Thursday, December 1, 2016

“Paul Murphy - Foster County ND State's Attorney - Deposition (Parts 1-3)”

The following documents at the end of this report are designated as “Exhibits 2 and 3” in the YouTube videos titled “Paul Murphy - Foster County ND State's Attorney - Deposition (Parts 1-3).”
          VIDEO 1
           VIDEO 2
          VIDEO 3

Murphy created these Subpoenas Dues Tecum which were for a cell phone that he claimed he owned.

Exhibit “2” was the first Subpoena issued to Verizon to find out virtually everything from the call log, text messages, and more importantly where the phone was located at all times. 

It was reported that this phone was being used by his soon-to-be ex-wife.  In other words, Paul wanted to know who his wife called and received calls from and where she went.  (Remember,  your cell phone is a GPS that records where you go and how long you stay at any location.)

The most important issue isn’t that Attorney Murphy wanted to spy on his soon-to-be ex-wife.  He also wanted to know the location of an additional cell phone number.  This was a third party that he was attempting to spy upon under the authority of his office as State's Attorney of Griggs County, North Dakota, as it states in the document.

The document demonstrates that he purposely mis-titled the name of the case when he referred to it as the case being “In re Paul Murphy.”   The title means in regards to a party that may be in jail, incapacitated due to illness or disability towards understanding the proceeding.

Buried in the paragraph above his signature, he states that the action is between his wife and himself.  This is another false statement because the title of the case fails to state the proper county where the action was filed, and as well the case number is also a phony case number made up by Murphy.

Notice in the deposition how Murphy admits at first that the document is genuine when he states “the document speaks for itself.”   Later he denies its validity and then refuses to answer questions by raising ridiculous objections.

Based upon all the inconsistent statements in his phony document, Verizon may have questioned its validity.

Exhibit “3” is Murphy’s next fraud.  He apparently filed a divorce action against his wife in the Spirit Lake Tribal Court solely to once again spy on his soon to be ex-wife and the same other person. 

Notice in the deposition Murphy was questioned at length about the fact that he never lived within the jurisdiction of Spirit Lake Reservation, and he was and is not a member of their tribe.  Another  fraud.

Murphy’s phony and illegal representations are impeachment evidence against any potential testimony in this ongoing civil case.

Just think.  This is the attorney who is in charge of prosecuting criminals for Foster County.




Friday, November 25, 2016

Carrington Lights Up the Night at Christmas

The streets of Carrington are already starting to light up with Christmas decorations. 

Again this year, the Chamber of Commerce is having a lighting contest. All during the month of December they will be looking for homes with outstandingly beautiful, decorative, unique lighting. 


Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the contest at the end of the Christmas season. Judging from the past, there will be some pretty tough competition because Carrington residents love to light up the city!


Here are a few more examples from the past.... 

This picture is of Dolly Footitt, my 102-year-old friend, standing by the lit-up pole in her front yard. She actually still puts the lights on that pole herself! Amazing lady! Dolly and I will be driving around town taking pictures, so please wave if you see us! 

Thanks to all of you who make our evening "light tours" so delightful.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Harry Hayashi's Rainbow Gardens - Carrington, ND

Since moving to Carrington over 12 years ago, I've been fascinated with the story of the Rainbow Gardens and Harry Hayashi.

My friend, Dolly Footitt (who turned 102 in October), has wonderful memories of the Rainbow Gardens, the Hayashi family and that era. She talks about how sad it was when Mr. Hayashi was taken away to be interned in a camp during WWII. He and his family had created a wonderful place here in Carrington - the Rainbow Gardens - where popular bands from all over the country came to play. 

Would you believe that the following entertainers came to Carrington: Duke Ellington, Conway Twitty, Louie Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Tiny Hill, Wayne King, Blue Barron, Buddy Murrow, and many other popular bands of that era. It was an awesome entertainment center with a good restaurant, lodging and beautiful gardens.

When I recently posted a link to a Fargo Forum article about the Rainbow Gardens, Harry Hayashi's grandson John wrote me a very nice note and sent some of their family pictures of The Gardens.  I was so happy to receive John's message and the special photos which he sent.   

John said that his father George (Harry's son)  had passed away at the beginning of October at the age of 89... and that Carrington was always the topic of conversation in the last few months of his life.  John said that they "were able to find many family photos and even in the sadness of my dad's passing discover that Todd Goheen the funeral director was a Carrington kid who lived in the next Wisconsin town over."

"I guess Carrington never leaves you,"  John said.

