Hundreds Volunteer in Anamoose


Station set up to fill bags

Station set up to fill bags

The Anamoose-Drake School was full of people on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday when hundreds of volunteers showed up to pack meals for a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) project.  Volunteers came from as far as Powers Lake and Fargo: the equivalent of 568 volunteers with some working several 2 hour shifts.

Four 2 hour shifts of 120 people each shift filled bags with food at stations set up throughout the gym.  Two people alternated putting the bags under  large funnel.  The first ingredient was 1 tbsp. of a golden fine powder that was a combination of 20 vitamins.  Next was my job: putting in 1 tbsp dehydrated potatoes and carrots.  This was followed with 1 cup soy and 1 cup rice  The bags were then weighed and more or less rice added as needed.  The bags were sealed and placed into boxes of 36 bags each.  Each bag supplies 6 meals for starving children.  The boxes of food are shipped to over 70 countries.

The idea of doing the project started with Kailey Lemer, a senior at Drake-Anamoose High School.  Kailey became interested in the FMSC project when she heard that her aunt helped with the project at her church in Beulah  Kailey belongs to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) who were interested in doing a large project.  Kailey and Joan Birdsell, Computer and Business teacher, organized the project and the FBLA students helped on Friday and Saturday.

Over $25,000 was also raised to pay for the ingredients which cost 22 cents per bag.  To raise money, letters were sent to churches and organizations; a Christmas concert and a spaghetti supper were held; and presentations were given at 10 churches to let people know about the project.  The goal of 100,000 meals was exceeded to a whopping 108,864.

FMSC is a nonprofit organization that is based in Minneapolis, MN.  A semi truck brought 3 workers, and all the supplies and equipment.  One of the workers presented a video and some information about the food project. We learned from the video that nutrition is a huge factor in academic success; medical problems drop significantly when children are fed and 90% of the donations go to paying for the food, with 5% overhead and 5% fundraising.

At noon the Nu Alpha Homemakers from Anamoose served sloppy joys, salads, chips and desserts to the FBLA students.

I thought this was an excellent way to get young people-and old people like me-involved in volunteer work.  The project was very well-organized thanks to Kailey and Joan.

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And It Snowed and Snowed and Snowed!

Anamoose Housing

Anamoose Housing

Even us old-timers don’t remember this kind of weather in the past. -3 snow storms already by Christmas & snow piled so high you wonder where more snow can go.  Jacque Reis, who lives in the southeast apartment of the Anamoose Housing, says she can finally see the top of the flag pole out her window.  Is the snow melting or settling?

I was stranded in Bismarck till Thursday(4 days after Christmas).  Bismarck got 12.5 inches of snow.  Seeing all the snow here I think we got that much too.  I talked to a farmer who has kept track of the snowfall and he figures that we have had about 45 inches so far.

northwest corner of park

northwest corner of park

The city clean up crew consisted of Mike Schmaltz, Brady Schmaltz and Mickey Schmaltz.  From the looks of the streets they did a great job.  There were many volunteers that opened up peoples driveways if they did not have snow blowers.

My Christmas decorations buried in snow

my-christmas-dec-in-snowI have two more decorations that can’t even be seen, plus a Christmas Laser light that I have uncovered 4 times and now I can’t even figure out where to dig for it.

This morning the weatherman predicts 2-4 inches of snow in 2 days.  And it is only 10 days into winter!

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2016 AACF Cash Raffle

The Anamoose Area Community Foundation had their 5th annual cash raffle with the drawing on Sunday, December 4th at the Anamoose Senior Brunch.  Winners were from many communities, even from as far as Cheney, WA.

Towner tied Anamoose for the most winners from a community.

Darlene Carpenter, Towner

Darlene Carpenter, Towner

aacf-winnersElaine Miller and Brandt Jenner were the winners of a $100 ticket.  The Harvey Eagles sold tickets for us and when Norma Martin stopped to check on sales there were 3 tickets left. Elaine bought one, Brandt bought the second one and they tossed dice for the third winning ticket.  Elaine ended up paying for the ticket, but shared her winnings with Brandt.

Joe and Rose Weninger sold 23 of the 50 books of raffle tickets.  They have sold the most tickets every year.

Following are the cash raffle winners:

  1.  $550  Dixie Friesen, Riverdale
  2. $250  Al Hausken, Anamoose
  3. $100  Bobby Martin, Martin
  4. $50    Phyllis Peiler, Anamoose
  5. $150  Warren Zakapyko, Balfour
  6. $50   June Burgard, Towner
  7. $100 Woody’s Repair, Harvey
  8. $100 Helen Lehmann, Towner
  9. $50   Brenda Reimche, Martin
  10. $100 Brandy Jenner & Elaine Miller, Harvey Eagles
  11. $250 Tyler Macfi, Cheney, WA
  12. $50   Brad Lageson, Anamoose
  13. $100 Joel Doubek, Anamoose
  14. $50   Darlene Carpenter, Towner
  15. $50   Tina Berndt, Towner
  16. $200 Ronda Carpenter, Towner
  17. $50   Ann Balk, Sawyer
  18. $150 Doris Johnson, Rapid City, SD
  19. $50   David Liuska, Wing
  20. $50   Marjorie Kleinsasser, Fessenden


