Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31, 2008 - Wednesday - SPECIAL EDITION

This special edition of the Gazette is for the memory of Fr. George
Daniel Lommel
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I think I mentioned that I "probably" wouldn't be sending out another
Gazette until next year. As you can see, I changed my mind. I did that
for two reasons actually. First, to share Fr. Lommel's obituary along
with a few of the comments I have received upon his death.
The second reason is to share a message sent by Cindy Shininger about
a 23 year old girl that died in a automobile accident.
Kathee wrote: I am saddened to receive the news of the death of Fr.
Lommel. He and my mother were great friends. He took such good care of
us spiritually. And I remember one fun trip to Winnipeg with my dad and
Fr. Lommel for the horse races. He was a tobacco chewer and asked me to
keep his tobacco can in my purse. It seemed an odd request, but how
could I refuse?
Can you image all his former parishioners fussing over him upon his
arrival in heaven?
Tom wrote: God Bless Fr. Lommel..... a great man!!!
John wrote: Can you steer me in the direction of Father Lommel's
obit? He was our Chaplain when I was in the Guard in Grafton. I'd like
to spread the word throughout our Guard Family. Thanks.
Then Cindy shared the following message which I believe has a very
special meaning for all of us.
Hi Gary,
Happy New Year to you and your family. The boys were on the road, I
believe, by 6 this a.m. cookies and computer in tow. Hopefully we didn't
forget anything important since we were to worried about cookies! Off
that note, I attended a funeral of a young 23 year old girl yesterday.
(She died from an auto accident.) At the cemetery the pastor read "The
Dash". It was right to the point for the hundreds of people there who
witnessed her parents bury their child. She lived a great and full
filling life in the short time she was here. I can only hope all the
young kids take that poem to heart. Life may be short, so live it to the
fullest and with dignity and honesty. Have a good visit and the guys
expect to be there around 11a.m. New Years Day.
The proud spouse of one of those boys.
Cindy <<<<
Thanks a million cindy, for caring and sharing. I know everyone would
agree, Fr. Lommels dash goes from here....... to eternity.
Fr. George Lommel
(September 17, 1920 - December 30, 2008)
Fr. George Lommel, 88, of Grafton, North Dakota died Tuesday, December
30, 2008 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 7, 2008 at
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Grafton. Interment will be in
the Calvary Cemetery in Lidgerwood, North Dakota.
Visitation will be held at St. John's Church on Tuesday from 4:00 pm
until 5:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm. There will also be
visitation for two hours prior to the funeral at the church.
George Daniel Lommel was born September 17, 1920 in Lidgerwood, North
Dakota the first child of five born to Francis "Frank" and Margaret
(Lynch) Lommel. He was raised there graduating from Lidgerwood High
School in 1937. He then attended St. John's University in Collegeville,
MN and then went on to St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, CO. On June 1,
1946 he was ordained a Catholic Priest in Lidgerwood by then Bishop
Aloisius Muench. Over the years Father Lommel has had many assignments
in the Diocese of Fargo. In 1946 he served as a Temporary Substitute at
Sts. Peter and Paul's Parish in Mantador, ND and later that year he
served as the a Secretary in the Chancery Office in Fargo, ND until
August of 1947. He then began serving as the Assistant Pastor at St.
John's Parish in Wahpeton, ND. In July of 1951 he became Pastor of St.
Paul's Parish serving Tappen and Steele, ND and Our Lady of the Lake
Parish in Lake Williams, ND. With parishioners he built a new church in
Steele. He served there until 1959 when he was appointed to St.
Augustine's Parish in Fessenden, ND, where he was Pastor for ten years.
In 1969 he was appointed Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in
Grafton, ND where he served for fifteen years. In 1979 Fr. George was
selected "Outstanding Citizen" and presented with the Citizen
Achievement Award by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce. His next
assignment brought him to St. Edward's Parish in Drayton, ND and
Assumption Parish in Pembina in 1984. He served there until 1991 when he
became sole Pastor at Assumption Parish. Fr. Lommel was instrumental in
building the new St. Edward's Church while serving in Drayton. He
retired in 1995, just short of 50 years in active priesthood with the
Fargo Diocese. Over the years Father Lommel also served on the Board of
Consultors, Pastoral Council, Apostolic Council, Knights of Columbus
Chaplain, and Dean of Deanery 4. While serving his parishes as their
priest, Fr. Lommel also served in the National Guard as a Military
Chaplain for 27 years. In 1980 he retired from the National Guard with
the rank of Major. After his retirement he moved to Grafton and later
became a resident of the Lutheran Sunset Home.
Fr. George made many friends at every parish he served and spoke often
of the good people in his parish, especially the youth. He thoroughly
enjoyed his work as a Priest and also working as Chaplain to the "boys"
in the guard. He often gratefully thanked God for his good health which
enabled him to have so many good years. He had a great sense of humor,
was gifted with a good memory and loved to entertain his friends and
family. He enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing, good music, good
restaurants, and athletic events of all kinds; and was known to be
exceptionally lucky at horse races and casinos.
Fr. Lommel is survived by his sister, Mary Collins of Indianapolis, IN
and sister-in-law: Marjorie Lommel of Herman, MN. Many nieces, nephews
and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents;
brothers, Robert and John and sister, Rose Ellen Lavasseur.
Father Lommel's family would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to
all of his friends who have so graciously helped him throughout the
years; and to the staff at Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton for their
loving care. He will be missed by many, but welcomed by our Lord, and a
host of family and friends in heaven.
The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with
"Be who you are and say what you feel... Because those who mind don't
matter.... and those who matter don't mind."
Or so it seems to me

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

December 31, 2008 - Wednesday

Today is the last day of 2008. ~~~
If you have yet to decided on a resolution for 2008, you have one day
left to do so.
------ If your going to drink,... think! ------
The current temperature is -20 degrees.
The "feels like" temperature is -34.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 3/-18
Normal H/L temp for this date is 16/-3
It was 40 degrees on this date in 1940
We are under another winter weather advisory today. It looks like we
aren't going to start the global warming thing.... til spring.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
This will be the last Gazette,..... of the year 2008. At the present
time I do not plan on sending out a Gazette on New Years Day. Not,
because I will have been out on New Years Eve partaking of the spirits
that make folks like me do silly things. However, I am planning on
having a quite tenderloin steak and lobster dinner at home with my
sweetheart. If things go as I plan,... and I am pretty sure they will. I
will not only eat my steak and lobster, I will probably have to help Pat
finish hers as well. If that be true, then I will most likely be
consuming my next years ration of drawn butter all in one sitting. If
that be true,... I will, most likely, be spending much of New Years
Day...... in the library. Now then, assuming today and tomorrow go as
planned. This would be the best time to wish my extended Gazette family,
A very Happy and prosperous New Year.
~ News Years Eve Dance Schedule ~
~~~~~~ circa 1950's & 1960's
Poncho will be playing at the Legion.
Louie Martinez will be at the Eagles.
The Hagen Family will be entertaining at the VFW.
I mentioned that our Ohio Fox Hunting Friends would be here Thursday.
That gave Lyle Anderson from Idaho reason to share the following note.
Re:Fox hunters
Gary, I'm reading about the Fox hunters. What is this, an actual
hunting party or what. Sounds like a fun time what ever.
I'm not sure if the ice is thick enough yet, but I'm getting antsy to
do some ice fishing here pretty quick. We get some nice Rainbows and
Brown trout out of a reservoir near here. Actually it's the only
place I know of where we can stretch the truth and get by with it. My
buddy says, man I sure missed a nice one, and my reply is, really, I
didn't see the rod bending, must have been the wind. I remember fishing
on the lakes back in Minnesota, didn't have a power auger, and it was an
hour job to get through 4 feet of ice, or even longer if you wanted to
fish out of your boat.
Getting plenty of snow, about 3 ft. in the last week. I say let it
snow at 7000 ft., let us alone here at 6000.
lyle <<<>>>>> HI GARY,
Man what an eye opener on the flood insurance cost to Grafton
residence and businesses... I don't know what the total paid out is in
Grafton although I'm sure it can be had very easily.
In Roseau Mn. it was $330,000.00 per year. Now.... the people that were
paying that, have that much to spend and pay their home taxes, etc. etc.
What is so sad about the whole thing is that we could have had it
(flood protection) for about one half of what the cost is today.
I can remember every flood for almost 80 years and anyone who
says we will not have a flood again is just a plan fool and a dreamer.
GARY, I remember so well in 1997 when we were filling sand bags
ourselves on the parking lot, the Mayor at that tie gave me a real piece
of her mind about getting our citizens exited about a flood. Well
my friend, it turned out to be the biggest flood we have ever had.
Except, wiser people told the city fathers we needed a dike and Grafton
was saved.
We almost got flooded from the east as the water was going over the
road that goes out to the Aasands home. However, Mike Houska was on the
job and saved us from a disaster.... Thanks Mike.
Thanks for making us aware of a disaster that we could see much
sooner than we think. WALLY

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

December 30, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you from the foothills of our
rapidly growing majestic mountains of snow.
The current temperature is 3 degrees.
