Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September 30, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you, in part, by Anderson's Oil
== Loren & Elvon (Buzz) Anderson ==
The current temperature is 44 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 53/35
Normal H/L temp for this date is 64/39
It was 93 degrees on this date in 1976
Allow there has been some low lying frost predicted. For the most part,
our forecast for the entire week looks like we'll have "typically
seasonal sugarbeet harvest weather".
For those of you that are not aware of what a "Typical seasonal
sugarbeet harvest weather". The Readers Digest version, simply put......
"we should expect every day of sugarbeet harvest to contain all, or
part, of every seasons weather conditions in them.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Although most of the trees in our area are showing various signs of
fall foliage. We have yet to experience a significant leaf shedding
event. Probably because we haven't had a real frost event,... yet.
Rarely, do I drive by the corner of Fifth Street and Griggs Avenue
without thinking about the Phillips 66 Service Station that spent so
many years doing business on that intersection.
I remember, as a young boy, I once walked out the back door of our
(Grafton Floral) uptown flower shop and going between the Hvidsten and
Grafton Glass & Paint buildings heading for, "the nice man, at the oil
change place".
I even remember sometimes wondering why "the nice man at the oil change
station" seemed like two people. As a matter of fact, as I am writing
this, I am reminded of the time my Uncle Ad Sevigny laughed at me when I
asked him why "those" two guys had to look so much alike.
At this point I am not absolutely certain if it was mom or if it was my
Aunt Theresa. However, I remember one of them said to me that they
really don't look exactly alike. And, that the reason I might think so,
was because both Elvon (Buzz) and Loren Anderson were such darn nice
people, they just seemed to be a lot more alike than they actually were.
Gosh I'm glad I had that explained to me in that fashion. As time went
on, and I began bringing my own vehicles into the Anderson Bros. service
station I would look at them and remember the real reason they "looked"
so much alike. They really were "very nice people", all of the Anderson
Brothers were. And, the fact remains, it simply did make them look much
more alike than their physical stature might suggest.
Unfortunately, and with great sorrow, I must share the passing of one
of Grafton's finest.
Elvon Anderson
Elvon A. "Buzz" Anderson, age 94 of Grafton died Sunday, September 28,
2008 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton. Elvon Adolph "Buzz"
Anderson was born January 14, 1914 in Roseau, MN the son of the late
Paul and Lulu (Simmons) Anderson. The family moved to Grafton in 1922
and he graduated from Grafton High School in 1931. Buzz purchased the
Phillips 66 gas station in 1931. His brother Loren joined in a
partnership in 1932. They later bought the Phillips 66 Bulk Plant in
1947. The business was known as the Anderson Brothers Oil Co, which they
ran for 43 years. Elvon was drafted into the United States Army during
World War II, serving in Prince Rupert Canada for 38 months. He played
in the army band there. He was discharged in 1945. Elvon was
united in marriage to Meredith Manderud on December 2, 1945 at Grafton
Lutheran Church. He continued to operate Phillips 66 until retiring in
He was a member of the Grafton Lutheran Church, serving on the church
council as secretary. He was a member of the Grafton Park Board, Grafton
School Board, Past President of the Fair Oaks Golf Course, Past
Commander of the Grafton American Legion Post #41, Past Chef De Gare of
the 40 et 8. He sang in the Grafton Lutheran Church Choir for 50 years.
He played in the Grafton City Band, Grafton Community Band, the Grafton
Legion Band, sang in the Grafton Community Choir and the Grafton Male
He is survived by his wife Meredith, Grafton, ND; children: Judith
(Bill) Keizer, Grafton, ND; Richard (Susan) Anderson, Souris, ND; Roger
(Alice) Anderson, Bemidji, MN; 6 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 6
great- grandchildren, 8 step great-grandchildren, brother Leslie
Anderson, Auburn, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents and
brothers: Loren, Wes and Vernet.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. at the
Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Tuesday from
5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of
Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Wednesday for one hour
prior to the service. Interment will be at the Grafton Lutheran
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 would like to extend a most heartfelt sympathy and sincere
condolences to the Anderson family from everyone in the Moe family.
Although it's true that kind and prodigious individuals will continue to
come alone every now and then. They would all do well to emulate the
likes of Elvon A. (Buzz) Anderson.
May the Lord grant "Buzz" the just reward he so graciously deserves.
Or so it seems to me.
I received the following note from our eldest, and just recently, new
grandmother Kelly. She wrote; >>>
Hi Dad, thanks for getting the word out that the Country Smokehouse
proudly carries Papa Lou's BBQ sauce. I think Christine will be real
pleased with our sales for the first week when she stops back on Wed.
and we have had nothing but good reports about it from people who have
tried it.
Also, it's that time of year again. We can all tell where your
heart is: with the farmers and your wonderful extended family
at American Crystal wishing them the best for a successful beet
harvest. Your notes at this time of the year are touching cuz
I know how much this and all these people mean to you. From a
fathers daughter -- God Bless You All and have a Safe One!
Love, Kelly <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Kelly. I'm sure Christine
will be pleased to hear from you. And, thanks for helping remind
everyone that it is the time of year to be particually careful and of
course we all wish our farmer friends a very safe and prosperous
Each time I read someones obituary. The quote at the end of every
Gazette becomes even more valid and important.

