Saturday, May 24, 2008

May 24, 2008 - Saturday

Grafton High School Class Motto:
"Life brings tears, smiles and memories.
The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.
The current temperature is 69.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 74/44
Normal H/L temp for this date is 73/46
It was 91 degrees on this date in 1980
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,..mostly stuff.
Crews are presently working on three street projects in town. 4th
street from Hill Avenue to Griggs and 6th street from Hill to Manvel
Avenue will look brand new when completed. Kittson Avenue from 5th
street to 12th street will also be completely rebuilt.
So far,.. I cannot see any sign of the repair project to level the
"brick pavers" along both sides of Hill Avenue downtown. Several areas
are dangerously uneven and a twisted ankle or worse is inevitable. Or so
it seems to me.
Adams-Edmore High School motto:
"It's not the size of the person in the fight that counts, but the size
of the fight in the person.
Although Grafton is not, now, nor has it ever been, a very large
community. Through the years individuals nurtured and molded in it's
midst have gone on to change the course of our great land and make it a
much better place to live.
Such is the case with the Upham family. Members of the Upham family
have played a significant role in the foundation and positive direction
of Grafton.
I am pleased to share even more of their accomplishments via the
following note from Jim Upham. He wrote: >>>>
My sister, Charlotte Upham Patterson has had a school, "Charlotte
Upham Patterson Elementary School" in the Chandler (Arizona) Unified
School District named after her to honor the 32 years of teaching (2 in
Oslo, MN and 30 in New York state) and 16 years of School Board
membership. Chandler is a city of several hundred thousand people just
south of Phoenix. The only other school that I know of that was named
after former Grafton residents was the "Miller" school named for three
Miller sisters who taught in the Tucson, Arizona area for many years.
On another note, we really enjoy your Skeeterville Gazette that
we are privileged. We, although not having lived in Grafton for more
than 60 years, like to keep up with the progress and happenings in
our hometown. Keep Up the good work.
Jim & Virginia Upham <<< Thanks a million, Jim & Virginia, for
caring and sharing the wonderful honor bestowed upon Charlotte.
We should all be proud of the accomplishments of those who originated
in our little town, 40 miles north of a daily paper.
Drayton High School motto:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
This one is relatively self explanatory.
>>>> Some Email senders include a message at the end of their
correspondence that is repeated with each Email. This is a recent one
that I found especially inspiring.
"Let there be music in my heart throughout all seasons . . .
Let my spirit sing a song of hope in happiness or tears . . .
Let me live my life in harmony with God, in peace with others,
as love plays out the melody of all my days and years . . ."
Lloyd W. Hanson <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Lloyd. I
missed you at The Rock last week. Hope everything is going well for you.
Edinburg High School motto:
"Finished, yet just begun"
I have always enjoyed reading our areas school class mottos. They
provide us with valuable "low cal" food for thought.
== Congratulations Mary Kingsbury ==
Mary graduated from the Columbia School of Medicine with a Masters in
Public Health. She received the prestigious Lowenstein Award for being
the top student in her class of 375.
Cheryl and Ralph, Mary's parents, attended the ceremonies in NYC.
Mary has accepted a position with a health care consulting firm in
Manhattan. Her husband Matt Enquist is an architect for a Manhattan
Fordville Lankin High School motto:
"Together we have experienced life, separately we will pursue our
dreams, and forever our memories will remain."
Midway High School motto:
"Life brings tears, smiles and memories.
The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.
Minto High School motto:
"Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one
can go."
St. Thomas High School motto:
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Valley High School motto:
Wherever you go, go with all your heart."
Park River High School motto:
"Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can
If I could leave just one bit of advice, to the students of the 2008
graduating class. It would be.... "Take hold of your dreams and mold
them into reality."

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Friday, May 23, 2008

May 23, 2008 - Friday

It's Square Cap and Tassel weekend in Skeeterville.
The current temperature is 60.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 69/35
Normal H/L temp for this date is 73/46
It was 95 degrees on this date in 1928.
Global warming is very difficult to see. When your looking over a 10
foot snow drift.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The view of Lake of the Woods off the shores of Arnesen's Rocky Point
Resort seems to get more beautiful every year. Although I didn't get a
chance to get out fishing myself, I talked to several that did and they
reported the fishing, and catching, out of Rocky Point was fantastic.
Wednesday, Captain Tim Hill took a group of guys from Missouri out and
they came in with a their limit of walleye's in the 18½ to 19 and
15/32nd range. One of them commented as he got off the launch that they
wanted to hurry up and book another reservation for later on this year.
One of Rocky Points owners shared the following early season "fishing
tip". Drop your presentation right to the bottom and then pull it up
about an inch or two and "don't jig it around". Walleyes are just
finishing spawning and are lethargic - for us Norwegians, that means
they're so pooped they don't move fast - this time of the year. So,
according to Kay, you have to stick your hook right in front of their
Evidently, the guys from Missouri did just that.
Before I left last week I mentioned Clover and Tiny, a couple local St.
Bernards, went missing. I am pleased to share the latest note from
Robin. She wrote. >>> Gary, thank you for posting our request.
This morning after 6 days missing and not one lead our St. Bernard's are
home. What a great way to start the week. Everyone from the police,
radio station, vets, farmers, neighbors and friends were so wonderful to
help us. Again thanks. Brad and Robin Suda <<<
Thank you for caring and sharing Robin. It's only fair that people
should save a St. Bernard once in awhile....... too.
