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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A New Face at Anamoose City Hall

Laurel Schnase  started as the Anamoose City Auditor on August 21st when Cheryl Linardon had to resign for medical reasons.  Her office is open Tuesday 2:30-5pm, Thursday 7:30-12:30 and 1:30-5:30,and more as needed.  She is taking an auditor’s course in which she has completed one of five sections.

Laurel’s education included a 2 year Associate Degree in Accounting at Lake Region, Devils Lake,  and 2 more years for a Business Associate Degree at UND.

In the late 80’s Laurel and her husband, Clelm, moved to Martin where they had the Schnase Garage.  In 1989 they moved to Fargo where Laurel managed a convenience store till the birth of her 3rd child.  Laurel ran a daycare for about.   4 years.  Then she joined Clem in starting a towing company.  They held the Fargo Police Department contract for all their towing.  This kept them busy with accidents and impounds, along with calls from the private sector.  They moved to Anamoose in 2017 to start farming full time.  Clem has 100 head of cow/calf pairs and also grain farms.  Laurel worked at St. Aloisius Medical Clinic in Harvey when they first moved here.  She enjoyed it, but she is intrigued by numbers and had missed it, so when the Anamoose City Auditor position became available. she applied for it.

They purchased the former Adam and Michelle Ehrman house so Laurel is able to walk to work now.  But it has probably been hard to do that this last week as Anamoose had almost 30 inches of snow.

Laurel and Clem have 3 children: 30 year old CJ, married to Tish.  They have a 3 year old boy, Connor.  Billy, 28, a Graphic Design Artist, lives in Arlington, TX.  Their daughter Amanda works at Missouri Valley Vet in Bismarck as a Vet Tech.  She is married to Branden, a soil scientist.  They live in Mandan.

Laurel stated “It is great to be back in the Anamoose area!  I love being able to work so close to home and grateful to have a job that I enjoy so much.”

Even though I live in Bismarck, I have heard many praises for Laurel’s work.  Anamoose is so lucky to have her to carry on the good work from Cheryl.


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Addition to Greenhouse

Mike Schmaltz has added a new 64×120 foot greenhouse to the south end of  Schmaltz’s Greenhouse.  He plans to add more plant varieties and more large pots next year. Terpening Construction did the cement work and Becker Construction constructed the building.  Metal benches will used instead of the wooden ones that are used in the other 7 greenhouses.

This office was added 3 years ago on the south east end.

May 8 and 9th a representative from Proven Winners will be at the greenhouse for 2 days.  She will give talks during the day on uses of their product and will visit with the people.  Proven Winners is America’s #1 plant brand.  Mike, Tiffani Schmaltz and Kailey Lemer were taken by their company plane to tour their Four Star Greenhouse’s 27 acres of indoor growing area and an additional 4 acres of outdoor growing space.

A Griffin Seed representative will also be at the Greenhouse on May8-9 to talk about their seeds.

Mike has owned the greenhouse for 30 years.

If you wish to purchase a tree or succulent call 701-693-5686 or stop by the greenhouse as Mike is there almost every day.




Terpenning Construction of Maddock did the cement work for the foundation and Becker Construction put up the building.





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Main Street Improvements

This spring the north half of the former John Mahle bar (east side of Main St.) was torn down.  The south half of the building has been remodeled into a garage/shop for Mike Borgen to store motorcycles, snow blowers, other outdoor equipment and a shop.  Mike purchased the building from Kevin Hornerman several years ago.

He also resided the front and south side of his house (formerly Schmaltz Beauty Shop) and added a large porch to his entrance in the alley.

Front of house

Back porch

The front of the shop will be resided to match his house and the inside sheet-rocked.

Front of garage/shop

Mike still has about 50 pigeons and is looking for someone to race against them.  Starting October he will need someone to work about 10 hours a week to care for the pidgeons, shoveling, and occassional grass cutting at $12 an hour.  If interested call Mike Borgen at 701-465-3552.


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On 06/09/19, Barb and I welcomed Eldon & JoEllen Ehrman.  They moved in from their farm south of Anamoose and remodeled Phyllis Peiler’s home.   They are retired and their kids are all grown with families of their own.  Their … Continue reading

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Historic Bank Renovation

Work continues on the Historic Bank on Main St. in Anamoose.  Andy Melton has been doing the renovation and Ewert Construction did the dry wall taping and texturing.

The flooring and ceiling have yet to be done.  The ceiling will be white tin ceiling panels.

West door of safe

The old safe will be left in place and may be used for memorabilia.  It is very unusual in that it has two doors.  The brick wall on the west side of the safe has been left exposed.  There are two bathrooms-one east of the safe and one in the basement.  Glass board will be used on the walls for easy cleaning.  The basement steps have been moved to the middle-next to the north wall.  The basement is in good condition and will be used for storage.   All windows have been replaced.  The front door was taken to Kevin Duchsherer in Drake for rebuilding.

The plumbing, heating and air conditioning was done by Ralph’s Plumbing and Heating in Minot where Chad Marquart (formerly from Anamoose) works. The electrical work is being done by Heilman Electric in Harvey.  Kitchen appliances have not been purchased yet.

The Anamoose JDA owns the building and will lease it out for a restaurant.  Members of the JDA are:  Frank Ewert, president; Mike Rudnick; Mike Borgen; Ted Mertz; Bill Goodwin; and Jackie Martin.  The estimated openng date is the end of September.

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Memorial Flower Pot for Lutheran Church


Kathy Becker planting flowers

A large memorial flower pot has been added to the front entrance of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.

It was purchased and planted by the Elmer and Agnes Schmidt family.  The flowers and dirt were purchased at the Schmaltz Greenhouse.

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