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Weekend Scandinavian Festival in Roseau-June 11-14
by Rob Crowe
It’s short, but beautiful, this week or so when all the fruit trees are in blossom. We have a crab apple tree here in the yard that is in full bloom but already the rain is washing away the blossoms so we don’t have much time to enjoy the view. The lilac hedge is starting to bloom, purple in color. It’s actually more like a lilac forest, if you need any shoots to start your own, come on over and I’ll dig up a few for you.
Trapper has been displaying a bit of erratic behavior lately, not that his behavior is ever all that predictable. Usually his Chevy pickup sits by the door of the house in the morning. Abby the Dog and I go over there, Abby for a bowl of Trapper’s famous oatmeal and I for coffee with Trapper. Unfortunately for Abby, there have been several mornings recently that the Chevy’s absence has been conspicuous. He explains that in these absences, he has been at the all important task of procuring food in the form of trout from Whitefish Bay. Since I have a large slab of trout in the freezer from one of those trips, I’ll have to believe him. Abby lets me know that it really screws up her schedule and diet because here, she only gets dog food...and maybe some bits of table scraps. As Trapper often says, we treat her like a dog…
The crusty old Norsk, Orlin Ostby, was telling us at work that he was going out to North Dakota to buy a 50 John Deere and an old photograph of the Pabst Hitch of Draft Horses that won the Blue Ribbon at the Chicago World Fair that the beer became named after. An old friend of his was selling out and he’d taken a shine to the items. After his constant daily dissertations over two or three weeks about the auction, I went on the World Wide Web and found the auction website. There were some very interesting things for auction, mostly far out of the budget Management sets for me, however a 1974 Polaris Colt SS caught my eye. It didn’t look all that good in the photo, pretty dusty like it had been setting for some time, which it had.
I’d had a ‘76 Colt way back in the past and rationalized that it would be a good sled for the Little Girls, so figured that since the crusty old Norsk was going to the auction, maybe he’d be able to bid on it for me.
Sitting with him at work the night before the auction, I asked, “Think you could bid on that Colt SS?”
He gave me a glare. “How much you go on it?”
Big spender that I am, I said, “A hunnert bucks.”
Another glare. “You cleared it with Management?”
I gulped. “No.” Evidently Management’s reputation has spread, for some reason or other.
“I’m not going to bid unless you check with her,” the old Norsk snarled, “call her up and put it on speaker phone so I can hear what she says!”
Since talking to Management on a speaker phone in the Blue Star cafeteria isn’t my idea of a wise thing to do, I replied, “No. Forget about it. I don’t want the sled.”
So much for that idea. He did call me up from the auction while the bid on the Colt SS was at $125 and I said no. It went for some over $250. Someone wanted it pretty bad.
He bid up to $1800 but didn’t get the John Deere 50. He was the winning bidder on the Pabst Blue Ribbon picture, an old wooden butter churn and some furniture.
I’ve been working on some projects. For me, to work on a project first entails fixing something, in this case Skiddy, my 250 John Deere Skid Steer. The hydraulic lock started blowing fuses so the short had to be found and fixed. That done, I proceeded cleaning up the remnant s of an old building out back which had been burned a couple of decades ago. We needed an area to fence in Amber the Horse and I have a few more projects to bring home. Katelyn took a picture of the action. All that’s left is seeding the grass. Since I’m all fired up, call me if you need some skid steer work done.
Another week in the Great North, see you next week!
Towing those Boats
What came first? The boat or the tow vehicle? Enjoy this pictorial essay about boats and their tow vehicles...or is it tow vehicles and their boats? You be the judge. Whether along the frontage road in Roseau or on the way to the Point in Warroad, they rule the roads and boulevards every summer here in the Southwest Angle.
Greenbush Race Park Results-May 16th, 2009
Modifieds - Feature
Finish Car Driver Hometown
1 44D Luke Dyksta Winnipeg , Mb
2 1R Rick Delaine Stoney Mountain, Mb
3 16 Gavin Paull Ft Frances, On
4 74 Dustin Wahl Greenbush , Mn
5 22 Mike Tiani Newfolden , Mn
6 007 Jason Johnson Karlstad , Mn
7 20K Ken Geske Thief River, Mn
8 20X Darian Boyce Winnipeg , Mb
9 2 Aaron Holtan Newfolden , Mn
10 75 Jamen Foss Greenbush , Mn
Pure Stocks - Feature
1 81 John & Duray Karlstad , Mn
2 3L Logan Salazar Pembina , Nd
3 169 Justin Olson TRF, Mn
4 43 Mike & Peterson Lancaster , Mn
5 99.3 Ed Lehrke Hallock , Mn
6 49 Don Byfuglein Roseau , Mn
7 2L Nick & Linert Badger , Mn
8 55 B. Corneliusen Warren , Mn
9 923 H. Corneliusen Warroad , Mn
10 17H Kyle Hanson -
Mini Sprints - Feature
1 40 M. Schmiedeberg Lake Bronson, Mn
2 2R Roland Bernard Winnipeg , Mb
3 9 Dennis Rantanen Thief River, Mn
4 6 Jennifer Carlson Winnipeg , Mb
5 56S Danny Steinmetz Langdon , Nd
6 4 Robert Saindon Ste. Anne, Mb
7 22 Brandon Johnson Holt , Mn
8 15 B. Schmiedeberg Lake Bronson, Mn
9 67 Jeramy Swenson Badger , Mn
10 2 Corey Olson Badger , Mn
4 Cylinders - Feature
1 13 Michael Wenham Winnipeg , Mb
2 15D Mike Demchuk Winnipeg , Mb
3 K9 Doug Krause Winnipeg , Mb
4 05 Shannon Gilbertons Thief River, Mn
5 24T Tiffany Noreikis Warren , Mn
6 75 James Cooper Mahnomen , Mn
7 24 Shawn Klassen Winkler , Mb
Midwest Modifieds - Feature
1 17 Lance Schill Langdon , Nd
2 22 Rod Peterson Thief River, Mn
3 2 Victor Kaml Greenbush , Mn
4 5R Davy Riopelle Argyle , Mn
5 99 Adam Gajeski Stephen , Mn
6 13 Brian Lepier Bemidji , Mn
Greenbush Race Park Schedule
June 13, 2009 Central Boiler NLRA Late Model Special ( No M,4)
June 27, 2009 Budweiser NOSA Outlaw Sprint Special (No M)
July 5, 2009 Rain Date 3:00PM
July 11, 2009 Agassiz Insurance Midseason Championships(All Classes)
July 18, 2009 Wikstrom's Baker Cup Modified Special (No 4)
July 25, 2009 Border State Bank NOSA Outlaw Sprint Special (No MM)
August 1, 2009 Life Care Medical Center Regular Race (No PS)
August 15, 2009 Races Plus King of The Ring Car Demo(No 4, MS)
August 29, 2009 Regular Races (All Classes)
September 5, 2009 Midwest Modified Special $500 to win $100 to start(All Classes)
September 6, 2009 Track Championships Plus Powder Puffs & Mechanic Races(All Classes)
September 7, 2009 Rain Date 3:00PM
Section 8A Track & Field Meet
Submitted by Rich McBride
Saturday May 30, 2009
Early Summer Scenes
Picture of the Week
Another old barn, but this one is still standing tall. Where is this one located?
Last week’s picture of the John Deere mailbox is located on 300th street just west of the Spruce Church.