The Crow's Nest - June 23, 2019

What a glorious day outside.  The sun is shining, the grass is green, gardens are bursting with vegetables and flowers after a much-needed rain – what more could a person wish for? The weather people tell us warm weather is finally on its way for this area.  For that I am thankful.  It was a long, long winter and then a cool, dreary spring.  At last we can hopefully enjoy a wonderful summer.

Edinburg, or more specifically, the Fred Hall family is on the move.  Jackson (Fred & Dorothy’s oldest son) and his wife Mariah, presently live in the house Fred and Dorothy lived in before they built a new home about 20 years ago.  That house (for those of you who remember) was the home of Garner (Hoot) & Ivah Johnson.  Jackson and Mariah are moving into John and Beverley’s home.  They have been remodeling and are almost ready to make the move.  Fred and Dorothy are planning on moving back into their former home after doing some remodeling also.  So that leaves Fred and Dorothy’s newer home empty.  Not for long!  Their youngest son, Taylor, his wife Alyson and their little son Ellis will move about a block into that home.  I know I have totally confused everyone.  Trust me, everyone is enjoying keeping up with these changes in our little burg.

There was an estate sale last week of Beverley Hall’s possessions.  Beverley had so many beautiful things.  Ruth said most everything sold.  I am sure it is very hard parting with the memories each item held, but I know from experience, one cannot hold onto everything. 

The class of 1979 is holding their 40th year class reunion this coming weekend.  Jon Jonasson contacted me, so I put the pertinent information on the home page.  Please check out their schedule.  Time sure flies as I look at some of the members of the ’79 class.  They weren’t even in school when I graduated!

Talk about being old.  I wish you readers could experience an afternoon sitting at the “Table of Knowledge”.  It is a rotating group consisting mostly of Dave and Loretta Monson, Larry and Carol Pewe and their daughter Kim quite often.  Ken Seim, Richard Geir, John H. Johnson, Vera Brandvold, Bob Halldorson, Loren Moe, Jim Kertz, Gary Monsebroten plus Chuck and myself.  We all aren’t there at the same time and we are all different ages.  I think the youngest participant is Tim Stabo who must be only in his 30’s.  The rest of us fall somewhere between 60 – 80+.  Conversations aren’t exactly earth shattering.  Last week, two days were spent on many complaining about modern washing machines.  We came to the conclusion they don’t make them like they used to!  Another topic of conversation was where our honeymoons were spent.  No exotic get-aways back then.  Probably a weekend in Fargo or Winnipeg or something comparable.  I mentioned we honeymooned at the Wisconsin Dells on our way to Fort Knox, Kentucky for our first military assignment.  Carol Pewe topped that by saying they spent their honeymoon in Minneapolis touring the Ford Factory.  Now, that was romantic!  I guess you had to be there to find the humor in that conversation around the table.

The concrete slab has been poured where LeRoy’s Barbershop used to stand.  New Edinburg resident, Jodi Hill, is putting up a building where she will have a beauty shop.  This will be a welcome addition to our main street.  Orlin Nygard sold his bolt business to his son-in-law who lives in Hatton.  Orlin has had a very thriving business supplying farmers and businesses with a wide array of much needed nuts and bolts.  He and Sharon worked from dawn to dusk traveling far and wide.  He said it was time to slow down. 

Sad times for many people in the area with the death of Ron Langerud.  Ron was such a wonderful, quiet man who always had time to stop and visit.  He will be missed by so many.  Sympathy to Darin, Angela and Ryan.  Also, Jack Rustan’s burial was held at the cemetery in town a couple of weeks ago.  Many family members were here.

Just found out a couple of days ago former pastor, Paul Gulseth died this past week.  I believe he was pastor of Trinity, Odalen and Zion (Union) churches during the 70’s and 80’s.  I’m sort of guessing on that as I dd not live here during the time he was here.

Happy 4th of July and have a great day and we will talk later. 




























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1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

2. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July.

3. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

4. In one year, $600 million plus is spent on fireworks alone in the United States.

5. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!




walt disney

Just look at this beautiful drawing! This was done by David & Loretta Monson's grandaughter, Madelyn. I believe Madelyn is in the 5th grade. She drew a wonderful image of Walt Disney.


rita dancing

Could I be having any more fun? I was dancing with the ladies of this particular Swahili tribe in their village. The animals are brought into the village each night for protection against wild beasts. It had rained the night before - I had sandals on. You all figure it out. I was "dancing" in animal dung. Was told doing so would bring me good luck!!!