The "feels like" temperature is -9
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 18/-6
Normal H/L temp for this date is 16/-3
It was 44 degrees on this date in 1904
It is hard to convince a man of global warming when he's shovelling
snow in minus 40 windchill temperatures with his nose running quicker
than he can lick it.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I hope the folks from Minnesota don't mistake our area for the
beautiful Big Sky Ski Resorts of the Montana Rockies as they pass
through Grafton on their way to the ski slopes.
I understand Grand Forks has already surpassed it's previous historical
December snowfall amounts, and, we still have two snowy days left of
Please welcome Bill LaMont to our Gazette family.
The last time I can remember seeing Bill, was at the popcorn machine in
Ted Hoffman's Zelda Theater. Actually, we still have two theaters in
Grafton. Both of them are housed in the Strand theater building.
By now I suppose everybody has heard that the level of the Park River
was the highest local folks can ever remember. That combined with
seemingly record snowfall, isn't in itself the end of the world.
Everyone knows it once rained for 40 days and 40 nights and that wasn't
the end of the world. Heck, that just gave some folks reason to buy
larger boats.
Anyway, I read Editor Todd Morgan's latest editorial in the Walsh
County Record and if that doesn't give our "city fathers" food for
thought, and plenty to wash it down with, absolutely nothing will.
According to Todd's editorial, Grafton is No.1 in flood insurance
premiums in the state when it comes to total dollars paid in flood
insurance. Todd goes on to say. "It's just not No.1 in flood insurance
premiums by a few thousand dollars either. In fact Grafton pays more in
flood insurance than all the rest of the cities in the state combined."
Todd then added. "Think about that --- it's awesome. total all the flood
insurance premiums paid in Fargo, Minot, Bismark, Mayville or any other
city you want to include and Grafton comes in at the big No.1 in total
dollars paid."
WOW,.... just think about it. Apparently all of the folks that were
elected to manage and protect the city of Grafton for the past half
century, or more. Obviously must have decided that God will send word to
Noah to take his wife, their three sons and their wives to Grafton in
plenty of time for them to build an Ark. AND,.. into which, a single
pair of every living thing in Grafton will go. And,... so it might be
written, the rest of us can go to Hell. Or so it seems to
Speaking of things going to ---- the devil. It seems like all, most, or
at the very least, many of our Gazette family members with a Polarcomm
e-mail address are not receiving it. I'm not sure what the problem is at
Polarcomm. They may be planning a merger with with Equatorcomm to comply
with Al Gores Global warming footprint.
At any rate, if you know of someone in the Polarcomm system and they
are wondering why the Gazette has been missing for the past several
days. Tell them it might be a Global warming problem, however, most
likely it's a Polar problem. I hope they can find and correct the
problem as soon as possible.
I can say this. I have dealt with the folks at Polar on several
different levels and have always found their organization to operate
with exceptional professionalism.
For those that may have wondered. Grafton truly is a Destination City.
If you don't believe me, you can believe Cindy.
Subject: Fox Hunters,
Good Morning Gary,
The boys will be on their way Wednesday am. Planning to arrive
Thursday around 11 am. As usual they will be staying at the Leonard
Motel, the Official Ohio Fox Hunters Motel. They are hoping to have 3
rooms, two adjoining and the third next door.
This year there will be 7, so I guess they will need a roll away also.
I have a big note to remind Bill of the cookies. So lets hope this
year we remember everything. Hope all is well there and a nice Holiday
was had by all.
Cindy <<<<
Thanks a million for the update Cindy. We will be looking forward to
seeing the guys sometime Thursday. Rumor has it that there sure is a lot
of tracks in the snow. We also have a lot of snow but that's not a
rumor, it's a fact.
"Be who you are and say what you feel... Because those who mind don't
matter.... and those who matter don't mind."
Or so it seems to me

Monday, December 29, 2008

December 29, 2008 - Monday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by the National Weather Service.
They have issued a "winter weather advisory" until 10:00 am for our
area. They didn't say what season our weather would resemble after 10:00
am today, however, I am guessing it will not be summer.
The current temperature is 9 degrees.
The "feels like" temperature is -9
Yesterday H/L temperature was 17/-14
Normal H/L temp for this date is 16/-2
It was 49 degrees on this date in 1999
During the past few days we've received more snow than all the kids who
ever attended Chase School could roll up into a family of Snowfolks.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Much has happened since I sent out last Wednesdays Gazette.
The 24th was a good news bad news day for many of us in Grafton. We
(Pat & me) spent Christmas eve at Brad and Denise's home along with our
entire family. Two rows of shoes in the entrance to their hallway was a
good indication it would be a fun evening. There was 62 shoes, all lined
up, in the hallway and a pile of coats on the bed that almost reached
the ceiling. The kitchen counters and tables were packed full of all
kinds of delicious nutriments and as I sat down in a over stuffed chair,
it dawned on me that I too would be in the same condition soon.
To have my entire family,... my wife and my children, grandchildren and
great grand children all together on such a blessed night would make it
a glorious evening, and, a very special night.
I watched while the presents were opened that evening, and marvelled at
how everyone really did care. It was great seeing the wee ones tear open
their gifts and of course the hugs and squeezes were a highlight of the
Oh yes, I know, the birth of The Christ Child truly is the "main"
reason for the season. However, caring and sharing it with those that
you love, is as close to the manger as I'll ever get.
For me being with my entire family,... and being able to celebrate
Christmas together, is a most wonderful experience.
Regrettably, members of the Aurel DeSautel family will remember this
Christmas as the one that the Lord called Aurel to his Heavenly Home.
Very early on the morning of this past Christmas Eve day, Aurel
DeSautel passed away at Grafton Unity Medical Center.
I've known Aurel most of my life. I have always considered him, "my
friend". I've worked with him and I have worked for him. We have shared
numerous good times together, and I guess some not so good times too.
Aurel and I have shared the same coffee table at Granny's for many
years. Often we would exchange our views "memories", of encounters and
events, relating to Leonard, a mutual "friend" and relative of ours.
Aurel was a very kind and gentle man. He was the kind of man who always
asked what he could for someone else, rather than what someone else
might do for him. Aurel played in the Grafton Parade Band as well as the
American Legion Clown Band, though I can assure you of one thing, Aurel
played in the Clown Band but he always took his music very seriously.
I will miss Aurel DeSautel, however, I will never forget him. Pat and I
with our family extend our most sincere condolences to Delores and the
entire DeSautel family
~~ Aurel F. DeSautel, age 78 of Grafton passed away on Wednesday,
December 24, 2008 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton. Aurel was born
November 24, 1930 in Grafton, the son of the late Albert and Marie
(Campbell) DeSautel. He graduated from Grafton High school and then
attended the University of North Dakota for one year. He served in the
United States Army during the Korean War. He returned home and started
farming in Farmington Township.
Aurel married Delores White on July 19, 1956 in Grafton. They lived and
farmed in Farmington Twp. until moving to Grafton in 1995. He retired in
1996. Aurel was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,
the Grafton American Legion Post #41, the Grafton V.F. W. Post #9367,
the 40 et 8, the Walsh County Historical Society and the Grafton Knights
of Columbus Council #3918. He was also a member of the Grafton Parade
Band and the American Legion Band. He served as Supervisor of Farmington
Township, served on the Board of Nash Grain and the Unity Hospital
Aurel is survived by his wife Delores of Grafton; children: David
DeSautel (Sara Rouleau), Bismarck; Thomas (Sue) DeSautel, Wausau; Jim
(Nicole) DeSautel, Grafton; Paul (Denise) DeSautel, Grafton and Janet
DeSautel (Steve Worner), Grand Forks. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Aurel's funeral was Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the St. John the
Evangelist Catholic Church, Grafton. Interment will be at St. John's
Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the Grafton
American Legion Post #41.
The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.
"I have learned to appreciate
that the souls of our dearly departed
really never do leave us.
They simply take up residence
in our hearts, our minds
and our memories." Gary Moe
"Be who you are and say what you feel... Because those who mind don't
matter.... and those who matter don't mind."

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

December 23, 2008 - Wednesday

From everyone in our house,.... to everyone in your house.
The current temperature is -3 degrees
The "feels like" temperature is -18
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 11/-7
Normal H/L temp for this date is 17/-1
It was 43 degrees on this date in 1957
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The date is December, 24th.
It is Christmas Eve Day and every year for more than fifty years on
this day I am reminded of one of the most important lessons my father
ever taught me. Over the years I have come to refer to that lesson as
"Dads Christmas lesson".
I first shared "Dad's Lessen" in the Gazette on Monday December 24,
2001 and since then it has become somewhat of a tradition,.... for me
This is the morning when dad (Bill Moe) would start walking around
flower shop looking for three (3) of the best plants, vases, or what
ever else would make a nice Christmas gift. He would then put a "SOLD"
sign on them and put them in the back room. The flower shop was always
very busy the day before Christmas. 7 or 8 people working in the shop
and 2 or 3 in the greenhouse with the trees and roping and 3 or 4 cars
delivering both in town as well as all of the surrounding towns within
70+ miles of Grafton.
