OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Halloween Roundup
There are a lot of resources on Halloween out there, and there are plenty of fun links to try too.
Here are my past writings on Halloween:
Happy Hallowthanksmas! How do you cope with the holiday whi... Posted on 10/31/11 at 2:32 PM
THE DULLUM FILE Gershwin & Wilson
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson has been authorized by the estate of George Gershwin to complete some unfinished songs left unfinished by the songwriter before his death in 1937, according to the Los A... Posted on 10/8/09 at 3:22 AM
Even as her husband, H.F. Chaffee, helped her slip between the ship railings into a lifeboat below, Titanic passenger Carrie Chaffee believed everything would be fine. It’s going to be alright, her husband assured her. You’ll be rowed back to the ship in just a few minutes. As the 100th anniversary of the epic disaster nears, some may not realize that one of North Dakota’s most prominent men was among the 1,488 passengers who didn’t make it. Chaffee, a successful bonanza farmer and financial wizard, was just 47 at the time of his death.
Stereotypes of my residence of the past 23 years are chiseled in granite.
Bedroom community. Speed trap. Gravel streets. Yes, Thompson still is inhabited mostly by people who work in Grand Forks. And, yes, you don’t want to break the speed limit because you’ll get collared. The speed trap is our version of economic development. But, get out the sander to remove the third stereotype from the granite. By the end of this year, approximately two-thirds of Thompson’s roadways will be paved.
Swenson is among hundreds of grateful clients of the free service offered senior and low-income citizens. It’s a program called VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, sponsored by AARP. It’s open to people of this area. Last year, about 600 received help, and this year, Margaret Fish said they should do more than that before the filing deadline in mid-April.
Fish has been the site coordinator since 1999. The service has been offered out of the Campbell Library for years. Before that, it was offered by faculty volunteers at UND.
We know that laughter is the best medicine. We also know that laughter is contagious. And now, some locals are learning that laughter also is a good workout. It’s called laughter yoga, taught by Sue Thompson, an East Grand Forks native who has returned to her original stomping grounds to spread the gospel of its benefits.
"My interest about first names comes from today’s politics," columnist Ryan Bakken writes. "In November, we will elect a president named Barack, Mitt or Newt. None of those names rank in the top 1,000 of names selected in 2010."
The “cup of coffee away” marketing slogan was successful in attracting residents to Hillsboro, N.D., over the past decade.
Now, Hillsboro and the rest of the Traill County, are using an extension of that strategy that might be characterized as “a thermos of coffee away.”
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Forget the harsh winter that just passed. Forget about the ongoing saga about changing the Fighting Sioux nickname. This is the weekend for UND men’s hockey fans to cheer on the team in the Final Five in St. Paul.
Christmas is coming and so is Seth Custer, home from Greenville, S.C., where he is a music professor at Bob Jones University. And of course, the East Grand Forks native is bringing his saxophones with him.
Bashful, a 3-year-old horse born in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, walks calmly into the buffalo pens Saturday, where he was rounded up a year ago. His owner, Dan Sparling, guides him with ease from the horse’s back. It may be hard to believe that, a year ago, the now docile Bashful jumped from the sales arena in a panicked attempt to escape, injuring himself and a 79-year-old man in the process.
Under Minnesota law, the burden is on the traveler. Be careful what you bring with you on the road, because the innkeeper might not have to pay for it if it's gone. State law caps a hotel's liability for a guest's personal property losses at $1,000, unless the loss is the hotel's fault.
As proud grandma Pat Geraghty watched the nurses weigh, measure and take the footprints of her newborn granddaughter Kyenna, happy tears streamed down her face. She had three times as many reasons to be so happy.
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