Food Hub Progress

I made a visit to the Farmtastic Heritage Foods Hub yesterday to see how the work is progressing.  Took a picture of owner Mirek Petrovic & Troy Barrington in front of the newly painted walls with the distressed paneling.

Wood looking porcelain  tile has been laid on the floor with radiant heat beneath.  The ceiling has been lowered 2 feet, & 4 feet in the kitchen.

LED energy-efficient lights have been used throughout.  Ten LED inserts in the ceiling only use as much wattage as 1 light bulb.

In the kitchen fiberglass washable paneling has been installed & porcelain tile laid diagonally on the floor.  Four ovens have been purchased & Mirek stated they will have more ovens.

In the large handicapped bathroom Julia Petrovic has used paint & sponges  to create an interesting design on the walls.

In the basement walls were moved around & ceilings lowered to provide a large area for packaging products.  The same washable panels are being put up on the walls.  They have framed a walk in cooler & a fermenting room.  This is a picture of the radiant heating system for the main floor.

In the future a conveyor belt will to be installed over part of the back basement steps so cartons of food can easily be transported to the basement.

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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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