No matter how busy dad was, he never ever forgot to put away those
three (3) "gifts".
After the gifts were secure. He would sit down (dad was paralyzed)
and make two phone calls. One to the Catholic Priest (Father Garland)
and the other to the minister of the Grafton Lutheran Church. I
overheard one of his conversations. It went kind of like this. Yes
Reverend Megorden, this is Bill. What have you got for me? Then dad
would start writing and every couple seconds or so he would grunt-auh
ha. The total call was about three minutes long. Then, as I left to go
delivering he was dialing the Catholic Church number.
After dads calls whoever was delivering in town would have to
deliver an envelope to each of the two Churches. I had watched
this process go on for several years and finally one day I had to ask
dad. Why the heck (I may have used a stronger word) do you do this every
I think that day was when I not only learned the real
meaning of Christmas. It was the day I "felt", in my heart, the real
meaning of Christmas.
Dad answered, "well you see son. There are a lot of folks in
town with much less than us. They try with everything they have to
celebrate Christmas. They worship the Lord, they are kind to their
neighbors, but they just can't quite come up with the money to buy their
children gifts and provide a good Christmas dinner." Soo, he continued,
"thats, what those envelopes are all about." The three (3) gifts
in the back room? Well dad said. "You see Gary, on the night before
Christmas, after all of the stores uptown have sold most of their good
presents and closed. We always have three (3) guys come in." Worrying
like the dickens and each one saying. What have you got for my wife
Bill? Dad always said those fellows had a little to much egg-nog. I can
tell you the honest fact was, they were drunk. ANYWAY, dad would go in
the back room and bring them out some of the nicest "presents" we had in
the shop.
When I asked dad why he would go through all that trouble for
three "drunks".
Dad simply shrugged his shoulders and said, "but their wives
and a Happy New Year.
Speaking of caring and sharing, especially during this very special
season. I was asked if I might include the following message in the
Gazette. My answer of course was a resounding YES!
The message; >>>>
The Grafton High School Key Club and Student council are establishing a
Ronnie Fellman Memorial Scholarship. The goal is to raise a $5,000
perpetual scholarship and pay out the interest as a yearly scholarship.
If individuals or businesses are interested in donating to the fund
please contact Mr. Jack Maus, Mrs. Marilou Green or Mr. Darren Albrecht
at 701-352-1930.
Thank you. <<<<
Now then, that is the message from them. I would like to remind
everyone that 17 year old Ronnie Fellman left our school system, our
community and our world a significantly better place to live. Ronnie
showed everyone that ever met him, even those who had only heard of him,
the true meaning courage. Ronnie never asked for anything special in
life, except for the chance to participate in it.
Ronnie Fellman was a average 17 year old boy from a average small town
family yet his legacy leaves us with a wealth of courage and positive
attitude that no amount of money could buy.
If you can, please consider helping the Grafton High School Key Club
and Student council establish a Ronnie Fellman Memorial Scholarship.
Folks can bring, or, send donations to the High school. Please make
checks payable to the Ronnie Fellman Scholarship fund.
Wouldn't it be wonderful, and it certainly is a possible, if someone
would send in a check for the whole darn works?
"Be who you are and say what you feel.... Because those who mind don't
matter.... and those that matter don't mind."
Or so it seems to me.

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

Monday, December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008 - Monday

Todays Gazette comes with best wishes for a blessed and Merry
The current temperature is -11 degrees
Yesterdays H/L temperature was -1/-13
Normal H/L temp for this date is 18/0
It was 48 degrees on this date in 1901
The forecast for Christmas day, as always, calls for "peace on earth
good will toward man". Fortunately, many folks around the world continue
to strive for the Christchild's dream. Unfortunately, we have yet to
achieve His goal.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
With only "3 sleeps" til Christmas, it's time to take out your list and
start checking it twice. I know,... some folks will want to remind us of
the "REAL" reason for the season. AND,.. to them I would say. "Please
remember, it was the three kings from the Orient that came bearing gifts
on the very first Christmas day.
Anyway, I received the following note from Kalispell, Mt. >>>>>
Where can I get the Grafton Bucks? Are Grafton Bucks good at Granny's?
My dad is definitely a regular there! Thanks! I always enjoy the
Cheri Nelson <<<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Cheri. I
checked with our local Chamber and this was their response. >>>>
Subject: Re: Grafton Bucks
Good morning Gary,
Grafton Bucks can be purchased at the Chamber. They are in $2.00
increments and are redeemable at any area business. If there are any
questions, they can call the Chamber at (701) 352-0781. Thank you for
the inquiry. Have A Happy Holidays and stay warm.
Barb <<<< Thanks a million Barb. The Happy Holiday part, will be easy.
The staying warm part, will be a bit more of a challenge.
Anyway, the Grafton Bucks idea certainly is a good one. It is a
fantastic method of sharing and caring, for those of you living a long
way away. One size fits all, and,.. they come in everyones favorite
color, "dollar bill green".
Who among us remembers this???
FEB, 10 1943
It is a special time of the year, a time to be thankful for all that
are here. It's also a time to reflect and remember, that it was He who
was born giving us a truly special reason for the season.
I've shared the following words several times over the years. They have
a special meaning for me and I hope you might find a bit of solace in
them as well.
~~~~~~~~ Remember those ~~~~~~~~
Remember, those that are not here.
The ones, we have all held so dear.
Remember, even though they're gone,
their wish for us,.... life must go on. Remember those
that taught us well,
and picked us up each time we fell.
Remember Christ, this Christmas day,
sent by the Father, to light the way. Remember we're all
here for a reason,
to love one and all, this Holiday Season.
They're simple words that say so much.
They help us remember those we've loved so much.
So as we pray this Christmas day, for health and wealth and wisdom.
Lets not forget His goal for us, is to meet again in His Holy Kingdom.
Pat and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wally and Ione
DeSautel for allowing us to share such a fabulous day. Wally & Ione
invited Pat and me, along with several dozen family members and friends,
to attend the Lorie Line, Christmas Around the World Concert at the
Chester Fritz in Grand Forks Sunday afternoon.
A warm and comfortable MCI bus picked us up at Wally & Ione's home in
Grafton and dropped us off at the front door of the Chester Fritz
Auditorium. After the "out of this world concert" we boarded the bus and
then taken over to eat dinner.
Before we started eating, Wally stood up and "thanked us" for coming.
Next we sang three patriotic songs and then Pastor Moe said "the words"
before dinner. Then we boarded the bus for our short journey home. I
just couldn't help thinking as I looked at Wally & Ione in the front row
of the bus, that there sits a man and his wife, having both worked very
hard all their life. Yet even tho' now when it would be just as easy
not, they continue their caring and sharing a lot.
Thanks a million Wally & Ione from Pat and me. Thanks for a wonderful
day and a fantastic way to share a really magnificent reason for this
magical season.
With a saddened heart I share Nancy's message of the passing of Nora
(Mrs Walt) Jorgensen.
Nancy Fletcher wrote: >>>>
With great sadness (and relief because her struggle is over), my
brother and I want you to know that Nora died peacefully this morning at
12:20 a.m.
Nora Elizabeth Jorgensen, a fiery wife, mother, and business woman,
died in Grand Junction, CO on Dec. 21 of dementia.
Walter Jorgensen, her son, said she died in the loving care of her
daughter, Nancy Fletcher, and the case managers of Alpine Hospice.
Nora Elizabeth Jacobson was born May 23, 1919 in Duluth, MN to David
and Alina Jacobson and was raised in Wawina, MN. Her early life included
work at Hill Mercantile and the First State Bank, both in Floodwood, MN.
She married Ralph Jarvi and her first child, Joan Ellen Jarvi, was born.
She later met the love of her life, Walter Jorgensen, and they were
married in 1947 and had two children. In 1958 they bought the Basell
Hotel & Bar in Grafton, ND, and the family lived there until Nora and
Walt retired to northern Minnesota in 1972.
Walt and Nora had happy years together after their retirement until
Walt died in 1989 of congestive heart failure. Nora spent the next
fifteen years in Minneapolis, MN., before moving to assisted living in
Grand Junction, CO. in 1995 when her dementia developed.
One of life's biggest pleasures for Nora was time spent at her Red
Lake cabin in northern Minnesota. She loved to fish, play cards, and
cheer on the Twins and Vikings. She always enjoyed entertaining friends
with good food and drink. She always said, "Life is great; you just
can't weaken."
Survivors include her son, Walter Jorgensen, the owner of Palisade
Pharmacy in Palisade, CO; her daughter, Nancy Fletcher, the president of
OAAA in Washington, DC; nine grand children, nine great-grandchildren,
and one great-great grandson Marcus Moe. Her daughter, Joan Moe of
Grafton, ND, died at 46 from complications to lupus.
Arrangements are being handled by Callahan Edfast Funeral Home in
Grand Junction, CO. A celebration of her life is planned in June at
Pelican Lake in northern Minnesota after burial next to her husband in
Buhl, MN.