The Leistikow Park Campground is getting getting busier and busier
every day. By the end of the month it should be full. The folks
responsible for the campground expansion and it's maintenance are to be
After being gone for a few days it's relatively easy to see how much
busier our little community is now with the influx of our new found,
and, I hasten to add, most welcome and appreciated summer residents.
Of course, it wouldn't be reasonable to expect such an influx of
activity to happen without at least some negativity. To that end I share
the following comment. Although I have taken the liberty of omitting the
specific establishment and replaced individual names with "the manager".
However, the message remains just as valid. >>>
Hi Gary,
I have had a room reserved at a (Motel) for the Summerfest
2008. I have done this for many years.
This week I got a call from (the manager) that they are cancelling my
room because they are renting it to the pipeline workers. I have never
had a reserved room cancelled on me before. I understand that this is
happening at all the motels in Grafton. I hope that it is just a roomer.
We like the (Motel) and (the manager) has always treated us well. (The
manger) said he is going to see if the pipeline workers will give up
these rooms during our Summerfest. If they would have told them at the
beginning that the rooms are taken during that weekend it might have
worked but I drought that they will go for that now. I had planned on
driving to Grafton so I will be able to change my plans but it is going
to be real hard for the ones that have planned on coming by air. I would
think this decision on cancelling the motel rooms would really hurt the
Summerfest celebration. We all look forward to returning to Grafton
during the Summerfest.
Norm Paulson class of 1950.
PS...I enjoy the Gazette very much.
You may print the above if you choose but if not please give
your comment on it...Thanks <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Norm. I see your message as a
very serious issue. One I hope the SummerFest committee takes into
account while planning this years SummerFest activities. One individual
mentioned that he thought our motels cancelling SummerFest reservations
is much like what happened a few years ago when a local motel raised
their prices ridiculously high for the World Hockey Event in Grand
Of course, this certainly is NOTHING like that at all. As I see it. My
guess is, that the motels in our town are rarely, if ever, "booked
full". Certainly not for more than a couple of days at best. This
summer, for the entire summer, they will all have the opportunity to
operate at full capacity. Few businesses could only dream of such an
Hence, the question, as I see it. Do you make the decision to fill all
your rooms for just two or three days this summer and run the rest of
the summer as usual? OR, do you fill every room in your facility for the
entire summer?
I'll let everyone answer that question on their own. In my case, I just
hope that everyone in the community can get together and do everything
possible to help accommodate the folks coming to participate in
Grafton's 2008 Annual SummerFest Festivities.
For those of us wondering about the possibility of reopening the
drive-in theater. >>>>
Hi, Gary! After about 6 days of deliberation, I have a best-guess
estimate from Tom about the Drive-In. He figures about $100K to get
it started up. I got quite a history lesson from him (FASCINATING!)
about the whole deal this morning. He said they had a dusk-to-dawn in
September of 1991 (Labor Day), and then the screen blew down in an awful
storm in October. In the spring of 1992, T. Arlo, Tom and Bob Jiskra
took a road trip to try and get estimates to replace that screen. The
closest they got was $20,000 to disassemble one, move it to Grafton and
put it up here PLUS the cost of actually buying it from its current
owner. At that price, they were unable to strike a deal; negotiations
ended and with them went the legacy of the Stardust 17. So there is
your answer: $100,000.00 for a drive-in in Grafton on the 10 acres we
own out there.
On a brighter note, Indiana Jones opens on Thursday! Iron Man
and Narnia are both doing well. Can't WAIT for Batman in July.
Looks like a great summer movie schedule. Thanks, Gary! <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Tammy. Your message offers a
significant challenge. The fact is, Grafton CAN have another Stardust 17
Drive-in movie theater west of town. All that needs to happen is,
someone needs to commit the equivalent cost of a good used tractor and a
passion to run a projector.
Or so it seems to me.
Rocky Point friend and fisherman Lyle Anderson shared his Drive-in
theater story.
>>> Re: Sky View Drive In
Gary, the drive in reminds me of some crazy times. My buddy had a 49
Ford convertible and we would hit the drive in on two for a buck
night. Problem is they never thought to check the trunk. It's funny
how the car can get filled with people, two for a buck. That same
car was our crabapple raiding vehicle. I remember jumping off a fence
rail one night to get to a crab apple tree over in Argyle, just happened
to be a cow pasture, I just happened to have white bucks on and white
pants, just happened to be a very wide and very deep you know what in
that cow pasture, and you probably know where I landed by now. I
don't remember how I got home.
I'll probably see Ray this summer, we are having a family reunion
this June.
Good hearing from you Gary
lyle <<<<
Thanks for caring and sharing. Fill up your live well, the walleye's
are biting like crazy.
"I can only hope I will live long enough to see people gain more rights
than wildlife."

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Friday, May 16, 2008

May 16, 2008 - Friday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by your neighborhood Walleye
Combine dealer.
The current temperature is is 70.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 75/34
Normal H/L temp for this date is 71/44
It was 89 degrees on this date in 1917
Ice fishing makes global warming very difficult to imagine.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Workers were cleaning out the former Subway Sandwich facility in
Western Plaza yesterday. I can only guess - as it's been several weeks
since the fire - the aroma from rotten food, smoke, burned plastic and
upholstery must have been a real bugger.
By the looks of the giant dumpster outside. About the only thing
that will be left in the building when the Innis cleanup crew gets done,
will be sailboat fuel.
Syttende Mai, for those wondering, has a similar
significance in Norway as July 4th has in the United States of America.
