The Crow's Nest - July 25, 2018

I wrote something last month to the effect that June had been busting out all over.  June is long gone, July is almost over and suddenly August is just around the corner!  I wish someone could explain how the summers can go so fast and the winters can drag on forever!

Garden harvest is underway as many gardens are producing wonderful, fresh vegetables.  I have finished freezing all the peas, and we have enjoyed many meals of fresh carrots, beets, beans, broccoli and new potatoes.  It seems like we will have a bumper crop of cucumbers.  So far, I have 14 quarts of dill pickles on the fruit room shelves.  There will be many more in the next couple of weeks.  I also have an over-abundance of dill growing in my herb garden.  I was concerned this past spring that nothing was coming up, so Chuck graciously spread more dill seeds around.  Let me tell you, I have dill!!  I enjoy sharing it with whoever needs some so there really is not too much.  I know nephew TJ Hall will be able to get all he wants and needs.  Now it is waiting for those succulent tomatoes to ripen.

I have made known over the years that I dread the day I see the grain fields turning.  That day has come, and I am sure harvest will soon begin.  I probably say the same thing every year, but I am sure it was only a couple of weeks ago that the grain was just popping up through the soil.

We had two baby showers in town during this month.  A shower was held for the soon-to-be son of Alyson and Taylor Hall.  Trinity dining room was full of friends and family with lots of wonderful gifts for the new baby due in August.  Three days later a shower was held for sweet little Ella Pearl, daughter of Tyler and Natalie Cameron.  Again, the church dining room was full of friends and family.  Baby Ella will not want for anything as she was “showered” with so many beautiful things.  It is such a joy to see these wonderful families remain in the area and become a vital part of our community.

KUDO’s go to FCCLA members Sierra Jenson and Ally Knutson.  I wrote about them earlier and their project of a “Hundred for Haiti X 10” dresses for Haiti.  These two ladies placed 2nd nationwide and, also earned a Gold rating at the National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, GA recently.  What an honor for them and their service project.  Everyone in the area are so proud of them.  A huge thank you also to their advisor, Lori Fingarson for all her help.

We recently were informed of the death of Richard (Dick) Johnson.  Richard grew up in Edinburg as his father, Ragnar, was manager of the elevator.  His obituary states Dick was very involved in the field of Education in the Minneapolis area.  He died at the age of 79 and is being buried next to his wife, Dorothy, in Trinity Cemetery on the outskirts of Edinburg.

The annual Firemen’s Rib Fest was held last Saturday in the city park.  The weather was perfect for the 25 participants and those of us who came to eat.  Duane Pewe took home 1st place with his ribs. Taylor & Alyson Hall's ribs earned them a 2nd place prize. Congratulations to these hometown guys & gal!  I know for a fact the ribs from both of these entrants were great! Mike Spanier was also recognized for all his years of service to the fire department and the city.  Mike and Ina have moved to Moorhead to be closer to their family and medical facilities.  I’m sure I am speaking for most everyone when I say both Mike and Ina will truly be missed.  It was a fun Saturday with a huge crowd in attendance in our beautiful city park.

Richard and Judy Geir just returned from a trip to Iceland.  Richard said it was unusually cold, windy and expensive.  They really had a good time sight-seeing and visiting with relatives.  Another trip back is on the agenda for them.

Have a great day and we will talk later.  It was fun to see LeRoy and Louise Pederson at the rib fest.



























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1.1790: The first United States Census was conducted. There were 3,929,214 people counted that year.

2. 1914: Cleveland, Ohio installed the first electric traffic light.

3. 1930: Betty Boop made her debut in "Dizzy Dishes".

4. 1957: The United States and Canada formed the North American Areospace Command (NORAD). Due to a misprint in a Sears ad, a child called the number provided to check on Santa's progress. The number was for NORAD. Ever since, NORAD has been tracking Santa every December 24th.

5. 1994: Major League Basesball players went on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.


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Another picture of the class of 1963 with their spouses. It's wonderful to see such a great response by the class in attending.



Jacob Hays and Abbie Sondeland thanking those who came to wish them well at their couples bridal shower.




These three were the judges for the rib fest. Left to right: Barry Morgan, Brittany Brevik and Larry Biri. All are from Grafton.