Donations may be sent to Alpine Hospice, 602 Jackson Street, Clifton,
CO 81520. <<<
"Who you know isn't nearly as important as why you know them." GLM
Or so it seems to me

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December 23, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by Ted Hoffman's Trailer City. It was
only just fifty years ago that Ted added the Econ-O-Wash automatic
laundry to his northend trailer court.
The current temperature is 9 degrees
The "feels like" temperature is -8
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 7/-21
Normal H/L temp for this date is 18/0
It was 42 degrees on this date in 1936
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Even though last weekends storm wasn't as severe as forecasted, it did
leave a significant amount of snowman parts all over town. Most
intersections had snowcat dust drifts deep enough to raise local wrecker
revenues by double digits.
Our street maintenance crews started plowing streets at 2:00 am Monday
morning and all of the major streets and avenues were bladed, loaded up
and the snow hauled to the snow field. With very few exceptions, almost
all sidewalks adjoining local business establishments were also cleaned
up early Monday morning as well. Almost that is,... with the exception
of the sailboat fuel storage facilities presently owned and operated by
the city of Grafton.
Ironically, our community spends 10's of thousands of dollars a year
plowing, cleaning and hauling snow away from city streets with a
professionalism unequalled by any community in the nation.
Unfortunately, such perfection merely affords most folks the ability to
utilize those clean swept streets to get out of town without getting
Especially in this day an age, very few folks, if any will park along
side a snowdrift that they must climb over to go shopping. It just
doesn't happen. If a community has committed itself to keeping it's
roads and thoroughfares clean and serviceable, as I truly believe
Grafton has. Then every sidewalk in the business district should be
maintained accordingly. No doing so simply defeats the purpose.
Or so it seems to me.
Evidently no-one remembers seeing.... "The Chart Room A Tribute to
Scouts of the Past. A CHALLENGE to Scouts of today. Feb, 10 1943. 17th
Those words were painted on a basement wall of the Grafton City Hall.
The following "information" also appears on the basement walls of City
~~~~~~~ EAGLE SCOUTS ~~~~~~~~
As I am sure every Eagle Scout recipient can attest. You don't get to
be an Eagle Scout by "following" others. It's earned by taking charge of
a task with tenacious perseverance.
Aren't memories wonderful???
I'm guessing I've been asked a hundred times and maybe more. "What have
you heard from the Fox Hunters? When are they coming?" According to the
note I received Monday from Cindy, it won't be long and they'll be here,
with their snowshoes on.
I expect they will be staying at the Leonard Motel again this year
because Grafton's Leonard Motel has become "The Official Ohio Fox
Hunters Habitat" while they are here. Righ?
ANYWAY, Cindy wrote: >>>>
Subject: fox hunters
Hi Gary,
The boys are getting their stuff ready for their yearly trip. The
weather here is COLD, which seems to be the same there. The
excitement is evident in their smiling faces. Not sure yet on the date
they are leaving, which is normal for them. One day they will just say,
we are leaving tomorrow. Hope all is well for you and your family. Have
a nice Holiday and the guys will see you soon.
P.S: Cookies are baked in the freezer and ready to go. <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Cindy. I know all about the
"gotta get going right away" business. Now then,... about those cookies.
Don't forget to take them out of the freezer and put them in one of the
trucks. OH,... don't forget the laptop either. If my memory serves me
right, last years cookies and the laptop got here a couple days
later,..... delivered by a government vehicle. (US Mail)
P.S. I talked to Troy at Granny's and Susie at MarketPlace on 8th and
the folks at the Leonard Motel. All three tell me they're ready and they
say there is lots of room for a whole lot more "Fox Hunting Friends from
I'm not sure if Santa had me on his schedule this year or not, BUT
Gunner did. Thanks a million Gunner. After the lump in my throat went
down, it fit just perfect. Little Eb is right. You are,.... a "really,
really nice guy". Thanks again Gunner and Merry Christmas.
Just two more sleeps and Santa will be delivering toys to all the good
little girls and boys. If you should see him, tell him I WILL try harder
next year.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

December 19, 2008 - Friday

Today's Gazette is brought to you by the Walsh County PRESS, Park
River, ND.
The current temperature is -10
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 0/-18
Normal H/L temp for this date is 19/1
The current "feels like" temp is -28
It was 46 degrees on this date in 1894 =========================
"Profanity make ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I stopped at Grafton Drug Thursday afternoon to pickup a new heating
pad. With the advent of cooler weather I have acquired some "stiff
joints" that I can't seem to find a good use for. Hence,.. I'm hoping
the heating pad will resolve that issue.
Anyway, while picking up the heating pad, I grabbed a copy of the Park
River Walsh County PRESS, it's their 127th year in print, and brought it
home. I must say, "I was very impressed".
I found much of the content in the PRESS interesting and easy to read.
Since I am half Norwegian I was also pleased the PRESS features a
significant number of pictures along with the articles.
For instance, when I turned to the back page of the PRESS, I saw a
picture, that for a moment, I thought looked just like Lorraine LaBonte.
If it was, I thought, maybe it had been take several years ago when she
was one of my nurses while I was recovering from a surgery performed by
Dr. Eaton.
I have stated several times, in previous Gazettes, two of my favorite
nurses ever was Lorraine LaBonte and Dorothy Wilson. Why I wondered,
before reading the article, would there be a picture of Lorraine Labonte
(especially as a young girl) in the Walsh County PRESS?
Then,... I read the article. Heck it wasn't Lorraine at all it was
Lorraines granddaughter, Air National Guard Airman 1st class Rachael A.
LaBonte. The article went on to explain that Rachael had graduated from
basic military training. Rachael is the daughter of Mike LaBonte of
Harmony Heights Lane, Rapid City SD.
Thank God I can still read a little bit, or I might have been running
around asking everyone why the PRESS but Lorraines High School
graduation picture in the paper. CONGRATULATIONS, Rachael
ANYWAY, not that it's really,.. really important. I did notice that
the PRESS used 33 pictures in this weeks edition, while The Record used
18. Then again who's counting?
Speaking of pretty girls, today is the day our granddaughter Krystal
Moe will celebrate the anniversary of her birth.
gramma and grandpa love you very much.
Who says nobody pays attention to the Gazette. Elly sent the following.
Yes, I saw you on You're certainly enjoying yourself.
Seeing those pictures, I want summer back NOW!!!
You and your family have a very Merry Christmas! Take care. <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Elly. Merry Christmas to you
and yours, from me and mine.
Terry sent the following "clues" to the parking meter hunt. He wrote.
>>> Gary
Not so many years ago, the old "radar building" by the airport was the
resting place for the parking meters.
Terry Henriksen <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Terry. For those that don't
know, Terry is a recently retired Grafton Funeral Director. The old
"radar building" he speaks of was used as a "winter storage morgue" when
the ground is frozen to hard for normal burial. He used a interesting
choice of words....... Don't you think?
Ralph Kingsbury shared his thoughts relative to Bert Overlands comments
from the other day. Ralph wrote: >>>
Bert Overland's comments to you were really interesting. I knew about
our "lend-lease" program with England before we got into WW II and knew
about the airplanes flying to a field next to the border at Pembina.
They would then be pulled across the border and the Canadians flew them
to England. That didn't break any treaty obligations. Didn't realize
some were on trains through Grafton.
I had heard something about the guns, etc, but didn't know they were on
trains through Grafton either. It would be nice if any of your readers
can add to Bert's comments, or even more from him. Can you imagine today
telling our kids to go pick up any spilled coal? When the whole family
got up every morning and the first place they headed to was the furnace
vent, or the wood stove in order to warm up as that and the kitchen
stove were the only sources of heat in the house. The lucky ones had
indoor toilets. What's that old saying about the lucky ones had a dry
pair of shoes and a warm place to ........... Ralph Kingsbury <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Ralph. Like you, I certainly
hope some of our "more senior" members will be willing to share their
I'm guessing the mention of the City Hall basement and it's contents
brings back many memories from many folks. Glenn shared the following:
>>> Gary... Mention of the old City Hall Basement brought back old
memories.. Back in about 1939 or 1940 we had our scout meetings there
one winter. Other then remembering that Hugo Kutz was a good scoutmaster
I will always remember Henry Bernards 1903 Oldsmobile parked down
Glenn Paulson <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Glenn. I'll
bet there is even someone out there that remembers what happened to
Henry's old car.
Almost every day I get requests, from folks that would like to become
Gazette family members. Often they request I not mention their
names,.... so I don't. Sometimes I get a request from someone requesting
that I add someone else, and that's okay to as long as it's okay with
someone else. The following request is the first time someone requested
someone else be added with an "add".
Agnes wrote: >>>>
Subject: ADDY FOR YOU!!
Good morning Gary..have you added (email address) they would like to
get your news.....also I am putting a plug in for PAM'S
PANTRY......she does catering & bakes PLUS has her shop open Wed.,Thurs.
& Fri..'s from 11 to 2 for lunches...every day & every week it's
different so call her at 360-4469.
PAM'S PANTRY......Thanks for airing this.. Agnes Beier <<<< Thanks a
million for caring and sharing Agnes. Your friend has already started
receiving the Gazette and, as you see above. That is the rest of the
If your having trouble coming up with a great gift idea for someone.
