Notes from the Readers of the Cook web site

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Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price ...
From:   "Doug Lindgren"
Date:   Sun, May 6, 2018 3:00 pm

Flagstaff, 04/25/18 - $3.00 ....

Doug and Mary





Subject:   Information Request
From:   "Gillian Muller" <>
Date:   Tue, March 13, 2018 4:16 pm


My name is Gillian Muller and I am looking for information on the El Roy supper club for a biography I am working on. My great grandmother, Ellen Schumann was the founder of the El Roy, and my mother Jennifer Muller told me you would have information here on the restaurant. I would really like as much information as possible you have on the El Roy, in any form, from newspaper articles, to pictures, to any information on the owners of the El Roy: Ellen Schumann, Joy and Kenny Gibson, or Linda and Brian Kaufman. Please let me know if you can be of any assistance.

Thank you,
Gillian Muller


If you have information for Gillian Muller, please send it directly to .  Thanks for your help!  Becky






Subject:   Montana Cafe
From:   "Debbie Peterson"
Date:   Wed, November 29, 2017 12:27 pm
To:   "" <>


I am so saddened to hear that the Montana Café is now closed.  When we would come up to our place, we always would come to town for breakfast.

Val became a friend to us over the years and we always enjoyed talking to her about her goats, grandkids etc.  I hope everything health wise turns out ok.  We will certainly miss seeing her and wish her and her family the best.

If you could send her a note from us we would appreciate it.



Greg & Debbie Peterson

Elk River, MN







Subject:   Fair
From:   "Lokken"
Date:   Mon, August 21, 2017 4:46 pm
To:   "" <>

The Bear River Fair had another successful fair this past weekend.


Len & CHERYL Lokken





Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
From:   "Doug Lindgren"
Date:   Thu, July 20, 2017 10:38 pm


Thursday, July 20th - $2.29.9

Doug and Mary





Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
From:   "Doug Lindgren"
Date:   Tue, June 27, 2017 10:48 pm

Monday, June 26 -- $2.46

Going up, for the Fourth ...

Doug and Mary





Subject:   Bob Stromberg
From:   "John I Branstrom"
Date:   Thu, June 8, 2017 10:28 am


I met Bob after one of their performances in Minneapolis for Coffee Espresso, or
what ever it was called. It was great. It should be a very enjoyable evening. John






Subject:   Website
From:   rmaki
Date:   Tue, May 30, 2017 9:57 pm
To:   "" <>


We appreciate the very fine web site you are continuing to put out! It’s been a while since we “tuned in” so it is a pleasure to see it again.


All the best from


Ron and Corrinne,


Sun Prairie, WI




Subject:   Larry (Flack) Warren Parson's Obit..
From:   "jkp"
Date:   Sat, May 13, 2017 3:25 pm


I was wondering if you can put this Obit on your site. 

This is the grandson of Warren (pat) & Delores ( Dottie) Flack,
Larry Flack's son.
 Link for Obit:

Thank You

Jack Petruska (Patty Flack's Husband)






Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price ....
From:   "Doug Lindgren" <>
Date:   Mon, May 15, 2017 11:32 am


Wednesday, 10 May -- $2.30





From: Jimmy Saranpaa
Subject: Cheer Cafe

 To: "Muriel Simonson"
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8:58 PM

 Muriel, this building was called the Men’s Club when I moved to Cook in  January 1962.  Old man Wilkinson managed the place.  They had a  snooker table in the back and some pinball machines in the front.  They  sold pop & 3.2 beer (I think).  Older men came there to play snooker,  cards or to just sit, smoke cigars and read the paper or magazines.  Kids  weren’t allowed in, but they let me in because I was the paper boy and behaved  when I was there.  Wayne Nelmark hung out there often to play snooker as it  was just across the street from the garage. 


Jimmy Saranpaa





Subject:   gas price
From:   "yvonne swanson" <>
Date:   Thu, March 9, 2017 8:30 pm

Today's (Mar. 9, 2017)  gas price in Va., Mn. is $2.15 at all stations!!   In Cook it's still $2.29!! 
Have a wonderful day!





