It was a perfect Sunday summer evening for the Anamoose Fireman’s potluck picnic in the park. All current and past members as well as directors, sponsors and families were invited. Firemen grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and donated fish, so along with all the salads, desserts, etc there was LOTS of food.
(back) Keith, Kevin
(front) Brenda, Deb
Left-Nathan Martin, Dean Martin, Clarence Lemer
Kevin, Debbie, Keith and Brenda Reinowski donated the most fish. Dean and Nathan Martin and Clarence Lemer were the next highest group to donate fish. Dean caught the largest walleye on Sunday at 2 lb. 5 oz.
Jeff Lemer is the Anamoose Fire Chief with Jason Mann and Dean Martin as assistants. The Fire Dept. could use a few more firemen to fill their quota of 30.
Jeff Lemer, Fire Chief
As I headed for the café on Thursday I saw the 4 petunia flower pots are up on Main St. intersections and there are 9 hanging petunia baskets up and down Main St. Jerry Helm has again volunteered to water the flowers. This is quite a job, as he has to do it daily.
At the café there were people coming and going to get in on the daily buffet. After you get filled up on the buffet you get a dish of soft serve ice cream with topping. Um-good!
I finally remembered to take my camera when I went down to the Greenhouse to get some perennials. It is getting late in the planting season, but Mike Schmaltz still has some beautiful flowers at 25% off.
On 06/22/15, Alyce & Mardi welcomed 3 new families to Anamoose.
Our first stop was at the home of Ashley Pine, Travis Washburn and their 1 year old daughter Savannah. They moved to Anamoose from Velva for housing as their home in Velva was very small. They both are employed at the C-Store in Velva. They claim not to have any time for hobbies at this time in their lives as they are busy working and raising their cute little girl. They have a new puppy and kitten which sure keeps Savannah laughing and playing with them.
Our next stop was at the home of Nick & Lyndsay Wilson and their 2 children Alexander (3), and Lily (1). They come to Anamoose from Corcoran, Minnesota. Their cousin also moved here a few years ago. Jobs bring them to ND. Nick currently has 3 jobs in Harvey. He works at Spectators, Americana Motel, and Hornbachers Café in Harvey. Lyndsay is kept busy caring for the children, moving in, and finding a place for everything. She plans to take on more homemaking duties after she gets everything organized. She mentioned baking bread, canning, jelly making, etc. Nick likes to fish when he gets time off.
Our 3rd home was a bit in the country. Edward & Tammy Scherman moved into Lawrence Zuther’s farm and are loving it! They were busy planting a vegetable garden, trees, bushes, flowers and grape vines. They have new flower gardens and have cut down many dead trees. They also have chickens and are planning to get a goat or two. They moved here from Minot and Edward works for BNSF. Their original residence was Montana. Tammy retired from her job as a currier bringing packages to this area for many years. She loved the area and was looking for a place like this on her travels.
Their hobbies include gardening and yard work. They were hard at the yard work when we arrived. We can’t wait to see all their plans for their property take shape – they have a good start to say the least!
Sleeping in? Not for these 11 grade kids that are taking part in the 21st Century School Program. this is the 4th year for the program that is an after school program and extended into the summer. The 9am-12 noon program includes Monday baking for snacks for the week, reading, gardening, educational games, and observing holidays among other activities.
The program had to be moved to the Drake school this summer because of all the improvements being made at the Anamoose school (see previous blog). Instructors are 3rd grade teacher Karissa Gahner, 2nd grade teacher Brittany Bromley, 1st grade teacher Julie Fahy and teacher’s aid Kristin Reinowski who just finished her first year at Mayville State College. Deb Reinowski is a volunteer who provides the space and time. When I arrived at her farm she was explaining how to hill the potatoes so they don’t poke out and turn green and what tools to use in the garden. The plan for the morning was to hill, weed, pick radishes, and lettuce and dead head the flowers.
