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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.
|Citizen State Bank at Mohall donates $2500.00 to Softball Complex Project|
Citizens State Bank at Mohall, with branches in Sherwood and Lansford, recently donated $2,500.00 to the Mohall Youth Baseball program for the Mohall Softball Complex project. These funds will be used to help with improvements being made at the Mohall Softball Complex. These improvements include new outfield fencing for both diamonds, adding dugouts with roofs to the fields, and purchase benches for the dugouts.
This past summer, the Mohall Summer Youth Baseball Program applied for a grant from the Minnesota “Twins Fields for Kids” to update the outfield fence and to add dugouts to the two fields located at the Mohall Softball Complex. A grant in the amount of $5,000 was received from the Twins, along with a $5,000 matching grant from the Fox News “Sandlot Scholarship” Fund.
Currently $35,600 has been received in donations for the project. As of today, the new outfield fence has been installed, cement slabs were formatted and poured for the dugout areas, and fencing has been installed around the dugouts.
This coming spring, plans are to add roofs to the dugouts and install benches in the dugout areas. If funds allow, more benches will be purchased for spectators, and possibly putting Agri-lime on the fields, and putting up a concession/storage building.
Others who have graciously donated to the project include: Mohall City Sales Tax grant, Mohall Fire Department, North Dakota Community Foundation, CanElson Drilling (U.S.) Inc., SunPrairie Grain, Souris River Co-op, Dakota West Credit Union, Green Ag, Tyrian Lodge of Sherwood, Trent Johnson, AA Oil, and Barb and Alan Johnson.
Those who have donated supplies, time or labor to the project include: Farmers Union Oil Co. of Mohall/Sherwood, Fardens, Brackenbury family, Radzwill family, Roger Erickson, Ken Shobe, Chad Schmidt, and Don Myaer. The MLS School District will be donating new bases for the diamonds.
The Baseball Program, along with many others, are very grateful to have this chance to update the fence in the outfield, add dugouts for safety, and other necessary things at the fields that funds may allow for. 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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