If you lived in the Carrington area at that time, please share your memories of the Rainbow Gardens and that era with us.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Just Thinking about Veteran's Day...

Just thinking about Veteran's Day... coming up on Friday, November 11th.... 

Now that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been elected as president and vice president of our country, I know that our veterans will be treated better than they have been during the Obama administration. 

One of the things that impressed me most while watching/listening to President-Elect Trump's speeches was that he always honored our veterans, our military, and our law enforcement. The cheers from his huge crowds showed that they appreciated Trump's feelings and his commitment to watching over their well-being if he were elected President. 

It may be a little slow and rocky at first, but I have faith that Donald Trump will do his best to follow through with his commitments. 

Hooray for our veterans, our military, our law enforcement... and the USA!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 Foster County Election Results

Congratulations and thanks to every person who took the time and energy to run for commissioner of Foster County. We really appreciate the fact that you were willing to serve our community in that capacity. The following candidates received the most votes and have been elected to be commissioners in the following districts.



DISTRICT 4 -- LINDA SCHUSTER received the most votes but had moved out of the district, so we're not sure what will transpire here. Perhaps the new commissioners will appoint someone.

Also, congratulations to the following people who won their offices. Thank you for your time, energy and service to Foster County
The AMBULANCE LEVY measure passed with the following count:
YES - 912
NO - 791
We look forward to working with and supporting so many people who are willing to do their best for Foster County. Thank you again for your service.
(For complete/detailed results click on the following link:…)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Sutherland - Menards Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Bill Sutherland - Employee of the Month at Menards in Jamestown!

We're so glad that Menards appreciates Bill Sutherland's expertise in their electronics department and is honoring him as "Employee of the Month."    I wonder if the store manager and his fellow workers in Jamestown have seen the side of Bill that so many of us here in Carrington appreciate.  

Of course, most of us with computers have benefited from Bill's  Carrington Computer business, his knowledge of electronics, and his ability to raise computers from the dead.  I love to tell the story of how he came to service a dead computer at my house... and while he was just standing there talking about it, it came back to life... as if the mother board wasn't blown and it hadn't been sitting with a black screen for days.  It lit right up and worked fine without him doing a thing except look at it.  

The folks in Carrington also appreciate Bill's way with plants and gardening.  A lot of us have flower and vegetable gardens filled with his plants which thrive well in our area.  He likes to experiment with different varieties of plants and even raises seedless tomatoes for people who love tomatoes but can't digest seeds.  He has helped his wife Phyllis create and nurture Dakota Girl Gardens where he has created some beautiful and clever flower arrangements.  For instance, the flowering boot in this photo is one of his creations. 

 We're happy that Bill is enjoying his employment at Menards, and we're very glad that they are showing how much they value his service.  However, we miss the days when he had time to visit our offices and homes during the day to brighten up our lives with some of his special plants.  And, we miss having lunches with him and Phyllis in their greenhouse when it was freezing outside during the coldest months of the year.  Hopefully, on some cold winter day, when Bill isn't working at Menards, we'll get another fun invitation to one of his greenhouse lunches.  A special treat to look forward to! :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

North Dakotans Friendly/Helpful... Most of the Time

North Dakota is noted for the way people help each other out when troubles arise. We often see someone giving a helping hand to someone else who needs it at the time. Later, we might see the person who needed help passing on that positive energy to someone else in need. Most North Dakotans are good examples of the "paying forward" theory.
Today, when I had a flat tire in a precarious place on the way to Jamestown, I experienced the negative energy of a different kind of North Dakotan.... someone who criticizes instead of helps in a troubling situation. This person actually stopped to tell the farmer who was helping us that we were "causing a traffic jam" ... on a road where only one other car passed in the hour that we were there.
We had managed to limp our car away from traffic onto a graveled country road off the main highway . We made one call to a friend, a farmer who immediately left a busy part of his day, to come and help us. He parked his truck beside our car and was in the process of lifting a tire, when this intruder decided to stop his vehicle and criticize us.
Although we were double-parked on this country road, while fixing our tire, there was room for cars to pass us safely on the left. A kind person in a situation like this would have offered to help out or at least make sure that we were okay. In fact, the only other driver on that country road did just that, looked to make sure we were doing okay and then waved and passed on.
This negative fellow, however, had to stop and have words with our farmer/friend who was helping. I guess what bothers me most about this incident is the fact that we know the person who acted this way. The image that he cultivates in our community is one of being a kind, thoughtful person. In this case, he was not at all kind, and did not act the way a typical North Dakotan (or any kind person) would act.
By the way, while we were on the main highway, right after our tire blew, we were surprised to hear a voice coming from the nearby railroad track. There was a railroad inspector actually driving a truck along the tracks who stopped to see if he could help us in any way. We thanked him and explained that help was already on the way. After we assured him that we were okay, he drove on down the track. That man is the sort of person that we can rely on and depend on to help out ... especially in a state like ours where you can be stuck on the side of the road in below zero weather. 
Thankfully, most North Dakotans are like the railroad man and our farmer/friend - ready to give a helping hand when needed.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Touching the Sun with Dolly Footitt