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

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Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29, 2008 - Monday

Todays Gazette is brought to you, in part, by the Kingdom Hall located
on the west edge of Grafton, and, all of the beautiful flower gardens
that surround it.
The current temperature is 55 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 66/44
Normal H/L temp for this date is 64/40
It was 88 degrees on this date in 1908.
The last five day forecast I've seen would indicate almost perfect beet
harvest weather. All thats needed now, is enough people to operate all
the equipment necessary to get the crop harvested.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It looks like Noah can postpone work on the ark, for the next few days
at least. Many fields in the area are still a day, or two, of sunshine
away from dry. Most farmers are able to find enough land to work to keep
them busy.
Sugarbeet harvest will begin in earnest on Wednesday. A small army of
individuals operating several thousand pieces of equipment, running
twenty four hours a day, seven days a week until the last sugarbeet goes
into the storage piles. It is the time of the year when "everyone"
regardless of whether we are actually working in harvest or not should
be extra careful. With literally tens of thousands of truck loads of
sugarbeets on the road throughout the Red River Valley. Caution
absolutely must become a prerequisite of everyone.
I remember well reminding the people that worked with me during harvest
that there wasn't a sugar, a piece of equipment, a farm or the entire
American Crystal Sugar Company that was worth getting killed over. I
always tried to remind everyone, before harvest began, that the
difference between just getting hurt and getting killed is often less
than an inch.
It appears PaPa Lou's BBQ Sauce is garnering a fare amount of
attention in the area. I was in the Country Smokehouse Saturday and I
noticed a lady pick up a bottle to take home. Then, shortly after I
returned home, I received the following note from Christine. She wrote;
Hi Gary, YEAH how exciting to hear from people around the country
wanting to try our PaPa Lou's BBQ sauce. I would love to send them a
bottle to try. If they will send me an email at christineajensen@msn.com
and let me know their addresses, I will be glad to send some. We are
working on perhaps getting BBQ sauce made in plastic jars for
shipping, as of right now it is very expensive to ship an entire case in
the glass bottles. We are also working on setting up a website to start
getting out of state orders. Thank you so very much for your help in
getting the word out, I can't tell you how much we appreciate it. Thanks
also to your subscribers for their interest. What a blessing!! Have a
great day Gary, you are a good soul. Christine Jensen <<< Thank you for
caring and sharing Christine. Wouldn't it be neat to see PaPa Lou's
(Larry's) picture on every store shelf across the country?
It could happen you know.
It's funny sometimes, the things you see and ear in small towns.
For instance. I understand someone and it maybe even more than one, has
been putting catfish carcasses in the trash containers of several
business establishment around town. I remember being told one time that
I shouldn't put "puppy pooh" in the mailbox of the owner of the puppy
that "pooh's" in my yard. Because, I was reminded, that it's illegal to
put anything in a mailbox with a stamp on it. And, of course, sometimes
"puppy pooh" has been stepped on, but never really stamped on. So, it
shouldn't ever be put in a persons mailbox.
However, if your neighbors puppy poohs in your yard, I think, it is OK
to pick it up, ever so carefully, and place it on the threshold by their
front door.
I understand that it is also illegal to put garbage in someone else's
garbage container. That, I suspect also includes catfish, among other
things. I've been told that I couldn't even imagine how bad a dumpster
smells after dead catfish (covered with maggots) have been in it for
several days. When I suggested that the smell must be something akin to
a old fashioned outhouse on a real hot summers day. I was told, "That my
friend, would smell like a bed of roses by comparison". And, I guess, it
would also be, without the maggots.
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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