Why not give them Grafton Bucks. There good all over town. AND,.... one
size fits all.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with telling someone what you
think..... if you think first."
Or so it seems to me

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 18, 2008 - Thursday

The Gazette is brought to you, simply because POOP happens. However,
according to Scott Hove, it's what you do with it that really matters.
The current temperature is -10 degrees
The feels like temperature is -10
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 1/-19
Normal H/L temp for this date is 19/1
It was 46 degrees on this date in 1943
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Except for the hustle and bustle of local holiday shopping, it's
difficult to find much going on in Shivercity.
I understand the last of the remaining camper trailers will be pulling
out of the Leistikow Park Campground today or tomorrow. Rumor has it,
the remaining pipeline workers will be going home for the holidays and
will return to the area in a couple weeks to continue working on the
It certainly has been wonderful having our campground at full occupancy
all summer. Even better than that is all of the improvements the
campground received this past summer.
I'm guessing folks are still trying to "digest" the Grafton neon sign
issue and what might be the best direction for it's resolve.
Paul DeSautel shared his memories of The Sign while it was stored in
the City Hall. He wrote: >>> Re: The "sign"
I kinda remember it in the City Hall basement leaning against the
north wall behind Henry Bernard's 1903 Oldsmobile. I have no idea how
many years ago that could have been or when, if ever, it was up! There
were a lot of mystical things in that basement.
Paul <<<< Thanks for caring and sharing Paul. I'm wondering if by chance
you, or someone remembers seeing any of the "parking meters" once used
in town. It would be great to find one or two of them so they too could
be displayed with the large collection of yesteryears memories at
Grafton's Heritage Village.
I mentioned Graftons two railroads the other day and it gave Bert
Overland reason to remember. Bert wrote: >>>>
Subject: Trains from Grafton of old.
Gary, your comments on the trains brought back some precious memories.
All the neighborhood kids used to watch the very long trains hauling
airplanes (with the wings off), tanks, trucks, artillery on open
cars. There were armed guards on them and passenger cars with troops.
This was on the Northern Pacific going through the east set of tracks
shipping to Canada.
On the Great Northern I never saw military equipment but us
Overland boys and the LeQuires used to take our burlap bags (gunny
sacks) and pick up coal spilled from the train along the tracks. We
would go just as the trains were filling on water at the big tank
because that was when the fireman would also shovel in more coal.
Sometimes he would see us waiting with our sacks and he'd throw throw a
couple shove fulls between the cars.
Those were tough days, and, in those days "oil" was not the only
"Black Gold".
Another interesting thing, One day In Seattle I went for lunch at a
restaurant featuring railroad memorabilia and lo and behold there was a
painting of the old Great Northern depot in Grafton North Dakota
looking from the south to north along the tracks and it had Grafton
right on it. <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Bert.
While I was doing a some "research" in the Gazette library the other
day I got to thinking about how our economy has gone down the crapper
lately (pardon the pun). I thought about how folks used to make a
concerted effort, to do business with folks that done business with
--- That's NOT the case with the Fargo Perkins Restaurant by the way.
Just yesterday I noticed they are still using
sugarcane sugar just a few miles away from the corporate headquarters of
the largest beet sugar company in the country. ---
Anyway, I started thinking about the early days of the Walmart
dynasty...... Does anyone remember the ads of the mid to late sixties
showing Sam Walton driving to work in his old Chevrolet pickup with his
brown bag lunch on the seat? Does anyone remember Sam and later on his
executive staff say, "we only buy American products to sell to the
American public"? I DO! Can anyone possibly believe, in your wildest
imagination, the miniscule amount of American products Walmart actually
handles today. I CAN'T.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong, with being wrong. As long as you
realize you are wrong, and make it right." GLM
If you haven't read OH, POOP! authored by former Graftonite Scott Hove.
I think you'll really be surprised how much Scott's book will help you
get your POOP together. Just for the heck of it e-mail:
and ask for more information.
The best test of good manners is how you put up with bad ones.
"You get what you pay for, the Gazette is the best example of that, I
can think of."
Or so it seems to me.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008 - Wednesday

~~~~~~~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~~~~~~~
------------ GRAMMA GREEN -------------
Today the Tucker and Green families will help Johanna celebrate her 103
======= CONGRATULATIONS ======
~~~~~~~ JOHANNA GREEN ~~~~~~~
Happy Birthday Mrs. Green, we wish you the very best on this special
From The Moe family.
The current temperature is -15 degrees
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 0/-19
Normal H/L temp for this date is 20/2
It feels like -26 at the nudy beach.
It was 57 degrees on this date in 1900
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The Grafton Drug store has been closed since the night of the big
storm. I'm not really sure why. I expect we'll read all about it in the
Walsh County Record.
Rumor has it, someone broke in through the north door and, adding
insult to injury, bitter cold temperatures driven by high winds entered
the building about the same time the bandits did. I haven't heard what,
if anything left the store with the bandits. I understand when the
bitter cold finally left the building it left some frozen water pipes,
among other things, behind.
The drug store was closed for a period of time, however, the Grafton
Drug Store IS once AGAIN,... "OPEN for BUSINESS"
The mention of Mattson Refrigeration Service gave Kathee reason to
write the following. >>>>
Your reference to Kelvinator brought to mind a story about my
grandfather, Axel "Dad" Carlson (1877-1959), shoeman at Reyleck's.
Grandma and Grandpa Carlson never had an ice box. They used the cellar
to keep things cool and relied on getting to the grocery store often
enough to get fresh items. When they decided to get a refrigerator after
they came out, they were uncertain of which brand to get. Family lore
has it that Grandpa Carlson went to the president of some electric
company in which he had stock and asked what the president recommended.
"Kelvinator, " said the president. So that is the brand that they got.
Who needed Consumer Reports? Kathee <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee. Aren't memories
We are getting closer to solving the large Grafton neon sign question
posed by Charles Stewart the other day. Ann McCann shared the following.
Hi Gary, Reading your news for today, you asked if anyone has seen the
neon sign that hung across the street. Yes, it is in the basement of
city hall or last I saw it a few years ago.
Lee Kieley and Donny LaBerge wanted to resurrect it for something
to keep them busy. All three of us went and looked at it. It was black
with red letters. Some neon was broken. ( New neon is brighter than
old and the reds would not match TODAYS. ) One would need to replace
ALL of the letters.
City Hall was not interested in investing the money to have this done.
Yes, I agree it would be nice sign memorabilia and part of
Grafton's history. I just love signs, you know!
Ann McCann
@ letter perfect sign co. <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Ann. I'm thinking it would be
an absolute perfect public relations project for the Newman sign
Company. Especially since they own the Alchem Alcohol plant in Grafton.
A few minutes later I received the following note from my son Jeff. He
wrote: >>>>> Dad, When I joined the fire dept. I remember seeing the
neon sign you wrote about hanging in the basement of city hall. However,
I believe It was moved from there to the old A&H building on the north
end of town. <<<< Thanks Jeff, I think you have it right. Tuesday
afternoon, former mayor Fred Stark not only bought us coffee at
Granny's, he confirmed that the sign, he believed to be approximately 12
feet long and a couple of feet high, was in fact moved to the former A&H
Now then,... where do we go from here?
The terms "Green Movement" and "global warming" always seem to generate
a heated discussion. A former Grafton Mayor and the husband of my
brother-in-law Chuck Demesters daughter chiseled enough time out of his
busy schedule to share the following thoughts.
Jeff wrote; >>>>
Hi Gary! Thought I'd join the discussion on "Global Warming" and
"going green". Yesterday you mentioned our inability to control the
mother nature to which I agree. But do we need to add to our own demise?
The problem as I see it (my opinion) is we, as a society, get awful
short sighted. "We", ME included, tend to focus on today and are driven
by consumption of whatever it may be...gas, water, consumer goods and
services and, instant gratification. Use more, buy more, waste more, and
who cares. I think we all need to think green, not only for ourselves
but for our kids, grand kids and great grand kids. Starting now, however
small, is a step in the right direction. I have the privileged of
serving a community of Seniors in Fargo. There are 180 men and women
who's average age is 87 years old. They are continuing to worry about
shutting off lights, recycling, turning down their heat in the winter,
some even shut their air conditioners off in the summers when the are
out for the afternoon. I would guess a great number came through the
depression era. The American Indian held great respect for "Mother
Earth". Maybe, just maybe "Big Al" is on to something! Or so it seem to
me... To know what is right and to do nothing is ...... Thanks for
allowing me an opportunity to add my $.02.
Jeff Pederson
Villa Nazareth <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Jeff. I hope
your not overly surprised to find that I agree with absolutely
everything you said........ Except, I take some issue with the "maybe"
big Al is on to something. I find it extremely difficult to believe big
Al was entitled to the Heisman trophy because he found the station a
football game was played on. Nor, do I believe he should have gotten a
Silver Broom because he "discovered" a curling rink in his neighborhood.
And, it goes without saying that he is not entitled to the Silver Cup
simply because he read about the outcome of a hockey game.
