Tuesday, August 26, 2008

August 26, 2008 - Tuesday

Monday Ole Aasand celebrated the anniversary of his birth. It appears
Ole celebrated the big event sitting on a chair in his front yard
watching cars pass by.
Ole didn't look a day over 79 when we passed by although the signs all
over town indicate he was just exactly that...... One day over 79,
that is.
The current temperature is 72 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 73/39
Normal H//L temp on this date is 79/52
It was 97 degrees on this date in 1953
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Rain, wind and cool temperatures, combined with a few morning, and
several afternoon naps, all contributed to the noticeable reduction in
Walleye combining since our last visit.
Webster describes a walleye as a fish with large, glossy eyes. a North
American fresh-water perch. It doesn't mention the critters also tend to
be very close lipped at times as well..... and, it certainly should.
This trip home it's much easier to see that the street construction
crews have actually been working on them. And, the new blacktop surface
on the road thru Leistikow park is another major improvement.
The newly constructed "wooden" bridge across the peony beds in the park
also add much to the enjoyment of a trip thru Leistikow Park.
The new exterior facade of the B & D Flooring and Carpet Cleaning
building is almost completed as well. With just a few touchup items here
and there and the installation of a brand new sign out front our son and
daughter-in-laws store will be added to the long list of refurbished
down-town Grafton business establishments.
It doesn't appear, to me anyway, that Simonson's new Subway Sandwich
Shop will be completed in time to open for this years harvest season.
However, It should make it for spring planting. Especially if next
spring is as late as this one was.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is
a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Today, Sami and I share the very same hair style. He lost his hair in
one day, at the pet groomer and I lost most of mine, one hair at a time,
over a life time.
To me he still looks like a dog, while some say I look more like an old
Rumor has it there's a beautiful two story home on a corner lot in the
south end of Grafton for sale. I'm not sure I overheard right or not.
However, the guy said if anyone is interested you should talk to
him,...... or Tim,.... or something like that.
Talking about beautiful, beautification, or simply making things look
better after effort. I understand the folks at the Walsh County Record
are looking for a few energetic individuals to paint the outside of
their building. Actually, I think I read it in the Walsh County Record
in the first place.
Anyway, I'm willing to bet there are at least a few energetic,
artistic, willing to paint a mural for free, individuals just looking
for such a wonderful opportunity. If you know of anyone with a paint
pallet and some free time, tell them to call the folks at the Walsh
County Record in Grafton.
Maybe some of the folks from the Grand Forks Herald would even be
willing to do it,...... for the publicity you know.
It's hard to believe it's almost sugarbeet harvest time again. A time
when former ACSC Vice President of agriculture Stew Bass would stand up
in front of company sugarbeet growers and say, "Well men, it's that time
of the year again. The time when each and every one of you would run
over your own mother,... for one more load of sugarbeets."
Evidently, that enthusiasm, at least to some degree, has carried over
into the grain harvest. Today, a young man driving a fully loaded grain
truck must have forgotten to slow down coming off of hiway 18 when
turning onto hiway 17. The truck rolled over on it's side spilling the
entire load across the hiway.
As I drove around the pile of grain scattered across the hiway I could
see the truck laying on it's side with a "almost" empty grain box.
However I could only imagine that the young man's
fruit-of-the-looms...... were very full,... of something.
Anyway, it is fall in the Red River Valley and harvest is in full
swing. Please drive careful and remember. Often, the folks you cast your
frustrations at for driving slow on the road are really only trying to
make a living,.......... for them and their families. While working hard
feeding us and our families.
The next few editions of the Gazette will be done in invisible ink.

