AACF Has New Sign on Main Street

sign AACFThe Anamoose Area Community Foundation has a new sign on Main St., made by Midwest Graphics.  We now have raised $200,000 since 2008 with our goal for 2015 at $10,000.  This fund is professionally managed by the North Dakota Community Foundation.

Each year we have given out 4% in grants to non-profit organizations in the area.  This year we have given out $7900 that supports projects or programs that work to improve our community & quality of life.

We are presently selling tickets on a cash raffle. For a $10 ticket you have 20 chances to win between $50 & $550.  The drawing will be 10:30 am Sunday December 6th  at the Anamoose Senior Center Brunch.  Tickets can be purchased at the bank or from AACF members:  Rose Weninger, Joe Weninger, Shirley Nitz, Phyllis Zimmerman, Dick Hauser, Norman Martin, Julie Fahy, or Alyce Heer.


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A Double Celebration

A large crowd gathered Saturday evening to help Bill & Shirley Nitz celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary & 100 years of the Nitz farmstead.  A beef dinner was served by Jackie & Dean Martin.shirley & bill with cakescake

Bill & Shirley were married November 6,1965 at St. Francis Xavier church, Anamoose.  They have 2 sons, Scott (Kim) & Kelly (Chris), both of Harvey, & 1 daughter, Marla (Rick) of Velva & 8 grandchildren.

The event took place at their new 70 by 60 ft. shop/storage building that was just competed by Becker Construction.  The steel building has an electrically  heated floor as well as a propane heater, so it is nice & comfortable when they work on their machinery in the winter.

The farmstead was purchased by Frank Nitz who came from Nassau, Minnesota, 100 years ago.  The 5th generation is now involved in the farming, as several of the grandsons help in the summer.

There was a yellow upholstered chair sitting in the shop area.  When I asked Kelly about it he said he brought it to the farm to be thrown out, but his dad saw it & brought it into the shop.  Bill likes to sit there, relax, & watch the boys work.  Now that is a way to enjoy retirement!

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Halloween in Anamoose

I took pictures of a few of the cute Halloween costumes that I saw at my front door on Saturday evening.  halloween outfit 1halloween outfit 2halloween outfit 3

Jacque Reis told me today that in the late 40s & into the 50s the gym on Main Street (building west of Post Office) was used on Halloween night for games  & contests.  The kids would first go to the stores to get treats & then the whole family would go to the gym for the evening.  One favorite games was kids doing  possum dancing, where they would follow the leader through the crowd. “Kiss the Frog” was a popular booth where if you kissed the person in costume you got a prize.  Most of the time this was a witch.  Tickets were bought at the door that could be used for different booths & games  The older people would sit up in the balcony where they could see all that was going on.  Very few kids  went to the  homes for tricks & treats.

zakJacque Reis’s dog, Zak, had absolutely the best time with handing out candy.  He loves kids & does his little tricks for those that come to the door.

Halloween is increasingly a time to put costumes on your pets.  “Dogs are the new kids” says Robb Horem, owner of Dog Savvy.  $330 million is spent at Halloween for pet costumes, and $350 million for kids & adult costumes.



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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  The Park Board was awarded another grant from the North Dakota Community Foundation.  Lori Schmaltz and Torrie Dosch were on hand to accept a check for $5000.00 from … Continue reading

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When I was cleaning out a drawer yesterday I came across a paper that listed our 29 accomplishments in 2006-2008 when we were in the Horizons Program.  This program  was an 18 month community leadership program aimed at reducing poverty in small rural communities.  I would like to share with you the impressive list of 29 accomplishments in 2 years.

  • Anamoose Area Community Foundation-started with the $10,000 we received from participating in the program.
  • Brunch at Anamoose Sr. Center first Sunday of month
  • Welcome packages for new residents and hunters
  • Community garden
  • Farmers Market
  • Improved cell phone service
  • Dock at Antelope Lake
  • Exercise classes, craft classes and BP clinic at Sr. Center
  • Home rule
  • Main Street beautification–
    • Buildings painted on Main St.
    • Pam Heim painted windows of old grocery store
    • 4 flower pots placed on corners
    • Fences put between several buildings
    • Fall decorations on light poles.
  • Computer classes-Intermediate and Excel
  • Anamoose brochure
  • Blog site started
  • Joe & Ana wedding and first anniversary celebrations
  • Dock put up on Antelope Lake
  • Location of Skating Rink moved to southwest corner
  • Happy Feet
  • Community calendar
  • Sent out Christmas letters promoting our community
  • First woman on city board
  • Recycling bins
  • Involved kids with first Pumpkin contest
  • Improved Anamoose website
  • Worked on getting rid of old and diseased trees
  • Clean up of community
  • Added Ana to Anamoose sign
  • Promoted Anamoose with articles in papers.
  • Three committees set up: communications, housing and recruit, retain and new businesses.
  • Renaissance zone started.

Since that we have paved our streets which was a huge accomplishment.

I took a couple of pictures of fall decorations to show that people still take pride in their yards and communities.  A saying that I read a while back is a good slogan for Anamoose-“Give us a look, you’ll see the difference”.

Joe & Rose Weninger

Joe & Rose Weninger

Calvin & Mardi Helm

Calvin & Mardi Helm

Bill & LaDonna Goodwin

Bill & LaDonna Goodwin



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Congratulations Mike!

Mike Schmaltz was the first place winner in the first Minot Berry Acres Pumpkin Patch weigh off.  Mike’s pumpkin weighed 589.5 lbs.  It beat the second place winner, Carter Tengesdal from Westhope by 4 lb.

Mike with pumpkin

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Winner of MainStreams Quilt Raffle

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Karen Morrison from Robinson, ND was the happy winner of the MainStreams quilt raffle.  The drawing was Sunday, August 16th at the Old Settlers Days, but her brother just picked up the quilt this past week.  I received a thank … Continue reading

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