The globe IS warming, that's not the issue. And, we definitely should
do everything "within reason" and within the realm of our individual
control to minimize our impact on global warming.
However, in my opinion, no-one needs even two "normal" size homes, yet
Mr. Gore has several mansions. No-one needs to fly by private Jet
although Al Gore does. Folks like Al Gore and his multi-millionaire
cronies, as well as major corporations like General Electric, justify
"covering" their carbon footprints by buying, carbon credits, with their
untold wealth. Then, they look at regular folks (like me) and say. "Give
a hoot, don't pollute".
That, in my opinion, is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy.
Putting it another way. I think what the Al Gores of the world are
doing with their global warming "panic attack" is very little different
than George Bush leading us into a war "without" weapons of mass
Oops, did I mention that I "almost" totally agree with Jeff's
assesment of the worlds dilemma? The only thing I disagree with, is the
wealthy will continue to be so, and they will not shed one lonely bead
of sweat in the process. Everyone lesser than rich,...... most certainly
Or so it seems to me.
It saddens me to share the news that former Graftonite, Bernie Nugent,
lost his life in an automobile accident. I regret I have no additional
information to share at this time. Most local folks will remember Bernie
as the proprietor of Bolo Lanes, our local bowling alley.
"It is becoming more and more evident to me that wealthy folks and
honest folks aren't always the same folks.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 16, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by, ----- Mattson Refrigeration
Service -----
~~~ Kelvinator Sales and service ~~~
The oldest refrigeration service in Walsh County. Phone 58 in Grafton,
The current temperature is -17 degrees
The "feels like" temp is, -35 degrees
Yesterdays H/L temperature was -8/-16
Normal H/L temp for this date is 20/2
It was 52 degrees on this date in 1952
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Charles Stewart called yesterday and informed me of the possible
existence of a large sign that spanned hiway 17 in the general area of
Mac's Bottle shop and Simonsons brand new (when completed) Subway
Sandwich shop. Charles remembers the "Grafton" sign was constructed with
red neon letters, large enough so that they could be seen from as far
away as hiway 44 approximately 10 miles east of Grafton.
It is Charles understanding that the sign may, in fact, still be stored
in one of Graftons Electrical department buildings. If so, it seems to
me, a more logical home for such a valuable relic might be in Grafton's
Heritage Village collection of interesting area memorabilia.
In fact, it might even lend itself to becoming a very interesting
exhibit in and of itself. Question; Does anyone remember ever seeing
such a sign. Either at the time it welcomed visitors to Grafton, or,
maybe while it was being stored in the City Hall building or later when
it found it's way into some other city building?
Any information anyone can share would be very much appreciated.
With low temperatures in the double digits,... below zero. The hottest
topic at coffee is all about Al Gores "panic pitch" on global warming.
Of course the globe is warming. The Great Lakes is massive proof of
that. The real irony, as I see it anyway, is that "we" (citizens of the
United States) actually believe we (Americans) can control the fantastic
forces of nature.
"We" have spend 100 of billions of dollars trying to convince a few
nations that they should live and believe as we do. History has proven
numerous other civilizations have tried doing the very same thing and
they failed,.... too.
Evidently Keith has formulated his own colorful opinion of all things
melting. >>>
Gary -
Your recent reference to Al Gore and the global warming
created by Washingtons Bovine Defecation reminded me of an old Charlie
Brown cartoon by Charles Schultz - "Doing a good job around here is
like wetting your pants in a dark colored suit; It gives you a nice warm
feeling but nobody notices"! Keep up the good work - Keith
Mohagen <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Keith. If you get a chance to
talk to one of the folks from the "Green" Movement. Please remind them
that almost anyplace they drive, they are driving on roads built with
"fossil fuels". The last time I checked. We / they haven't been able to
come up with a way to build hiways and byways with windmills or solar
Lyle Anderson, writing from the great state of Idaho, shared the
following. I understand rumor has it that the potatoes grown in Idaho
are second, only, to those grown in the Red River Valley of the North.
It's nice to get your newsletter every day, like a lot of people I
look forward to reading what's happening up in your neck of the
woods. My home town of Warren is close enough to Grafton that it's
almost like hearing from home.
Not much snow here in Sun Valley, Id. but with the 2-3 inches of
real snow and snowmaking equipment on the mountain, it finally got
open to the skiers. We not only need the snow for recreation, but the
farmers down below need the water they get from us. We are in need of
5-6 good snow years to get things back to normal. I don't know if Gore
has control of the weather, but he sure has the public running
scared. I wonder how much he has made to line his pocket book
with his nonsense. I like your description of him, fits him
I looked at some old Gazette articles from last summer, you were
getting the combine ready in may. We are coming to Warren next summer
for my 50 yr. class reunion, maybe I'll have to come and snag a few with
you at the lake.
Have a Merry Christmas, and may the Lord Bless you and your family.
lyle <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Lyle. I must share with "our"
group that I met Lyle and his lovely wife Janet a couple of years ago
while they were enjoying a stay at Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort.
Although we only spent a relatively short time together, Lyle's note is
absolute proof that it only takes a few minutes at Rocky Point to build
a lasting relationship.
Please tell Ray Burwell Hi from Pat and Gary when you get back to
Warren. I will be looking forward to seeing you at Arnesen's Rocky Point
this summer. AND, Lyle, I can absolutely guarantee the fishing WILL be
fantastic. I am just as positive that you will enjoy yourself.
Unfortunately,..... I can't be quite as categorical about the catching.
Speaking of fishing, it's not to late to book your ice fishing trip at
Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort and Rock Harbor Lodge. Check out their new
web site at someone said they even have a picture or two of
me in there too.
"Solar panels can heat and light a room it's true. But they can't put
soles on a poor mans shoes."
Or so it seems to me.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

December 15, 2008 - Monday

Todays Gazette comes with sincere thanks and appreciation of all the
great folks in Grafton's Municipal Utilities.
The current temperature is -16 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was -5/-12
Normal H/L temp for this date is 20/3
It was 46 degrees on this date in 1913
Tonights forecasted low is -30.
If you happen run across Al Gore on the beaches of Hawaii, tell him the
only warming we've been experiencing here is from the bull excrement in
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Looking out my window this morning I see bright sunshine in a perfectly
clear sky. Except for the fact that Sami's "P-tree" is 88 degrees colder
than his favorite spot on the hassock in front of the television, it is
pretty nice outside.
Even though some folks say this weekend's blizzard was one of the worst
in a decade. I doubt anyone from our City Hall will be calling
Washington for help from the folks at Fema.
As a matter of fact. Shortly after most of us went to bed last night.
The folks from Grafton's Municipal Utilities Department were just going
to work. By the time most of us woke up this morning, the GMU's crew had
already plowed and hauled away the snowcat dust from downtowns main
street's as well as both Hiway's. Hiway 17 east & west and hiway 81 the
runs thru town north and south.
I wonder if Chris Mathews from MSNBC will broadcast that fact all over
the country. Anyway,... it won't be long and our GMU crew will have the
entire town cleaned up and ready for the next snowfall event. That
is,.... everything except those areas where cars are parked on the
street hampering the snow removal process.
I continue to find it ironic that the folks living in the large
apartment house across the street are allowed to park their vehicles on
the street making it next to impossible for the street department to do
their job. Especially in light of the fact that there are numerous
garage stalls and an even a larger number of empty spaces in the paved
parking lot.
I'm not sure if I read the following, want add, in the Grand Forks
Herald or if it was in the Walsh County Record. At any rate, I thought
it was interesting enough to pass along anyway: >>>> It
"Joe W. get in touch with me at once. Bring three rings-------
engagement, wedding and teething. Have news for you, Betty."
For years and years two major railroads serviced the Grafton community.
The Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway's together hauled much
of the necessary commodities used in and exported out, of Grafton.
Eventually, the BNSF Railroad became to only rail service in town. When
Dakota Northern Railroad came to town and set up shop, Grafton is a two
railroad city once again.
-------- You haven't missed it. --------
~~~~ CAROLS and CANDLES ~~~~
Will be this Wednesday Dec. 17th
at the Grafton Lutheran Church. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
It certainly isn't right, or even fare to blame folks for not
participating in an event that they aren't aware is happening.
"Tell them once to catch their ear. Tell them twice and hope they hear,
and then once more, to get them here."
Or so it seems to me.
"When you do the common thins in life in an uncommon way. You command
the attention of the whole world."
"Do to the lack of interest, today will be cancelled and tomorrows
business will begin immediately."

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

December 13, 2008 - Saturday

Todays Gazette is brought to just hours prior to the first serious
blizzard warning forecasted so far this winter season.
The current temperature is 8 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 16/-6
Normal H/L temp for this date is 21/3
It was 52 degrees on this date in 1913.
We could get 4 to 6 inches of snowcat dust by Monday morning. If the 40
MPH winds materialize, we could end up with snow drifts up around
Frosty's ears.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Richard and Elaine Thompson returned home Wednesday, for the Christmas
holidays, from their Floridian winter residence. Judging by the shadow
Richard casts over Granny's coffee table, his recliner in the sunshine
state must be relatively close to the refrigerator. Speaking of sunshine
and shadows, if the tan line around Richards short sleeved shirt is any
indication. Richard is either spending a lot of time in the sun, or, he
has installed a sun lamp in his refrigerator.
