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10 Years Ago...........2004
Carl Martin (Marty) Bjugstad has a record of one million miles of accident free driving for the E.M. Wylie Company.  Congratulations to Marty and keep up the good work.  We are proud of you.
There was a crew on the CPR Empress Locomotive 2816 that came through Enderlin Wednesday, July 7th, checking out everything in preparation for their continuing trip across North Dakota to the border and into Canada.  There was a Capitas passenger car in Enderlin Wednesday, July 7th. It was on tour with the CPR Empress Locomotive 2816.
Cassandra Hanson, Enderlin was among many livestock exhibitors at the Red River Valley Fair in June.  Cassandra was chosen as the Grand Champion Herford Showman with her heifer Dakitch MS Emma, Grand Champion Commercial Showman with her Shorthorn DG Miss Sally anad Grand Champion Angus Showman with Nelson’s Soice.  Casssandra’s shorthorn heifer DG Miss Sally was also named Reserve Champion Commercial heifer.
Cassandra is the daughter of Cindy and Terry Hanson rural Enderlin and a member of the Sheyenne Braves 4-H Club.

20 Years Ago.............1994
The Enderlin FHA Chapter met May 17, at the VFW for their Banquet.  Areas of recognition included STAR events participants, senior awards, honor member status and 1994 - 95 chapter installation.
Five senior members were recognized for their contributions.  They were Tifanie Anderson, Julie Anderson, Tara Dagman, Cindy Geske and Leah Schmitz.  Cindy Geske received a plaque for acheiving 4 year honor member status.  An Honorary member plaque for Enderlin H.S. FHA Chapter was given to Linda Hofmann for her time and effort in chaperoning and assisting in the chapters many projects.

30 Years Ago..............1984
The Enderlin Legion’s record stands at 13 - 2 as the local team recorded five victories out of six games played this past week.  The victories included a championship trophy won by the team in Valley City Invitational Tourney played on June 22, 23,24.
Enderlin, Valley City, and the Fargo Bombers all stand at the top of the district with identical 4-1 records.
A strong thunderstorm carrying hail and strong winds passed through the area Friday morning.  Areas north and west of Enderlin were especially hard hit by the storm.
A barn two miles west of Nome belonging to Milo Benson was blown over by the strong wind.
Hail was reported by farmers north and northeast of Fingal, with reports of heavy crop damage coming from an area directly north of Fingal.  Various other areas of light hail were reported all the way from Fingal to Highway 38 south of Aliee.
The storm dropped upwards of two inches of rain between Alice and Fingal.  There werealso numerous reports of lodged barley in the Alice anad Fingal areas, although the young barely seems already to have recovered from the windstorm which laid the crop close to the ground.

40 Years Ago.................1974
On June 2, 1974 the Trio Bar Mens Team entered the 16 team Lidgerwood Invitational Tournament and won first place by defeating Colfax 6-0, Garden Bar of Great Bend 13-1, G and M of Wahpeton 13-6, and Matador 21-17.
At the Wahpeton Invitational Tournament June 23 the Trio Bar Men defeated Don’s Bar, Wyndmere 21-10, Furhman’s, Moose Minn., 9-7,  Lidgerwood 9-4, and Empire of Valley City 18-10.  In the 5th game East Grand Forks beat the Trio Bar 9-2.  by losing this game the Trio Bar was in the 3rd and 4th place play off with Olympia of Fargo.  The Trio Bar placed 3rd, beating Olympia 10-5, out of 64 teams entered in the tournament bringing home their second trophy.

50 Years Ago...........1964
Erna Slattum of Kathryn submitted the winning entry in the annual Fort Ransom art colony event being staged at Fort Ransom this week.  Her water color “Crabapples”, was judged best of a number of entries.
Doris Utke of Enderlin drew second place for her oil “In Walker”, Blanche Bohlken of Lisbon took third with “Judy”.  Her work was in oil.
Honorable mention went to Adeline Lindemann of Lucca, Erna Slattum and Doris Utke of Enderlin.  All of the honorable mention works in were in oil.
Scholarships were given to June Strand and Sheryl Hitchcock, both of Lisbon.   The scholarships entitled the two to free lessons at the art classes.
A dog owned by Bea Hoaby of rural Lisbon apparently doesn’t like train travel.
“Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone” was the theme song for Bea when her little dog escaped from a crate on a Seattle-bound train recently,  Mrs. Norm Hoaby, their children and the dog were enroute to Washington to visit with her parents.
Before departure the dog was dutifully crated and placed aboard the train.  While the train stopped at a small town along the way, the pet decided she didn’t like trains, escaped from her crate, and jumped from the train.
Bea and several crew members went after the dog, but all was to no avail.  Even its owner met with no success in capturing her.  When train departure time came the family had to go without their pet dog.
The chase was not abandoned, however.  Several railroad employees kept on until the dog was retrieved, recrated and shipped on another Washington-bound train.
Bea’s pet arrived safely in Washington, although she was a couple days late.
Mrs. Hoaby, describing the incident,said, “The happiness showing on the faces of the youngsters when re-united with their pet made all the extra effort worth while.”

