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 Anamoose.food-hub-painted

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 manager.farmers-union-oil-anamoose

The Arthur Company expanded their business by building a new Agronomy Center on Highway 52 east of Anamoose.  See http://www.anamoose.com-Anamoose 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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Fall Happenings in Anamoose 2016

A few changes have taken place in the last few months since I blogged in the spring.

spearpointScott and Rachel Spear have started a new business Spearpoint Arms.  They have obtained a federal firearms license to buy and sell guns and do gun transfers.  They carry no inventory, but do their business on an order basis.  For a 9-11am appointment Monday-Friday call 701-465-3079 or  701-693-6247.

Mike and Connie Rudnick are building a new garage on the lot south of them where the house burned last winter.  Becker Construction is the contractor.

Julie Dionne, APO Postmaster for Harvey, Anamoose, Drake, Esmond, Maddock and Bowden, came this fall to trim the bushes around the Anamoose Post Office.  The Brad Fletschock family does the maintenance of the lawn.

Julie Dionne

Julie Dionne

I couldn’t resist taking this picture of Larry Clark from Drake eating this HUGE pancake at the Anamoose Café.  Connie Rudnick sure knows how to keep her customers happy.2016-10-24-larry-clark

On the June ballot a mill levy was set up for the Harvey Ambulance Service.  A District Board was organized and voted to approve 7 mills.  The maximum that can be approved is 10 mills.

There have been 3 auctions this summer-Jerry and Barbara Helm, who returned to their home in Lago Vista, TX ,Emanuel and Angie Kesler, who moved to Aberdeen, SD for health reasons, and Eileen McDermott, who moved here from Minot and needed to downsize.

Work continues on the FARMtastic Food Hub.  The insulation, walls and drop ceiling are in, new windows and a back door installed, a shelter put up over the back door and cellarway, and floor heating is being installed by Merek Petrovic and Troy Barrington.  With the warm weather continuing this fall Julia Petrovic, with her children’s help, was able to put the second coat on the lower front of the building. oct-2016

Pictured is Merek with his nail gun that looks like something that would be used in those outer space movies.  He told me that it has a battery and a small gas chamber that will drill 2000 nails.meric-using-nail-gun

The 1909 Historic Bank has been awarded a grant of $218,640 from USDA Rural Development.  I will be blogging more on the bank as work progress.

The new playground equipment has been put up in the park.  I see many kids are taking advantage of it.

new-greenhouse-buildingMike Schmaltz just added a 9th building to Schmaltz Greenhouse.  The 40×80 ft. building  will be for storage and an office.

I just got a Farmers’ Almanac Prediction in the mail yesterday that said ND is going to have “freezing cold & average snowfall” this winter.  Hopefully that doesn’t stop our community from continuing to improve this winter.

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Sometimes when I lay here

Before and during

Before and during

October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  It was a year ago that Barbara Nolden, Anamoose graduate of 1974, now living in Minot, was diagnosed with Invasive Carcinoma breast cancer.  I have documented her journey in her words on fb and I want to share this poem she wrote during her journey and battle.

Written by Barbara A. Nolden January 2016
The other night – the 21st into the 22nd – I think I slept 3 1/2 hours….woke up to go to the bathroom and couldn’t go back to sleep and the last time I looked at the clock it was somewhere before or just after 5….started drifting – and the alarm goes off… So in the middle of all this being awake – I wrote this down… cuz sometimes my mind wanders – in the middle of the night.

Sometimes when I lay here
In the middle of the night
In the wee hours of morning
In the quiet – only the clock ticking
I think to myself. . .
How did I get to have grandchildren?
How did I get to be sixty?
How is it that my hair is mostly gray?
When did this happen? I wasn’t watching…

In the middle of the night
In the wee hours off morning
In the quiet- only the clock ticking
I think to myself. . .
How did this cancer happen?
Hiding in my breast where couldn’t feel it
Hiding in my armpit where I didn’t notice
And now my life changes – I am fighting a
War – a battle against the cancer
A battle for LIFE

In the middle of the night
In the wee hours of morning
In the quiet – only the clock ticking
I think to myself. . .
How did it happen that all my hair is gone?
From my head to my legs and even my nose
That my hands and feet are peeling
My favorite foods don’t taste the same
The changes in my body are from the drugs
And chemicals they are giving me to fight this beast.

In the middle of the night
In the wee hours of morning
In the quiet – only the clock ticking
I think to myself. . .
My God will guide me through this test
My Lord will protect me from damages
To my body and psyche
I pray and I know prayers are heard
And I will be alright!

Barbara has been asked to share her experience at the Trinity Cancer Care Women’s Panel on Breast Cancer Survivorship, Thursday, October 13th.