Here is my "most recent" favorite picture of my friend, Dolly Footitt, who will be 102 years old on October 4th.  Sunflowers are her favorite flowers, and as she says, "Touching a sunflower is like touching the sun..."   I'm very thrilled to say that this photo won the "Photo of the Day" award on the "Capture Dakota" photography website... all due to Dolly's sweetness, of course!

Dolly and I drove all around the Foster County area this last week, admiring all the crops and taking lots of pictures of them.  No matter how hard we tried to give attention to all the wonderful crops in our area, we mostly concentrated on the sunflowers.  We just couldn't stay away from them.  Even though it was rather hot and muggy, Dolly said she just had to get out and touch them.... so she did!

Here are a few more of the pictures that I took that day....   I especially like the ones with the Carrington Water Tower peeking above the field of sunflowers.  You can tell exactly where these fields are located since there is no other water tower in the state.. or the country, for that matter... with such a patriotic tower overlooking the city.

Young Hawks in Our Neighborhood

There are lots of young Cooper's Hawks flying around our Carrington neighborhood right now.  Sad to say, none of them were actually raised in the big tree in my front yard.  For three years a hawk couple came back to raise their little ones in the same nest nestled in the sturdy branches.  Time and the weather took its toll on the nest, however, and it's no longer a safe place for raising babies.

Even though the current young hawks weren't raised in my front yard, they seem to like my big trees.  They are constantly flying from limb to limb and swooping down onto the grass to play with each other and eat their prey.  Sad to say, for birdwatchers, the other birds have left the neighborhood.  They know better than to stay within reach of these hungry predators.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Foster County Commissioners - Evolving to Five Districts/Five Members


The Foster County commission as per requirements of the North Dakota Century Code met in a special meeting on June 27, 2016.  They decided to form a citizens' committee to work with the commissioners on the creation of five districts.  This is the result of the community voting to have five commissioners instead of three.  The meeting will be held tonight, June 29th, at 6 o'clock.  Committee members consist of Becky Hagel, Ted Keller, Gilbert Black, Steve Metzger.

After the adoption of the five districts, the commissioners will appoint two new commissioners to serve with them till the November General Election. ( All commissioners will be up for election in November.)   Anyone wanting to be one of the newly appointed commissioners should contact Josh Dreher, Pat Copenhaver, or Roger Gussiaas as soon as possible today.


The Foster County Commissioners met with a special committee this evening, June 29th, to determine how the county would be divided into five districts.  The committee members - Becky Hagel, Steve Metzger, Gilbert Black and Ted Keller - presented their ideas to the commissioners.  Chairman Dreher shared his plan with everyone, and Commissioners Gussiaas and Copenhaver presented their thoughts regarding all the plans. It was obvious that they had all put a lot of time and effort into figuring out how the districts would be similar in population - which was a main requirement for districting.   At the end of the discussion, the commission accepted the plan upon which Becky Hagel, Steve Metzger and Gilbert Black had collaborated.

The commissioners decided to wait until tomorrow evening, June 30th, at 7:30 p.m. when they will meet to appoint two commissioners who will serve with them until the November election.   Any Foster County resident wanting to be one of the newly appointed commissioners should contact Josh Dreher, Pat Copenhaver, or Roger Gussiaas as soon as possible in order to be considered for an appointment.  By the end of tomorrow's meeting, Foster County will have five commissioners.

At the November general election, all five district commission positions will be on the ballot.  Anyone wishing to run for commissioner of his/her district in November, needs to turn in an application to the auditor by September 9, 2016


The Foster County Commissioners appointed two additional commissioners at the July 1st meeting this morning. They are Becky Hagel and John Murphy. Added to Chairman Josh Dreher, Vice Chairman Pat Copenhaver, and Roger Gussiaas, Foster County now has five commissioners - which is what the community voted for at the June Primary election.