Subject:   gas price
From:   "yvonne swanson"
Date:   Tue, March 7, 2017 12:46 pm
Becky---the gas price in Virginia, Mn. on Mar.6, 2017 was $2.25 per gallon.
Have a wonderful day!




Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
From:   "Doug Lindgren" <>
Date:   Thu, February 9, 2017 5:28 pm
To:   "Simonson Muriel" <>

February 2nd – $2.36




Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
From:   "Doug Lindgren"
Date:   Sat, December 24, 2016 2:00 pm
To:   "Simonson Muriel" <>

21 December – $2.06
Doug and Mary Lindgren




Subject:   Love the website
From:   "Brian Harris"
Date:   Tue, December 20, 2016 4:11 pm
To:   "" <>

Thanks for continuing with the pictures and the information.


Really appreciate it.


Brian Harris





Subject:   Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
From:   "Doug Lindgren"
Date:   Sun, December 4, 2016 2:38 pm
To:   "Simonson Muriel" <>
Priority:   Normal
November 26 – $2.28
Merry Christmas ! ! !
Doug & Mary Lindgren






Subject:   My Brother Jerry Snell from Linda K. Snell
From:   "Linda Snell"
Date:   Mon, November 28, 2016 5:41 pm
To:   "" <>
Priority:   Normal

Jerry Snell (my brother) dedicated himself to his job as Maintenance Engineer at Cook Community Hospital for 40 years.  He is retiring this year and I congratulate him on his hard work towards the hospital and community of Cook!  There will be an event at Cook Community Hospital November 30 from 2 to 3pm if you wish to congratulate him in person.


Linda K. Snell


The photo is Jerry and his siblings from their mother’s funeral April 1 2016.






Subject:   The house I grew up in
From:   "Valencia Jones"
Date:   Tue, November 1, 2016 2:14 pm
To:   "" <>
Priority:   Normal
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Someone mentioned our old house was torn down. "Doroff" Is this true? Was there any pictures taken?
 Valencia Jones

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:44 AM, "" <> wrote:

Yes, my mom mentioned that the Doroff house was torn down.  It happened while I was out of town, so I didn't get any pictures.  I will ask my mom if she took any photos!

Thanks for the e-mail,

Becky Trip

Valencia replied on November 2:

Thanks Becky,
I hope someone took pictures. That was a historical home in Cook.
 Valencia Jones


On Monday, November 7, 2016, "" <> wrote:

My mom took an "after" photo of where your old house stood.  I am attaching that for you.  If you have any photos of the house from when you were growing up and/or you'd like to write something about it, I'd sure love to put it on the website! 

Thanks,  Becky

The site of the old Doroff home after it was torn down last month. 

If anyone took photos of this house being demolished, please send them to us so we can share them on the website.  Thank you.





From:  "Doug Lindgren"
Subject:  Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
Date:  Tue, September 13, 2016 7:00 pm
To:  "Simonson Muriel" <>

Tuesday, 13 September – $2.16
Doug Lindgren



From:  "Ross Swanson"
Subject:  Mayberry R.F.D.
Date:  Fri, August 12, 2016 2:40 pm
To:  "Becky Trip" <>

Just Think’n…


Perhaps the reason Mayberry R.F.D., (1968-71),

was always so peaceful and quiet was because

nobody was married!  Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney,

Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Helen,

Earnest T. Bass, Elma Lou, Clara and Opie, were

all single! The only married person on Mayberry

R.F.D. was Otis…and he stayed drunk!


Ross Swanson




From:  "Ross Swanson"
Date:  Thu, August 11, 2016 2:53 pm
To:  "Carl Swanson" <>

Greetings to all of my cousins and friends:


My Saint Cloud Granite website, which has been down for over a year, is now back up and running on the Internet, thanks to the help of a consultant who knew what she was doing!  If you think you might have any interest in the history of my grandfather, Solomon Swanson, and the Hilder Granite Company, which was located close to the Saint Cloud State Reformatory, in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, I encourage you to visit the website at 


Ross Swanson

Oceanside, CA





From:  "Debbie Peterson"
Subject:  TV Reception
Date:  Tue, July 26, 2016 10:15 am
To:  "" <>

We have a place down Hwy 115 towards Frazer Bay and are thankful that we had power last weekend.