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August 12, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you from the sandy banks of the Park
River in Grafton's beautiful Leistikow Park.
The current temperature is 68 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 69/60
Normal H/L temp for this date is 82/56
It was 98 degrees on this date in 1978
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Yesterdays reported rain amounts around the area varied from "just over
an inch" to "I'll bet we got close to four inches". The battery
operated, official Gazette, rain gauge recorded 1.89 inches in the past
twenty four hours. John Gudajtes reported he had 1.8 inches at his ranch
west of Warsaw by 10:30 yesterday, and, he said it was still raining.
I'd be surprised if he (John) isn't already building a ark to haul in
his beets this fall.
Several intersections around town were flooded. The one near our house
was, almost, deep enough to float The Walleye combine.
The news on two different TV stations reported yesterdays rain as the
proverbial "million dollar rain". It's obvious that those folks haven't
checked the price of corn and potatoes lately. And, even more obvious,
they haven't taken the last fifty years worth of inflation into account
"The biggest trouble with leaving important decisions to just a few
people, is that it's rare to find just a few people that are willing to
speak for the best interests of all. Or so it seems to me.
It is my understanding that Anette Escobar-Skaro, Graftons Chamber
Office Director, has decided to leave the chamber for other employment.
I really hope my information is incorrect, unfortunately, I'm afraid it
It's been said that you can tell the word "committee" was formulated by
a large group of individuals that couldn't agree on the spelling of a
shorter version. That may be so. On the other hand, It might also be
said that a "committee" regardless of it's spelling. Can negate the
efforts of a dictator. Or so it seems to me.
======= DAFFYNITIONS ========
Full: Granny's family restaurant,..... when the pipeliners get rained
Ironic: The price of gas coming down at the same time we have learned
to accept higher prices.
Funny: We are still trying to justify NOT protecting our community
from the ravages of a flood that eventually WILL destroy it.
The next few editions of the Gazette will be written in invisible ink.
Please remember that my "little" system will not allow me to open msword
documents. So, even if you send them to me, I can not read them.
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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

Monday, August 11, 2008

August 11, 2008 - Monday

Today's Gazette is brought to you by the word "GASTRONOMY".
The current temperature is 64 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 79/54
Normal H/L temp for this date is 83/56
It was 96 degrees on this date in 1958
Mother nature dumped a bit over 1½ inches of rain on our front lawn
in about two hours. It sounds like we can expect even more the rest of
today and tomorrow.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It's been said, and, I think, I've said it once or twice myself.
"Things often come in groups of threes".
The first three things I pondered as I returned home yesterday, in no
specific geographical or chronological order, was.
It certainly is a good thing the folks at Subway (on the corner of
hiways 17 & 81) build sandwiches faster than they build the facilities
to build the sandwiches in.
Then... I wondered how long it would take the contractor responsible
for rebuilding a few of our communities streets, if we had had a normal
amount of rainfall and adverse weather, rather than the desert like
(dry) conditions we have experienced for most of the summer.
Then..... as I made my mandatory every day, or as often as I can, trip
thru Leistikow Park. I noticed that the road "I thought" was supposed to
be completed by late July is still, relatively, untouched.
However, that hasn't effected the frisbee golf folks much. I counted 9
"frisbeeers" (spl) on our last trip thru the park.
GASTRONOMY: according to my Webster,.... is the art of good eating.
That being said, it would be fair to say the state of my being is the
end result of participating in at least one of the "art's".
It is unfortunate that the world is full of folks that need our help
and our prayers. Fortunately, the world is also full of folks willing to
extend a helping hand, whenever and where ever possible.
If I were going to make a poster that exemplifies the worlds finest
individuals. I would be hard pressed to find a better example than
Michael Jensen.
Until I received the following note from Michael's sister, Christine I
was in hopes that Michael already was on the road to a healthy recovery.
Unfortunately, as I understand it now, that is not the case.
Christine sent me the following note along with information that might
allow those that would like, to help her brother through these very
difficult days, weeks and months.
Christine wrote: >>>>>
Hi Gary, the last I spoke to you, I told you the tumor they removed
from my big brother Michael wasn't cancerous. We found out a week later
it was. He has been going through extremely intense chemotherapy
treatments for several months now and will continue these through
February. I was wondering if you could spread the word about his
upcoming benefit. Raffle tickets are currently being sold for $10. The
raffle is for a John Deere Lawn Mower, a big screen television and a
rifle. We will also have a silent auction during the benefit so if
anyone would care to donate something they can contact me at our
restaurant Hastings Landing at 454-3332. Thank you for your help Gary, I
really appreciate anything you can do. Christine Jensen

Here is the rest of info about the benefit.

---- Jensen benefit set for Aug. 9 ----
A benefit for Michael Jensen, 41, will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at
the Kennedy VFW. Michael had a cancerous tumor removed from his
vertebrae and has been going through intensive chemotherapy treatments
which he will continue through February. A youth baseball game between
the Drayton and Kennedy/Hallock teams will be held at 4 p.m., in
Kennedy. A burger supper in conjunction with a silent auction will
take place from 5-9 p.m. The raffle drawing for a John Deere Lawn Mower,
a big screen television and a rifle will be held at 8 p.m. Everyone is
welcome and encouraged to attend and show their support. A huge thank
you goes out to all those coordinating this event. <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Christine. Please tell Mike
hello from his former agriculturist. I would also like to purchase a
couple of those tickets. I might also encourage those Gazette family
members that can, to do the same.
"If you don't need help yourself. You're in a perfect position to help
someone that does." 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.

