The Crow's Nest - June 30, 2020

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first of July.  Where has our spring gone?  It is hard to drive down the roads and see fields of grain ready to head out.  I have never been able to figure out how summer goes by much faster than winter.

We are experiencing quite a heat wave.  These last few days the temperature has hit 90 degrees plus.  This same pattern is extending into the weekend according to the meteorologists.  As much as I hate air conditioning, I quickly realized it would be unbearable inside the house if I did not turn it on!  It is hard to believe we had both the fireplace and the furnace on just 2 weeks ago!

Life’s “new normal” is sputtering along for our citizens of this fine community.  COVID-19 has hit Edinburg with 3 cases diagnosed.  Social distancing is getting a little old, but know it is necessary.  The need to spend time with family and friends is strong.  I remember how before the pandemic; it was normal to stop by homes or meet on the street to do a little visiting.  Now I think a bit before getting too close.

Our church, Trinity Lutheran, is now back to holding services with people sitting far apart and wearing masks.  I know Grace Free Church is also holding services.  Our weekly service is being aired live on UTube so many parishioners are staying home to worship.

As I said last month, gardens are growing so fast.  We are enjoying the early spring crops such as lettuce, radishes and lots of asparagus.  But what I am waiting for that first garden cucumber and that first juicy, red tomato.

Lots of golf carts drive the streets of Edinburg these days.  It is fun to see the carts go by during the early evening hours.

My brother, Dave Monson has done a remarkable job of recovering from partial knee replacement and then back surgery.  He can’t lift stuff but stays busy downloading pictures in the “Edinburg Back When” site on Facebook.

Chuck and I had a COVID-19 test yesterday in Park River. We had come in contact with an individual who had been exposed. That person never had a test. We were worried - but it turns out we both tested negative. I am thrilled, as we plan on going out to Minot this coming week to see our grandson Cole and his girlfriend, Kristeena. We have not seen them since September of 2018 as they came back from Asia just as the pandemic hit and everything shut down.

Hope all is well with everyone and I do hope by next month I can tell stories of happenings in Edinburg.  Have a great day and we will talk later.































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5 Fun Facts About July 4!

1. The first official Fourth of July Party was held at the White House in 1801.

2. There are more than 30 towns in the US that have the word "Liberty" in their names.

3. To avoid further damage, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Rangers mark the Independencce holiday by symbolically tapping the bell 13 times.

4. Three US presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th. In fact, Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

5. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone. It's no wonder that July is considered National Hot Dog Month!


Pictured are Montelle Bolstad, Rita Mielke, Orrin Bolstad and Dodie Boe. I believe this picture was taken at John Hall's funeral.