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Friday, September 26, 2008

September 26, 2008 - Friday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by Honsvall's DX Service Station and
Rubber Tire Door Mat Company.
Ralph and Phyllis Honsvall celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary
this fall. They were married Aug. 6, 1943 in Grand Forks while Ralph was
on leave from the military.
The current temperature is 59 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 76/48
Normal H/L temp for this date is 65/41
It was 92 degrees on this date in 1974.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
There will be a Fall Craft Sale Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Grafton
Armory. If your coming to town for the sale anyway, stop in the Squire
Shop and Mary's and check out all the wonderful things they have to
offer. I think you will really enjoy a walk through Henry's
Countrypolitan and see what they have to offer. If your looking for
jewelry or ideas for the coming holidays drop by Golden Harvest Jewelry.
It is one of the neatest little jewelry stores in the country.
Jeff Narloch (Golden Harvest Jewelry) is the "goldsmith" responsible
for all those beautiful little golden sugarbeet lapel pins you see in
the valley. Some of them, even have a real diamond mounted in them.
So far I haven't actually heard of all the ramifications involved with
shipping PaPa Lou's Scrumptious BBQ Sauce around the country by mail. I
have heard from a few folks interested in having that happen.
For instance, Rick and Stephanie Kettells from Lakeside Resort &
General Store in the Branson Missouri area sent the following note. >>>>
We would like to try some of the BBQ sauce. Might work out that we may
want to introduce some of this fine sauce to the many travelers and
guests that shop in our General store. Please let me know how to get a
bottle. Thanks,
Rick and the gang <<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Rick. We are working on getting
some of PaPa's savory sauce to Branson. It just may be shipped direct
from the Country Smokehouse to Branson. (Maybe Kelly and David would let
Pat and me deliver it personally) While I'm at it, I might mention, for
those planning a trip to Branson, they might do well by contacting "The
Gang" at Lakeside Resort to see how their facility works in their travel
plans during a visit to Branson's World Class Entertainment center.
Then, the following note from California may be an indication that PaPa
Lou's flavorful BBQ sauce might do well on the West coast as well. >>>>
You are right, Gary, someone is already asking if it can be mailed.
What a wonderful Christmas gift for those of us who live in all year
around BBQ country. And much nicer then getting it from our home town
then from some unknown people in some unknown area!
Also,... please give McCain a break. I bet half of the people in
the US don't know that some sugar comes from beets! Everyone in CA.
thinks it comes from Hawaii! This is not a political endorsement!
Anni <<<< Thanks a million for caring and sharing Anni. Maybe, you
could head up the West Coast Distribution of PaPa Lou's sparerib taste
enhancing sauce.
Small grain harvest in the area is virtually complete, with potato and
beans tickling the halfway mark. The sugarbeet harvest with probably 7
to 8 percent of the allowable harvestable acres out, is really just
Full, stockpile, harvest is tentatively scheduled to begin on or about
October 1. When I was personally involved in the beet harvest. This is
the time of the year when I it would feel like there was a torrential
flow of adrenalin running rampant through my veins.
Long days combined with hard work and hundreds, if not thousands, of
miles of driving puts a body and soul through a supreme test of will and
tenacity. This is the time of year when "everyone", whether physically
working in the harvest or simply living in the area where harvest is
taking place, must be mindful of the increased activity and be
especially careful.
Knowing that there is literally thousands of people, working with as
much equipment, travelling tens of thousands of miles, moving multiple
millions of tons of sugarbeets to processing facilities throughout the
valley, give ample reason for care. Or so it seems to me.
Love is the last thing you should include when packing your loved ones
lunch. Then, It will be the first thing they pull out, when eating it.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

September 25, 2008 - Thursday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by Vally-Jo-Foods, Graftons first
"neighborhood" supermarket.
The current temperature is 52 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 66/47
Normal H/L temp for this date is 66/41
It was 94 degrees on this date in 1938
We can expect normal, seasonal, weather for the next several days.
Normally, that means, anything can, and probably will happen.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I must admit, I am more than a bit confused (disappointed) in John
McCain's rational with regard to the United States sugar program.
If I understand him (McCain) correctly. He actually believes that we
(the American people) would all be better off, AND, that the wonderful
folks in foreign countries would be willing and happy, to sell us sugar
for less than we can grow it here in the US.
Ya sure (pardon my Norwegian) Mr. McCain. That's just exactly what they
(the Sand Ranchers) are doing to us with oil too.......... Right????
My name is Gary,... and I absolutely do approve the previous message.
It appears as though Christine Jensen has been a busy lady the past few
days. I received the following note from Christine Wednesday afternoon.
Hi Gary, I want to thank you so much for putting my message about PaPa
Lou's BBQ Sauce in the Gazette. Thanks to you I picked up a couple
more accounts today in Grafton, St. Thomas and Minto including Grafton
Floral, Grafton Square, The Country Smokehouse, Styles by Sheila, all in
Grafton, TL Hair Care in St. Thomas and Jody's Kut and Kurl in Minto.
What a blessing! My husband and I are dealing with bills left over from
the restaurant so every single account means the world to us. Thank you
so very, very much for your help and understanding and thanks to all
those businesses who agreed to feature our delicious PaPa Lou's BBQ
Sauce. Christine <<<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Christine. Lets hope everyone
picks up a bottle (or two) of PaPa Lou's delightfully delicious BBQ
Sauce. I'm not sure if you can ship BBQ sauce in the mail, or, for that
matter if it's even legal to mail such a savory sauce through the US
Postal System. I'm guessing we're going to find that out in the next few
days however.
Rumor has it that Marvins Windows & Doors major facility expansion
project is on, or, maybe even ahead of schedule. It's my understanding
the Marvins expansion project will, in effect, double the floor space of
the Grafton facility. Which I might add, gives even more reason for me
to suggest to all of those planning to build buildings needing windows
and doors. Please, use Marvins Windows and Doors.
I've received several emails the past few days that include whats
referred to as
"The Birk Economic Recovery Plan" from several Gazette Family members.
It appears, on the surface at least, to have significant value, and, I
think just might be the answer. It is a bit long to include in the
Gazette, however if anyone is interested in seeing it (if there is
anybody left that hasn't seen it) I would be happy to forward a copy of
the plan to you. All you need do is ask for it.
"It is the moral responsibility of all us living on this earth to
protect it from those of us living on this earth."
It's the time of the year when folks start packing their bags and
"migrate" toward warmer weather. Such is the case with Gene & Alice.
Just a quick note to our friends and family. We are getting ready
to hit the road once again, bound for California. It seems too early
in the year, although the leaves are turning, and there are very few
birds on the lake any more, and those we see are flocking to head to
warmer climates (just like us). This has seemed like a quick six
months, for sure, but we have had a wonderful time here in MN with many
visits from friends. We will, as usual, spend the weekend in Sioux
Falls, and then head west on Monday a.m. Will be nice to see the CA
family & friends again also. We will stay still for long enough to
get the laundry done and then take off on another adventure to the
Carolinas for two weeks. It is a part of the country we've never
explored, so I'm sure we'll find new stuff to see and do. We are
leaving a few unfinished projects behind just so we'll have something to
do next summer (besides fish and loaf), and there are some projects in
CA that we may get to this year...or maybe not, depending on how many
card games we have to play, and how many visits we can schedule. If
you didn't get around to visiting the lake this year, we'll be back
around May and will look forward to having you come and see us here.
We'll try to keep it between the ditches, and you will hear from us next
in sunny CA. Gene & Alice <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Alice, and always remember.
It's just as important to keep from going over the centerline as it is
to keep it between the ditches.
If you are planning to leave money for something when you go. Why not
plan leaving some of it to your local medical center? The Lord knows
they need it.

