Brad Wagner, Manager of New 1909 Steakhouse

Brad Wagner and sister Beth Housh

Brad Wagner was born and raised in Jamestown, ND.  At the age of 16 he started his first job as a dishwasher at one of the city’s fine dining steakhouses, WagonMasters Restaurant and Lounge.  At the end of his junior year, he began cooking and did so for another 11 years until the establishment closed.  He worked closely under the supervision of Jeff Kundert, the head chef, during his time there and learned a large portion of his culinary knowledge because of him.  He attributes much of his success to Jeff and would not be where he is today without his mentoring.

After WagonMasters closed, he accepted a position at Perkin’s Family Restaurant for several years-learning valuable aspects of management from the owner, Chris Mikkelson, as well as a vast amount of skill being a breakfast cook.  It was there that he and a co-worker, Kyle Kukowski, decided to branch out on their own and give entrepreneurship a try.  In October of 2013 they moved to Maddock, ND and were the original operators of Harriman’s Restaurant and the Bobcat Bar.

After a year, Brad choose to go out on his own and left Harriman’s.  For a time, he searched for another suitable place, where he chose LaMoure, ND.   He purchaserd the old Wanda’s Place and began  renovation.  He officially opened Cornerstone Grub & Pub in January of 2016, although the kitchen waan’t complete.  During the kitchen construction, a board member from Maddock reached out to him and inquired about returning to Harriman’s to help as the other tenant was leaving and the town had no other candidates.  Brad of course said yes because of how much he loved Maddock and all who lived there.  So, while the kitchen was beinig built, he moved up North once again and operated Harriman’s for the second time around.  When a replacement  was found, he moved back to LaMoure and launched a full menu.

After almost 3 years, and with a heavy heart, Brad chose to close Cornerstone due to extreme lack of qualified workers.  It was impossible to continue without help and all possibilities  were exhausted.  It was during this transition he was contacted by a city council member in the tiny town of Hague, ND.  After much deliberaton he decided to give it a shot as he never ran a small-town cafe before, and it may prove fulfilling.

In October of 2018, he re-opened The Hague Cafe.  It took off very well with his creative dishes that the area was not used to having, and he managed to build quite the following from other areas.  It also encouraged him to go outside of his comfort zones culinary-wise and try new things that this German Russian community was wanting.  The pros of his time there were how he made himself grow as a cook and he added another variety of cuisine to his resume.  When asked to reflect, he said he was fortunate to have the opportunity and the people were very nice, though when it came down to it, most just wanted pie and coffee and a burger here and there and “that’s just not me”.

In spring of 2019, Cheryl Linardon, city auditor of Anamoose, reached out to Brad about the steakhouse project.  Brad decided to make a visit and liked the progress he saw.  He was mostly impessed with the story of how they didn’t want another historic building demolished and so chose to restore it.  Rather than tear down they wanted to build up and it reminded him a lot of Maddock.  Their vision was a steakhouse with a small bar and that lined up perfectly with his roots.  He had never operated a steakhouse since his time at WagonMasters, decades ago, and that was truly his passion.

After meeting with the Job Development Authority of Anamoose many times, he was chosen as the candidate and accepted.  It was a tough wait as the construction process fell behind by 10 weeks, though it was worth it now as the place is taking off quite well.

He says the menu is ever-changing and this first one is a “test run” to see how the patrons respond to the dishes.  He does a different special each day that is not offered on the core menu and will be creating  new options all the time.  For now, he’s featuring 5 different fresh-cut steaks, his secret recipe hand-pattied burgers, melts, wraps, salads, sandwiches, seafood, in-house smoked ribs, pastas with made from scratch sauces and a few desserts.

His sister, Beth Housh, has decided to relocate to help him run the 1909 Steakhouse.  Brad says,”She compliments me to almost every degree.  Her work ethic is amazing, and her skills and imagination have no limit.  She will be integral in certain parts of the business where I can’t dedicate a lot of time to.  She will excel in all areas though her focus will be on the front-of-the -house while mine is in the back.”

Brad is very grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to serving this community and it’s many surrounding areas for a long time to come.




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A Main Street Project Completed

Historic 1909 bank- June, 2019


Open House


After many years of planning, the 1909 Steakhouse is now open for business.  The Open House for the 1909 Steakhouse was held on December  7th.  In spite of the bad weather there was a good crowd.  The official opening was December 11th.  The Steakhouse is open Monday-Thursdays 4-9pm, Friday and Saturday 4-10pm and Sunday 10-3pm.   Burgers and fries are served every Thursday evening.  The menu is on Facebook under 1909 steakhouse.

Brad Wagner is the owner/general manager.  He has such a long resume that I have decided to put it as a separate article..

Many years ago Bill  Davis of USDA stood on Main Street and told me that the historic bank shoud be made into a restaurant.  At the time this seemed like a pretty far fetched idea.  But in 2011 the historic bank building was purchased by 12 Anamoose citizens, the windows painted and curtains put up for the 100th Anamoose School Reunion. The group was called Save the Bank, but later decided to improve Main Street, and changed the name  to MainStreams.  A new roof was the first major improvement in 2011.

