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March 8th, 2012
Lunch was served at the annual North Dakota Winter Show Tasting Bee on Wednesday at the National Guard Armory on Winter Show Road.
With everything costing only a quarter, the line for change stretched out the door shortly after the two-hour event opened at 11 a.m.
â€śWe had 50 rolls of quarters; we have one roll left but a lot of people bring their own,â€ť said Marge Bessette of the NDWS Womenâ€™s Division, which puts the Tasting Bee together.
While hundreds turned out for the popular event, Bessette said it is still not the largest affair the division handles.
Joe DeMasi has shared his love of music with listeners all over the United States, and now he is setting out to reach an even wider internet audience with a new childrenâ€™s musical show produced for web TV.
â€śThe Forever Friends Showâ€ť stars DeMasi, his twin brother John, and Chris Burke, an actor with Down syndrome best known for his role as â€śCorkyâ€™ in the hit ABC-TV show â€śLife Goes Onâ€ť.
â€śThere are many childrenâ€™s shows out there,â€ť said DeMasi, â€śbut thereâ€™s never been a childrenâ€™s show with a main character with a disability.
Duane Burchill, Rural Route 2 mail carrier for the Valley City Post Office, was recently recognized by the Dakotaâ€™s District of the United States Postal Service for his role as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator.
He received a letter of appreciation from the District commending him on his role in training new hires to our organization, said Valley City Postmaster Sherry Johnson.
Burchill said he has been working as a Road Test Examiner/Trainer and Facilitator â€śfor four or five years, and with the post office about 25 years.â€ť
A new, centralized, $14.5 million facility for the Barnes County North School District is one step closer to becoming a reality, as the Barnes County Commission approved the use of a County Auditorâ€™s Lot in Uxbridge Township for the construction of the new building, pending the approval of the County Planning and Zoning Board, which will review the issue on Thursday.
Due to deteriorating conditions, County Road 22 from State Highway 1 (at the blinking light) west to the city of Sanborn is closed to all truck and bus traffic.
â€śSince education was not one of the functions delegated to the national government by the United States Constitution, it has remained the basic responsibility of individual states. Washington policy makers could be described as interested and sometimes interfering spectators in the operations of the countryâ€™s school systems.â€ť
Over the past weeks, several area residents have contacted the Times-Record to share their recollections of early Winter Shows. We thought we would share their stories with our readers, and maybe jog some memories of your own.
Calvin Lettenmaier of Sanborn has fond memories of the North Dakota Winter Show, and with good reason. He has attended every Winter Show since its inaugural season in 1938, only missing one year during his military service in 1946.
The Winter Show came about at a time when the country was slowly recovering from the Great Depression, Lettenmaier said.
Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Museum said this yearâ€™s North Dakota State Fair heritage and writing contests are great ideas to preserve memories of people alive today for future generations.
Friday the North Dakota State Fair based in Minot revealed it was having a State Fair Writing Contest and a North Dakota Heritage Contest.
For the heritage contest, residents are being asked to write down and submit their stories about what life was like in the state.
Submitted work will be displayed on the 4-H Wall in the N.D. State Fair Center at the 2012 state fair July 20-28.
To watch City Lights Supper Club owner Tommy Bergan in his newly remodeled restaurant is to see a man in his element. As he walks around the bar to greet old friends and new guests, it is clear that hospitality is in his blood.
â€śMy parents own the Taco Johnâ€™s here in town, so thatâ€™s where I got my first start with restaurants,â€ť said Bergan. â€śI went to school at UND and worked at Red Lobster and the Ground Round just kind of kept going with restaurant management through college.â€ť
While its late arrival may be arguably fashionable, winter has made a grand entrance in southeast North Dakota.
Mother Nature dropped a reported 5.5 inches of snow on the Valley City area over the weekend according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
â€śFive-point-five is what are unofficial co-op observer reported, but heâ€™s a good measurer and he lives pretty close to town,â€ť NWS meteorologist Bill Barrett said Monday morning. â€śThat was called in around noon time, 12:05.â€ť