Meet Chris Miiller and his children who have moved to Anamoose

Christ Miiller & kidsChris and his children have been in Anamoose for several months now and the Welcome gals have been on vacation so we are just getting around to welcoming them.

Chris has 3 children: Zachary (15), Cayden (10) and Makayla (7).  They attend the Anamoose/ Drake schools.

Chris is the janitor at the Anamoose/Drake school.  His job and available housing brought him to Anamoose.  He likes to work on cars, fish and hunt for hobbies.  He comes to us from Drake.

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Monthly Birthday Get Together

standing left to right: Alyce Heer, LaDonna Goodwin, Janice Buchholz, Linda Dusek, Barb Martin. Sitting: Dorothy Peerboom, Mardi Helm, Shirley Nitz

standing left to right: Alyce Heer, LaDonna Goodwin, Janice Buchholz, Barb Zuther,  Linda Dusek, Barb Martin. Sitting: Dorothy Peerboom, Mardi Helm, Shirley Nitz

Every month at 8:30am a bunch of us women get together at the café to celebrate the birthday gals for the month.

This morning we tried to remember how long we have been doing this.  Connie Rudnick said she owned the café for 11 years & it was started before that.  It started out as a bunch of women that went to the café at 8am for coffee & finding out the latest news.

We take turns for who is in charge of arranging for the birthday coffee.  Connie decorates the table & serves many different desserts.  Today we had a choice of lemon or cherry cake made by her daughter Katie.

Just one of the benefits of living in a small town!

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Christmas Eve Terror

Christmas Eve morning wasn’t a typical Christmas Eve for Mike & Connie Rudnick when they awoke to find the house south of them on fire.

burned house-frontConnnie woke up at 1:43am to a swooshing sound.  Mike mostly heard a popping sound which they later decided was the nails popping out of the siding on the south side of their house.

When they looked out they discovered that the Ralph Volson house just south of their home was engulfed in flames.  They immediately called 911 & helped their daughter, Mindy,& their grandchildren, get to safety.

The Fire Department had the fire out by 5:30am, but the house was badly damaged.  The Fire Marshall & 2 McHenry County Sheriff deputies investigated the fire & are treated the fire as a criminal investigation.  The house has been empty for a year & was listed for sale with Century 21.

mike and connie's houseThe siding & insulation on the Rudnick house was melted & bubbled.


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A Solstice Blessing

I received the following in an email message today and wanted to share its beauty with all of you. There is a pause now this quiet Solstice time before light slowly lengthens. The temptation, to count the days. To hold our … Continue reading

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Light Up The Town

Tis the Season to make merry and that’s christmas tree in parkwhat kids of all ages did in Anamoose Sunday the 6th. Everyone gathered in the City Park around a beautiful Christmas tree waiting for the official lighting. The City Park was again filled with the sounds of the season, children and adults all waiting for the lights to go on and for the tree to be beautifully dressed for Christmas.

Earlier in the week, Wednesday, December 2nd the elementary kids were given a hayride to the park from their classrooms at school so they could add their special touch to decorating the tree. The tree was donated by a generous benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The kids always do a great job decorating the tree with ornaments they have made. This year ornaments were also sold to the public to personalize and hang on the tree. Lawrence Bartz and his son, Mark were on hand to provide hayrides to everyone wanting to see the lighted homes around town.  The Park Board Team does a wonderful job of engaging and including everyone in all the fun.

In November, homeowners were invited to participate in a holiday lighting contest, and on December 6th the homes were judged by non-resident judges and winners were announced at the Soup ‘n’ Sandwich supper following the festivities in the park.

IMG_1079After the tree was aglow and the air picked up a chill everyone headed to the Anamoose Senior Center for Soup ‘n’ Sandwich Supper and bars of every description for dessert. There was hot coffee and tea to warm up and lemonade for those of different taste. Santa was there for pictures and Christmas wishes.