Bonnie Helm

Bonnie Helm, McHenry Co. Job Development Director, wrote several grants from USDA Rural Development with the first grant  of $218,460 in 2016 and the second for $67,866 in 2018.     Fundraisers were held throughout the years, including pinnocle tournaments; 4 Christmas Tour of Homes with soup, bread and dessert bar, 2011-2014; Christmas goodies sales; Christmas sunday brunch 2015;  dinner theatre 2015″ You Think My Tractor’s Sexy”; and suppers served at the Market in the Park.

MainStreams sold the bank to the Anamoose Economic Development Committee in 2016.  Andy Melton and his assistant Troy Barrington, Anamoose,  were hired to do the remodeling.  Keven Duchsherer, Drake, redid the front entrance.  He removed the entire front, rebuilt it, and restored it.

Dining area with safe at the east end

Door to the kitchen

east wall

Stairs to second bathroom

Handicapped entrance on north east side

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HAIR STUDIO 701 (submitted by Rose Weninger)

Hair Studio 701 officially opened for business on Friday, December 13.  Ashley Schmidt, owner and operator, has always dreamed of being able to open her own business and now her dream is a reality.  Hair Studio 701 is located on Main Street Anamoose.  Ashley received her degree from the Bismarck School of Cosmetology in 2009 and has been practicing ever since.  She was working at Hair Oasis in Drake but is excited to be able to have her own business in Anamoose where she lives, and her children attend school.  Hair Studio 701 is open for business Tuesday’s through Saturday.  Ashley can be reached for appointments by calling 701-399-9858 or can be messaged on either her personal Facebook page

Ashley Schmidt, owner & operator of Hair Studio 701

Mardi Helm, customer at Hair Salon 701

or her Business FB page: Hair Studio 701.

Ashley provides basic haircuts for all ages as well as highlights, Malibu treatments, tape in Hair Extensions, deep conditioners, and waxing.  Ashley has hair products availabe on hand but is also able to order products if they are not.

Ashley and her husband Josh live in Anamoose and have two children.

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Joe Weninger (left)  presenting $550 grant to Doug Rademacher

Eileen McDermott, AACF, drawing $550 winner

Doug Rademacher of Anamoose had a smile on his face when his name was drawn for the grand prize of $550.00 in this year’s AACF cash raffle drawing.  His wife Kathy purchased the ticket for him so hopefully he will share the money with her.

Only 500 tickets weere available and there were twenty chances to win.  All winnings were for cash with half the money collected in ticket sales being awarded in prize money.  Tickets were sold out two weeks bbefore the December 1st drawing.

Raffle winners are as listed:

Anamoose winners:  Doug Rademacher-$550; Pete Engen-$100; Lowell Dusek-$50; and Tory Martin-$50.

Donna Marthe accepting a $100 check from Rose Weninger (right) AACF.

Julie Schaan accepting $50 check

Larry Grossman (left) accepting $50 check from Joe Weninger.

Harvey winners: Bill Ongstad-$250; Mike Zwicker-$250; Nathan Keller-$200; Donna Marthe-$100; Larry Grossman-$50; Marlene Hoffart-$50′ Julie Schaan-$50; and Chad Ziegler-$50

Other area winners:  Miriam Smette, Towner-$150; Dean Beaudrie, Velva-$50; Diane Kwasigroch, Balfour-$100; Larry Zeeb, Goodrich-$50: and Cole Johnson, Minot-$50.

Out of state winners:  Danielle Marie Deyarmond, Ventura CA- $100; Mark Ripplinger, Camarillo CA-$150; and Don Martin, Bemidgi MN–$100.

Comgratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone who have been supportive in helping AACF achieve reaching their annual fund-raising goal of $$10,000.  Since origin in 2008 AACF has awarded over $66,000 to local non-profit projects.

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On Sunday, December 1st the Anamoose Area Community Foundation’s Vice President Joseph Weninger awarded six grants to area non-profit organizations at the Anamoose Senior Citizens Center.

Due to the bad roads a small crowd watched the awarding of the grnts.

The following grants were approved for the year 2019 by the AACF committee totaling $8,560.

  • $2,ooo- Anamoose School Playground Upgrades

    Steve Heim, Anamoose School Superintendent (right) accepting grant from Joe Weninger, Vice Pres

  • $1500-  Anamoose Ball Park Concession Stand

    Theresa Hoke, Anamoose Park Board,  accepting grant from Joe Weninger

  • $1500-  Tri-County Meal Services Nutrition Program

    Joe Weninger presenting Tri-County Meals grant to Bill Goodwin

  • $1500-  Anamoose Main Street Sidewalks

    Laurel Schnase accepting grant for city

  • $560-    Anamoose Main Street Flowerpots
  • $500-   McHenry Co. Historical Society Cement & Floor Heating


The Anamoose Area Community Foundation was established in 2008 and provides a method of receiving donatons to benefit nonprofit projects and programs in the Anamoose area.  The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Communitiy Foundation, which is a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakots Law.

