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MUNITY THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 Pa e 5 By Kirby K. Brandhagen Don't hear the term "Window Shopping" much, any more Used to be at Christmas, we all did it, galore Store windows were dressed to the nines When we walked by them, they looked, oh so fine Lighted up on their own, and from the store within They lit up the night, warming us both outside, and in All the latest toys, board games, and clothing One thing you could say is that, they never were boring Trains set up running, speedily on tracks Just barely missing each other, running across and back Going through tunnels, coming out the other side, crossing bridges Some would even climb over, great big mountain ridges We'd stand and watch them for the longest time Watching them go round and round was oh, so sublime There were miniature, built to scale, houses next to railway crossings . Railroad stations and towns that were with cars, and people hopping Some train engines would even blow out fake smoke As long as down their stacks, some special drops you did poke Crossings lit up with flashing red lights Semaphores going up and down, to keep traffic going right Back then, walking down streets in most any town At any time of year, there would be windows of reknown But at Christmas time they would get your senses to reel Also inside you, it would give you a great feel Sometimes, if they only backed the window halfway up . You could look into the store as they put in a tube, the money cup It was a container where the clerk put in your money Then, by air power, it was shot upstairs, so abruptly Sometimes you could see the cup as it moved through the tube To someone upstairs who madd change for you, in an office cube Then your receipt and change would be sent back down While downstairs, if it took too long, you might wait with a frown Then they would either wrap, or stick your item in a big handled bag With the stores name writ large upon it, so in the street for them, it would brag "Norby's", "DeLendrecies", and the great "Griffi. th's" store Great big buildings with four or more floors Stocked full of merchandise and services too Like hair salons, coffee shops and other fun things to do Back on the street there was a "Fanny Farmer" store with candy to de- light Pushing the aroma with fans, into the street, smelling so right Almond Bark from them was my favorite thing But if you gave me a box of "Turtles", I, too, your praises would sing There was "J.C. Penney"," Strauss's" and "Woolworth's", five and dime Within, for just a little money, you could have a really good time "Benner's Hobby Store" with racing of slot cars in the basement Upstairs were model ships, planes and cars in careful arrangement "Osco Drug" was down on the comer of DeMer's, with novelties and pharmacy They had so much in there one looking around too long, would face lunacy " Down the street heading to East Grand Forks was "Poppler's Music" Selling band instruments, sheet music, and records, far beyond basic Across the street was "Scott's Piano", selling their namesake And also some sheet music, and records, and guitars, for music to make Also there were giant, at least back then, hotels in downtown Grand Forks Like the "Dakota" and "Ryan" for all tired out of town folks Three the.atres downtown, the last of the big single screens The "Dakota", the "Forx", and the "Empire", real moviehouse queens With beautiful, white, outside flashing lights, saying please come in All proudly lighting up the front of those theatres, way back then Outside, posters, framed by the half dozen, in nice silver frames Which had teaser pictures of the movies and emblazoned with star's names But of all the'stores in downtown old Grand Forks My favorite, the "Toy Chest" if my memory correctly works It's was full from top to bottom, with every conceivable toy Something for everyone, morn and dad and every little girl, or boy Think there was a similar one in Fargo, when I was smaller But that was called the "Treasure Chest" as I remember I was very young way back then Probably only four or five years old, but less than ten BUt I remember the windows in all their beauty Portraits of an America on the way to be, a nation of plenty People on the street going store to store Seemed so much nicer, than those walking a mall floor People would walk with linked arms on the street Smiling and joking as even strangers they did meet You could hear Christmas Carols being sung live At Christmas time the whole street, just came alive Chestnuts roasting, being sold by a street vendor Christmas tree lots on vacant street comers, in green splendor Salvation Army bells ringing out, calling for a donation Anything will help feed the hungry, they said, in exclamation When people window shopped they seemed so much kinder But it seems in malls they need a kindness reminder Pushing and shoving each other around rudely Sometimes even speaking to each other so crudely It seemed when we shopped on the streets It made Christmas a lot more than complete Things weren't perfect back in those days But people seemed more friendly, with more caring ways I don't think I'm looking at this through rose colored glasses Because I'm quite sure we now have more people, that act like jack- " asses Now that may be giving the jackass a bad name So lets just add holes to ass and that works the same The reason for this now, if I were to take my best guess Is that people back then wouldn't be put by bad behavior, under duress All were held accountable for when they did wrong Not get away with it nbw, because they're part of an angry throng Oh, well, the old days are gone, except in my memory to be Only to live again whenever the original, "The Bishop's Wife" I do see Editor's Note: Brandhagen is the owner operator of the Cavalier Cinema. Lifeline The Leader In Personal Response andSupport Services Christmas need! ad runs in all By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. Trans- Canada recently awarded the Park River Volunteer Fire Department a TransCanada Community Ia- vestment Grant of $20,0p0. The funding was used to help purchase a 2006 American LaFrance 50' Telesqurt. Park Riv- er Vohmteer Fire Department pres- ident Bob Lundquist and Fire ChiefCory Hell purchased the unit from Brindlee Mountain Fire Ap- paratus, a used fire truck