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Fall Fest 2016 a Success

It was a beautiful fall day in the neighborhood! The sun was shining brightly inviting everyone to the Anamoose Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17th. A Soup & Sandwich lunch was being served at the VFW Hall by the Auxiliary to get everyone started.

car-showWhile folks were enjoying their lunch a bevy of Classic Cars appeared on Main Street with the sounds of Golden Oldies music filling the air and generating energy and anticipation for more.  Dave Wangen made arrangements for the car owners to pay Anamoose a visit and show off their prize cars.  What a beautiful collection of metal and memories!  Remember the parade of cars on Saturday nights on Main Street? Steve Kuske & Dakota Sound & Light provided the music for the car show. People were able to take a musical stroll down memory lane while checking out all the cars.


In the City Park kids of all ages were exploring the brand new playground, bouncing in the Bouncy Houses, taking rides on the horse drawn wagon around town and enjoying a variety of treats provided by the Park Board members.  The Park Board ladies took this opportunity to dedicate the new playground they worked so diligently over the past 3 years to make a reality, with awesome support from the community.  Seeing all the smiling faces and taking a quick off the cuff survey of the end-users, I would say the Park Board knocked this one “outta the park”.


Over at the Anamoose Senior Center things were beginning to happen.  There was a steady stream of people dropping in to leave pies for the Pie Social at the Center.  All kinds of pies!  There was apple, pumpkin, rhubard, raisin, blueberry, chocolate, peach and oh my . . . 

square-dancers-aWhile everyone was choosing their favorite kind of pie to have with ice cream and coffee the The Belles & Beaus Square Dancers were getting ready to entertain and have some fun.  Plenty of toe tappin’ music and skirts twirling while changing partners and promenading and all.  Fun to watch the teamwork in action!

The Park Board served a Spaghetti Supper at the VFW Hall as a fundraiser and got everybody ready for comic entertainment.  After a tasty meal and sweet desserts, everyone was ready for some entertainment. 

The Not So Newlywed Game was offered up as a lighthearted look at local couples and how well they know each other.  Kim Meckle served as the cruise director through a sea of questions for the four couples who willingly subjected themselves to this inquiry into their private lives and thoughts.  Ron & Sandy Cartwright, George & Shirley Schnellbach, Angie & Scott Mack, and Karissa & Carter Gahner were the participating couples.  Lots of laughter was served up during this event, which went into overtime to break a tie score.  Everyone enjoyed the good humor!


Dusk was falling upon Main Street and the music was beginning to rise up out of the Music Box.  even5 had taken the stage and was prepared to rock out the rest of the night to bring this community Fall Festival to a close.  Music was great and the program full of diversity with notes and tunes for all.

It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood!  Everyone had a very good time!  Anamoose can be proud of bringing its community together to celebrate their city and the people who live there. 

See all of you next year for the 2nd Annual Fall-Fest!

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Anamoose Increases the Green

About 90 trees have been planted around Anamoose during the past 4-5 years, and 36 were planted this year alone.  This has been done to replace trees that are aging and being removed or will be removed in the future.

This year, the City of Anamoose received a $10,000 matching tree grant from the ND Dept of Forestry.  In previous years the City Council obligated approximately $2,000 each year for trees to be planted.  In all cases, the labor was donated by volunteers, usually Mike Schmaltz, Torrie Dosch, Joe Dosch, Frank Sieg and Brad Fletschock.  Also, in all cases, the trees have had to be planted on public land.  These planting cannot be done on private property.

South of Anamoose Housing to Hwy 52

South of Anamoose Housing to Hwy 52

This year’s Tree Grant paid to remove the 4 deteriorating trees in the City Park, and to plant 12 different varieties of trees along the north road extending from Matt and Theresa Rudnick’s house  east to the City Tree & Leaves Depository; around the curve and east to 3rd Street by Dennis and Phyllis Zimmerman’s house; and south of the Anamoose Housing Complex out to Hwy 52 along the west side of 3rd Street.  The Tree Grant also paid for the stakes, tree guards, rope, water bags that hold 20 gallons, and mulch.  The matching $10,000 was met in-kind by keeping track of the hours worked by the volunteers as well as the hours attributed to City equipment to assist with accomplishing everything.tree

The Inspector from the Dept, of Forestry met with Mike Schmaltz and Bonnie Helm last week; taking a tour of all of the planted sites as well as an inspection of where the trees were removed in the City Park.  She indicated she was very pleased with the results.  When Bonnie Helm showed her the hours worked by volunteers and the use of City equipment, she indicated she would be submitting her Inspection Report to the ND Dept, of Forestry and would recommend disbursal of reimbursement in the amount of $10,000 to the City of Anamoose.

There was some discussion about future tree projects Anamoose might want to  pursue, and, she encouraged us to submit grant applications to the ND Dept, of Forestry again when the time comes.

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