It marks the country's declaration of independence. >>>>
Hi Gary,
Another event happening on Saturday the 17th is Our
Saviour's Syttende Mai dinner from 4 to 6:30pm at Our Saviour's
Lutheran Church here in Grafton. Everyone is welcome to come and
have a delicious Norwegian dinner.Thank you for mentioning this and
also thank you for the Gazette!
Lana Loranger <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Lana.
Mention of the outdoor theater gave Michelle reason to share the
following. >>>> Gary,
Speaking of outdoor movie theaters the Sky-Vu Drive In in
Warren MN (my hometown) open's for the season Friday May 23... Well
worth the drive. I know that one of the Car clubs in the area is
going to have a Cruz' night - I do believe they post which movies are
showing in the GF Herald entertainment section. I recall when I was a
youngster going with my parents in our PJ's that way my siblings and I
were ready for bed when we got home after a late night movie. My dad
worked there as a teen and loves to talk about it. Michelle Frederick
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Michelle. If anyone
happens to get over to Warren, say hello to my friend and former sugar
tramp Ray Burwell for me.
This note comes from the lost and found department. Hi Gary, can
you please help Brad and I by spreading a message in the
Gazette? Since Tuesday 05-13-08 our 2 grown St. Bernards have been
missing. They have collars with their names and phone numbers listed.
The females name is Clover and the males name is Tiny. Tiny is an
amputee and missing his back leg. both are way too friendly. Brad can be
reached at cell number 360-0290.
Thanks for your help.
Robin Suda <<<
I sure hope someone out there can help us out with
this one. Robin didn't say if their St. Bernards were equipped with
those neat little whiskey barrels on their collar or not. However, I
have to believe, either way, it's time for them to come home.
~~~~~~~~ Grafton's ~~~~~~~~~
===== Country Smokehouse =====
1st Year Anniversary, May 17th featuring a super Brat
Cookout -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m -- (weather permitting) -- Many Drawings for
prizes and specials throughout the store.
= Check out the Jerky selection too. =
AND the Smokehouse handles all of the areas favorite varieties of
sausage too.
The Gillespie's won't be there, however, you can bet the
best rump roast you've ever eaten, their memory will be.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Saturday will be a fantastic day to come to Grafton. Stop by
Valley Brake Service and the super efficient Mennonite Youth Group will
clean it up squeaky clean. While they're doing the washing, you can
partake in their fantastic Hamburger Fry & Bake Sale. The benefit
is for a 17 year old paralyzed member of their group to help defray
costs of rehabilitation to help the young man walk again. When our
community needs help, the Mennonite Community is always there, in full
force, to help. This benefit affords our community a rare opportunity to
reciprocate. They'll be washing my car sometime Saturday between 10 and
3 and Pat says her car will be there too.
That's for certain!!!!
Diane Odegard thought the whole world should know that her
sweetheart (Dr. Rick) and son (Matt) will both be celebrating the
anniversary of their birth on Saturday.
May 17th is Rick's 50th birthday and Matt's 27th birthday.
They were both born on Norwegian Independence Day. Email them on their
big day. Let's see how many wishes they get on their day! Rick's
email is and Matt's email is <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Diane and we wish Rick and
Matt the very best on their special day.
Dr. Rick Odegard runs the Kindness Animal Hospital just north of
the Big Sioux truck stop on the south west corner of Grand Forks. I
don't think so,... but maybe Rick knows Clover and Tiny, or, maybe he
can tell us where St. Bernards go,...... when St. Bernards go missing.
The motorhome has been cleaned, filled with water, loaded with
fuel, food and the anticipation of another great year of fishing. All
that remains is a quick stop at Schumacher's to check the tires and we
will be heading northeast to Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort on the south
shore of the beautiful Lake of the Woods.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that fishing will be
fantastic again this year. Fishing at Rocky Point is ALWAYS fantastic.
Sometimes, for me at least, it can be just a wee bit slow.
So, for the next few days I'll either be fishing, or wising I was
fishing. If you don't hear from me for a few days, that's probably where
I'll be.
~ Congratulations to all the Graduates ~ Next week marks the beginning
of "Square Cap and Tassel Season". Our
Granddaughter Krystal, (Jeff and Yvette's oldest) will be walking across
the stag of Grafton High School and gramma Patty will be wiping a flood
of eye lubricant from her eyes.
Our Grand Niece, Jillian Demester will be celebrating the same
event at the same place, the very same day. So too, will family friend
MacKenzie Dawn Lunski.
Our Grand Niece, Kate Jordan Pederson will be among the members of
the Grand Forks Central graduating class next week as well. As I look at
Kate's picture on her graduation announcement. I simply can't help
thinking how pleased and proud her grandfathers, Chuck and Jarl, would
be if they could only have been here to see their beautiful little Kate
walk across that stag.
Somehow,.... I just know they will.
"The best way to help yourself, is to help somebody else." Or so
it seems to me.

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are,..... before it's too late.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008 - Thursday

~~~~~~~ Take a pet to the vet ~~~~~~~
Todays Gazette is being brought to you by Small Town USA,... use'm or
The current temperature is 37.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 69/33
Normal H/L temp for this date is 70/43
It was 97 degrees on this date in 1987
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
Question of the day;
Is it fair, or even reasonable, to expect cash paying customers to walk
a greater distance to patronize a business, than the people being paid
to operate that enterprise?
By all sights, sounds or manner of measure. Our little community is
starting to get busy.
I noticed yesterday that a few pipeline units have moved into Marlys &
Dick Andersons former trailer court on the east edge of town. One of
those units, looks like it could belong to someone like Willy Nelson.
