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Where’s that warm weather they promised us

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Posted on 12/13/14

By Jake Kulland

As we roll this week, we are a little disappointed as the weather people had promised us hearty people here in the Tundra sun and 40 degrees as we write to you on Dec. 11, but all we have gotten is clouds and fog.  It is sort of strange to see fog in December, but I am sure it’s happened before.  And while we have made to the freezing mark of 32 degrees, all this has done is made the roads around the county, including the gravel, super icy.  So while we still have a chance at 40 degrees on Dec. 13, it’s most likely not going to be the beautiful weather we were promised, athough I guess it’s better than a blizzard and 30 below.  It doesn’t look like a green Christmas for us this year after all.

Some scheduling changes

The week ahead has brought a change in some dates for the Langdon-Munich boys and girls basketball teams.  Due to some scheduling conflicts, the Lady Cards game at Larimore Dec. 18 has been moved to Jan. 6, and the boys game at home against Cavalier Dec. 19 has been moved to Jan. 15.  While these conflicts were unavoidable, it’s amazing that this doesn’t happen more often, with so many teams going in so many different directions.  The Lady Cards still will play in Leeds against Benson County Dec. 15, and at Bottineau Dec. 20.  The boys team will host the number team in the state, Rugby, Dec. 16, and will play at North Border in Walhalla Dec. 22. Meanwhile the Langdon junior gold boys hockey team played at home versus the Richland Rangers Dec. 12, and they won’t play again until after Christmas at Fargo Dec. 28.  The Langdon girls hockey team has a home game versus West Fargo Dec. 14, then travel to MayPort and Wahpeton the weekend of Dec. 20-21.  We will try and keep you up to date in this column should any more scheduling changes arise.

Flu is beginning to go around

We thought would take a moment to alert folks that the flu bug seems to be going around.  The North Star school in Cando has been hit so hard by the fly that they had to postpone boys and girls basketball games at Harvey-Wells County Dec. 12 because they didn’t have enough healthy players to play the games.  So maybe now is the time for everyone to start ramping up their intake of Vitamin C and hope for the best.

We will leave you with a great story

This past week we heard a great story involving Bill Galloway from Park River.  Many of you might know Bill as he is a longtime basketball and volleyball official.  I’m sure most sports fans would know him if they saw him.  Anyway, Bill, who is also a teacher in Park River, came home after school Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.  His wife Donna went to attend some classes in town, and when she came home at nine, Bill’s pickup was gone.  Thinking someone was playing a dirty trick on him, he called around to his many friends but everyone said they hadn’t done anything.  He phoned the police and sheriff’s departments, reporting a stolen vehicle.  After a sleepless Monday night, Bill got a call the next morning from the authorities saying that they found his pickup — IN POPLAR MONTANA!!!  His pickup had a full tank of gas in it, and the fuel range is 400 miles on a tank, almost exactly the miles from Park River to Poplar (390).  Whoever stole the rig left it right on the highway with the door open and keys missing.  So they had to tow it to the nearest Ford dealer in Wolf Point, Mont. and cut another key.  His wife then drove out with some friends to pick it up on Dec. 10, and it is now back safe and sound.  Bill told us “Thankfully and surprisingly the vehicle was left in pristine condition, not a dent or scratch on it.  All they did was eat my peanuts!”  What a crazy story, and we are just happy it had sort of a happy ending.

“See ya!” next week!

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