Pat Sieg, AACF, read names of grant recipients.

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Drake-Anamoose Raiders 2019 6 Man Football State Champions by Becky Fletschock

In only their second year in the ND independent 6-man football league, the Drake-Anamoose Raiders took the State Championship title.  The ND state 6-man football league consists of 8 teams throughout the state and the Raiders football squad was very successful during the year.  Game scores during the season were as follows, win vs. Drayton 51-0; win vs.Central Staton 57-44; win vs Mandaree 61-20; win vs. Williston Trinity  45-0; win vs Alexander 40-6; and the Raiders received state-wide recognition in their scoreboard shattering 107-84 win vs. Midway-Minto.

Their record won them a spot in the state title game that was held at the Roughrider  Center in Watford City on Oct. 19th vs. # 2 ranked Center Staton.  The title game was a tough battle of size versus speed with many lead changes throughout the game.  The C-S Wildcats relied on running the ball with their larger size.  The Raiders utilized their quickness with multiple offensive threats and a balance of running and passing.  In the end it came down to the Raider’s Junior kicker, Cade Melaas’s ability to convert on their extra point attempts while the Raiders line blocked the Wildcats’ last attempt.  The quarter scores were, Qtr 1:Raiders 20-Wildcats 14; Qtr 2: Raiders 26, Wildcats 28; Qst 3: Raiders 56, Wildcats 48; and the final: Raiders 70, Wildcats 68.

The Raiders  at the end of the night, in front of a large, loud Drake-Anamoose fan section, brought home more than just the coveted State Championship title.  Head coach, Anthony Cook, received the Coach of the Year award.  The Raiders received an award for having the best record in the independent league season.  Lastly Sophomore Elijiah Nickelson, and Juniors Jaylee Brandt, Payton Martin, and Hunter Fletschock  were named to the 6-man All State team.  This capped off what will be a very memorable season in Raider footbsll history.

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What a Little Love Can Do

West side of house

It is very exciting to see the old 1915 “Ruth Helm home” being repaired, as it has sat empty for 4 years. At least that is what us older people remember it as.    There are 2 Victorian-like homes in Anamoose and both are undergoing renovation-this one needs major renovation inside and out, and the exterior of Bonnie Helm’s house is being repaired and painted.

The new owners are Rodney and Kathy Lund from Fargo.  Rod is a truck driver for Wise Way Trucking Monday-Friday and spends his weekends on restoring their home to much of the Victorian era style.  The main floor bathroom needs lots of work, as the floor and ceiling all need to be replaced.

Master bedroom with high ceilings.

bathroom cabinet

The house has 4 full bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs off the kitchen.  Rod stated that they may knock out the wall and make the kitchen larger.  All the floors are original hard wood and will be sanded and refinished.

The south door to the living room, the west entrance door and the door upstairs to the west are original doors with a etched design in the window.  They are from Amsterdam , the Netherlands.

Rod and Kathy are  well suited to the work they are doing on the house.  They remodeling  4 trailer homes that they purchased, updated and sold.  Rod restored antiques in Williston.  They moved to Phoenix,AZ for 10 years, to Fargo for 8 years and then in January, 2019 they moved to Anamoose.  When I asked why they came to Anamoose, one reply was “The house” and then I find out Kathy’s very best friend is Susan Evans, who lives with her brother, Mike Borgen on Main St.

Kathy did the interior decorating in the trailer homes.  She sewed curtains, painted and helped Rod in all the remodeling.  She likes to bake,cook, crochet and sew.  She mainly likes to make buns, Krumkake and lefse.

Kathy has 3 girls-2 living and Rod has a boy and a girl.  All their children are grown.  They have 13 grandkids-3 in Missouri, 3 in Williston, and 7 in Minnesota.  Their 5 great grand kids live in Missouri.

Rod talked of maybe putting a shop up where the small house to the north is. He would work on antiques and furniture, but his first job would be to refinish all their own wordwork.

To find out more history of the house I talked to Carmen Helm, who moved from the farm  with his parents, Chris and Ruth Helm in 1956.   He was very impressed with the house.   Gust Winterfeld built the house and also the blacksmith shop to the east.  Fred Brown was the blacksmith.  It was only heated by a small pot-bellied stove.  That was the only block that had a sidewalk all the way around it.

The house has a deep basement.  The door joists are made of cedar wood so there was were never bugs or spiders in the house.  All the rooms have 9-9 1/2 ft ceilings with no slanted ceilings.  All 4 bedrooms upstairs are full rooms with each having a closet.  The original chandelier hangs in the living room.

When Ruth Helm died in 2007, the house was purchased by Ted and Michelle Mormenstein and their 6 children.  It was then owned by Listers and one other couple., and sat empty for 4 years till the Lunds purchased it in January, 2019.

I found the Lunds to be a very friendly couple.  Kathy invited Phyllis Peiler and myself in to see their house when we were walking by and stopped to introduce ourselves.  They will have plenty of bedrooms and room for their grandkids to come and visit.


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