Thursday, May 18, 2017

"HEMP DAY" at Roger Gussiaas Farm

Roger and Nurgul hosted a "Hemp Day" at their farm in Carrington on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  It was quite an educational experience, learning how they process hemp and change it into many useful products.  Judging from the many attendees, the day was a great success.

Many interesting people... involved in hemp education, technology, production and use... gathered to discuss and exchange their information and products.  Of particular interest was Rick Trojan and persons who accompanied him on his Hemp Road Trip:  D.J. Nicke (Co-Founder of Cannapedia; Michael Carmany {from Industrial Hemp Research Foundation); and others.

This group is traveling around the country "to raise awareness of hemp through a nationwide grassroots campaign, educating citizenry, gather commitments to cosponsors Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, influence state senators and representatives, promote domestic hemp businesses, educate farmers on the benefits of planting hemp and to document nationwide campaign."

Did you know that hemp is classified as a complete protein?  It has all the essential amino acids that are necessary for the good health of the human body.  One of the products that the Gussiaas family manufactures is a hemp meal which can be placed in any food to make it a complete protein.  It is good in shakes, smoothies, cereals, etc.

As well, Gussiaas also produces hemp oil which is rich in Omega 3-6 essential fatty acids.  Many people are beginning to realize the importance of these Omega-3-rich oils for the good health of their immune systems.

And, just think!  These wonderful, health-giving products are manufactured right here in the Carrington area!   Please contact Gussiaas for more information about his business and how you can attain the products that he manufactures and ships around the world.  Phone 701-652-3078.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Carrington City-Wide Yard Sales

Time to get ready for Carrington's City Wide Yard Sales... especially if you're going to sell things!
As for me, my friends and I always try to get around to every sale. For some reason or other, people practically give away some wonderful items.
For instance, I have at least 6 excellently framed paintings/prints from these yard sales. One of the prints from England is listed at 235 British pounds without the frame. I even tried to talk one seller from selling me a beautifully framed print for $10 (one that would sell in someone's shop for $400). He said he was happy for me to have it since it was just sitting in their attic not being appreciated by anyone. Every day when I look at these prints, I feel so grateful to the people who sold them to me. For them, these things were surplus...whereas for me they are treasures.
Also, if you're looking for furniture, our yard sales are the place to go for great buys. For instance, I've seen beautiful couches for $10-25, a solid wood queen bedstead for $8, mattresses for $10, an oak dining set for $40, all kinds of vintage glassware for practically nothing, baby/children's clothes that look like they've never been worn, an abundance of children's toys/games, garden and shop tools galore, camping equipment, and so many items just too numerous to mention!
If you want to be sure everyone knows about your yard sale, you can list it with the Chamber of Commerce, and it will be listed in the Foster County Independent. Some people choose to put up a sign in their front yard for the event without advertising... and that seems to work just fine, too. Also, you're welcome to post your yard sale on Carrington News for no charge.
The more information out there, the better the sales will be!
Happy buying and selling!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Have a Blessed Easter

I love this picture of Dolly Footitt who turned 102 on October 4, 2017.   The reason I'm writing about her on Easter is she is such a wonderful example of a totally "nice" human being!  We have been "running around" together for quite a few years... with her telling me entertaining stories about local places, events and people.  Since I only moved to Carrington in 2004, I'm quite a newcomer to the area, so Dolly does her best to fill me in on all the years since 1915 (her birth year) that I missed out on.  I never get tired of listening to her!

Right now Dolly is staying in the New Rockford Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  She had a problem with high blood pressure a few weeks ago, went to the hospital, and wound up being placed in this rest home until she can take care of herself again.  You can imagine how she feels... in one room without being able to move about as she pleases.  

Before a few weeks ago, Dolly did all of her house cleaning, scrubbing floors, vacuuming, taking care of her yard, raking leaves, feeding the birds and squirrels, baking wonderful goodies for church and fundraisers, creating and sewing quilts and all kinds of sewing projects.  She even got a 4-year renewal on her driving license in October!  An amazing woman!!!

To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to rest homes in the past, but now that Dolly is in one, I want to find out all I can bout them.  So far, I've been really impressed with the New Rockford Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  It's very spacious and clean and has lots of great activities going on.  The people who work and volunteer there have been very friendly and helpful... and the food looks yummy!