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Welcoming the Hoke family

pam-and-ron-4I visited yesterday with a very friendly couple, Ron and Pam Hoke, who bought Jerry and Barbara Helm’s house.  They moved here November 6th from 50 miles south of Pittsburg, PA.  They just retired in October.  Ron has been an asphalt and stone truck driver for 15 years.  Prior to that time he worked for Lenox Crystal Glass plant till it closed in 2001.  Ron had a skilled position as a “stem puller”.  Pam showed me the type of stemmed glassware Ron had made with special tools.

Pam was an accountant at GE.  She had also worked for Lenox Crystal -mainly in purchasing.

When I asked why they came to Anamoose I was not surprised to hear their answer “Because of the kids” and to hear them talk of their grandson Dylan (Heath and Theresa’s son), who live in Anamoose.  Ron remarked “We might make the Guinness World Records-everyone retiring goes south to stay warm”.  At below 0 temps yesterday it was anything but warm here.

Besides Health, Ron and Pam have an older son Brian and his 12 year old son, Zander, in Pennsylvania.

Ron and Pam are dog lovers and they have their third black lab 2 1/2 year old  Katie.  “She’s the queen”.

Pam likes to bake, do “crafty things” and tole painting (painting on wood).  Ron loves to hunt deer and probably will also hunt ring necks and geese next year.  He may even have to  learn to fish with Heath.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All

For all…Thanksgiving
For the peace and promise of a sunrise.
The quickening of breath that comes when we take in the beauty of our surroundings.
For the mystery and humility of daring to see how we are all connected.
For the opportunity, over and over again, to choose joy.
For waking up every day to the unknown and the courage to walk into that day.
For loved ones and the trusted few for whom we dare to be truly seen.
For the ones we touch and those who touch us never knowing the grace exchanged.
For teachers and wise companions who shed light on our path.
For seasons of sun and rain and bountiful harvest.
For the reprieve of winter stillness.
For the wild ones with whom we share this earth, those we see and those we never will.
For the connection beyond words of beloved fur companions who purr and bound
and know when to sit upon or offer soft fur to lean against.
For giving and receiving.
For doors opened and walls broken down by the simple and spiraling depths of love.
For Belonging…
to ourselves, to one another, to the world

From Chris Heeter

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eddie-2The “Welcome Committee”of Alyce Heer and Mardi Helm visited the home of Edwena Masseth on 11/05/16.  She comes to Anamoose from Bismarck and she moved to be near her Daughter who resides in Drake.  She is retired and the only current hobby she has is propagating plants from cuttings.  Please welcome her to our city when you see her around.

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Anamoose on the Move

I started to think back on all the improvements in Anamoose over the years, and there have been many.  In 2006-2008 Anamoose was in the Horizons program, a community leadership program to reduce poverty.  Along with 21 other North Dakota communities, Anamoose finished the 18 month program in June, 2008 with “the wedding of Joe and Ana-Moose”.  that was when Ana was added to the Anamoose welcome sign.joe-ana-sign-for-brochure

The biggest and most expensive improvement was paving our streets.  It is great to see kids and adults alike out skate boarding, riding bikes, running, and walking.  I certainly don’t miss raking gravel out of my grass in the spring, and cleaning my windows every time we had a wind from the east.  In addition, the City Council purchased a Skid Steer in 2015 that has attachments for snow removal, snow pushing, a broom  and bucket that have helped with maintaining our new paved streets year round.

Three years ago the Anamoose City Council also purchased new spray equipment to be mounted in the box of the city truck; and, hired Brady Schmaltz to spray the city for mosquitoes at least once a week.  This has made working outside and in yards so much more pleasant, especially in the evenings.

A new business on Main Street, the FARMtastics Heritage food Hub, will open next year.  The old post office on Main Street has been undergoing a complete renovation to accommodate the many aspects of the food hub.  USDA-Rural Development awarded a grant to renovate the building, as did the ND Dept of Commerce-APUC (Agricultural Product Utilization Commission).  This being the first and only food hub in North Dakota, the USDA-Rural Development is especially excited to be a part of this project in

What is a food hub?  A food hub is a regional/state location to which small growers bring their vegetables, fruits, and berries to be aggregated (gathered together) to be sold as larger lots to restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, and other related locations.  This aggregation enables small growers throughout the area/region/state to sell their limited amounts of produce at better prices than what they are able to charge at farmer’s markets.  Smaller growers also will be encouraged as a result of this service to expand their production to increase their profits.  The benefit to Anamoose itself, will not only be increased tax revenue; but, also the opportunity to purchase a wide array of fresh produce locally.  During the winter months, the food hub will process left over fruits and vegetables to sell on line as dry soups, syrups, jams, goat cheese, and many other items.

