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|Bowling Alley Reopens |
in Lignite after 20 Years
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
The bowling alley in Lignite has been closed since 1993.
Three years ago Amber Nygard, the daughter of previous owners Tim and Shelley Nelson, decided to give it new life.
Most everything needed to be changed. Walls were put up that allowed a lounge to be built and separated from the dining and lanes area, painting was done, new wiring was installed, and new counters were built.
The only major thing that wasn’t changed were the lanes, which were still completely level and simply needed resurfacing.
The tables, chairs, and canister lights are original to the bowling alley.
|2014 KNDC contest for grades 1 through 12 to start sooner this year|
The 46th Keep North Dakota Clean (KNDC) contest, sponsored by Newman Outdoor Advertising, will be starting sooner this year to allow teachers of students in grades 1 through 12 to have six additional weeks to integrate the contests into their classroom schedules. The 2014 promotional flyer with the required entry form and rules is available now for download at the www.keep-nd-clean.org website. Hard copies of the flyer will be mailed out later this month to teachers. All entries will be due mid-March 2014.
The KNDC poster contest is for students in grades 1 through 8 and special needs. Students create artwork that reflect his or her knowledge about the responsibility we all have to keep our state and water clean, reduce waste, recycle, plant trees, prevent wildfires, create wildlife habitat, and to use all of our natural resources wisely.
The KNDC digital media contest is for students in grades 9 to 12. The ND Parks and Recreation Department may use the winning media entry to help promote keeping North Dakota trails clean and green. Students creative in art or technology are encouraged to design a striking digital image, create a TV video, or make a radio audio clip.
First place winners receive a cash award of $100, a certificate, a gold medallion, and grades 1 through 8 will also have their posters made into a billboard by Newman Outdoor Advertising, and placed near their hometown. Second place winners receive a cash award of $75, a certificate, and a silver medallion; third place winners receive a cash award of $50, a certificate, and a bronze medallion. All state winners, and their immediate families and teachers, will be invited to an awards ceremony and luncheon on Friday, April 25th, 2014, at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, ND. Following the luncheon, everyone will receive free admission to the Interpretive Center and to Fort Mandan, as well as to take part in any educational presentations.
The grades, themes, and financial supporters for the 2014 poster contest are listed below:
GRADE 1 AND SPECIAL NEEDS: Keep North Dakota Clean – ND Department of Transportation.
GRADE 2: Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires! – ND Forest Service-Fire Management and ND State Garden Clubs.
GRADE 3: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – ND Department of Health-Division of Waste Management, ND Solid Waste and Recycling Association, and the City of Bismarck-Recycling.
GRADE 4: Habitat – Homes for Wildlife – ND Game and Fish Department and ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
GRADE 5: Trees are terrific...in the country and communities! – ND Forest Service-Project Learning Tree.
GRADE 6: Help Prevent Runoff Pollution – ND State Water Commission-Project WET.
GRADE 7: North Dakota’s Waters: Keep Them Clean – ND Department of Health-Division of Water Quality.
GRADE 8: Explore a Greener North Dakota – Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.
GRADES 9 through 12: Digital Media Contest – ND Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, contact the KNDC Poster Contest co-chairs, Glenda Fauske at (701) 228-5446 or Pam Wenger at (701) 328-4787. More
Local Ghost Hunters Investigate
By Marlena Chaboudy
I recently had the opportunity to once again tag along with local ghost hunters Carol Arden and Cheryl Flores to investigate the old Bank building in the center of Antler. Also present on the investigation was Bunny Rainwater, sister to Carol and Cheryl, and she is also a paranormal investigator in Colorado where she lives.
The State Bank of Antler, located on Antler Square in Antler, North Dakota, was built in 1905. Also known as the Antler Square Building, it is in Classical Revival architecture. It was also known as the Customs House, an American flag and a Canadian flag are still seen waving situated out front of the building to this day. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. With a road circling around it, It was also used as a Post Office, Rooming House, and Telephone office.
When the building was used as the post office for many years, a faint light could be seen from one of the upper windows as postmaster's would be sorting mail at all hours of the night into the wee morning hours because the mail came on the daily train (The Galloping Goose) during the evenings. Can this faint and flickering light sometimes still be seen late at night? Some can speculate that it is the reflection of the street light, some will say that it is the illumination of the moon, some can also say they believe that it's the postmasters still keeping their nightly routine, you decide.
The evening began with the preparation of several devices to be used during the investigation. Several new items were used, one was an Ovilus, a device containing a pre-programmed dictionary, quite a few investigators have had some success with the device commonly known as a digital "ghost box". Also among the arsenal was a few things that Bunny had brought that I was very interested in... the "old school" items used in ghost hunting, divining rods or dowsing rods, dowsing has been used for many centuries by many different cultures. The L-shaped rod is probably the most ancient of all dowsing instruments. Energy fields around you cross the rods, making it possible to ask simple yes or no questions to spirits.
Two crystal bells were also used during the evening in hopes that placing them in definitive areas that a curious spirit would happen to ring one of them. A crystal pendulum was also incorporated during the night's hunt. These are devices that are usually a delicate chain with a crystal or a weight on the end. These are used sort of like divining rods. One holds the pendulum out and asks a question. If it moves clockwise it’s “yes,” counterclockwise it’s “no.”
As we travel from room to room, having to watch our steps as the inside of the building is in a dilapidating state, questions were asked for any lingering spirits to come forward and make themselves known. Sharon Tennyson, Antler historian and owner of the building for the past eight years, was on the investigation as well and asked questions having to do with the people from the past that once occupied the dwelling.
In 1945 Alice and Arnold Thorpe bought the square when it still contained the post office, U.S. Customs office, and the rented rooms. While living there themselves, Alice Thorpe died of a heart attack in the kitchen upstairs, this is where we concentrated our efforts of communication.
As we stood in the kitchen bantering back and forth and asking a barrage of questions to the unseen, I stared blankly at Bunny as the diving rods she was holding began to cross, and to my right the crystal began to spin when it was asked if Alice Thorpe was still there, although the activity was brief and after reviewing the recordings there was no answer, you could plainly hear a whistling that could be heard for 11 seconds in length on the recorder. Sharon later stated that the Thorpe's son, Harold, was known for whistling.
Although it was a quiet night in all, there was one piece of evidence found on the voice recorders other than the whistling. When Sharon was asked, "So, the Thorpe's are the ones that made the apartments?" A man's voice clearly responds "That's right" .
Are the Thorpe's still residing within these walls? Are the postmaster's still sorting through the nightly mail? I can't really tell you the answer to that for sure, but I do know that it does give me the creeps when I look up at the windows on the second floor... it has ever since I was growing up in Antler so many years back.
Sharon Tennyson has future plans to restore this great building back to its prime. A great piece of Antler history, with or without all the bells and whistles.
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