I haven't heard from Tom or Tammy on the ramifications of resurrecting
the outdoor theater, yet. Ironically, the following note came in
yesterday on the topic of a outdoor movie theater as well. Phil
wrote. >>>
It's kind of ironic that you mentioned the outdoor theatre today in
the Gazette. I was thinking the same thing as I drove to work this
morning and looked at the screen in the background and was wondering if
all of the equipment is still in the buildings out there.
Phil <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Phil. As far as I know,
the only operational outdoor movie theater left in this whole part of
the country is over by Warren Minnesota.
~~~~~~~~ Grafton's ~~~~~~~~~
===== Country Smokehouse =====
1st Year Anniversary, May 17th featuring a super Brat Cookout -- 11
a.m. to 2 p.m -- (weather permitting) -- Many Drawings for prizes and
specials throughout the store. Check out the Jerky selection too.
The Gillespie's won't be there, however, you can bet the best rump
roast you've ever eaten, their memory will be.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
It looks like the 17th will be a fantastic day to come to Grafton. If
your vehicle needs a washing come to town early and stop by Valley Brake
Service and the super efficient Mennonite Youth Group will clean it up
squeaky clean. While they're doing the washing, you can partake in their
fantastic Hamburger Fry & Bake Sale.
The benefit is for a 17 year old paralyzed member of their group to
help defray costs of rehabilitation to help the young man walk again.
Whenever our community needs help, the Mennonite Community is always
there, in full force, to help. This benefit affords our community a rare
opportunity to reciprocate. They will be washing my car sometime
Saturday between 10 and 3. That's for certain!!!!
If your still hungry, after you have a burger and the car washed. Stop
over at Country Smokehouse and say HELLO. Maybe you could try one of
their fabulous (cooked to perfection) Brats. Then take a look around,
and, don't forget to sign up for the drawings.
If you have room for a super cup of coffee and a snack. Stop in the
Daily Grind on east fifth street and say hello to the New Owner. I
betting you'll enjoy Janelle's unique little coffee cove and will return
there again, real soon.
Now then, assuming you've aleady been in town most of the day anyway.
Why not plan to stop by POLLY'S LOUNGE and help them celebrate their
75th year in the Grafton business district.
Pipeliners are welcome (of course they're welcome all over town) and
the music will be provided by ICEBREAKER.
Of course May 17th Generations (in the former Eagles building) will
also have live music and you can dance to DELIVERANCE til your shoes
fall off,... or 1 am whichever comes first.
Holy Smokes, I almost forgot. While you're in town, don't forget to
stop by The Extra End and check out their new fenced in back lot. If the
weather is right, you can have a cool one, under the sun.
I'm not sure how many pools have been started, -- on how long before
the fence gets hit -- although I think I'm on a couple of them. I'm also
betting EE's outdoor patio idea will catch on all over town.
Plans for this years 2008 SummerFest festivities continue to grow
Hi Gary,
I was wondering if you could get the word out concerning the
SummerFest Raffle. Tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20. Proceeds
go toward SummerFest (Family Fun for Everyone!) A HUGE thanks to Dave
Moe (Country Smokehouse) and his kids ((hey, Annette, Nick and Tiffany
are my grandkids)) for doing all the leg work on this project. Currently
you can purchase tickets at Country Smokehouse, Dale's Body Shop and at
the Chamber.
Here's the entire list of prizes: Gas Grill ($650) Grafton True Value,
Gas Grill ($250) Simplot Soil Builders, Gas Powered Lawn Trimmer ($210)
Grafton Equipment, 5 Oil changes (total value $100) Hanson's, Meat
Bundle( $75 value) Country Smokehouse, Alignment & Oil Change ($75)
Schumacher's, 2 oil changes ($60) Rick's Repair, Apple Tree ($50)
Grafton Floral, Camping Package ($50) Bremer, (SIX) $50 Gift cards:
Grafton Square, Simonson's , Home of Economy, Marketplace, Wells Fargo
to the Country Smokehouse, Hagen Construction to Country Smokehouse and
Marketplace. (TEN) $25 gift cards or prizes: Conoco, 1st United Bank and
Insurance to the Country Smokehouse, HE Everson (car care), Westside
Drive-In, Town and Country Floral, B&D Flooring, Granny's, Embroidery
Plus, Choice Financial to Country Smokehouse, Grafton Drug; and $20 gift
certificate or prizes: White Drug, (3) Pizza Hut lg. pizza gift
certificates, DSI (2) hat, glove & flashlight gifts, Choice Financial
steak knives, Golden Harvest ladies pin, and (FIVE) $7 gift cards
from Azteca's.
Annette Escobar-Skaro
Executive Vice-President/Events Coordinator
Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 14, 2008 - Wednesday

05/14/08 WEDNESDAY
Todays Gazette is brought to you by The City of Grafton North Dakota.
One of the nicest, bustling, little cities in the USA.
The current temperature is 57
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 54/32
Normal H/L temp for this date is 70/43
It was 91 degrees on this date in 1976
The winds are calm and the sky has just enough clouds to give it
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The Henkels & McCoy pipeline company and the folks they employee
continues to be the main topic of conversation. Already it is easy to
see the impact their operation will have on our little community.
Watching there progression to this point has been fascinating to say
the least. The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of their
The community of Grafton should consider itself extremely fortunate
that the Henkels & McCoy Corporation chose our town for a staging area.
At the present time, we must have several dozen of their
representatives living, working and "supporting" our community. Let us
hope "everyone" in the Grafton area extends the support, appreciation
and respect the members of the pipeline organization deserve.