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

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September 24, 2008 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by the Cottonwood Shop,.. and
the spirits upon which that business thrived.
The current temperature is 60 degrees
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 71/52
Normal H/L temp for this date is 66/41
It was 87 degrees on this date in 1997
The unofficial moisture meter in front of the Gazette corporate
headquarters registered .28 inches last night.
Grafton will be spraying for skeeters tonight, weather permitting, So,
If you have any Pet Skeeters, you better cover them up before the
Skeeter Plane comes to town.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
We received another "shot" of rain last night. Most folks, especially
those that use agriculture to support their families, might say, "we've
had enough already".
It's probably just a rumor, however, someone said they "thought" they
saw Noah at Simonsons Lumber Yard getting bids on timbers large enough
to build an ark.
I really doubt that the rumor is true though, as I haven't seen anyone
running around town looking for a cute pair of puppies.
The other day I mentioned Unity Medical Center and how important it is
for any community to have a good medical facility.
Of course it is extremely important to have good health care facilities
and health care providers "right here at home". However,... there is one
thing that is even more important than having great facilities and
fantastic health care providers "right here at home" and that is that
"the people right here at home use them.
Of course "we" (Grafton, Park River, Cavalier and Drayton) are, in
fact, small towns. However, it is also a fact that there are numerous
procedures and processes that our local health care providers can handle
with every bit of professionalism of larger towns.
As a matter of fact, the exact same Doctor that gave me my sight back,
not only operates on patients in Grand Forks. He also performs his
"miracles" right here in Grafton at Unity Medical Center, and, as I
understand it, he will do the same at Park Rivers First Care Health
Center as well. The fantastic people in the Therapy department of Unity
Medical Center returned the full and complete use of my left arm, every
bit as well as any medical facility in the country could have.
Please don't misunderstand me. "Our" medical facilities cannot, nor, do
I believe that they profess to handle everything situation that arises.
I have every confidence that my "local medical provider" will advise me
of those circumstances that can, and should, be handled here. And, that
they will refer me to a larger facility complete with specialists, when
that can't happen.
The bottom line of course is ,....... Small town facilities,... "we can
either use them,...... or we can, and will, lose them.
I am pleased to share the following note from Rosemary, who I might
add, spends much of her time on the hospital board trying to provide
"us" with the best health care and facilities possible.
Rosemary wrote; >>>
Hi Gary,
Just wanted to thank you for your recent positive comments about Unity
Medical Center in Grafton. The staff works hard at bringing quality care
to Grafton and area residents. We now have state-of-the-art digital
x-ray and mammography. The two boards are currently busy working on
fundraising for the capital campaign, "Uniting for a Healthier
Thanks again, Rosemary Sevigny
======= Regretfully ========
I would also like to extend our most sincere condolences to Unity
Medical Centers foundation director, Christl Durand and her family.
Christl lost her mother, Earlis Hill this past Friday. Her funeral was
Tuesday in Valley City.
I am confident that Earlis truly will be able to Rest in Peace knowing
that she has left this world a prodigy the likes of Christl Durand.
Our deepest sympathies Christl
from Patty, Gary and family
Some of you have probably noticed that I mention Marvins Windows and
Doors in the Gazette once in awhile. You might have even surmised that I
would hope everyone requiring new windows would use Marvins windows.
Because, you have also read, more than once,........... when I've
written,... Small towns, use em or lose em.
To that end I must once again commend Kerry at Graftons True Value for
using Marvins Windows in his latest renovation project.
HOWEVER, it has been awhile since that project was completed and the
bright yellow Marvins Windows stickers are starting to fade. I have
talked to Hans and I understand would be willing to provide a new set of
I am pleased to welcome Terry H. to the Gazette family.
If you know it, and, if you don't share it. You may well be the only
person in the world with a truely bonafide secret.