The team of judges sent out to determine the lighting contest winners returned with their results: 1st Place – Ted & Tammy Mertz, 2nd Place – Joe & Rose Weninger, 3rd Place – Jason Mann & Kim Meckle. There was also a raffle for a decorative snowman table topper, winner – Nancy Bartz.

 As Kim Meckle, Park Board member, stepped to the mike to thank all that came to enjoy the fun, she also announced a new Park Board member, Theresa Hoke.  Welcome aboard!

matt with toyTo top the night off, Matt Rudnick brought some samples of his wonderful woodworking talents to share with everyone.  As people gathered around to look at the fine detail and the workmanship, Matt seemed pleased with the interest in his efforts.  He answered questions and demonstrated working parts of his creations with pride.

All and all it was a good time in Anamoose Saturday night!

Thank You Park Board Team!

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Anamoose JDA

(left)Kevin Reinowski, Bonnie Dockter, Mike Borgen, Ted Mertz, Frank Ewert (chairman), Alyce Heer, & Mike Rudnick

(left)Kevin Reinowski, Bonnie Dockter, Mike Borgen, Ted Mertz, Frank Ewert (chairman), Alyce Heer, & Mike Rudnick

Anamoose JDA recently received two USDA Rural Development grants and became the fiscal sponsor of a ND Dept. of Commerce grant all totaling close to $225,000.

The first is a grant to renovate the former Sally’s Upholstery (or Old Post Office) building on Main Street just south of the new Fire Hall and north of the Anamoose Café and Bakery. The Anamoose JDA owns this building now and will renovate it to be used as a food hub…in the fact the first food hub in North Dakota.

What is a food hub? One of the highest priorities of the US Secretary of Agriculture, as well as the USDA, a food hub makes it possible for small growers to grow organically and sell their produce locally and regionally, which makes “Grow Local, Shop Local, Eat Fresh” possible. The Anamoose FARMtastic Food Hub will buy local/regional produce, fruits, and berries; aggregate them to make them more saleable in bulk; and market these produce, fruits, and berries to local/regional grocery stores, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and others.

The USDA food hub grant of $72,030 will allow the JDA to completely gut the building, update and/or move plumbing, electrical, and heating systems; replace the furnace and water heater; insulate, sheetrock, and paint; replace doors and windows; install new ceilings and floorings; and divide the main floor into a main sales area, a small bakery and afternoon coffee area, and large commercial kitchen. In the basement, a walk-in cooler will be installed along with cool storage areas. The second story, formerly one bedroom apartments, has been gutted but is not included under any of these grants.

The JDA also became the fiscal sponsor for a ND Department of Commerce grant of $52,900 to completely outfit the food hub’s commercial kitchen including with a commercial dehydrator. This space will be a certified kitchen and available to the public to use for canning, freezing, dehydrating, catering, and much more.

The second USDA grant of $99,500 provides the Anamoose JDA with a Revolving Loan Fund to make loans to new or existing entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand a business in Anamoose. More information about this benefit will be provided in another article soon.

A fourth grant is being sought to make the food hub building, restroom, and parking area handicapped accessible. Bonnie Helm, Anamoose resident, is providing her writing expertise on a volunteer consultant basis through her business: B. Helm Consulting & Grantwriting Services, LLC, which she has owned and operated for the past 30 years.

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Christmas is Coming

xmas decorationIt’s so nice to walk around Anamoose in the early am & after 5-6pm to see all the Christmas street lights & homes lit up.

The Civic Club has decorated Main Street with Christmas lights for many years, but this year they put up over 40 lights all over Anamoose.  They have purchased 10 new lights each of the last 2 years.

Maurie Becker is in charge of the Christmas lights, but he had a large able crew this year-Mike Schmaltz, Mike Rudnick, Brady Schmaltz, Lydell Martin, Brad Fletschock & Bill Vetsch.  When you see them remember to thank them.  As the sign on Main Street says:volunteer sign

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