6th Annual AACF Cash Raffle Drawing

Twenty people were winners when the Anamoose Area Community Foundation gave out cash raffle prizes totaling $2500 on Sunday, December 3rd at the Anamoose Senior Sunday Brunch.

This has been the primary fund raiser for the AACF for 6 years.  Joe and Rose Weninger sold 240 of the 500 tickets sold this year.  Their grandson, Dillon Marquart, was the winner of the $550 ticket.  In 2012 David Gienger was the first winner of the $550.

Other winners were:

  • $250 Sheena Schnaeibel
  • $100 Dougs Auto Body
  • $50 Carol Danka
  • $150 Deb Hauser
  • $50 Rebecea Opp
  • $100 Roger Knamme
  • $100 Anthony Roma
  • $50 Keli Anderson
  • $100 Ryan Filler
  • $250 June Burgard
  • $50 Lillian Rost
  • $100 Marci Sommer
  • $50 Dennis Dockter
  • $50 Dougs Auto Body
  • $200 Amy Lesmeister
  • $50 Barb Hinricks
  • $150 Norlynn Olson
  • $50 Wendy Opp
  • $50 Rachel Spear

In the “Nearly end of Year Report” flyer mailed out to postal patrons the following statistics were listed:

  • Total assets (as of 12/31/16)- $203,880
  • Total gifts to AACF in 2017 (as of 10/31/17) -$3,435
  • Total grants given out since 2008- 39
  • Total dollars given out in grants since 2008-$50,553

Total grants awarded in 2017- Anamoose Housing Corporation-for Anamoose Housing Sidewalk Project-$2500, Anamoose Fire Department-for anew equipment truck purchase-$1500, Anamoose Park Board-for park benches-$1,200, Tri-County Senior Meals & Services-support for the senior nutrition program in Anamoose-$1500, Anamoose/Drake Summer Rec-for girls softball-$1,000.

Members of the AACF are:  Norma Martin, president; Shirley Nitz, secretary, treasurer; Joe Weninger, Vice President; Rose Weninger; Phyllis Peiler; Pat Sieg; Dick Hauser; Pam Hoke; and Julie Fahy.

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New Resident Welcomed In Anamoose!

On 09/17/17, Mardi welcomed Deb Schell, to the community.  She moved from Drake, ND, to be close to her daughter who has lived in Anamoose for a few years now with her husband and daughter.  She also found the housing very comfortable for her needs.  Deb works at the school as assistant cook.  Her interests and hobbies include: crafts, sewing, crocheting and playing her guitar.  Please make Deb feel welcome by greeting her when you see her out and about our community!

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A Major Remodeling of An Old Historic Home

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East side of Hoke home   South deck being added What a change 4 years makes!  Two weeks ago Theresa Hoke invited Phyllis Peiler and me to see her completely remodeled home.  Mardi Helm and I had welcomed Theresa and … Continue reading

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On August 26th, Alyce Heer, long time resident and true ambassador for Anamoose was given a “Farewell Roast” by the residents and friends of Anamoose.  Alyce has moved to Bismarck to be closer to her children.  She will be dearly … Continue reading

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Once in a Life Time!

On Tuesday, June 6th Katie Knowles, of Minot, won the IDDBA Competition at Anaheim, CA.  Three women in the United States were chosen as finalists in the cake decorating competition.  They spent three 8 hour days decorating cakes.

Katie with car cake

On day 1 they each decorated 20 novelty cakes.   Day 2 they decorated a car cake for Pixar Disney Co. which sponsors CARS 3, a new movie just coming out.  On day 3 the decorated wedding cakes.

Katie with wedding cake

Katie, daughter of Mike & Connie Rudnick, graduated from Anamoose High School in 2003.  She is married to Brian Knowles, and they have 2 sons-Landon & Nolan.  Katie is the cake manager at the Market Place Foods store on Broadway.  She has been decorating cakes for 17 years.

Congratulations Katie on your accomplishment!

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Rare Whooping Cranes by Anamoose

A couple weeks ago Butch and JoEllen Ehrman saw these two whooping cranes feeding in their field.  The cranes only stayed for a day.  I did not realize how rare they are till I looked up the following information on the internet:

American Bird Conservatory Breed in freshwater marshes and prairies.  Found in salt water marshes, shallow lakes and lagoons on migrating into winter.  7-8 ft. wingspan & stands up to 5 ft. tall.-the tallest flying bird in America.  It’s named for its resonant call which can be heard over great distances thanks to an extra long trachea that coils around the bird’s  breast bone twice like a French horn.  

Collisions with wind turbines and power lines are an ongoing threat and unfortunately this bird is still illegally shot by hunters.  These majestic cranes are monogamous and mate for life.  Despite the fact most pairs lay 2 eggs, only the first hatched chick usually survives.  Food availability and predator abundance are major factors in chick survival.

Earth Justice  The whooping cranes were on the brink of extinction in 1941 but thanks to decades of successful conservation, and self-sustaining population, more than 300 birds now migrate between Texas and Canada.  Despite this hopeful sign, there are still only 400 cranes left in the wild today.  


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My Annual Trip to Greenhouse

If you want to lift your spirits just go to Schmaltz’ Greenhouse and see all the beautiful flowers, shrubs, trees, and garden decorations.

Mike has expanded the lawn decoration area, so he now has many large items like roosters and antique looking planters.  There are a wide variety of containers, especially for succulents.

A new petunia is Nightsky-a purple and white petunia.

Nightsky petunia

Tiffany Schmaltz, Mike Schmaltz (owner), Cheryl Linardon (bookkeeper), Kailey Lemer, Torie Dosch, Matthew Jund, & Monica Schmidt

Kids from the elementary school have been coming to get flowers for Mother’s Day since the 60s


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