for young readers
The children’s library tucked away in the lower level of Carnegie Regional Library in Grafton became a much more alluring place for young readers this past weekend thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and busy hands of committed volunteers.
Colorfully painted walls, a play mat featuring pictures of books, numbers and letters and cozy pillows to sit or lay on while reading now greet youngsters as they walk through the door, creating a much brighter and cheery atmosphere. The transformation from the former plain off-white walls to walls that could be compared to a four pack box of crayons happened over the past weekend when ambitious volunteers Carol Tallackson, Elaine Broker, Carnegie Regional Library Board president Kristy Eikenberry, board member Linda Johnston and library director Jill Bjerke arrived on the scene with paint brushes and rollers in hand. (more…)
Worksite wellness program now more comprehensive
Last week, the Walsh County Commission put the stamp of approval on a more comprehensive Walsh County Worksite Wellness program for county employees. Proposed by two Walsh County Health District staff, the program aims to keep wellness as a priority for participants each and every month.
Walsh County tobacco coordinator Stacy Langen is spearheading the improved wellness program, assisted by Walsh County Health District director Wanda Kratchovil. Langen is working to improve upon the current wellness program that promotes physical activity and proper nutrition for county employees, making it proactive on a monthly basis.
“We are trying to take the approach of promoting the program so health and wellness is on employees’ minds each and every month,” Langen commented. (more…)
purchases Top Hat Saloon in Pisek
The first of the year, Cally Odstrcil became the new owner of the former Top Hat Saloon in Pisek. Aside from a name change, she has few changes in store for the Pisek bar now known as “The Sandbar.”
Odstrcil has been associated with the Top Hat for about eight years as an employee of Curt and Wanda Sarkilahti, who promoted her to bar manager five years ago. When the Sarkilahtis decided it was time to retire last fall, the first offer they put on the table was to Odstrcil. It was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
“Curt and Wanda wanted to retire and I couldn’t see it going any other way except into my hands,” Odstrcil said. “It’s been my baby for five years, it might as well be my own.” (more…)
Certificate found in desk dates back to early 1900s
In the mid 1980s Lee Sobolik saw a garage sale sign posted in a yard in Park River and pulled in. He was looking to purchase a desk. . . more specifically a secretary-type desk. Something with lots of cubicles to help him organize his farm records.
Sobolik hit the jackpot that day, finding an antique desk with a china cupboard on top of it. He paid for it and prepared to haul it away. The china cupboard had glass doors, so he removed the top portion from the desk before transporting it. When he got it home and started to reassemble it, he found a few hidden treasures.
“In a gap between the cabinet and the desk, there was a narrow opening,” Sobolik said. “When I put it back together, I found two old postcards, an old Father’s Day card and an old certificate.” (more…)
Museum Alive the place to be Sunday
Board members of the Walsh County Historical Museum say one of their biggest challenges is getting the word out far and wide that the museum in Minto exists in the little northeastern North Dakota town. Hosting Museum Alive, with a full afternoon of activities planned, is one tool they use to promote the historical gem on the prairie.
The museum opened in the old Minto High School in the early 1970s. It will be open for touring throughout the Sunday afternoon event for visitors to enjoy its numerous displays featuring businesses found on main street in days gone by including a general store, blacksmith shop, saloon, ice cream parlor, photography studio and much more. There are vintage clothing, transportation and wildlife displays, as well as Indian artifacts, military memorabilia and a new exhibit to the museum – a turn of the century toy farm equipment display. Buildings on the grounds include a one-room school house, jail, log cabin, cookhouse and a trading post. (more…)