2013-04-25 / Community News


By Christine Nieuwsma

While the piles of snow have diminished somewhat from our snowstorm last Sunday (which left at least 16 inches of snow in Strasburg and 17-23.5 inches in Bismarck), the weather has remained cool, with one day of a record breaking cold temperature of 13-15 degrees over the weekend. Sunday afternoon the sun returned, along with some wind, with somewhat warmer temperatures. Temperatures are expected to moderate this coming week, with temps in the 40s or possibly approaching the 50s. Concerns are high for possibly unprecedented flooding in Fargo, which has had much more snow all winter than we have.

Saturday guests of Delma Dyk were Darlene Kost of Herreid, S.D., Arvetta Krumm of Oakes, Delmer and Diane Dyk, Amanda and Destiny Dyk and Doug Wentz, all of Bismarck, and Dennis Dyk, Mandan.

Ray Nieuwsma traveled to Bismarck to join his wife, Chris Nieuwsma, and children and grandchildren for a birthday supper in honor of his wife’s birthday on Thursday. Jill and Benjamin Scheirer, Aaron and Annelie of Bismarck were there, joined by Sarah Brooks, Niema, Zachery, and Zoe Brooks of Carson, and Darin Nieuwsma, Minot. After supper at a restaurant, they had birthday cake at Jill and Ben’s home.

Congratulations to Trent Mattern for winning the Voice of Democracy contest for our area! He and others were honored at a supper sponsored by the AmVets in Bismarck on Thursday evening.

Congratulations also to Strasburg’s Junior High Acalympics team which placed 2nd at the Linton Acalympics. Team members were Alissa Leier, Andrew Hulm, Artie Voller, Shantel Lang, Taylor Krumm, and Victorya Dykema.

Sylvia Ryan flew in from Tennessee to visit her father, the Rev. Arvin Roos, for a few days.

The Strasburg Community Choir had their first post-Easter cantata practice on Monday, April 22, at the Strasburg Care Center Chapel. Several would like to see the choir continue year round and possibly perform at various places in the area, with a mix of secular and sacred music. Plans for now are to meet at 7 p.m. every third Monday of the month at the Strasburg Care Center Chapel. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to attend, even if you are not able to come every time.

Strasburg Public School will have Picture Day on Tuesday and Prom on Saturday, April 27. For all those attending prom, have a fun time and a safe night!

Saturday,April 13, the University of Mary had a Freshmen Tournament coached by Mark Baumgartner. Members of the team were Artie Voller, Jacob Eberle, Darek Keller, Brody Nieuwsma, Jesse Jangula, Ty Moser, and Jordan Hulm. They took first in the Consolation Round.

On Saturday, April 6, Ella Eckroth’s daughter, Marilyn, of Toronto, Canada, and son Fran Hummel and wife Colleen of Kansas City, Mo., were visiting for a few days. Saturday evening, Barry and Cheryl hosted a family dinner. Alicia, Tony and Samuel Fladeland, Bismarck, and Mark Baumgartner, University of Mary, joined them as well. Later on in the evening, Dean and Connie Hummel, Bryan Hummel, Bismarck, Kelli and Matt McIntosh, Mason, and Presley of Rapid City, S.D., stopped in to visit. They all had a fun evening.

Our hearts have been grieved by the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday, April 15, and by the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. May God work much good out in spite of such tragic events.

“The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.” Maria Montessori.

“The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all.” Origen.

Have a good week! We hope spring is right around the corner!

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