Thursday, October 18, 2012
People in North Dakota normally take off their shoes when they come into your house. It's a sign of respect because they realize that the weather (snow/hail/rain) and their occupation (farmers, ranchers, hard-working-out-door people) know their shoes can be pretty messy. However, if they know you have inside dogs, and if you get to them soon enough at the door, they know they don't have to take off their shoes. Many of them take off shoes anyway, but then that's their choice to get dirty-dog-paw socks. :)
Some of my lady friends insist on taking off their shoes anyway, but they have figured out a solution to this "dirty-sock" problem. They carry an extra pair of socks or a soft pair of house slippers in their purses. Off go their shoes, and on go their slippers! North Dakota ingenuity at work!!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Click on the above picture to see photos which were taken at the Duck Fest event in Bowdon, North Dakota on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Most of the pictures are of the art display in the old Bowdon Elementary School cafeteria. Sad to say, I didn't have time to go to their other ongoing events. There were many interesting/fun activities, including: archery and trap shoots, antique farm equipment on display, a Mr. Duck Fest competition, kid's games, a carnival, a pie auction, a German supper/steak night/chili cook-off, and more... The Bowdon community should be highly complimented for putting together this entertaining event! I'm looking forward to spending more time there next year!
Monday, September 17, 2012
This the 54th Annual Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion! Take a ride out to the New Rockford Fairgrounds (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) and enjoy another year of fun activities!
Of course, you don't want to miss getting a look at The Tractor Ride which leaves New Rockford at 9 a.m. making their way to Carrington on Thursday, September 20th.
At the fairgrounds there will be a Daily Parade of Engines at 2 p.m. - one of the largest displays of engines in the Midwest.
A special feature this year is the celebration of John Deere's 175th anniversary with over 175 pieces of historical JD equipment.
The New Rockford Fairgrounds will be teeming with fun events for the whole family: wood carving, wood sawing, threshing, steam plowing, horse plowing, model train display, bingo, and lots more activities to choose from!
As for musical entertainment, on Friday evening there will be an old-time square dance, on Saturday the Radio Stars and on Sunday the Waddingtons. On Saturday evening there will also be a talent show!
As for food, the Eddy County 4-H Clubs will serve a roast beef dinner on Saturday and Sunday. For breakfast, the Cook Car Threshers will be serving daily from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. And for those of you who enjoy snacking throughout the day, there will be a variety of food vendors with yummy goodies for your enjoyment.
Hope to see you at this fantastic steam threshers event!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The owners, Leo Straley and Ted Keller, made a critical decision to manufacture their own standing seam steel roofing panels, thus becoming one of the few companies in North Dakota to do so. In the process of perfecting their steel panels, Leo (an experienced metal worker from way back) invented a system that makes steel roofing even more leak resistant. Seeing that their steel roofs already have a 50 year warranty, his system means that the roof will most likely last the entire lifetime of the house with no leakage problems. This fact has impressed homeowners and builders all over the state, having a direct impact on the company's success. Being successful means that Ted keeps very busy traveling, meeting with builders, architects, and homeowners across North Dakota... and to other states as well.
In fact, Ted recently met with builders in Seattle who chose the H window for their multi-million dollar project. You see, in addition to roofing, Central City Remodeling is the exclusive ND dealer for the H Window Company, a company that makes windows and doors that are especially designed for harsh climates with intense weather extremes (sound a little like North Dakota?!). You may have seen the company's commercials, showing the H window flip completely around for easy cleaning. It has the highest wind-resistance performance of any window in the United States. In fact, the harder the wind blows, the tighter it seals! This being the case, the H window has become very popular with commercial and residential builders across the northern states.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Putnam House hosted another great wine-tasting event - for the tenth straight year!
Alison Schumann, the Putnam House Coordinator, made sure that there was plenty of wine flowing and lots of scrumptious appetizers to eat.
Be sure to take a look at the uniquely themed baskets (in the above slideshow) which were auctioned off to the crowd. Lots of thought, preparation and expense went into the creations - all for the love of Putnam House! The contributors deserve a big THANK YOU for their contributions.
Good music, good wine, good food and good company... What more could you ask for? Let's lift our glasses to all the people who took part in making this another successful celebration at the Putnam House!