======= CORRECTION ========
STUPID: according to my Webster Dictionary means lacking normal
The "Readers Digest Version" of the Michael Jensen portion of todays
Gazette should have been sent out LAST WEEK. If it had been sent out
last week. The information would have been both meaningful and
Although Christine did send the right information, in ample time, for
me to send it out, the error in not doing so was all mine.
Unfortunately, the raffle portion of Christines message no longer
applies. However, Michaels battle to regain his health and well being is
just as valid as ever. His need for our help and our prayers is just
great today as it was before the raffle.
Hence, I will be mailing my "two tickets" worth of contribution to the
help Michael Jensen get well fund in care of The Hastings Landing
Restaurant, Drayton, ND. 58225
My error was stupid, to be sure. Not correcting it as soon as possible
would have been be the height of ignorance.
And,.... my fine friends, as I am afraid of height, I must apologize
for my stupidity.
Thanks Lee

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

August 5, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by the efforts and sacrifices of
the men and women of the USA armed services.
The current temperature is 72 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 80/52
Normal H/L temp for this date is 83/57
It was 98 degrees on this date in 1960.
Someone told me this morning at coffee that Hoople, St.Thomas and
Drayton really received a gully washer yesterday.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Although, technically speaking, I can't actually say I was "born" and
raised in the flower business. In some way shape or form, however, I
have been exposed to the industry since I shed my three cornered pants
and started terrorizing the neighborhood on my tricycle.
I do remember, very well, the very first funeral arrangement I ever
made. I was in the first grade and mom let me make it in what was then
called a number 18 paper vase. I remember how patient she was, watching
me stuff a bunch of gladiolus and pompoms into that vase. She even let
me make the bow, although I had to let her make out the card because I
couldn't write very well then, the fact is I still can't.
Anyway, after I thought it was done, mom "helped me" redo it,
(including the bow) and then even dad told me how nice it was. As I
remember it, my bouquet (with moms help) matched the casket spray dad
had just finished making and then dad said I could go with Jerome to
deliver them to the funeral home. I remember feeling very sad that day,
even though I didn't know the person the flowers were for.
Over the years I suspect I made, and, or delivered hundreds if not
thousands of funeral arrangements to every funeral home in northern
North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
I'll admit, for me, it was always a little bit easier to makeup and or
deliver the funeral arrangements for very old folks than it was for the
younger ones. Just as I have always found it "a bit easier" to attend
the funerals of older folks.
Funerals, from my prospective, have always been to celebrate the life
of our dearly departed. A time for us to exchange the values of the
loved ones we've lost. Funerals are a time to express our sorrows and
grief, to be sure, and, a time to remember the happy and pleasant things
we all hold so dear.
As I attended uncle Danny's funeral yesterday, I found myself
experiencing, once again, the same sadness and sorrows of the end of a
life and the happy, more pleasant, exchanges that go hand in hand in the
celebration of ones life.
I prepared myself, as I was sitting in the church waiting for the
services to begin. I knew it would be difficult seeing aunt Alice walk
in behind the casket. I was expecting the lump in my throat as the
family followed in behind.
However, there was something I hadn't planned that pulled hard on my
emotions. Even before Danny or Alice and the family entered the church.
A group, ten to be exact, of uncle Danny's fellow veterans were ushered
into the church and over to their pews.
I couldn't help thinking, where would this country be had those
veterans not been in the service. I couldn't help thinking about the
10's of thousands of veterans that gave up so much so we could be free.
As I sat there behind them, I couldn't help wondering, how, or what
could we do to thank them for all they have done.
Then,..... I remembered, just as they brought uncle Danny into the
church. The beautiful American flag that was placed on his casket. Those
Veterans, and all those before them, gave everything they could possible
give for that flag and the country it represents. Veterans not only
bought the land the flag and the freedom it represents. They paid for it
with the most valuable commodity God ever created. Their heart, their
lives and even their soul.
And so,... it's time, for all that call this land their home. "Thank
God for our Veterans and thank the Veterans for saving our home."
Gods speed Uncle Danny and Gods speed too, to all the men and women in
The next few additions of the Gazette will be written in invisible ink
and mailed to you from Arnesen's Rock Harbor Lodge.
"The exchange of thought soon will give way to a better idea."
Or so it seems to me