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

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

September 23, 2008 - Tuesday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you by the wonderful folks at
MDU (Montana Dakota Utilities) and Sam Waltons organization, Wal-Mart.
The current temperature is 67 degrees.
The weatherfolks were right... they said it was going to rain
Monday night and sure enough, it did. 1.38 inches fell right here on our
front lawn. It sounds like we can expect another shot again today. About
the only benifit I can see from this much moisture during harvest is it
does wash off the hydrant Sami "pee's" on.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
I've said it before, and, maybe It's time to say it again.
"Small town USA,.. use em, or lose em".
I received a most disheartening note Monday afternoon from our good
friend Christine Jensen. Before I share Christines note, I should add
that Pat and I have eaten at Draytons Hasting Landing Restaurant several
times this past summer. We found the service to be good, the food
excellent and the portions sufficient to feed a threshing crew.
Christines note; >>>> Hi Gary, hope you are well!! Thanks
for your constant work on the Gazette. I just wanted to let you know
sadly my husband and I had to close our restaurant Hastings Landing in
Drayton a few weeks ago. We just couldn't seem to get ahead. It was an
extremely sad day for us. I would like to thank all your subscribers who
came over to support us, we really appreciated their business.
I am currently selling Papa Lou's BBQ Sauce. My husband
makes it, we named it after my father Larry "Lou" Jensen. I have had
outstanding responses in Grafton, as of today I have it in Wally's, The
Daily Grind, Rosies and Simonson's Station Store. It is delicious and
goes with everything. Just wanted to let you know so you could maybe
pick up a bottle. Thanks for all your help getting the word out about
our restaurant and about my brother's benefit. It was a great success,
more than 700 people were in attendance. That's the awesome thing about
living in a small town, when someone is in need, everyone comes out to
Blessings to you, Christine Jensen <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Christine. I truly
do regret you found it necessary to close Hastings Landing. Let's hope
the folks in Drayton will realize the value, and benefits that a good
home town cafe offers the community. I would be somewhat surprised if
there isn't at least one more outlet for Papa Lou's BBQ sauce in
Grafton, and, I'm guessing the wonderful little community of Park River
may also have a place or two to display you product.
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong
enough to take everything you have.
"Thomas Jefferson"
As you drive through Leistikow Park I encourage you to take note
of the wonderful wooden bridges over the perennial beds and the one that
spans the ditch on the southwest corner of the park. The bridges were
constructed by members of the park staff. Money for the materials for
the bridges was donated by the folks from MDU (Montana Dakota
The bridges really do give the park a significant new look. They
add a special kind of depth and variety to a already fantastic appearing
small city park.
Over the past few years I have been, more than a bit tough on our
nations, (the whole world for that matter) largest retailer. In the
interest of fare play, I must report that Wal-Mart actually has
contributed to our community. As a matter of fact. In the past two years
Wal-Mart has donated $2,000 toward playground equipment for Grafton's
I am always impressed by the work our park system does. The Park
Board members sipmply must wear several hats over the course of the
year. Making certain that they represent the entire community "fairly",
investing the parks resources in a manner that every citizen can
appreciate, must be a very difficult task at best.
Or so it seems to me.
I am pleased to welcome Andrea M. to the Gazette family. It
is my hope Andrea, that you, and others, will find reason to share a
part of your world with us.

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

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Monday, September 22, 2008

September 22, 2008 - Monday

Todays Gazette is brought to you by The Grafton Unity Medical Center.
If, the extremely professional staff at Grafton's Unity Medical Center
can't help you, you can rest assured, they will find someplace that
The current temperature is 73 degrees
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 80/52
Normal H/L temp for this date is 67/42
It was 96 degrees on this date in 1936
We received .60 to .89 inches of moisture around the area from last
night rain event. The weatherperson says we can expect addition moisture
by tonight..... Maybe as much as a inch.
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
Last nights rain will continue to keep the lawns green lush and green
beneath the beautiful shades of red, gold, orange and yellow.
This is the time of the year when a variety of evergreens can really
display their beauty in a well planned landscape.
There is still plenty of job openings in the area. If you know of
someone looking for work. I'll bet theres someone in our area that can
find it for them.
I am always surprise with the response I get whenever I send out the
"Goose Story". Most often I receive a simple "Thanks" or "interesting"
and sometimes I'm asked if I know, "why one side is longer than the
other". This time I received that question along with another
"interesting" theory in the same note from Norma. She wrote; >>>>
Hi Gary, greetings from sunny (hot) Arizona. We loved your goose
story. Jim asked if you know why one line of the geese formation is
longer then the other. Yup, your right, because one line has more
geese in it then the other!!!
We have been told that the hummingbirds "hitch" a ride under the
back feathers of the geese so we will be looking forward to seeing our
hummingbirds back here in Az soon. Love the spring and fall weather
here especially the fall!! Thanks for the Skeeterville Gazette news
from HOME! Norma and Jim Treptow <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Norma. I'm pretty sure we have
someone in the Gazette family that qualifies as a bird authority. Maybe
they can give credence to the hummingbird "hitch hiker" theory.
Personally, I've never talked to a goose hunter that has mentioned
getting "two birds with one stone" (pardon the pun).
If you happen to run across any really crafty people, between now and
the 27th. Tell them to bring their "stuff" to the Grafton Armory and
include it in the craft sale there next Saturday. It seems like someone
is always looking for another widget to put all their doohickies in.
If your going to eat out on the 30th anyway. Why not plan on going over
to Elmwood for a warm bowl of chili. You will be not only enjoy a
fabulous bowl of chili, it comes with some scrumptious cornbread. AND,
you will be able to enjoy your meal in some of the nicest surroundings
you could possibly find in the entire area.
Proceeds from the Chili Fest will go towards the maintenance of Elmwood
and the surrounding grounds.
I notice the Walsh County Record still has a fare amount of "wall
space" open for any aspiring young, or old, artists to display their
talents. Wouldn't it be great if someone would, or could, paint a
beautiful mural of a piece of Grafton's past there?