The only drawback I see is that Dolly isn't getting enough physical therapy and help with walking that she needs so badly.  Her legs are weak from being in bed so long, and she needs to walk in order to get her leg-strength back.  Of course, that's only my lay-person's opinion, but I have a feeling that many medical professionals would agree with the importance of getting regular exercise.

I'm thinking about starting a program called "Walk with Dolly" -- where people could sign up to walk with her every day.  😍  In fact, I wonder how many people would like to become "Walkers."  Just think what a wonderful help that would be to so many older people who need someone to walk with them.  After all, many of us who are dog owners take plenty of time to walk our animals.  Why not spend some quality time walking our older friends?!!!  

Anyway, since I'm out of the state and can't be with my friend Dolly today, I'm asking God's blessings on her on this very special day.  I'm hoping that she's getting lots of visitors and love and cards. When I called her today, she said her room was full of flowers and cards... so a big THANKS to everyone who has taken the time to visit or send a card to Dolly.!

And to all of you who are reading this article... HAPPY EASTER and God bless you!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Visiting Dolly Footitt at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd

Freda Myers, Jocelyn Zink, Claudia Timm, Dolly Footitt
It was a delight visiting with Dolly Footitt in New Rockford today.  She is staying at the New Rockford Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd while she recuperates from her bout with high blood pressure.  Claudia Timm, Freda Myers and I really enjoyed our visit with Dolly and her great-great-granddaughter, Jocelyn.  What fun listening to these two "older" close friends (102 and 95 years young) reminisce about family, friends and places from the past.  Freda told lots of great stories with Dolly chiming right in and with Claudia adding details and information. 

I took quite a few pictures so Dolly's friends and family can see how well she's doing.  Also, when Freda told us that many of her kids had seen Dolly on Facebook, I told her that I'd make sure they could see lots of pictures of Freda, too.  :)  As you can see from her pictures, she is a very expressive, friendly, upbeat person... just like Dolly.

As for Claudia Timm, she made sure the trip happened, picking Freda and me up and driving us to New Rockford.  Also, since we arrived at the time for Dolly to have her hair done, Claudia volunteered to roll and style her hair for her.  In one of the photos you can see Dolly dozing off under the hair dryer while Freda is entertaining us. 

Dolly's "great-great" Jocelyn flew up from Arizona to spend time with her grandma while she's getting better.  You can tell that Dolly is so proud of her... telling us about "all the houses" she's selling!  Jocelyn is a real estate agent in Phoenix, having moved there recently from Colorado.

All in all, it was quite an enjoyable day with Dolly... and a pleasant, new experience for us.  The staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd were all extremely helpful and very friendly.  The building itself is very attractive inside with lots of cheerful decorations and cozy places to visit with each other.  And, Dolly's room is located on a corner with large windows all around so she can enjoy the view outside.  Jocelyn says they are going to put a bird feeder outside so Dolly can enjoy watching the birds... one of her favorite pastimes.

As you know, Dolly is a very friendly person who would love to have visitors.  Please feel free to drop in to see her at any time during the day.  

Also, Dolly loves to receive cards and calls!  Here is her address and phone number:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dolly Footitt - All's Well That Ends Well

December 30, 2016 -- I'm posting Dolly's photo now that she's out of the hospital. She didn't want me to post her picture and worry everyone while she was there. Just like her... thinking of everyone else! She thinks that she got panicked because she felt trapped in her house by the snow... and her blood pressure went up. 

Dolly spent two nights in the hospital, the 28th and 29th to get her blood pressure down and went home today, the 30th. The first thing she did when she went home was start cleaning her house... and she tripped, fell and hit her head on the cabinet, and created what some people call a goose-egg bump...quite big. Just at that time I was coming over to have coffee with her... and immediately took her back to the hospital. Poor Dolly!!!

Doc Geier had already given her every test in the world while she was in the hospital the first time... except a brain scan. This time he gave her a brain scan, said she had a great brain, and Dolly said that was good news, and I took her home again. 

What a day! Everything turned out okay, though, thank God. Dolly is such a trooper, though... didn't complain about anything. She's at home now, taking it easy. No house-cleaning for a few days! Now would be a good time to give her a call and wish her well. 