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

Monday, August 04, 2008

August 4, 2008 - Monday

"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 memories." GLM
Pat and I returned home to attend the funeral services of my Uncle
Daniel Lessard on Monday. Danny married my mothers sister Alice
(Sevigny) on June 8, 1948. He served in the Navy during the Pacific
theatre during WW ll and 40 years in the banking business, the last 19
years as bank president. Uncle Danny leaves Alice, his wife of 60 years,
Seven wonderful children, sixteen grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren to carry on his life, his love and his dreams.
The current temperature is 66 degrees.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news and stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The fishing report from Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort continues to be
fantastic. Catching, this past week, has been good, to very good as
well. Several folks had pictures taken holding fish from 26 to 30 inches
long this week. As a matter of fact, one individual will be mounting a
Arnesen Reef walleye that was just 4 inches short of a full yard stick.
AND, Pat was finally able to fill the voids in her flower garden with
several beautiful "rhubarb leaves" we found at a Rocky Point garage
The Gazette subscription department was busy while I was away on my
last fish feeding expedition. Several "members" sent us their new
addresses. I hope I/we got them all entered correctly.
And, Ken Erlandson & Gloria Charlton will be getting their very first
"direct sample" of Gazette babble today.
As a matter of fact, Gloria sent us a super response to a previous
Gazette note that "might" have suggested our motels are practicing the
American art of "Charging all you can get".
Gloria wrote: >>> Gary add my email to your list... seeing how we
(Leonard Motel) are getting written about so much I would like to
know what is being said.... I realize it has been upsetting to a lot
of people coming into town this summer trying to get rooms. This has
been an unusual summer with the pipeliners here and yes we are nearly
full with them, but not all our rooms have been taken... Every weekend
we have had four rooms open to rent to anyone traveling thru... Our
rates have not changed... These are our room rates....
1 person 1 Bed... $39.95 + tax, 2 per. 1 Bed ..$49.95 + tax..
2-3-4 people 2 Beds $59.95.... Our one and only 3 Bed room is $69.95
+ tax (the room Norma had because it was the only room available for her
with a pet) ... The single rate for the pipeliner is $35.00 + tax
because they pay for a whole week at one time... the doubles for the
pipeliners go for $45 or $55 depending how many people are in the
room... We have not raised our rates .... we are not gouging the
pipeliners or the travelers coming thru... Our rates are very low and
we feel the increase in gas prices and the raise in the minimum wage
just like any other business... Maybe some of these people should try
visiting in the winter when we sit with a near empty motel everyday....
Gloria <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Gloria. Rumors of
price gouging, particularly in light of the fact our little community is
full of pipeliners, have been running rampant. I am pleased to see you
folks (at the Leonard Motel) are willing to "tell the whole world where
you stand" with regards to pricing. You should be commended for doing
so, and, our community will continue to be a better place for it.
Much the same I might add, as was the case when your organization held
your prices a few years ago and gained the business of "our" Ohio Fox
Hunting Friends.
The note About Grafton's True Value Hardware "liquidation" sale, among
other things, gave Kathee Carlson reason to share the following
She wrote: >>> I had to laugh when I read that True Value's
"liquidation sale" was viewed by some as a "going out of business sale."
Reyleck's used to have a "Storewide Stock Liquidation Sale" twice a year
when the banners, first made by a professional then by my mom, would go
up in the windows for Monday and Tuesday while the stock was priced
down. Then the store would open on Wednesday for the first day of the
sale. It was make or break time for the business. We kids had to stay
home until Dad returned from work to announce the numbers from the first
day of the sale. When we were old enough, we would go back with Dad in
the evening to help straighten out merchandise for day #2 of the sale.
And I too remember Rilie Morgan coming in to the Grafton Floral with one
of his grandsons, to pick up his bedding plants. I can see in my mind's
eye that grandsons' biceps becoming taut as he picked up the flats for
his grandpa. We Grafton Floral employees all seemed to snap to when
Rilie arrived, not because he demanded the attention but because he had
earned it as a someone who enjoyed spreading God's beauty throughout
Thanks again for the memories. Congratulations on the new
Kathee <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kathee. The new
True Value store front appears to be "almost" completed. I think you
will be pleased with the way it will look.
We got a chance to hold our newest Great-grandson last night, and, I
really don't mean to boast (but I am). Ryker Thomas Votava is about as
cute a little boy as anyone in the whole wide world could ever have a
right to be. And, he doesn't even look like me.........much.
I coined the following quote a number of years ago. I often find it
advantageous to remind myself of it.
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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