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

September 20, 2008 - Saturday

The current temperatre is 51 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 78/48
Normal H/L temp for this date is 68/43
It was 91 degrees on this date in 1914.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
The leaves have started turning to beautiful shades of red and gold.
As they should, it is fall you know. Many leaves have already started
falling from the trees. After all, it is fall you know. Our hi-ways and
by-ways are full of farmers with their equipment scurrying to complete
harvest before the snow comes. That, too, is a certain sign fall is
here. Another sure sign of fall is the migration of the goose.
Which brings me to the story of The Goose. I have shared the Goose
Story with friends and family for many years. First by way of the DTN at
work, and for the past several years through the Gazette.
I hope you might find it interesting, and that you may even find some
solace in it's message. >>>>>
======= THE GOOSE STORY =======
This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter ---
flying along in a V formation --- consider what science has discovered
as to why they fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for
the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the whole
flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird
flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community
can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are
traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the
drag and resistance of trying to go it alone,... and quickly gets back
into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in
If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay in
formation with those who are headed the same way we are.
When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wind
and another goose flies to the point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs for people
or for geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep
up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind? Finally,
and this is important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots
and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and
follow it down to lend and protection. To stay with the
fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies; and only then do
they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with
their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like
~~~~ Or, so it seems to me ~~~~
From our house to all of yours, we wish everyone a very safe and
pleasant fall season. Patty & Gary

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Friday, September 19, 2008

September 19, 2008 - Friday

KXPO formally KGPC
Celebrating 50 years of Broadcasting
The current temperature is 63 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 82/54
Normal H/L temp for this date is 68/43
It was 92 degrees on this date in 1941
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff
In yesterdays Gazette I mentioned that the new addition to Graftons
Unity Hospital would have Marvins Windows. Since then, several folks
have written to remind me that the entire hospital will be getting
refitted with new Marvin Windows.
It is wonderful to see two of Graftons largest business operations
doing business with each other.
Small Town America, use em or lose em.
I received the following note after yesterdays mention of Unity
Kathy wrote: >>>>
Hi Gary, I would appreciate if you could post this. As I read
about the medical facilities here in town I have to agree with you on
the excellent care given there. About 3 weeks ago my daughter Ashley
Grabowski had another seizure. The gentlemen that were working on
the street next to the armory found her on the ground and called
911. The quick response from the ambulance crew, which included
Lori O. Stacey N. Liz M. an Jim R., got her to the emergency
room and called me at the store. Their kindness and concern should not
go unrecognized, and is very much appreciated. A special thanks to
all who took part in helping her, you will not be forgotten. Thank you
again. Kathy Nomeland and Ashley Gabowski. <<<<
Thank you for caring and sharing Kathy. It's ironic that I read your
note the very same day as I read a article about Unity Hospital in the
Walsh County Record. The article, titled Unity Launches it's Capital
Campaign speaks about the most recent renovations and of the remaining
two phases of construction that will bring about several significant
improvements to Unity Hospital.
I have always believed that our Unity Medical Center facilities are as
good as, or better than, any small town in the country. The current
capital improvement projects will do much to guarantee that belief far
into the future.
Wouldn't it be wonderful, if someone the likes of Ralph and Betty
Engelstad would find it in their heart to endow Grafton's Unity Medical
Center with a significant gift that would assure the medical needs of
our community would be met well into the future.
Radio station KGPC.... oops,... KXPO radio is celebrating 50 years of
providing this area with news, sports, weather and the events that are
important to those of us living in this area. The station started out as
KGPC and, from the very first day of operation, changed the way people
and business could communicate.
Somewhere, after the Please Pass the Potatoes Show with Francis Phelan
and Bill Janousek's Police Blotter program (that's the one where Bill
reported a two car accident, and one of those cars was a truck) and the
end of Uncle Sig's Old Time Music Show, KGPC evolved becoming KXPO.
Those call letters have remained the same to this day.
Over the years, "our" radio station (KXPO 1340) has contributed much to
our community, and, to the entire area. Folks like Bill Meier, Fred
Sevigny, (Dee's & Doe's) Bruce Jackson, (If you can see it, you can sew
it) Jean Archer ("Please dare to be happy. Don't be afraid. Be strong
and brave and stand erect facing life with courage in your heart, for
this is another beautiful day -- the Lord has made.") Ed Balkee (Caught
in the Web), Gunder Berg (from the Walsh County snuss room), Wally
DeSautel (remember, today is the first day of the rest of our lives.)
Bill Moe (If you can hold a hoe, you can have a garden). Even yours
truly did several Saturday morning "Home and Garden radio shows, not to
mention of course, literally hundreds of sugarbeet harvest reports
during my tenure with American Crystal Sugar Company.
Pat and I have every radio in the house on today (Friday) listening to
various individuals "reminisce". The names they mentioned are many. The
programs and stories nostalgic giving us even more reason to appreciate
the folks, the values, and the presence that Radio station KXPO affords