I did receive the following note in time to share it prior to the
actual event. I apologize for the delay.
>>>> Michelle L. McCann received a Doctor of Medicine degree from The
University of North Dakota School of Medicine on Sunday May 11. She is
the daughter of Michael and Dr. La Vaun McCann. We are all very proud of
her. Frank and Linda McCann, grandparents.
+++ Congratulations Dr. Michelle +++ Your accomplishments will not only
provide you with a lifetime of satisfaction. They will also make our
world, a much better place to live.
I had breakfast with grandpa Frank this morning, as a matter of fact, I
actually bought him breakfast this morning. And, I notice his sweater
had no buttons. I couldn't help but ask if that was because he had
"popped" them at the graduation ceremony. With a warm giant smile, Frank
replied. "No, but I sure could have."
I can only imagine how great grandpa Jack Loos would have described the
graduation ceremony while cutting new lights for our greenhouse.
No matter how you cut the cake, if it contains a hundred candles, you
have to be very careful where you cut the first piece. BettyLou shared
the following with us >>>>
Hi Gary, I would like to thank everyone who sent cards and/or
attended the open house for our mom last Sunday.
Mom, Ethel Brekke, celebrated her 100th birthday. It was a very
nice fun party and she was surrounded by so many family and friends.
Mom looks Great and does very well.
Thanks BettyLou Brekke Davis <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing BettyLou and Congratulations to
you Ethel, You have joined the distinguished register of Grafton
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe so...
However, there isn't enough words in the English language to describe
John Aasand and Gunner running around Branson Missouri.
Or so it seems to me.
I certainly don't have a answer to the following note. I am certain,
however, that there are folks in the Gazette family tree that can. The
note. >>>
I wonder how much of an effort it would take to raise enough money to
re-open the outdoor theater? Do you think there is any hope for this to
happen? I had some pretty good times out there as a youngster and it
would be fun to see it open again. What do you think about this? <<<
Well my fine young man. I only have two comments in that regard.
First, I think it would be fantastic for Grafton to have a new outdoor
theater. SECOND, would you want your children doing what you did when
you attended it?
I'll bet Tom & Tammy would be able to shed some light on this one.
Please don't forget to attend Grafton's SummerFest Festivities.
June 26, 27, 28th, 2008
===== Grafton Class of 1960 =====
will meet at the Market Place in Grafton at 5 p.m. June 27 to share a
meal, stories, and grins. For more info, contact Joy Bliss at or Sharon Martens at
"If you really do know what your doing, no-one else will, unless you
tell them."

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May 13, 2008 - Tuesday

05/13/08 TUESDAY
Don't forget to take your pet to the Vet.
The current temperature is 38.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 58/40
Normal H/L temp for this date is 69/43
.40 inches of rain water pasted through our gauge during this
last, significant, rain event.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
First a little hometown house cleaning.
The rumor about new hands running the Daily Grind has come to
fruition. Everyone I've talked to, including everyone in my gene pool,
thinks Janelle Davis will be fantastic in her new venture.
Stop in The Daily Grind on east 5th st. and visit with Janelle
over a fresh brewed cup of coffee.
May 17th is a very important day. Please mark it down on your
calendar today. Special people will be celebrating numorous special
In response to those wondering if I left the country, went
fishing, or was just simply playing hooky the past several days.
I haven't been, intentionally, ignoring you and, its starting to
look like the "goofy" conditions I might expect are appearing a bit more
frequent than I had hoped for.
Normally I would say something like, "I've been a
'little' under the weather lately. That would be close alright. However,
the feeling one might expect from a barnyard full of manure hitting with
hurricane force would be much closer.
Anyway, the Readers Digest Version is I didn't accomplish very
much this past week at all. It all started last Tuesday, as best I can
remember, with a horrible tooth ache, in a place I don't even have a
tooth. That was accompanied by a doozy of a head ache that wasn't
satisfied staying only in my head. Then the swelling came. First it was
my left cheek, then my hands started swelling and soon they looked like
a pair of mittens.
By Thursday I evolved into a super stuffed Nocturnal Norwegian
unable to find significant relief in the myriad of boxes and bottles of
pharmaceuticals stashed around the house. Midol didn't even fizz the
cramps and stiffness.
By Friday I was starting to wonder IF maybe Pat and the rest of
the kids were right. Then the swelling in my hands went down and I could
see my rings again. So,.... I just knew I was getting better. "No need
for this kid to see a doctor." As a matter of fact, Friday night I
konked out early and slept all night. "No need for this kid to see a
Saturday morning I was certain things would be better. That
afternoon, while taking a nap my entire family stormed in the house
DEMANDING that I go to the emergency IMMEDIATELY. I told them I was
getting better and,........ and after a couple hour argument, using
every trick I every learned skipping school, etc. etc. I won,........ so
to speak. That is to say I DID NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM Saturday
night. (I thought) When I woke up Sunday morning I felt better
than I have in a good many years and "thought to myself",.... because, I
didn't dare tell Pat, I was right,,,,,, everyone else -- wasn't.
And,... so I walked to the kitchen for a cup of coffee and a piece
of toast. As I was putting the toast in the toaster, I noticed my right
cheek was swelling up a little. When the toast was done, my right cheek
looked like a chipmunk on steroids. Within another hour I noticed I was
having a "little" trouble breathing. AND, by 10:30 Sunday morning "we" -
I bet you can figure who the "we" is - was calling my entire gene pool
telling them that THEY WERE RIGHT. Then of course I had to add, that it
is my Norwegian heritage that requires me to be absolutely certain
something is wrong before I bother the folks that drive expensive cars
because dummies like me wait to long to see them. ANYWAY, with me in
tow, the entire Moe caravan headed for Unity Medical Center.
