2013-04-18 / Community News


By Christine Nieuwsma

While the ground was brown with only tiny patches of snow left on Saturday, the snowstorm predicted for our state did materialize on Sunday, with more expected through Monday, possibly into Tuesday. As of 7 p.m. Sunday evening, Bismarck broke the previous record for the amount of snow in a single day, which had been 15.5 inches on March 3, 1966, but was 15.8 inches with snow still falling. The third largest amount of snow that fell on a single day was 15.2 inches on April 5, 1997, as reported by the U.S. National Weather Service. Schools will be closed on Monday in most areas in the southern half of the state, and I-94 was closed from the Montana line to the Minnesota line, with I-29 closed from Grand Forks to Fargo, and Hwy. 83 closed to Underwood north of Bismarck/ Mandan.

The Strasburg Reformed Church cancelled its Sunday morning services, as did various other churches due to heavy snow and a blizzard warning over much of the state. Even the chapel service at the Care Center was cancelled.

The Galley cafe closed before noon due to the weather on Sunday.

Farmers who are calving are facing some stressful days with the weather, which is not kind to newborn calves.

Jill and Benjamin Scheirer, Aaron and Annelie, came down from Bismarck on Saturday evening, hoping to get here before the storm for what was to be an overnight stay. Ben was to fill in for Pastor Stout in Westfield for the church service Sunday morning. However, services were cancelled. Ray Nieuwsma and Ben Scheirer did make it out for coffee at Ampride, but otherwise everyone either stayed inside or shoveled outside. Jill and Ben were hoping to make it back to Bismarck on Monday.

Dick Keller is back from Arizona. He spent time down there with his in laws and friends. Dave was in Arizona too but is back.

The snowmobilers are enjoying this weather!

Mary Nieuwsma & Mike Taylor flew to Copenhagen, Denmark on March 26th to visit Mary’s daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Jeremy Daugherty and their daughter Emily, and returned on April 12. While there they made a weekend trip to northern Germany, took a day trip to Sweden, and saw the sights in Copenhagen. Emily’s first birthday was on April 10th which they were glad to be able to help celebrate.

Robert and Terry Roos brought his dad, the Rev. Arvin Roos, back to Strasburg from Richfield, Minnesota on Friday, April 12. Due to the predicted storm, Robert and Terry left earlier than planned, and headed back on Saturday, April 13.

Their sister, Sylvia Ryan, is expected to arrive on Thursday from Tennessee.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” Orison Swett Marden. “By associating with wise people, you will become wise yourself.” Menander.

Hope everyone stayed safe during the storm and was able to dig out by the time the Record arrived. Have a good week!

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