our humble little community.
CONGRATULATIONS KXPO, and thanks to everyone involved, for providing
me and us, with a venue of entertainment and communication I can only
hope every small towns could enjoy.
Plan to attend the full day of festivities at Heritage Village in
======== BY GONE DAYS ========
--- Sunday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 ---
+++ FROM 7A.M. TIL 5P.M. +++
And, much MUCH MORE. You can even take your children on a honest to
goodness antique merry-go-round ride.
"It's not news unless you know it. And no-one can, unless someone tells
Or so it seems to me. GLM

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008 - Thursday

Todays Gazette is being brought to you without any specific political
The current temperature is 64 degree.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 73/41
Normal H/L temp for this date is 68/43
It was 91 degrees on this date in 1914
Most weather folks still agree that North Dakotans can continue to
expect winter weather for the next couple years,........ for certain.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stiff,.. mostly stuff.
It is my understanding that the new addition to Grafton's Unity
Hospital will be using Marvins windows. Grafton is very fortunate, not
only do we have a excellent small town medical facility, Marvins Windows
has a major processing facility here as well.
Rumor has it that Simonsons Subway Sandwich Shop is hoping to open
November 1. I'm guessing that to mean this coming November.
Diane and Rick Odegard have recently become brand new Grandparents. I
received the following note from "Gramma" Diane.
>>>> Good Morning Gary!!!
Just wanted to let you know that we are FINALLY Grandparents!!!!! Boy so
far it's been fun!!! Kendell Othelia Odegard arrived on September 15th
(a day after Mary Arnesen's --th date of birth) at 10:50 AM, weighing in
at 9lbs 5.9oz and 21 1/2" long! Now in fishermans' terms that would go
on the wall!!! I'm sure we will mount a picture or 2 of her on the
wall!!! Grandpa Rick is warming up to the idea that he is old enough to
actually be Grandpa and he and Kendall can be caught cuddling!!! It's
fun to see Matt (Kendall's daddy) take on the parenting role, He had his
first diaper duty and survived (BARELY). Here's hoping that we'll see
you once again at "The conference table" at ROCKY POINT!! A friend
indeed, Diane <<<<
Thanks a million for caring and sharing Diane, and CONGRATULATIONS from
our house to yours. I should worn you,.... hang on,.... it won't be long
and you'll be Great Grandparents.
Thanks a million for the super pictures Diane. It certainly looks like
Rick will make a fantastic baby sitter.
Plan to attend the full day f festivities at Heritage Village in
======== BY GONE DAYS ========
--- Sunday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 ---
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It has been brought to my attention that Italian talk show hosts dress
significantly different than American talk show hosts.
Thanks Gay, for caring and sharing.
For some, unknown, reason our drive has started "attracting" cars that
don't belong on it. I'm not sure why, or even how it happened. My
biggest concern is that I "might" back into them while backing out of
the garage.
I do find it somewhat ironic, however, that the cars using our
driveway for parking could be parked in a parking lot designed
especially for them. As a matter of fact, that parking lot appears to
rarely even used.
I'm pleased to welcome Laura (LaBerge) Carroll to the Gazette family.
Are we getting enough "bang".... for the "buck"????
"I may not always like what you tell me. I will, however, always
appreciate it." GLM

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September 17, 2008 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is brought to you from the biggest, nicest, little city
between Grand Forks and the Canadian border.
The current temperature is 64 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 75/48
Normal H/L temp for this date is 69/44
It was 92 degrees on this date in 1998
Yesterday was as close to a perfect day as one could ever hope for.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
The walleye harvest season, for me, is over. "The Walleye Combine" is
on it's trailer and out of the water marking the end of another
fantastic summer season at Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort.
As always, this summer at Rocky Point was filled with wonderful
memories of family and friends gathering together to share the beauty
and companionship that the Lord, most certainly, had in mind when he
fashioned the fabulous, fantastically picturesque, area we have come to
appreciated as Rocky Point on the south shores of northern Minnesota's
renowned Lake of the Woods.
Again this year, Pat and I enjoyed the, often referred to, permanent
residents of the Rocky Point community, and, as always we were pleased
to make the acquaintance of several new visitors as well.
It was especially gratifying for me on the last week of the summer to
be able to spend some time with Rick and Stephanie Ketttells and their
family. The Kettells own the Lakeside Resort & General Store on Table
Rock Lake near Branson Missouri. Although Rick has actually been to
Rocky Point Resort ice fishing. This year, the Kettells family decided
to spend their "vacation" at Rocky Point.
Unfortunately, high winds from hurricane Ike created some significant
damage to their Lakeside Resort and they had to return home a little
earlier than planned. I was assured, however, that they will be
returning next year, and, we will be planning a very special fishing
trip at that time.
For those wondering how far it is from our motorhome to Rocky Points
South Park Beach. We put 1078 miles on the Ranger this summer. However,
unfortunately, I forgot to count the numbers of trips we made.
On our last trip around town I noticed Mac McFarlands brand new house
is already on it's foundation in the Lessard edition West of town.
I noticed too, that the "new" windows going into Simonson's new Subway
Sandwich Shop didn't have a Marvins Window sticker on them.
I noticed the house for sale sign was gone from in front of the former
Depuy / O'brien house on Western Ave. Someone told me this morning that
they "thought" it had been sold. (????)
And, I also noticed the house in the 1500 of Kittson has been reduced
in price. If anyone is looking for a nice house, on the south end of
Grafton, check that one out. Rumor has it it has everything "including
the kitchen sink". Right Hank?
Also, there seems to be more and more openings in the Leistikow Park
Campground, for those of you that would like to come and camp in one of
northestern North Dakota's nicest little campgrounds.
Speaking of campgrounds. I would be remiss not to mention the wonderful
