and what they will do to make it their own. I
realize that I will have no control over any of their decisions, but I
would hate to have it dismantled.
Kathee Carlson <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee. Although I'm not
certain of the reason for it's demise. I believe it a reasonably good
assumption that the home the Robertsons built over 120 years ago simply
outlived it's usefulness. Suzanne sent the following
information that allows us to understand and appreciate that residence
even more. She wrote; >>>
Gary, I just have to comment on your comments regarding the
"Bannerman" house. Although it is true that Jack Bannerman lived in
that house for many years it was owned by my grandmother, Roseanna
Lessard Rheaume and after her death by my mother, Emelia Lessard
LaBerge. When mymother could no longer manage the propertyit
was sold to Roger Stark and subsequently to Ray Charlton, Jr.
Although I have heard of Ray's plans for the property I wouldn't pass it
along as it is only a rumour. My parents lived in that house before
they bought the house on Kittson in 1936 and my oldest sister and
brother lived there along withmy parents, of course. I do
remember Alice and Danny living there in the upstairs apartment I think,
and also Fred and Alvina Lessard (Maurice and Frederick's parents).
That's going back a ways but I am sure you will have some readers who
will remember and are related to them. There was a gentleman who
lived in the downstairs apartment for many years called Mr. Major. I
never knew his first name.
Suzanne (LaBerge) Burns <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Suzanne. Unfortunately we
still haven't heard the future plans for that property but I'm going to
guess,.... garages for the apartments, maybe. Then again,..... maybe
This note is directed primarily to the Swedish branch of the Gazette
family tree. Kristy wrote: >>>
Aloha Gary, I too enjoy your Gazette everyday and miss it in the
summer when you are away fishing! I have a question.I am wondering
if there is anyone on the address list who could do some swedish
translation for me.I am learning the craft of pewter embroidery
and have a book that explains the history and such of the craft. The
problem is that it is in swedish andI can't read it. There is one
page thatI would really like toread.... It is the history of the
thread. If there is anyone out there that could give me a hand,I
would really appreciate it!
Again, thanks forall you do!
Kristy Stenso <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kristy. It
will be interesting to see if, in fact we have any "Swedes" out there
that can actually read..... Swedish. On the other hand, and It's just a
guess, I'll bet there is someone down at the big school to the south,
the one with all the Canadian hockey players, that could translate it.
Speaking of hockey players, Diann sent the following note hoping
someone out there might help. She wrote: >>>
Hi Gary,I'm wondering if you and your readers can help me
and Donna Fisher out. I am hoping to get hold of some old video of
the group of kids that my son played hockey with in the Grafton youth
programs.My son David Bratlie, and Tammy Fisher,played from about
1978 or 1979 until about 1986. I know there was some video or movies
around though not every one owned a camcorder like they do now. He
played with Jason Aasand, John Gourde, Cyril Johnson, Randy Almen, John
Bradbury, Robinson, Matthern, Tammy Fisher, Scott Bosanco and many
others whose names escape me at the moment. His coaches were Brian
Peterson, Lester Langowski, Paul Callahan and others -- also whose
names escape me.Isn't getting old grand?
If there would be anyway to get my hands on some video, I would like to
take it too someone who could put it on DVD for me. Thought it would
be a nice gift of memories. Please put out the word through your
network and lets see what happens.
Thanks for your help. I really enjoy your writings and it is usually
the first thing I read when I look at my e-mail.
Diann Bratlie <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Diann. Gosh wouldn't it be
great if someone out there has video's of the vintage and subjects Diann
and Donna are looking for. If so please let us know.
RUMOR -- The ability to share facts that may not totally conform to

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

November 1, 2007 - Thursday

The correct answer to the question, "What do you want to be when you
grow up?" is,....... a grown up.
The current temperature is 28°.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 48/22
Normal H/L temp for this date is 44/25
There are only 55 kinds of weather til Christmas and each one of them
is a day.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Rumor has it the folks piling corn in Ted Hoffman's Trailer City found
some additional storage room that they hadn't planned on. Those of you
that remember Trailer City, might remember there was a well, somewhere
between the river and the old wash house. It sounds like the boys that
have been piling corn there lately can tell us exactly where that well
is. And, maybe, they can even tell us how much corn that old well can
If memory serves me correctly. The east edge of the present pile is
just about where Cy & Madaline Croaker's trailer house was parked.
====== QUESTION ======
What is Sugar?
====== ANSWER ======
Sugar (sucrose) is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in every fruit
and vegetable. It is the major product of photosynthesis, the process by
which plants transform the sun's energy into food. Sugar occurs in
greatest quantities in sugar cane and sugarbeets from which it is
separated for commercial use.
When I receive notes such as the following, I struggle whether or not I
should share them with the group. Although I receive many with specific
instructions to keep the information confidential (not shared). I
receive many without any such designation at all.
Of course whenever I receive a "confidential note" I make absolutely
certain that it does remain confidential. However, with the Gazettes
primary intent of caring and sharing in mind. I receive numerous notes
thanking me for sharing the thoughts and feelings of others.
I've found that by sharing others feelings with the group, the message
often gives others reason to share.
To that end I would like to share Berts note with the group. He wrote.
Gary, I just want to say "thanks" for the Gazette. I have been many
years removed from Grafton and have no family living there. But the
memories of the younger years growing up there are frequently brought to
mind and your dailyGazette helps preserve those precious
memories,certain events and the people that made them happen. We, and
I personally, owe you a debt of gratitude. Bert A. Overland <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Bert. Although it is I that
owes a debt of gratitude to you and all of the Gazette membership.
I began the Gazette for my own personal salvation and preservation. It
was and continues to be a very important part of my ability to function.
It forces me to keep my mind occupied, diverted, for the most part, away
from trivial, negative forces that are better forgotten.
If in that endeavor, others find a thread of solace I am thrilled. The
actual fact is, the Gazette is not mine. Without the input and
participation of "our" members it would most certainly fail. I hope
everyone can find that very special meaning in Berts message. "It is
addressed to me, that's true. However, it applies to all of you."
That my friends, is why I continually say. "Thanks a million for caring
and sharing."
The turnout of tiny ghost and goblins was a bit less than normal at our
house this year (a bit short of a hundred). Although they are all fun
and interesting to watch walking up the driveway. I get a wonderfully
warm feeling each time the really little tykes knock on the door. It's
even more gratifying when they look up with their youthful smile and say
"thank you" then scurry off to the folks next door. It is also wonderful
knowing that now, for the most part at least, one or both parents
accompany their tiny tricksters around the neighborhood.
Halloween is a wonderful reason for "Trick & Treat". The "trick" is to
get families together to enjoy it.
The "treat"...... is when they actually do.
Or so it seems to me.
I am saddened to share the following message from Jack. It comes with
our most sincere sympathies to the Babinski family. Jack wrote: >>>>
Hi Gary
Born in Grafton and graduated from Minto HS, Doris Babinski, 89, died in
Ojai CA on 27 October 2007. She will be buried in Minto ND. We will miss
her. My sister was a wonderful caring person. She served in the Navy in
Jack Babinski <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing.
"Without your input, I don't have much output".

Write if you can, call if you can't, and, tell your loved ones they are,
before it's too late.