2013-02-07 / Community News


By Christine Nieuwsma

Our temperatures returned to the 20s this past week, but the weather turned very stormy on Saturday, with winds of 50 mph causing strong ground drifting in addition to the light snow which was falling. Also, the temperature climbed into the 30s for a bit, causing melting, which turned into very icy roads for travelers. Several vehicles slid into the ditch along both I-94 and Hwy 83, including a truck jack-knifed going west along I-94. Ambulances were seen going north and going west. I-94 was closed between Mandan and Dickinson Saturday afternoon and evening, due to the treacherous road conditions. By Sunday, the wind had gone down and this week should be a calmer week, weatherwise.

Chris Nieuwsma traveled to Bismarck on Saturday for a quarterly music teacher’s meeting and was grateful to return safely after encountering the above conditions.

The Strasburg Community Choir continues to practice on Monday evenings at the Care Center Chapel from 7-9 p.m. Come out and join us!

The firemen had their annual Firemen’s Ball on Saturday evening, with a delicious meal of cubed beef, mashed potatoes, corn, hamburger dressing, and more followed by Bingo, as well as a raffle ticket drawing for bacon and ham and lots of door prizes from area businesses.

Thank you to all who donated door prizes to this fun event! The firemen are hoping to buy a new/used pumper truck as theirs is aging, so they would appreciate donations.

The Strasburg Clippers played Gettysburg for a loss on Saturday. This was only their second loss, so they have actually been doing quite well. Hang in there, Clippers! Next time!

Several gatherings were held to celebrate the Super Bowl on Sunday. For those who didn’t watch, Baltimore played San Francisco...and won, 34-31, despite a 35 minute delay caused by a power outage midway through the game. The Sandy Hook Elementary School students sang at the beginning of the game, which was a very nice touch after the recent tragedy at their school where so many students and teachers were shot and killed. Jennifer Hudson joined the Sandy Hook Elementary kids in singing “America the Beautiful.” Alicia Keys had a soulful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and Beyonce led the half-time entertainment.

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln. “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” Charlaine Harris.

Have a good week!

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