new campground facilities at Drayton. The folks in Drayton should be
commended for providing those of us with "homes with holding tanks" a
nice place to spend the night, and, a place to dump. If you know what I
I am pleased to welcome Dean Rinde, Cheri Nelson and Karen Pederson to
the Gazette family.
For those that never thought it could never happen. Richard actually
was the first one to get up and go to "work" this morning. As if that's
not enough, he even left Granny's before his brother Harlan.
If we were to believe "everything", every politician said, it might be
possible that we would be better off, without politicians.
Or so it seems to me.
I'm Gary and I approve that message [:-)
If, by chance, you know of a couple dozen individuals looking for
work. Tell them the several folks in the Grafton area would like to talk
to them ASAP.
"If you can't express your opinion, you're living in the wrong

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Monday, September 08, 2008

September 8, 2008 - Monday

WELCOME to the family Marcus David
Todays Gazette is being brought to you by Marcus David Moe,.. our brand
spankin new grandson. Marcus David was born this day measuring 18.9
inches and weighing 6 lbs 12 ounces. It's obvious, for now at least,
little Marcus won't being playing the center spot on a professional
basketball team. However, he just may be the fastest little guard on the
Grafton Spoiler team someday. (Right Ken?)
Christy & Josh
From your very proud Grandparents
Patti and Gary
It really is great being grandparents. It is especially great,.... when
you become Great Grandparents. Or so it seems to me.
The current temperature is 60 degrees.
Yesterdays H/L temperature was 64/47
Normal H/L temp for this date is 73/47
It was 99 degrees on this date in 1959
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O CA L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It was a bit easier to see some changes in our little community this
trip home.
A few streets had new blacktop overlays, even the one by our house was
redone while I was gone. The block of 4th street east of Hill Ave is
finished and in use as is the block of 6th street west of Hill.
The road through Leistikow park looks super, as does the entire park.
And, the second lift has been applied, which completes the St. Johns
church parking lot as well.
Simonson's new Subway Sandwich Shop grand opening still looks, to me
anyway, like it will be a several months away yet.
Rumor has it one of our local photography studio's will have a new guy
pushing the shudder buttons.
And, so far, that beautiful newer home on the southend of town is still
looking for a new remote control operator.
I understand Shawn Kasprick's family will be calling the former Ole
Berg house home very soon and the Craig's have been working diligently
on their new south end Hill Ave home.
I understand Marcene and Clyde will be calling their Grafton dining
room "The Arizona Room" this winter.
I received the following note from Traie, and, along with expectations
of another "exhibition game" scheduled for Grafton, am sharing it will
Traie wrote: >>>>>
Please pass the word. We hope you can join us September 16!
Traie Dockter
Director of Marketing
phone 701.777.6167
Subject: 2011 World Junior Hockey Community Rally
Grand Forks has been chosen as one of the three finalists to host
the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. The other finalists are
Buffalo, NY and Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN. The 2011 World Junior Hockey
Championship is a ten nation tournament featuring the world's best
hockey players under the age of 20. This is the same great event that
Grand Forks hosted in 2005!
The Site Selection Committee from USA Hockey will be visiting
Greater Grand Forks on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 and we need your help
as we seek to put our best foot forward with a world-class
"Community Rally" at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
In order for Grand Forks to have a legitimate shot at securing
this event, the Community Rally must be an "absolute success" in order
to demonstrate our communities' desire to once again host this
prestigious event. If we don't energize the community and get people out
for the Community Rally, we won't get this event. We need a successful
Community Rally to differentiate ourselves from the other finalists
noted previously.
///////// //////// /////////
----- -- We need your help! -- -----
We need the community to come out and show their support for this
event as we attempt to make a favorable impression on the Site Selection
Committee and help North Dakota secure this prestigious World
Championship event.
What: 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship Community Rally
When: Tuesday, September 16
Lunch will be served from 12 to 1 p.m.
Rally will be from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Where: Ralph Engelstad Arena – Main Lobby
Parking: Free on-site parking at the Ralph Engelstad Arena
Lunch is on us! Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks, will be served.
Come on out for live music, prizes, great food,
special guest appearances, and a
GRAND Community Rally!!!!
I might add that the 2005 World Juniors exhibition game held in
Grafton, provided "OUR" area with a contest that exceeded everyone's
"wildest" (pardon the pun) imagination. For that reason, among others, I
certainly encourage everyone's involvement.
Mark your calender and plan to attend the big event at Grafton's
Heritage Village on September 21.
I received the following note from "59" graduate Loren Lundberg. I
guessing someone out there can help him out.
Here's his note. >>>> Subject: "Terry Lee & The Poor Boys"
Strange call this weekend from a Bob Becker in the Fgo/Mhd area. A
million years ago, he WAS "Terry Lee".
He was calling me because my signature was on the "Receipt" for the
payout for our share of $35 on the night of the dance at the Armory in
September 1959.
I drew an absolute BLANK then and still. If he had not FAX'ed a
copy of the receipt with my Parker Penmanship scrawl, I probably would
still not remember this.
Was this another dance by The Drifters? Or did they just need
someone local to rent the Armory?
Becker is apparently still in the entertainment business and does a
pre-recorded show every week on the Grafton radio station. He plans
on mentioning this dance on his show on the 14th and then sometime in
the next week calling me to ask questions about it - I told him I'd have
to remember it first, so can any of you help or, EVEN BETTER, if you
remember it, YOU do the interview!
LL <<<<<<
So there you have it. Someone must remember the event in question, and,
may even be willing to be interviewed.

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