As we entered the hospital Dr. Joshua Omotunde, and Unity Hospital
nurses were standing there waiting for me. I was not only pleased and
relieved to see them. I was absolutely impressed to see Unity Medical
Centers CEO Everett Butler standing there as well. I took advantage of
the opportunity to tell Everett how fortunate our community is to have
such high caliber health professionals staffing our wonderful medical
The next thing I knew, Dr. Josh was poking and probing asking if I
could feel this or that. Then he ordered "some pictures" while peeking
in my mouth, and all the while he was practicing his profession on me,
he was chewing me out for not coming in sooner. I went through the
"tunnel machine", and, I guess I passed that test.
Then it was the time that I dreaded the most, Dr. Josh told us
what happened and that THREE (3) shots would help me. One in each arm
and one in my rumpy. He said they "might" hurt but would certainly help
me. So I started honing up my negotiative skills, and got the rump shot
converted to a pill instead. I must admit, for a minute, I sure was
pleased I didn't have to get the third shot. THEN,... Dr. Josh said,
"but now you come into the clinic tomorrow, and the next day for
injections." RATS, I ended up getting it in the rear after all.
ANYWAY,.. It's been an interesting week that has given me ample
opportunity to think about and appreciate my family and friends. And the
wonderful medical facilities Grafton has to offer.
For all that I am, and all I can be, I am thankful my wonderful
wife can still tolerate me, and so fortunate that my family cares enough
to "force" me to make the right decisions, even though I am sometimes
pointing in the wrong direction.
I'm home now and feeling better with just one thing on my
mind. In a few days, or more, It'll be "Walleye Combine time" and I'll
be at Rocky Point fishing.
Until then, "I'll be wishin, I was fishin".
"If you can think it, you can say it. If you can't say it, you
shouldn't be thinking it."

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Monday, May 05, 2008

May 5, 2008 - Monday

05/05/08 MONDAY
Todays Gazette is being brought to you, by Henkels & McCoy Inc.
The current temperature is 48.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 68/24
Normal H/L temp for this date is 66/39
It was 96 degrees on this date in 1926.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The pipeline staging area is beginning to fill up. Four large
"greyhound type" buses are there ready to haul workers out to the work
site. Several dozen pickups are lined up out there ready for the project
to start and someone snuck another administrative trailer on that site
as well.
One of the major issues facing the pipeline project, aside from getting
enough workers, will be finding enough rooms in the area for the workers
to stay.
If anyone has a sleeping room, or knows of someone within a twenty (20)
mile radius of Grafton, that has sleeping rooms available please can
contact Donna or Sharon at the H & M office in Grafton at 352-4933.
Grafton's Home of Economy store is scheduled to be open for business in
it's new location in the Western Plaza Shopping Center Tuesday morning.
I mentioned last week that the Minto Cafe was open again. At that time
I wasn't sure of the hours. Then I received the following questions. >>>
Hi Gary
Do you know what hours the new cafe is open in Minto? Are they open
every day of the week? Also what is their phone number and what name do
they go by? <<< Hence, those questions gave rise to the following
answers. >>>
Right now they are open from 7 to 2 Monday thru Friday. Lunch
Specials everyday. I don't believe weekends yet. Same name and
number, Minto Cafe
701-248-3073. Hope that helps. <<<<
Field work in the area is behind normal although according to the
following note I received, we aren't alone in that respect.
>>>> Hi Gary!
Jennifer (Ganyo) Ebertowski, Dennis and Nancy's daughter. I live
in Waseca MN and I would just like to say thank you for sharing and
caring. I read your blog everyday since my mother has sent it. I
love your humor as well as the updates of Grafton's happenings. We
here in southern Minnesota are experiencing quite a wet spring. The
farmers here have only about 10% of they're planting done and usually
they have 75% by this time. It doesn't look like it will clear up
anytime soon. So glad to here that the farmers up there are able to
be in the fields. Keep up the great work and thanks again for caring
and sharing! Jennifer and Darren Ebertowski and family <<<< Thanks a
million for caring and sharing Jennifer
Speaking of caring and sharing. The summer 2008 edition of the Grafton
Alumni Association paper arrived in our house last week. It's a super
way of keeping track of those that have been separated by geography and
profession. The folks that put that publication together do a fantastic
I read, with interest the, What's up with our Alumni, column and was
especially proud when I read the part about my "little" brother A.K.
receiving the Citizen of the Year award. Actually I read it a couple
times and thought to myself how wonderful it was that my little brother
was given such an honor.
Then I received the following note from A. K., he wrote. >>>
Gary, I received the alumni letter and read that I volunteered at
Friendship and the Lutheran Sunset Home, and, I would like to clarify
that a bit if that's okay. Although I don't volunteer at the
Sunset Home, I do have a friend there that I like to take with me for
rides and different things.
The people that do volunteer at the Sunset Home are very important,
and, they do a lot more than take just a man for a ride once and a
while. My hat is off to all of the true volunteers at the Sunset Home.
They are greatly appreciated and they certainly do make the residents
days much better. It's a great place with wonderful management, staff
and volunteers. Thanks, A.K.
P.S. Gary could you please share this with your readers I would feel
a lot better thanks <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing A.K.
Dad always said, "accomplishing the task, is far more important, than
taking credit for it. "It is evident that A.K. is even more like our
Father, than I had ever imagined.
Speaking of good people saying nice things about a wonderful person.