Two other businesses have been started.  Spear Point Arms was just started in September.  Scott and Rachel Spear buy and sell guns and do gun transfers. (See previous blog.)    The other business,  Helm Flying Agronomy, located north of town on Main Street ; was opened in 2011.  In September,2015, the business was sold to Farmers Union Oil-Anamoose. A new seed treatment was added in 2015.  Tony Martin is the

The Arthur Company expanded their business by building a new Agronomy Center on Highway 52 east of Anamoose.  See Announces for article on open house on September 7,2014.agronomy-centerThey also added a 285,000 bushel bin in Anamoose in the summer of 2015.

A Renaissance Zone was  adopted by the City Council a few years ago.  The Renaissance Zone requires an application and approval by the City Council to give a tax break to new businesses as well as homes needing repairs that are located within the 8 block area surrounding  downtown.

Many new Christmas decorations have been purchased by the Civic Club and the City Council.  Maurie Becker has been the chairman for this project of replacing old decorations and adding more to the side streets where he has built hangers for the light poles.  In addition, he has built storage hangers in the City Maintenance building which keeps the decorations in stable and clean condition-off-season.

new-playground-equipment  The Park Board held many fund raising events and wrote grants over the last 3 years to raise the money for new playground equipment in the park.    Four old cottonwood trees were removed and the area leveled.  The equipment was dedicated at the Fall Festival on September 17,2016.

daycare-2With the death of Pat Jund who operated a day care in Anamoose for many years, the town was left without a much needed daycare.  The Anamoose School stepped up, requested and was awarded USDA funds to build a new Little Raiders Day Care on the northeast end of the Elementary School, which opened in the fall of 2015.

New Anamoose Welcome signs have been installed north, south on Highway 14, and east on Highway 52.  Last year the landscaping in front of the south entrance welcome sign was redone.

The Anamoose Job Development Authority (JDA), an economic development organization, was activated again and meets monthly.  They have a Revolving Loan Grant from USDA of $99,500 to give in low interest loans to parties who are interested in starting a business or expanding an existing business.

The Anamoose Area Community foundation (AACF) that was started with money from participating in the Horizons program now has total assets of $192,899.  They have given out 34 grants for a total of $42,853 since 2008.

fire-hallA new fire hall was built on the northwest end of Main Street in 2007.  They have about 25 members, with Jeff Lemer as Fire Chief.

Beautification is being promoted.  The City Council adopted ordinances related to keeping yards mowed, trimmed, and free of junk.  It also monitors the applications of these ordinances; and, provides a large dumpster for items that can’t be picked up during regular garbage pickup.  This is part of the Spring Clean-up Week sponsored by the City every May, as well as a Saturday during clean-up week to pick up dead appliances and other metal objects as a service to the town residents.  The council also paid for hanging baskets and large pots of flowers every summer; the Civic Club assisting with this expense.purple-petunia-ot

Local businesses sponsor a recycle trailer that receives plastic, paper and cardboard for recycling by HAV-IT in Harvey.  In addition, a 20″ x 10″ grass/leaves compost site was built on the north end of Anamoose to encourage residents to use, rather than making weekly trips to the land dump west of town.

The classic old city fire truck was purchased by the Council so it can be used to water trees, flood the skating rink, and flush the sewer system on a regular basis.  In 2014, the sewer lines were flushed for the first time in many years.  A new lawn mower is co-owned by the park board and the city.

Our water supply was changed to Rural Water about 2008-2009 when it became clear a major updating of our treatment plant was needed.  Now the city no longer has to pay the maintenance expense. 

Remodeling of the 1909 Historic Bank will soon be commenced after receiving a $218,642 grant from USDA-Rural Development.  The building will be leased upon completion as the 1909 Steakhouse & Saloon.

1909 Historic Bank

1909 Historic Bank

A Home Rule Charter was sought and passed during the primary election in June, 2008.  This charter established a 1% sales tax that is used primarily for infrastructure, snow removal, and other city maintenance expenses.

Several years ago the Anamoose Park Board raised money to put up 100 Fallen Veterans Memorial plaques on light posts about Anamoose.  The veterans were mainly from World War I and II.  The Park Board still has over 50 plaques yet to purchase.

About 3 years ago garages were added to the south side of the Anamoose Housing Complex.  There is room for 8 vehicles.  Esther Doubek remarked “We are all real happy as we don’t have to scrape our windows in the winter”.

Trees have been removed and many new ones planted as I have blogged about recently.

Other projects that were started with the Horizons program and have continued are:  this blog and the Anamoose webs site, a monthly calendar now published by Jacque Reis, welcoming of all new residents, welcome package for hunters, lots and homes for sale listed on the web site, Market in the Park, Sunday Brunch at the Anamoose Senior Center the first Sunday of each month, and the skating rink was moved to north of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and is flooded annually by the city.

I have no doubt forgotten some; I’m sure new ones will be added; and I am sure that we will continue with other projects in the future.







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