(The above picture of Dolly was taken on December 28th, at 102 years old. Isn't she beautiful!!!)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dolly Footitt Thanks the Kubals

I recently posted a picture of Dolly Footitt on my page along with her special thank you to her neighbors, the Kubals.  It went like this:

Dolly Footitt wants to say a special thanks to the Kubal family who live across the street from her. "Thank you, Jerome, Teresa, Auna and Matt for digging me out of the big snow banks around my house. I hope you like the brownies I made for you!" (As many of you know, Dolly is one of the oldest residents in Carrington. She turned 102 on October 4th this year... and pretty much takes care of herself. She does all of her own housework, gardening, cooking, baking for herself and others, and drives herself to church on Sunday. Shoveling heavy snow is too much for her, though, although she probably doesn't like to admit it. It's really nice to know that the Kubals are watching out for Dolly and helping her with difficult situations like this. She is especially happy now that she can get outside to feed the birds that she was so worried about. So, KUDOS TO THE KUBALS for being Dolly's great neighbors and friends. God bless you.)

I wish I had a picture of the Kubal family to post along with this article.  They are a wonderfully thoughtful family and should be recognized around the Carrington community.

Here are a few more pictures of Dolly which I took at the Federated Church Holiday Fair this year in December.  That's where Dolly goes to church and helps out at all the festivities.  This year she made a coconut cream pie and chocolate pie for the luncheon.  I noticed that when ordering their lunch, many of the ladies asked specifically for a piece of Dolly's pie.  She's a marvelous baker!

 In the years that I've known Dolly, since I moved to North Dakota in 2004, we've become the best of friends.  We go to most of Carrington's special events together, drive to Jamestown to shop and have lunch at Perkins, have coffee with our friends at the Prairie Inn on Fridays, drive all around Carrington taking pictures, and have coffee/pie/cookies/bars at her house quite often. 

Dolly may be 102 years old, but she is young at heart and an absolute delight to be around.  I am so grateful for her friendship.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Foster County State's Attorney Paul Murphy Exposed

Read the following information that exposes State's Attorney Paul Murphy, and judge for yourself if he is fit to serve the citizens of Foster County.  

The following are two separate documents that were introduced into a filmed deposition of State's Attorney Paul Murphy, occurring on November 28, 2016, regarding a civil cause of action for libel (Ted Keller vs. Dean Tracy, Case No. 47-2016-CV00258).  

Paul Murphy had no knowledge of the facts of the case, other than Dean Tracy libeled Ted Keller.  He was brought in to testify as to Keller's character. Unfortunately for Murphy, he did not realize that when you wish to testify as to someone's character, your own character and honesty can be examined.

Part one of the video concerns mostly Murphy's background.  The innocuous examination as to where he lived for his entire life is very important to the issues which are addressed in Document 2/Exhibit 3.

The first document is referred to as Exhibit 2 in the filmed deposition.  The second document is referred to as Exhibit 3.  The deponent (person being deposed) was former Foster/Griggs County State's Attorney Paul Murphy.   The party asking the questions is the plaintiff, Ted Keller.

The deposition of  Paul Murphy was filmed and published in three parts on YouTube:   VIDEO 1  /    VIDEO 2   /    VIDEO 3

Document 1, Exhibit 2

On or about April 11, 2012, then Griggs County State's Attorney Paul Murphy created and served a false Subpoena Dues Tecum  to Verizon Wireless (Document 1, Exhibit 2) by fax demanding a cell phone record that he claimed he owned.   The demand also included a demand for records for an additional cell phone that he claimed in the deposition that he didn't know who owned it or used it.  He claimed that he "had no idea of who it belonged to."  (See  Video 2/9:57)

Information has come out since the time of the discovery of these documents (by that the additional cell phone number belonged to the Griggs County Sheriff. 

At that same time, Marina Spahr, then-wife of Murphy, worked as Griggs County Assistant State's Attorney.  More interesting is at this time there were rumors of a relationship between Murphy's wife, Spahr, and the Griggs County Sheriff.    Apparently, Spahr was using the target phone number for her personal cell phone number.  

It's easy to see that the purpose of Murphy's subpoena was to obtain whom his wife called, whom she texted, whom she received texts from, and most importantly where she was at all times, as well as where the sheriff was at all times.   As clearly stated in the subpoena, Murphy attempted to use the power of his office as Griggs County State's Attorney to spy on his wife and her "friend."