The other day I mentioned it was Jo Elbert's birthday and Kathee wanted
to add the following. Kathee wrote; >>> I have known Jo as a friend of
my mother's for many, many years. For just a bit fewer years I have
known her as a co-worker at Grafton Floral. Most recently, she is one of
the folks who warmly welcomes me on the occasions that I attend mass at
my home parish of St. John's. My best to you Jo and to all the different
hats you have worn over the years. <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee.
After reading every word in the latest Alumni News Mailbag. I couldn't
agree more, the folks involved in it's composition are to be highly
commended. However, without the information shared by the members of the
Alumni, such a publication couldn't exist.
Hence, the Editor's note: "Thanks for all the kind comments but please
tell us something about yourself."
After all, it is the caring and sharing that generates information, of
interest to us all.
Speaking of caring and sharing. Joy sent this one. >>>>
Dear Gary,
Thanks for sending your great e-news daily. For those of us at great
distances from Grafton, it's a wonderful way to learn what's going on in
our fondly-remembered hometown. Joy Bliss, Albuquerque
Could the following news bulletin be included in one of your upcoming
communiques? Grafton Class of 1960 will meet at the Market Place in
Grafton at 5 p.m. June 27 to share a meal, stories, and grins. For more
info, contact Joy Bliss at or Sharon Martens at
"It's not just the knowing, that causes problems. It's the not."

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Friday, May 02, 2008

May 2, 2008 - Friday

05/02/08 FRIDAY
Todays Gazette is brought to you in part, by Webster's Dictionary &
Spell Check.
The current temperature is 33
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 62/45
Normal H/L temp for this date is 64/38
It was 92 degrees on this date in 1959.
We have been issued a high wind warning today. I'm not sure if will
will come from Mother Nature, or, the politicians.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I think someone, somewhere once said, "what goes around..... comes
around." An incident on the south end of town gives that quote credence.
If your old enough to remember the cars of the fifties and sixties.
And, If you also attended all of the Spoilers football games during
those "good old days". Then you're old enough, and, you most likely do
remember the Streaker, wearing nothing but a smile and his high top
boots, streaking across Chandler Field.
Those old memories were revived once again the other night. It seems a
fellow wearing nothing but a puzzled look and a few rows of goose bumps,
knocked on the door of a couple homes in the same the southend
neighborhood that Paul Stave, our Chief of Police lives.
Rumor has it, when the ladies were asked if they could identify the
individual that knocked on their door they responded, "only from the
shoulders up.
The "streaker" has been apprehended and is now a temporary resident of
our local Law Enforcement facility.
The Minto Cafe re-opened for business on Monday, April 28th. Every
community needs a cafe, a place to take nourishment and copious amounts
of caffeine. Local cafes also provide a venue for the exchange of
information. Often, it seems, in equal amounts of both fact and fiction.
I encourage all the folks in the Minto community to support their
re-opened restaurant. I applaud those involved with the new venture and
wish them the very best in the future.
You may have noticed that every once in awhile a member of the Molde
family is mentioned in the Gazette.
Bennie not only delivered the milk and dairy product to our house. He
also delivered flowers for Grafton Floral every major holidays for many
Mildred was not only a fantastic mother to a wonderful family. She also
took care of our kids so Pat could go to work and help pay our bills.
Although Mildred and Bennie's family was a large one, they always had
time for others as well. Yes, I do have a great admiration for the Molde
family. When people work as hard as the Moldes do. They have earned, and
deserve, all the admiration one can give.
I have mentioned several Molde family members throughout the years. May
4th Marcia, their youngest, will celebrate the anniversary of her birth
by adding another candle to her cake.
Happy Birthday Marcia (Molde) Seeba, from all of us in the Moe gene
pool. And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your entire family Marcia, they truly
love you dearly.
It sounds like Alice is preparing for their annual migration.
She wrote, >>>>
Subject: springtime migration
Well, it's time for the Hartman's to pack up again and head East. We
are in the process of deciding what we need to take and what to leave
here...always a big question, and we still haven't figured out how to
remember not to duplicate stuff. We will stay in Reno until Sunday
and then go north for a change. (Granddaughter Mercedes will stay
with us at the motel in Reno so we have to find one with a pool!)
Haven't gone the northern way yet. We like to see different
parts of the country instead of just racing across the same route. We
also like to take the two lane roads instead of interstate...much more
interesting. Just hope the snow is gone up north. We'll be in
Sioux Falls the next weekend celebrating Mother's Day with Gene's mom
and the family, and take off Monday for the lake. We have the dock in
but I understand there is still ice in the middle of the lake yet so we
won't be taking the boat out anytime soon. Gene is anxious to get
started with a garden. He built three huge planting boxes for Audrey
to plant her garden in this year and they look really nice. He
finished our retaining wall except for putting the dirt all back, but it
has to settle for awhile anyhow, and I can plant it next year. We had
to replace a hunk of fence also and tear down an old lean-to that was a
real eyesore. More wood for our winter fires! We will miss our
card games with Chuck & Linda (Gene's sister and brother in law), but
I'm apparently on a losing streak anyhow. Better not hit the casinos
in Reno for sure! We will miss our friends and family here in
Sacramento, but are looking forward to seeing the crowd back east
too. We have truly the best of both worlds. Better get
packing...Gene is starting to pace! Please pray for good weather and
road conditions for a safe trip, and we'll get in touch when we get
settled back in "God's country".
Love...G & A <<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing and we wish
you the best on your springtime migration.
"Take the time, to spend some time, with those you really care for."