One of the 2 huge gardens had rows of perennial flowers intermingled with the vegetable rows. Seeds are furnished by NDSU Seed Trial. Deb has to fill out the paper work for the trials. New seeds this year are kale, pole beans, red sweet corn, and Scarlet Runner beans that are flowers as well as edible beans.
I had heard they were putting new linoleum at the school, but when I went there today I found all kinds of activity. I first hunted for Tom’s Home Furnishing’s flooring crew.
Ryan Engen, Quincy Marchand & Randy Vetter
Randy Vetter, and his crew of 5 from Harvey are putting linoleum down in all the classrooms and halls. They started on Monday, June 8th and figure it will be 6 weeks before they are done. The crew consists of Randy Vetter (Flooring Technician), Derek McClintock, Ryan Engen, Quincy Marchand, and (not pictured) Spencer Marchand, and Brent Wagner.
Tan Blueprint commercial vinyl
In the north school section I found the H. A. Thompson & sons crew that is installing new unit ventilators, air conditioning, temp controls, and boiler pumps. All the school rooms except the office, gym and shop will have a heating and air conditioning unit. This project will take several weeks.
Crew boss Marc Beyer of Minot
(left) Weston Grade from south of Drake & Kasey Boucher from Drake
As I was ready to leave the north end I came upon the new Anamoose grade principal Melissa Melaas painting her office. Now that is a good way to get the color you want!
Before I left I quizzed Superintendent Steve Heim on the new school addition. The school board just voted to add a new Day Care and PreK. The 50×30 addition will be on the east where the buses are now parked and will match the old school. Heringer Lumber got the bid and Becker Construction will put the building up. Plans are to start construction in the fall, but the plumbing and heating can’t be done till later.
(Back row)Mark, Bryan, Sharon, Ken, Robert, Dennis(Front row) Lisa, Lawrence, Tillie, Donna
Sunday I was invited to Lawrence Reinowski’s 90th birthday celebration at his daughter Donna English’s home east of Harvey. All 8 children and 12 of their 15 grandchildren were able to attend.
Lawrence has farmed ever since he was old enough to work in the field plowing with horses. Lawrence and Tillie will be married 60 years in October.
There are 4 other Anamoose citizens that are 90 and older. Hope I have them all. David Gienger had his 90th birthday May 26th. Connie Rudnick posted his birthday on Facebook and there were 109 birthday wishes. Since retiring from farming for himself he has helped Richard Bartz. David lives in the Anamoose Housing.
Mary Dockter is 92 years old. She still makes quilts with neckties sewn onto background squares. Her family furnished her with the neckties..
Ruth Ammon turned 90 March 17th. She still is active with yard work, making quilts with her daughter Merilly, and helps her daughter Connie at the café. Ruth said that her 18 grandchildren will get quilts this year.
Matt Sieg is 93 years old. He farmed east of Anamoose, but now lives in the Anamoose Housing with his wife Helen. He still goes out most days to help his son Tom.
All 5 of this 90 and older group have lived in the Anamoose area all their lives.
Sorry, but I made a big error! David Gienger is 94. I knew that too, but my typing finger didn’t connect with my brain.
Anamoose will have its first Old Settler’s Days on August 14-16celebrating our German, Russian, & Slavic Heritage on Friday,August 14-Sunday, August 16. This is sponsored by MainStreams to raise funds for restoring the 1909 Historic Bank. A committee is working to plan for this 3 day event and have come up with the following ideas:
- Dinner Theatre comedy depicting the early 1900’s ‘way’ of “Finding a Wife”.
- Early 1900’s carnival activities and atmosphere
- German-Russian Breakfast & Scandinavian Breakfast
- Early crafters demonstrations: spinning, candle making, blacksmithing, carrier pigeons, more
- Pioneer Parade
- Ethnic foods and baked goods for sale
- Petting Zoo and Lasso Spinning for youngsters
- Much more
Contact BHelmLake@gondtc.com or go to http://www.anamoose.com for more information.