But we didn’t have any TV reception.  Do you know of anyone else with this problem?  We were wondering if it’s the substation that’s out because of the storm last week or if it’s our antenna.

We don’t know anyone up there that we could contact so I thought I would try you.


Debbie Peterson





From:  "Doug Lindgren"
Subject:  Flagstaff Gas Price . . .
Date:  Fri, July 15, 2016 2:27 pm
To:  "Simonson Muriel" <>

July 14th – $2.12




From:  "e.refsdal"
Subject:  Our Past - Picture of my father
Date:  Tue, June 21, 2016 9:34 am

Thanks so much for posting the picture of my father, Ansgar Refsdal, when he was
working at the Cook bank. 
We have very few pictures of him prior to “us kids" coming along.

Keep up the great work with the website. Thanks for all you do!

Eric Refsdal




    First of all I am Valencia Doroff Jones, I use to play with your kids when we were little.
I'm so happy to see that the website is still up and running.
I went to see my mom Irene on her birthday May 17, she turned 98. The last of the George and Thekla Bachel family. 
    She has been wanting to see Cook again, but it's to long of a trip for her.  I shared photos from your Cook web site that I have collected over the years and showed her all the improvement. 
     I told her I would share her birthday picture so her friends could see her. I'm not sure if any of them are still around but I promised her. 
    There is still family around northern Minnesota that have not seen her in many years so maybe they will enjoy seeing her.
Best Regards

Irene Doroff on her 98th Birthday






From:  "Doug Lindgren"
Subject:  Flagstaff Gas Price .....
Date:  Sat, June 11, 2016 7:01 pm

June 8th – $2.30
Doug Lindgren




From:  Jimmy Saranpaa
Subject:  Old picture from Cook News-Herald
Date:  Sun, May 29, 2016 10:12 am

Becky:  I saw Bailey Soderberg’s piece on old pieces in the Cook News-Herald.  I had run across this a coupla months ago.  I located Steve Zumbach who is now an attorney in Des Moines, asked if he wanted a copy, I sent it to him and he was pleased as he wished to share it with his grandchildren.’  Jimmy Saranpaa




From:  "Dick Fontana"
Subject:  Veterans still Serving! VFW crew that put the "Colors" up in Cook. Thank you for the pics you posted on your site🇺🇸
Date:  Wed, May 25, 2016 5:19 pm
To:  "Simonson" <>


From:  "Jerry Shuster" <>
Subject:  Health Care Stories
Date:  Tue, May 17, 2016 6:56 pm

Becky Trip,

How has the Cook area health care system benefitted you? Am looking for your
strories. Send to Amy Shuster at Please include first name,
last name initial, city and state (example John S., Madison, WI)




From:  "Russell Hyppa"
Subject:  Thanks for starting the CookMN website again
Date:  Mon, May 9, 2016 3:33 pm
To:  "" <>

Muriel and Becky, I really appreciate the wonderful service that you are providing our area by reviving the CookMN website.  Since Don’s passing I have felt completely uninformed.  Now I can see what is happening in town again.


Russ Hyppa




From:  "Dave O'Melia"
Subject:  Pleased to See the Web Site being Updated
Date:  Sat, April 30, 2016 5:28 pm
Cc:  "Jeanne O'Melia" <>

I’m so glad to find  being updated again. It’s our portal to keep track of what’s happening while we’re away for the winter. We really missed it in the year it’s been down. Really like the changes you’ve made. It’s much cleaner and the pictures are great.


Dave and Jeanne O’Melia


Winter: Ohio, IL

Summer: Lake Vermilion






From:  "pkg55"
Subject:  web site
Date:  Mon, April 25, 2016 8:52 am
To:  "" <>

Hi, it's good to see the Cook web site back up again. We're hoping you might be able to help us with something. While some renovation work was being done at our place on Head of the Lakes bay, an item was taken from our home.  We think it may have possibly ended up at a resort nearby. It's a fish mount that my wife's father had and my wife would sure like to get it back. Her father was killed in a car crash on 53 coming back home to Cook some years back. Do you know where we could post a picture of it ? Any help would be appreciated. We just want it back, no questions asked. 
Thanks, Paul
I've attached a picture of it. It's a walleye and crappie together on a piece of driftwood.