Speaking of sunshine heat and cold. I noticed yesterday that the
furnace is still running in the former Getz Drug Store building. I guess
we don't want the sailboat fuel in there to get to cold.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ TRUISM ~~~~~~~~~~ Scandinavian logic: If putting a
brick in the water closet (toilet) saves water. Shouldn't putting a
brick in a gas tank "save gas?" This logic is often used by our
Washington D.C. Political Leaders.
This is the Saturday that the Salvation Army folks stop by Granny's so
we can help them help so many others. For many years, on this day, I
looked forward to Gordy Stark walking into Granny's ringing his bell and
saying, "alright fellows, open up your billfolds, it's that time of the
year again."
Rod Alme took over when Gordy was called to work the giant kettle in
heaven. This morning, as has been the case for so many years. Granny's
door opened up and that familiar "ring" preceded Joe Dusek. As Joe
approached our table with a warm "okay guys, it's that time of the year
again and please don't be tight." (or something like that.) And,... we
weren't, and,... I think Gordy would be proud too.
To me at least, it certainly looks like our local retail stores are
much busier than normal. I'm not sure if it's the higher price of gas, a
much better selection of items to choose from, or, finally plain old
common sense kicking in. Whatever it is, it sure is wonderful to see the
increase in traffic around town.
Speaking of increase. The Gazette subscription department has also been
busy lately. Our "Gazette Family" has grown another dozen members in the
past week. Our group is evolving from a the standard old family tree, to
a whole Forest of Family and Friends.
~~~~~~~~~~ FACTOID ~~~~~~~~~~
Intellectual Constipation: (broken down) Intellectual; requiring
Constipation; infrequent and difficult movement. Or, IC (for
short) a favorite reaction from some Political leaders when faced with
new ideas and challenges.
Santa Claus will be at the Grafton Armory Sunday Dec, 14 between the
hours of 2:30 & 5:00.
I suspect "IF" we are experiencing adverse weather conditions on
Sunday, Santa will be able to figure out another time.
~~~~~~~~~~~ GOOFY ~~~~~~~~~~
Obtuse; slow to understand or perceive OR, in the case of the
Illinois Governor. Getting caught on a telephone wire tap selling
political positions.
~~~~~~~~~~~ IRONIC ~~~~~~~~~~
Did you hear the news this morning? For several years now, a reputable
(?) federal agency has been telling us, and pregnant women NOT to eat
fish. Or, at the very least, eat only minimal amounts of fish. Eating
fish,.... they said, would be extremely detrimental to ones health.
Today, they are saying,...... go ahead and eat fish. The benefits far
outweigh the detriments one might expect.
Well I'll be darned. Remember a few years ago what the "experts"
predicted would happen to the spotted owls? You might also remember
"most experts" predicted the demise of the eagle as well. One such
expert I remember, was willing to bet his wife and first born child that
the eagle population absolutely couldn't rebound........ Oops, I guess
that trainload of experts generated a "slight" miscalculation.
The buffoon that believes the real energy solution is wind, obviously
forgot that it isn't always windy. And, when it isn't, something else
has to be able to take over that energy load immediately.
Or so it seems to me.
"Absolutely, global warming is a real fact. It's been warming up for
10,000 years."

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Friday, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008 - Friday

~~~~~~~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~~~~~~~
======= LEONA SEVIGNY ========
Today is the day Leona and all that know her, celebrate the
anniversary of her birth.
If there was a club for wonderful women, Leona could be president. If
there were trophy's for making the very best of the hand we're dealt in
life, Leona's trophy would be one of the largest. If the world had a
room full of fantastic people. Then that's the room where Leona would
Happy Birthday Aunt Leona. We love you very much. From Pat and the kids
and especially me.
The current temperature is 8 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 6/-18
Normal H/L temp for this date is 21/4
We've been told to expect a blizzard conditions tomorrow. At one point
last night, it was 90 degrees colder outside than it was inside. Oh
well, I guess if we are going to have winter anyway, this is the best
time of the year to have it.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
By 2:30 am Thursday morning, our street department crew was plowing and
hauling away the snow from Main street and it's adjoining streets in the
downtown area. For the most part, the streets in entire business
district were cleaned up and ready for holiday shoppers.
Unfortunately,.. someone must have forgotten to tell our city
maintenance department about the communities newly acquired property on
main street. Although the streets in front of the former Getz Drug Store
and the former Walsh County Bank building was cleaned up in short order.
The sidewalks in front of those two buildings were not. If our community
is going to be in the sailboat fuel storage business, we should also be
willing to keep the sidewalks "snowfree" so that shoppers can use them
to get to other stores on main street that sell more desirable
merchandise. And, it should be noted that in order for the the sidewalks
to be of any value. They should be cleaned from the curb to the store
Or so it seems to me.
~~~~~~~~~~ TONIGHT ~~~~~~~~~~
FISH FRY tonight, NOV 12. 5 TIL 8PM
FOR TAKE OUT ORDERS, CALL ------ ~~~~~~~~~~~ 352-3280 ~~~~~~~~~~~
If our looking for a wonderful way to spend an evening with family
and friends. You could plan on spending Sunday evening, Dec. 14 enjoying
Carols and Candles at the Grafton Lutheran Church. It includes the
Worship Choir from Grafton Lutheran, Bible readings and a other musical
participants which sets the tone for Christmas. Everyone is invited to
come and enjoy. You should be there before 7 pm to get the best seats.
Speaking of a wonderful way to spend an evening. If you can't remember
the last time you went to a movie at the Strand Theater. This weekend
would be a great time for you to go again.
Tom sent the following "movie reminder". He wrote. >>>>
Gary, There is a great Christian movie in Grafton this Fri, Sat, Sun
& Mon. The title of he movie is "FireProof", it would be a
great movie for everyone to see. Maybe consider putting it in your
newsletter. It would be nice to fill the theater every night. Thanks.
Tom Campbell <<<<
I did consider it Tom, and here it is. Thank you very much for caring
and sharing. There is nothing like a giant tub of popcorn, smothered
with hot butter and a ice cold pop (soda, for you folks south of St.
Paul). And, if your not on insulin, grab a snicker bar for the previews.
Speaking of insulin and Snicker bars, and of course everyone already
knows that you DO NOT get sugar diabetes from eating sugar. Here are
some interesting,
~~~~~~~~ SUGAR FACTS ~~~~~~~
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. annually.
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. <<<<<<
"I know I'm not always right. However, it isn't going to keep me from
trying to be."

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

December 11, 2008 - Thursday

12/11/08 THURSDAY
Todays Gazette comes to you with my sincere gratitude and appreciation
to the Walsh County Record organization.
The current temperature is 0 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 33/-1
Normal H/L temp for this date is 22/4
It was 53 degrees on this date in 1953
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Tuesday our community said goodbye to one of it's very best. Beginning
with a large contingent of students and friends. With eyes closed and
heads bowed praying and saying farewell in front of the high school
Sunday afternoon.
To the hundreds of people attending his prayer service Monday evening
all hoping and praying they might say the right thing.
How does one fully extend or express ones sympathies and compassion for
the great loss our entire town was feeling? Somehow mere words put
together in a sentence leaves so many important things left unsaid.
So how, I wondered, could we tell the parents of our 17 year old
friend how important young Ronnie had become. Then, on the day of young
Ronnie's funeral, in Grafton's High School gymnasium. The right words
started becoming evident. Though many of those words couldn't be heard.
The message was becoming more meaningful, tho somehow hard to explain.
Hundreds of friends surrounded the place where Ronnie was lain. Peggy
Dahl-Bartunek's High School choir singing special selections, spoke
volumes of how folks felt about Ronnie. Justin Fremont traveling all the
way from Missouri to play "Freebird," one of Ronnie's favorites, added
even more significance to his tribute.
As Ronnie J. Fellman was laid to his rest on the day we all will
remember. Everyones eyes were filled with tears and left with one simple
question. Why?
Then,.... Wednesday, the Walsh County Record came out and the front
page answered my question. On the top half of the front page of the
Record is a picture with inserts of Ronnie's last day with us.
The script on the top of the picture read: "Ronnie. You'll be
remembered" then across the bottom of the picture in bold, appropriate
print. It said:
Ronnie J. Fellman 2/3/91 --- 12/4/08
I think you'll agree, that it's easy to see how important young Ronnie
had grown to be. How in 17 years he accomplished so much. Leaving his
loving family and friends with so many nice words, and a truly fantastic
picture to see.
God speed little buddy. You have left this world and me, a much better
place to be.
Of all the events scheduled this coming Sunday. Elaine would like to
remind us of the following. >>>> Hi Gary,
On Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 PM, Carols and Candles will be held at the
Grafton Lutheran Church. It includes the Worship Choir from Grafton
Lutheran, Bible readings and a other musical participants which sets the
tone for Christmas. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy. Thanks!