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

May 1, 2008 - Thursday

05/01/08 THURSDAY
Todays Gazette is being brought to you by GRAFTON BUCK's.
The current temperature is 52.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 59/38
Normal H/L temp for this date is 63/38
It was 89 degrees on this date in 1934
If it wasn't for Global Warming, we'd still be planting ice cubes,
instead of small grains, sugarbeets, beans & potatoes.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Folks were working around the new railroad locomotive "longhouse" and
office Wednesday. That facility sure is a wonderful addition to the
north end of main street.
Another administrative support trailer was spotted in the pipeline
stagging area west of the Developmental Center. Every day now more and
more pipeline equipment is showing up around town.
Work on Leistikow Parks new camper spots continues. The twelve new 50
amp spots will be a super improvement to the campground.
The sign on the door of the "old" Home of Economy store, indicates that
the "new" Home of Economy store will be open on May 6. in their new
location in the former Denny's Food Pride building in the Western Plaza
"strip mall" on the west edge of Grafton.
"Be what you are and say what you feel.... Because those who mind don't
matter.... and those that matter, don't mind."
The next note, along with comments I've heard from other folks gave me
reason to call our local chamber. The note, >>>>
"You may quote this in the Gazette but not my name. Grafton bucks
should be checked for expiration dates, as someone went shopping at the
grocery store and was going to use their Grafton bucks, but they were
expired......... So the prize they won didn't help any. Someone goofed.
They do make fantastic gifts otherwise. Thanks. <<<<
According to the folks at the chamber office, Grafton Bucks do not have
a expiration date on them. I take that to mean,... they are going to be
as good as our Uncle Sam's "in God we Trust" greenback dollars and that
they should, o could, last just as long.
I'm guessing the Grafton bucks the previous note refers to were
actually NOT Grafton Bucks at all. Rather, they were the "Utility
Refund" certificates distributed by Grafton Municipal Utility last fall.
They did have an expiration date. And, if I remember correctly, the
Utility Bucks also came with a significant amount of warning, on KXPO
radio, The Walsh County Record and even the Gazette, saying that they
MUST be used by a specific date.
The former home of Sam's Soda Fountain in the Nelson Drug Store appears
to be back to storing sailboat fuel again. I don't know where the most
recent renters went. However, I certainly hope we are in the process of
booting their assets out of town.
While we're gearing up to kick assets around. Maybe we can rattle the
cages of the fine folks that claim the former Walsh County Bank Building
as an asset.
The vacant building is full of mold, mildew, mice and broken windows.
Speaking of mold, mildew and mice. I understand the building that
housed the Subway Sandwich Station, prior to the fire, is still full of
food. Even though there hasn't been power or refrigeration in that
facility since the fire. One would have to wonder what all those "work
in progress" subway sandwiches must look and smell like after all this
Somehow, simply leaving that facility plump full of rotting food
doesn't sound like a very environmentally friendly thing to do.
You may remember the other day I mentioned the folks at Grafton
Lutheran were collecting scrap iron for a couple worthy causes. One of
those causes was for a church in Northwood.
Today, Sue mentions another worthy cause in Northwood. She wrote. >>>
Hi, Gary
As I'm sure you know, Northwood is in need of a LOT of
things. A big one is books for their new library, a combination of the
city and the school libraries. They are in need of all kinds of books
for all ages.
Author Lauraine Snelling got the ball rolling by asking for a
TON of books. We have made a good start at Carnegie Regional Library. If
anyone would like to donate (spring cleaning, and all), items can be
brought to the library. Please indicate for Northwood.
You can call Marian at 352-2449 or Sue at 352-2754 for
more info.
Thanks for any help you can give. Thank you,
especially, Gary, for helping out.
Sue at Carnegie Regional Library <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Sue. I suppose I could send
down a load of back issues of the Gazette. However, I'm guessing they
already have more junk than they can handle.
What can one say, when a friend looses a loved one? What words should
be used to express how we feel. Sometimes, if close enough, a hug might
suffice. Often just being there with a warm friendly smile, can convey
words that whole volumes cannot.
Today, unfortunately, is one of those times, that appropriate words,
are really hard to find. But somehow, I feel it's essential to say, that
Kathryn's family has been so important to me. With a sadness I'm finding
so difficult to express. With deepest sympathies and sorrow I must share
the following message.
~~~ Kathryn Ellen Stenso Miller ~~~
Age 49, Of Maple Plain, Minnesota
Kathryn passed away unexpectedly
on Thursday, April 24, 2008.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years Rick, daughters, Eli Kate
Miller, Paula Ellen Miller and Grete Kristen Miller
Mother and Father: Dianne Stenso and Charles Stenso. Her brother Cal
(SuzAnne) Stenso-Velo and sister, Kristy Stenso. Kathryn's
Parents-in-law, Jerrold and Mary Miller, brothers and sisters in-law,
Dirk and Joan, Mark and Alison, Kurt and Lynne Cris and Sheryl Miller
and Susan and David Goerg
Kate was an Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Three Rivers Park
Please send memories and stories to:
Funeral services for Kathryn Stenso Miller will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008,
11:00AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church
2060 6th Avenue N.
Long Lake, Minnesota 55356
(952) 473-8577
Monday, May 5, 2008, 5-8pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
Kate Stenso Miller Memorial Education Fund
C/O Associated Bank
P.O. Box 520, North Branch, MN. 55056
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Pat and I and our entire family, extend our most sincere and deepest
sympathies to the Stenso and Miller families.
"If you can't say what you think. What's the value of thinking?"

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