Cartoon From Ross Swanson




From:  "K Meyer"
Date:  Wed, April 20, 2016 12:28 pm

Muriel and Becky - thanks again for all you do for Don's site....loved the photos from Carefree Living and seeing the beautiful Marie O.----K. Meyer


From:  rfelt
Subject:  CookMN
Date:  Tue, April 19, 2016 2:38 pm

Muriel and Becky...thank you so much for "picking up the mantle" regarding Don's website. I just heard this good news from Ross Swanson. I had gotten out of the habit of checking the status daily, but now this will once again be my digital entry point to a new day. These are big shoes to fill, as you know. But I am confident your team effort will succeed. May God bless you in this venture.
Randy Felt


From:  "Norma"
Subject:  website
Date:  Wed, April 13, 2016 8:38 am

Hi Becky,
Thanks for your work on the website.!!
It is fabulous.
Love the picture of the robin!

From:  "Mike Arola"
Date:  Fri, April 8, 2016 3:31 pm
To:  "" <>

So nice to see the site back up. I have been looking at it for years. My parents were Matt and Leona Arola from Angora. I always remember Timber Days as a boy. Thanks for all the memories. Mike Arola, Omaha Ne.





From:  JSaranpaa
Subject:  Website
Date:  Thu, April 7, 2016 12:58 pm

Becky and Muriel:  Thanks for reviving the website.  I’ll send memories of Cook along sometime in the future.  Take care folks.  Jimmy Saranpaa




From:  "Ted Beatty"
Subject:  Cook, MN WEB site
Date:  Sat, April 2, 2016 3:53 pm
To:  "" <>

I could/should have completed reading through the site.  Thanks to Muriel and Becky for updating this site.  It is great for us old Cookites


From:  "Ted Beatty"
Subject:  Back on the air
Date:  Sat, April 2, 2016 3:43 pm
To:  "" <>

I am so glad that you (whoever you are) is maintaining this WEB site.  When Don was alive, I would browse this site daily, looking for news from my home town.  Thank you. Ted Beatty




From:  "Doug Lindgren"
Subject:  Flagstaff AZ Gas Price ---
Date:  Fri, April 1, 2016 4:03 pm

March 31st – $2.00
Doug and Mary Lindgren


From:  "Steve Fogelberg"
Date:  Thu, March 31, 2016 9:00 am

I am very glad to see the site up and running again.  Thanks to all who are helping!


From:  "K Meyer"
Date:  Wed, March 30, 2016 9:46 am



From:  "John I Branstrom"
Subject:  Happy
Date:  Tue, March 29, 2016 10:48 am

I sure am happy you are getting the website going again. I almost stopped clicking
on the site. I knew you dad from way back. I communicated with him often. My dad
lived in Leander for a number of years. His sister, my Aunt Edna  was a Sunday
School teacher of your mother. We still have the homestead at the east end of the
Leander Road. I have many relatives up in the area and the old farm is our deer
hunting spread. I will continue to send tid bits, to you, like I did with your dad.
Like I said, I am happy the site is back, I missed it greatly. I am sorry about your
dad, but I know he is in a better place. He no longer has to put up with the cancer.


From:  "Ross Swanson"


Friday, March 4, 2016 5:43 PM


Gas prices in California are probably higher than other states, due to the smog additives that California requires refiners to add to their gas.  Right not we are at $2.49 for regular.


The Pearl Harbor Attack
December 07. 1941


The Ladies Aid

The East Little Fork Baptist Ladies Aid
Front row;
Alice Bakk Midura. Elsie Fredrickson, Astrid Kronholm Fleming, Elsa Bakk Johnson,
Adelia Bakk Edblom, Judy Kronholm Youngquist, Mae Ripponen Lund.
Second Row;
Mrs. Ed Fredrickson, Mrs. Jack Bakk, Mrs. Bystrom, Ida Johnson Nylund,
Mrs. (Mary) Hedelin, Mrs. Bill (Louise) Bakk, Mrs. Carl Johnson, Linnea Skur Heglund.
Third Row;
Mrs. August (Anna Brita) Skur, Mrs. Victor Anderson, Mrs. Andrew Bloomquist,
Edity Holm, Mrs. Oscar Johnson, Myrtle Heglund, Mrs. Fred Anderson,
Mrs Jack Johnson, Mrs. Ripponen.