60 Years Ago..........1954
North Dakota Democrats must be doubting their eyes these days.  Published reports have state Republican officials pleading with the Republican National Committee for money.
Their thesis is that the campaign coffers of Byron Dorgan and Quentin Burdick are loaded with funds which will be used to beat Governor Olson since, their consultant tells them, Dorgan is virtually unbeatable and will not need them for his own campaign.  Burdick, of course, is in office until 1988, so he doesn’t need the money either.
While their pleas may impress the Republican National Committee, it doesn’t fool North Dakota Democrats.  They know that all the gold in North Dakota is in a bank in the middle of Bismarck in the Republican party’s name.
North Dakota Democrats always end a campaign scratching for money to erase the deficit.  Tradition!
Republican Committee Woman Marlys Fleck was quoted recently to the effect that they needed money soon before the “hate campaign” could infect North Dakota voters.  This political hand-writing seems a little premature in these antiseptic times.
In days past, pamphleteers for various factions were not restrained by Fair Campaign Practice laws.  It also took awhile to track down the refute slanderous attacks before the day of instantaneous radio and television communication.  Political campaigns today are tea parties compared to those in our past.
A friend sent me a clipping of an interview with historian Paul Boler Jr., who has recently published a book:  “Presidential Campaigns.”  Mr. Boler says that today’s political speeches are tepid, dull and packaged because candidates are covered so closely, hour by hour.  Anything they say might make headlines.  This is true of state candidates to a somewhat lesser degree.
“I think candidates today are so afraid of making a bad impression on television that they forget to be themselves,” he says.
At the least, they are a bit more polite today.  Andrew Jackson was called an adulterer, a thief, a gambler and a murderer.
Thomas Jefferson’s foes called him a “howling atheist” and said he’d burn all the Bibles, destroy all the churches and throw all the women into houses of prostitution.
John Adams enemies put out pamphlets calling him a royalist, a dirty word in the early days of the republic.  They said he planned to marry one of his sons to a daughter of George 111 and found a dynasty to reunite England and the United States.
To come back to North Dakota, in the 1917 campaign, conservatives portrayed Lynn Frazier and other Nonpartisan League officials as disloyal Americans.  When collections were taken for the Red Cross at League meetings, the Red Cross refused them.  The state Red Cross secretary sent out a letter saying “Here in North Dakota we consider the League to be thoroughly disloyal.”
Men like Bill Langer, William Lemke, R.A. Nestos, and political leaders on both sides of the aisle did not mince words.  In the political battles of the Nonpartisan League and the Independent Voters Assocation -- the IVA -- newspapers such as the Grand Forks Herald, the Fargo Forum and the Bismarck Tirbune wrote in terms for which they would be sued for libel today. 
I doubt that much of the campaign discourse this year will deserve to be called a “hate campaign.”  We are much more polite today -- and careful.  Political passions do not run as deep and voters are not as I doubt that much of the campaign discourse this year will deserve to be called a “hate campaign.”  We are much more polite today -- and careful.   Political passions do not run as deep and voters are not as excited about politics as when politics was the only game in town.  They would rather watch “Dallas” than listen to a political speech; rather go the ball game or play golf than to a political rally.

80 Years Ago..........1934
The Merrymakers at Enderlin Pavilion Saturday, July 7. .25 cents per couple.  Cliff Brewer and his band, ten pieces, Enderlin Pavilion on Thursday, July 12.  Ladies .25 cents and Gents .40 cents.
Pontiac defeated the Wild Cats 19 to 17 last Sunday errors on either side, resulting in the large score.  Batteries:  Pontiac- L. Gross, A. Geske, M. Gross and M. Gross, catcher.  Wild Cats--Wellentin, Westphal and Utke.  Next Sunday the Wild Cats will play the Ex-Junior League on the home diamond.

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