sales and service company, based out of Huntsville, Ala., The TransCanada Community Investment grant is awarded to communities across North Amer- ica in three focus areas: Safety, community and environment. Robyrm Tysver, a spokespers0n for TransCanada said that since 200"9 TransCanada has donated to 21 first responder groups in North Dakota. Since 2000, they have do- nated $285,000 to communities along their pipeline, including Park River. TransCanada has been in operation in the area since 2010. "TransCanada has been sup- porting communities where we live and work and operate as a part of our culture for the past 65 years," she said. Tysver added that they give special focus to emergency re- spenders. "We believe in supporting our rural firefighters and first respon- ders," Tysver said, "We have 110 training exercises a year in the U.S. FRO?.4 ?AG 1 crossed in front of the Peterbilt. The Peterbilt sustained heavy frontal damage, and James Gustafson, 55, of Adams was trans- ported by Park River EMS to First Care Health Center for unknown in- juries. Gustafson was wearing a seatbelt Dalai, 75, was struck on the pas- senger side. According to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Dahl did not have a seatbelt on. Dahl was fatally injured in the crash. Dahl was a respected veterinar- ian who, helped to build many ca- reers of future veterinarians through his work at the Park River Veteri- nary Clinic since 1968. In 2015 he was named the 2015 North Dako- ta Veterinary Medicine Association Veterinarian of the Year. Editor's Note: The following: "ND Veterinarian of the Year: Dahl honored" by Allison Olimb originally was published in the September 2, 2015 issue of the Walsh County Press Dr. Gerard Dahl has been a no- table name in veterinary medicine in Park River since 1968, now all of North Dakota knows it. This Au- gust, Dahl was named the 2015 North Dakota Veterinary Medicine Association Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Jeanette Bjomstad, former- ly of Golden Valley Veterinary Ctinic of Park River, is a board member for NDVMA and had the privilege of presenting the award to Dalai. "It was a very well deserved award for him," she said. Members of the NDVMA send )) TransCanada Photo: larry Biri Above: Bob Lundquist of lhe Park River Volunteer Rre Department accepts a $20,000 check from Virgil Pfen- nig, area manager for TransCanada. We're very big on donating dollars date was a big improvement for the in transit. The bigger pump and the to those folks. Volunteer fire- Park River department, ladder pump system will be able fighters are very near and dear to The old rig could only seatto give the volunteers more re- our heart." two. The new truck seats six with sources and more control to be pre- The 2006 truck serves as a re- the self contained breathing ap- pared in any situation. placement for the department's paratus built into the seat, allow- "We really appreciate the sup- 1987 Chevy Pumper unit. ing for reduced reaction time as the port of community responders of Lundquist explained that the up- firemen then can put on their gear Park River," Tysver said. in nominations from throughout the state, which the president, vice president, and past president select from and vote on. Bjomstad said that Dahl's dedication to the pro- fession as well as to all of his clients throughout the years made him stand out. Bjomstad, who knew of Dahl's selection back in April, took the time to contact clientele and colleagues for stories to share at the awards presentation all while keeping the award secret. She said they man- aged to get family members and friends to the awards presentation all without piquing his suspicion. "I'm probably the most gullible person in the world," Dahl laughed. He often attends the event because there are continuing education courses offered in conjunction with the conference and awards. And bez cause it was held in Medora, a pop- ular vacation spot, he had no ques- Photo: Larry Bid tions when family and friends tumed up. It was when Bjomstad started her speech with "but first I am going to tell you a little about him" and ref- erenced his exact birth date that Dahl figured it Out. "He was a lit- tle overwhelmed," she said. She went on to explain that the award winner graduated in 1966 and has spent the majority of his career in Park River. One noteworthy thing about DaM's career is that he has a lot of firsts to his name. Most fascinating, being the first ever to discover the West Nile Vimg in the state of North Dakota. She joked that it wasn't supposed to be a roast, but so many people had stories about their experiences with the Park River vet, some were too good to not share. "There's only one Dr. Dahl," Bjomstad said. Bjomstad added that she had the good fortune to share the news with Dr. Lee Sturlaugson, a former president of NDVMA and Park River veterinarian, before he passed away in June. Sturlaugson hired Dahl when he moved to Park Riv- er, and he shared a story with Bjomstad that he once found Dahl in the barn not long after he was hired with a heifer's hooves up on his shoulders to which, Dahl said, "Well, darlin' I know you love me but this is ridiculous." It was Sturlaugson's letter Bjom- stad read that Dahl said was an emo- tional point in the event for him. "It was kind of a touching thing," he said. Dahl would spend his years at Park River Veterinary Clinic, not only caring for area animals, but also the future generations of North Dakota veterinarians. "We've had a lot of students go through," Bjomstad said. "A mul- titude of students have had the op- portunity to learn from,him." Bjom- stad herself worked with him from 1985 to 1998. Dalai gives much of the credit to his colleague, Dr. Sturlaugson, stat- ing that itwas simply because of his mentorship and employment that he has been here. Sturlaugsofl left the practice in 1998. "He was the one that built the place," he said. As a colleague Bjomstad said, "I've neverheard Dr. Dahl ever say :: anything negative about anybody. I always appreciate about him. He really loves what he does." : "It was a great honor," Dahl said humbly of the presentation. "I did- n't expect it." How Lifeline Works To Get You Help Fast If you need help, push your personal help button, which automaLically dials the Lifeline Response Center. 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