Masala Chai, or chai tea as most people refer to it, is one of my favorite ways to warm up on a cold winter day. There’s something about drinking this warm, creamy, aromatic tea that can make you feel as though you are wrapping your soul in a fuzzy blanket.
In recent weeks, discussion has flared up at the Capitol and on editorial pages about property taxes and cities’ use of the $80 million boost to local government aid approved by the Legislature at the end of the 2013 session.
Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative growers will have a tough time making a profit on their 2013 crop, cooperative President and CEO Kurt Wickstrom said Tuesday at the co-op’s annual meeting at the Fargo Holiday Inn.
Diann K. Wilkinson, 70, Grand Forks, died Sunday, December 8, 2013 in her home.
Diann Kay Vogel was born to Raymond and Caroline (Mannes) Vogel on July 14, 1943 at Marinette, Wisconsin. At 20 years old met Richard Wilkinson. They were united in marriage on May 11, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. They lived in multiple locations around the world as Richard served in the military and Diann was a very supportive military spouse. They moved to Grand Forks in July, 1982 when they retired from the Navy. She was employed by Altru Health Systems for many years.
Dan Tomanek, 52, Thompson, ND, died surrounded by his wife and children December 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN due to complications from lung surgery in May.
Dan was born on June 26, 1961 to Roy and Ella (Hoger) Tomanek in Bismarck, ND. He was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Mandan, ND. He grew up in Mandan and graduated from Mandan High School in 1979.
Jean Strickler, 92, of Euclid, MN. passed away on December 6th, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Jean Louise Tiedemann was born on May 27, 1921, near Euclid, MN, the daughter of Emil and Marie (Schuler) Tiedemann. She attended country school near Euclid and graduated from Crookston High School. On September 25, 1939, she married William Strickler. They made their home in Angus Township where they raised two children. Jean dedicated her life to her family as a homemaker and lovingly supported William in all phases of farming. Jean also had great pride in the Black Angus cattle that William, her children and grandchildren raised and showed throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. William died July 24th, 2003.
She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Euclid. She taught Sunday School and was a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Sew and So Homemakers Club and Farm Bureau. She especially took pride in her garden and yard. In her younger years, she and William enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends.
Hubert Jean 'Frenchy' Lacrosse died peacefully at his home in Hemet, CA on December 5, 2013 at the age of 83. Frenchy was born December 8,1929 to Leonard and Olga Lacrosse in Montreal, Canada. At the age of 15, he and his family moved to Huntington Park, California. Frenchy played hockey for the San Bernardino Shamrocks and was urged by his friend Ralph Englestad to move to Grand Forks to play for the Red Wings of North Dakota. He married Donna Marie McDonald on July 31st, 1954 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Forks. He worked in the TV repair business and eventually started his own business, Frenchy's TV Repair, which he ran for 12 years. Frenchy built many friendships during his years officiating hockey both at the high school level and the WCHA. Frenchy built Frenchy's Tavern and Restaurant in 1968. He was an avid UND Athletics fan. His establishment was touted as UND's 'Home Away from Home'. Many a fond memory was made there. Frenchy married Barbara Skavlem on May 15th, 1976. In 1994 they moved to Phoenix, AZ. He eventually moved back to North Dakota and lived in Ashley where he met and married Viola Erlenbusch on April 19th, 2009. While in Ashley he enjoyed being the "Welcome Wagon" for new arrivals and was involved with his church. In 2011 Frenchy and his wife Viola moved to Hemet, California to be near his brother and sister. Frenchy spent the later years of his life reconnecting with family via extended road trips, email, letters and phone calls. He enjoyed reliving memories through photos and was an avid card player. He will be remembered for his love of people and life.
He is survived by his wife Viola Lacrosse; his ex-wife Donna Lacrosse; his brother John Lacrosse of Sonora, CA; his children and their spouses Michael Lacrosse of Scottsdale, AZ; Mark and LaRae Lacrosse of Wasilla, Alaska; Laurie and Brad Betting of Grand Forks, ND; Denise Bahadir of Phoenix, AZ; Greg and Lori Lacrosse of Nooksack, WA; Gordon Lyndon of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Suzanne and Marty Martin of Flagstaff, AZ; Becky and Tom Myers of Flagstaff, AZ; Lori and Dave Kretschmar of Ashley, ND; John and Julie Lacrosse of Buxton, ND; Paul Lacrosse of Grand Forks, ND.
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