Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 21, 2009 - Wednesday

Todays Gazette is dedicated to all small towns across the entire
The current temperature is 40 degrees. It goes without saying,
especially this time of the year, that "wet" is a four letter. When
words like wet and freeze are used in the same sentence, especially this
time of the year, it often creates a dialog that jam packed with
That being said only adds credence to following oft' used quote
Gazette quote.
"Profanity makes ignorance audible."
L O C A L news & stuff,.. mostly stuff.
It's my understanding that the Polarcomm Telephone "dialup"
computer system will end on October 31. That is to say, I think, that
all email addresses, among others, will no longer work
after the end of October. I suspect most folks, certainly those folks
that are using a full blown computer, and those using the old polarcomm
system do plan to upgrade their system to something else.
Unfortunately, I am one of those folks using the Polarcomm
"dialup" system (msn ie. web-tv). Until now, the "little system" I have
been using has certainly worked very well. That is to say that it has
not been significantly complicated and has been virtually trouble free.
Since finding out the system I have been using (web-tv) soon
will be terminated. I've been struggling with the ramifications of
upgrading (purchasing) to a full blown computer of some sort. Or, maybe
at this stage of my life, given my present state of mind, I just may be
better off simply writing the Gazette's "Swan Song" on October 31. I
must admit, I have spent more than one sleepless night pondering the
issue. Unfortunately, I am reasonably sure I will spend many more before
the issue is resolved.
Or so it seems to me.
Folks caring and sharing is what the Gazette is all about. Who is
where, and how long will they be there? What really is going on in the
world of folks we that we might know, or simply those we may have known.
Even more important, in my opinion, is knowing the people we care about,
truly care about the same folks we all know. Or so it seems to me.
Most folks know the weather here is cooler than down south. It is
cold here, however, it is a dry cold you know.
Anyway, it is always fun hearing from someone enjoying the weather
in the sunny southern states. Verna shared the following note. I should
add that it is 73 degrees here today as well. he only difference is,....
here it is 73 "In the house". Verna wrote: >>>>>
Hi Gary;
I just want to thank you for all your effort to get the gazette so
often. I live in Arizona but lived in Grafton for many years so I
know a lot of the people you bring into your gazette. I truly
appreciate getting it. Verna Hegranes Peterson from sunny Mesa Az.
75 right now on my patio.
== Scrumptious Walleye Fish Fry ==
==== Graftons Heritage Village ====
-- This Friday, October 23, 2009 --
Serving from 5pm-7pm Adults $11.00 Child under 10 $5.00 Take
out orders call 701-520-1273, 701-360-4096 or 701-520-1207
The Heritage Village is a significant addition to the
Grafton community and the surrounding area. It can only exist if the
people in the community support it.
Heritage Fish Frys are always fantastic. If for some reason you
are unable to attend this very worthwhile fundraiser, please consider
making a direct monetary contribution.
==== Profound Paragraph ====
"You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating
the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working
for, another person must work for without receiving. The government
cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take
from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do
not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,
and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work
because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear
friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply
wealth by dividing it."
----- Adrian Rogers, 1931 -----
==== May his sole rest in peace ====
Fred M. Stark, age 77 of Grafton passed away Monday, October 19,
2009 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton. Fred was born February 7,
1932 in Grafton the son of the late Alfred and Christine (Mohagen)
Stark. He graduated from Grafton High School in 1949. Following his
education he served in the United States Navy from 1951-1955. He
returned to Grafton and was united in marriage to Betty Ebert on Dec.
26, 1955. The couple moved to Culver City, CA. He attended Santa Monica
City College for two years and worked for Anderson Cabinet Company. The
couple returned to Grafton in 1958 where he managed the Robertson Lumber
Company. In 1970 he went to work for Highland Homes in Grand Forks, ND.
In 1973 he went into partnership with Paul Brodeur in the Brodeur Stark
Lumber Company. He later worked for Dynamic Homes and took care of the
Grafton Living Center for 25 years.
Fred was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. He served as past
commander of the Grafton American Legion Post #41, was a member of the
Grafton V.F. W. #9367, the Grafton Eagles, served on the board of the
North Dakota Lumberman. He played in the Minnesota American Legion 9th
District Band for 20 years. He served on the Grafton City Council for 22
years and served as Mayor of Grafton for 8 years. He is survived by his
wife Betty of Grafton; children Susan (Bob) Frias, Virginia Beach, VA;
Tom (Caroline) Stark, Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren: Jamie Donovan,
Nicholas Frias, Christine Sosonko, Brandon, Rachel and Elizabeth Stark;
sister Doris Molland, Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents
and brother Gordon. FUNERAL SERVICE Friday October 23, 2009, 10:30a.m.
at St. John's Catholic Church <<<< God's speed my fine friend Fred.
You have left our town a better place.
If you work as hard in heaven, as you did down here on
earth. Heaven too, will be a better place, because it now has you.

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