Elaine Broker <<<<
It looks like to the folks over at the Heritage Village will be
preparing fish this Friday. Hence this REMINDER,....
FOR TAKE OUT ORDERS, CALL =========== 352-3280 ===========
There you have it, fresh fried fish and you don't even need to buy the
It's always from hearing from folks around the country. And believe it
or not. Once in awhile someone even agrees with me. The following note
comes from Rick at his Lakeside Resort near Branson Missouri. He wrote:
Hi from the Ozarks.
Hi Gary,
We paid $1.42 a gallon for gas yesterday. It's about time someone called
a spade a spade. Your thoughts on the Green issue and the Illinois
Governor are right on track. I think we should ask for about 2.3 billion
to help support our resort here in the Ozarks. [Or so it appears to me]
Stay Warm,
Rick <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing. I was hoping we
could get a billion or so to add some new equipment to the Gazette.
Here is another note that seems to agree with me. >>>> global warming
I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on Al Gore. What a
hypocritical bunghole. Same old same old, somebody comes up with a great
idea for someone else to do, but they don't want to do it themselves. As
far as the global warming goes there is strong scientific evidence the
earth is warming up and has accelerated that warming trend since humans
started burning fossil fuels. Other warming and cooling events through
history can be traced to significant CO2 releases from volcanoes and
other minor events such as the meteor that struck the earth with enough
force to kill the dinosaurs. So it's hard to argue the earth isn't in a
warming trend, but what really causes it is still being debated by
smarter people than I. But for some rich, arrogant, has been politician
to live the lifestyle Gore lives, them use his name to make a bunch of
money telling everyone else they should reduce carbon emissions when
he's flying a private jet and living in multiple, extravagant, high
energy using mansions is really disturbing. What's probably more
disturbing is the fact there are so many who have bought into his line
of B.S. and pay to listen to him preach his "do as I say, not as I do"
speech. <<<<<
I can't even imagine what I could add to that. Except to say,.... I
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it."

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 10, 2008 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by anything that comes out in
the end.
The current temperature is 7 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 8/-1
Normal H/L temp for this date is 22/5
It was 47 degrees on this date in 1974
It's cold enough to freeze road apples before they get to the wagon
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The price of gas around town, (the kind of gas that automobiles run on)
is $1.75 a gallon, give or take a penny.
It hasn't been determined, at least not yet, how much the price of gas,
(the kind from beans, boiled cabbage and buttered popcorn) will be in
the end. Pardon the pun.
I noticed that Al (green movement) Gore met with our president and Vice
President elect on Tuesday and they all seem to agree. We must do
something about the global warming issues,.... before Mother Nature gets
all the credit.
I understand they're suggesting that "we" MUST put a flatulent tax on
farm animals. If, in fact, flatulence really is creating a major global
warming issue. I think before taxing the farm animals that have proven
themselves a value to all mankind. They should start with our Washington
D.C. politicians. Everyone knows there is more bull excrement excreted
from the folks meddling with the nations laws in Washington D.C. than
all of the descendants from Noah's Ark put together
Now I'm not sure what arm of the federal government will be responsible
for measuring the volume of flatulence emitted by farm animals. I do
hope the officials doing the testing won't be required to stand directly
behind the animals when they take their samples. I certainly hope they
will treat our nations farm animals with the same care and respect that
a reputable proctologist would use while probing around the same area of
a politician in Washington D.C..
Ironic, isn't it? That a man who flies around the country, and the
world, in his very own private jet and calls several mansions home has
the audacity to tell 4-H students around the United States that they
must not only capture and record the amount of liquid and solid material
emitted from their 4-H project. They MUST also figure out a way to bag
their pet projects flatulence as well.
Now,... if that isn't a giant pile of bull excrement, I'll clean the
hog barns west of Larimore and use it to fertilize Al Gore's organically
grown vegetables myself.
There is, in my opinion, a reason the "Green Movement" was name such.
It definitely will create mountains of additional "greenbacks" for the
very wealthy. And,... of course the "movement" part almost certainly
must be a synonym for bowel movement.
Or so it seems to me.
I'll bet there is still some folks out there that remember the spotted
owl fiasco.
While driving by Rick & Nan Petersen's former home just down the
street, I wondered how they were doing in the land shaped like a
peninsula. Low and behold last night I found out. Rick sent the
following. >>>>
Rick & Nan sure would sure like to be added to your mailing list so
we can keep up with the Grafton news. Things are good in Florida,
except my golf game. The weather has been great & we are getting to meet
& know some great people.
Not missing the snow & cold.
Rick & Nan <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing and welcome back to the
Gazette family. However,... I prefer to use the term "babble" rather
than news. The Walsh County Record and the Grand Forks Herald both do a
super job writing the news.
However Rick, I can tell you that Simonson's newest venture on the
corner of Hill Avenue and Hiway 17 is still ongoing. Based on the
progress I see from the street. It could be early spring before anyone
in Grafton will be able to take a Subway down main street. If you know
what I mean.
Did you hear the one about the Governor from Illinois? I sounds like he
thinks it's okay to buy politicians like they are professional athletes.
Rats,... just when I was beginning to think most of our nations
Governors were actually straight laced and patriotic.
Please remember to bring your silent auction items to Heritage Village
as soon as possible. Although I'm not absolutely certain, I really think
all of your donations can qualify for a tax deduction.
"To know what is right, and then not do it, is the worst form of
Or so it seems to me.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

December 9, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by the best darn furniture store in
North Dakota. ~~~ Landowski's Furniture Store ~~~
Located on the west edge of Grafton.
Celebrating their 6th anniversary with a FABULOUS STOREWIDE
The current temperature is 5 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 17/2
Normal H/L temp on this date is 22/5
It was 56 degrees on this date in 1990
We can expect as much as three inches of "lake effect" snow today and
tonight. We already have more than enough snow to build Frosty the
Snowman, and, a friend for everyone that Frosty knows.
"Profanity makes ignorance ignorant."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It is true. Grafton is located north of the daily paper. It is also
true that Grafton is the largest United States city between Grand Forks
and Winnipeg. Even though we are one of the smallest large towns in
North Dakota, we do have a whole lot to be proud of.
If you have watched the national news lately, you must have noticed a
company called Republic Windows and Doors closed their doors. Of course,
everyone agrees it's unfortunate when any business fails. Fortunately
for us in the Grafton area, and the folks in the Warroad Mn. area,
Marvins Windows and Doors are not only a very vibrant family run
business. The Marvins Windows and Doors - the nations largest of it's
kind - operation is currently doubling the floor plan of their Grafton
facility. AND,... not only, are they not asking for money, they
"voluntarily" share their profits with all the folks that are employed
there as well.
Certainly when business is brisk, there is much more to share.
Conversely, when not so brisk, there simply is less to share. However,
it is my understanding, that everyone "always" knows where they stand at
Marvins,...... always.
So, I hope, if you are thinking of adding an addition to your
facilities or maybe even building a new one. Please consider using
Marvins Windows and Doors to fill the holes you look and walk through.
AND, if by chance you have any questions or concerns with any of Marvins
products. I can assure you, they have a stable of experts that can
address and resolve any concern you may have.
THEN, when you get your new home built, B&D Flooring can install just
exactly the kind of floor covering your lifestyle demands. WHEN the
building is done and the floors are all finished, contact Landowski's
Furniture in Grafton. Julie and her staff will assist you with all your
furnishing needs.
Now then,... Marvins Windows and Doors can and will deliver almost
anywhere around the world. However, B&D Flooring and Landowski's
Furniture's delivery area is somewhat less.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the festivities at
Heritage Village. It looks like a date for the auction has been
established. It will also give everyone ample time to get their auction
articles together and delivered to the Village.
Subject: Chili Feed and Silent Auction
Verna Sherek wrote: >>>>>
We have come up with a date for the Chili Feed and Silent Auction. It
will be Saturday Jan 17th from 11am til 1pm with the SILENT AUCTION
ENDING AT 1PM. As a reminder we are looking for items for the
Silent Auction. They may be dropped off at Heritage Village on Thurs,
Friday or Sat evenings from 5:30-8:30pm, or by calling 701-520-1207.
For those doll lovers, there will be dolls at the auction.
Verna Sherek
Heritage Village <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Verna and thanks for helping
keep Heritage Village a warm and wonderful place to visit.
Of all the things I know very little about. I must admit, Carols and
candles would be right up there with the most I know the littlest about.
However, I did receive the following "note" from my friend Chris and so
I'll pass it on hoping everyone else knows what it's all about. Chris
wrote: >>> Subject: Carols and Candles
Hi Gary, Just a reminder, Grafton Lutheran Church will be hosting their
annual Carols and Candles this Sunday evening, Dec.14, at 7 p.m. at the
church. Everyone is invited to join together at the Grafton Lutheran
Church to worship this holiday season! Have a great day, Gary.
Chris. <<<<
Thank you for caring and sharing Chris. That's the funny part of
information. If somebody doesn't tell somebody something. Nobody knows
anything, about anything. Or so it seems to me.
Always remember. If sometimes your goals seem difficult more to meet.
Strength is attained by meeting resistance.

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