During the deposition, when Murphy was questioned about the numerous obvious instances of fraud contained in this document (Document 1/Exhibit2), he objected and refused to answer... becoming quite irritated.  (See  Part 2 of the Paul Murphy/Foster County/YouTube video starting at 9:57)

This first document  (Document1/Exhibit 2) was the first of two false documents that Murphy used to spy on his wife and her "friend."

The second document (Document 2/Exhibit3) was issued fraudulently by Paul Murphy under the jurisdiction of the Spirit Lake Nation Tribal Court.  This document will be discussed later after we examine his first act of fraud upon the system.

Just look at a partial list of false statements contained in Document 1/Exhibit 2  in Griggs County State's Attorney Murphy's first attempt to spy on his wife and her “friend.” (Document1/Exhibit2)

1.     The heading of the Subpoena, claims that it is being issued under the authority of the “State of North Dakota, In the District.” No county or district is mentioned as to its origin.
2.     The Subpoena claims to be titled as “In re Paul Murphy.”  This case title directly conflicts with the paragraph directly above his signature in the document which attests "This is a civil litigation wherein the information requested is necessary for the prosecution of the case between Marina Spahr and Paul Murphy, Litigants respectively.”
3.     This statement about the litigation between Spahr and Murphy is also false because, according to Court records, the action between Spahr and Murphy under Case No. 02-2012-DM-00103 was not filed until September 17, 2012.  Although the date on Murphy’s signature is incorrectly stated as April 11, 2011, both the witness and the text in the demand reflect the correct year.  Therefore, his statement of a pending action is completely false since there was no action pending between these parties on April 11, 2012.
4.     The next fraud involves the case number in the subpoena which is stated as “2012-C-1599.”  Every North Dakota Court case number includes the number of the court district and county number.  Neither number is included in the case number because there is no such case on file, therefore no such case number.
5.     The next fraud and abuse upon the process of the Court is contained in his claim that he is acting on the authority of his office as Griggs County State's Attorney and the State of North Dakota.  Does the State's Attorney and the State of North Dakota have any interest in the divorce action between Murphy and this wife?  Better still, how can he be acting in the State's interest?
          During the deposition' Murphy refused to admit or deny that he owned the cell phone number, citing his "no-relevance" objection.
6.     The next fraud by Murphy upon the State of North Dakota is his demand to Verizon for the production of records for cell number (701) 789-0100.  When asked about the additional cell phone that he wished to spy upon, he didn’t know who owned the cell phone.  It has been established that the cell phone belonged to the Sheriff of Griggs County. 
7.     All of the responses to these requests were not to be sent to Griggs County State's Attorney Office in Cooperstown where his wife served and had an office as Griggs County State's Attorney.  Murphy commanded all responsive documents be sent to his office in Carrington.  One could conclude that he did not want his soon-to-be-ex-wife learning of his spying on her cell phone and that of her “friend,” the Griggs County Sheriff.
8.     Murphy also admonished and commanded Verizon under his authority as State's Attorney that the documents sought are “confidential… and should not be released to anyone other than the person requesting the information.”   To emphasize this point he made sure this part of his multi-subject paragraph above his signature, was placed in bold.
9.     Murphy’s demand again refers to his authority of his office by referring to himself in the plural tense in his statement that “We here by request that you fax the records to…”  Who is we?  Surely it is not the State of North Dakota and the District Court.
10.  The last proof of the fraud of this document is that the demand is made under the authority of the State of North Dakota and the Griggs County State's Attorney District Court, and yet he signs as “Paul Murphy (05166) Attorney at Law Pro Se”

Based upon all the inconsistent statements in Murphy's phony document (Document 1,Exhibit 2), Verizon may have questioned its validity.

Document 2/Exhibit 3

Deposition Document 2/Exhibit “3” is Murphy’s next fraud upon Verizon, occurring on or around August, 2012.  In order to get the records he wanted, 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.  Using their jurisdiction was another  fraud.

It should be noted that Murphy knew that this was a fraud.  He had been states attorney for several counties and knew of jurisdictional issues which precluded him from filing any personal divorce issue in any tribal court.

Judge for yourself.  It is obvious that State's Attorney Murphy used his office and the resources of the tax payers of the State of North Dakota to spy upon his wife and her alleged lover.  

Just think.  This is the attorney who is in charge of prosecuting criminals for Foster County.  How can this person have the moral high-ground to represent the people of Foster County and North Dakota?  Paul Murphy should have no moral, legal or ethical authority to represent the people of North Dakota in any capacity.




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!!!