Picture sent by David Stanton

Sent by Sharon Dall Taylor
             You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
             But, here it is... the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
             I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
             But, here it friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.
             Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
             And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
             So, if you're not on the back nine yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!
             You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
             "Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY IN 2015!
             ~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
             ~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
             ~You forget names....
                 But it's OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!
             ~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like golf.
             ~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore,
                 but you really do care that you aren't as interested.
             ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed.
                 It's called "pre-sleep".
             ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
             ~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
             ~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
             ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
             ~Everybody whispers.
             ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
             ~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies,
                    and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
             Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!"
and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.



The newest virus circulating is the UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery  Failure.
  You will receive an e-mail from UPS, Fed Ex, or  USPS along with a packet number.
  It will say that they were  unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date.
  It  then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached.
  Pass this warning on to all your PC  operators at work and home.
  This virus has  caused Millions of dollars in damage in the past few days.
Snopes confirms that it is real.
Winter Driving

When Lena got off work up there at Duluth, it was snowing heavily and blowing to the point that visibility was almost zero. She made her way to her car and wondered how she was going to get home.  She sat in the car while it warmed up and thought about her situation. She remembered Ole's advice that if she got caught in a blizzard, she should wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it. That way she would not have to worry about going off the road or getting stuck in a snow drift.
Sure enough, in a little while, a snow plow went by and she pulled out and began to follow it. As she followed along behind the snow plow, she felt quite comfortable and smug as they continued on their way and she was not having any problem with the blizzard or road conditions. After some time had passed, she was somewhat surprised when the snow plow stopped. The driver got out of the cab and came back to her car.  He signaled her to roll down her window and asked if she was all right, as she had been following him for a long time.  Lena said she was fine and told him of her husband's advice to follow a plow when caught in a blizzard. The driver replied it was okay with him and that she could continue to follow him if she wanted, ..But he wanted her to know that he was done with the Wal-Mart parking lot and was going over to Target next. 





Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014
Subject: A stroke has a new indicator

My wife and I went to a class on stroke and its indicators.  If a person is treated within 3 hours there is a very good chance there will be a full recovery.


The instructor gave us these four letters F.A.S.T. which stand for:


F = Face - look at the Face to see if there is a droop - ask person to smile  to see if its uneven


A = Arm - Ask if an arm is numb - check for arm weakness by asking them to push up with both

               arms against your hands. The tongue is a good one too. 


S = Speech - Slurred speech - Difficulty in speaking or understanding


T = Time - Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately -

                 Have ambulance go to nearest stroke center




Animated Atlas of American History

Sent by Ray Ranta

(Click on PLAY)



How The Internet Started
(just a joke)

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.

And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"

And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.

And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic EcclesiasticalRich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.

He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."

And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."

"YAHOO," said Abraham.

And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began.




The original Farmers & Merchants Bank building never had water or sewer service, though Cook residents had all of these in the 1930s. But, it did have an outdoor/indoor toilet. For the Bank employees there was a “One Hole Rest Room” in the building.


A local famer came each evening with his horse and wagon and slid the tray out from under the “Rest Room” from the back of the Bank building. He then replaced it with another tray with a fresh bed of straw. The farmer then took the load and dumped it on his field along with the cow manure.


The 1917 Bank was located in what is now the parking lot of the License Bureau. The F & M Bank moved into a new building in downtown Cook in 1957. The bank is now a branch of the Chisholm First National Bank.



Scary Obituary
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage." The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2012 It doesn't hurt to read this several times.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: 
Obama: 19 McCain: 29 
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000 
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million 
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

3 things that cannot be hidden for long. The Sun The Moon, and The Truth

There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.



Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people,
one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people.
One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer then hired two people.

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people,
an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said,
"We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget,
we must cut back."

So they laid-off the night watchman.

NOW slowly, let it sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter.
Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?




Didn't think so!

Bottom line is, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency,
the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!


It was very simple... and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.

The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977,

Hey, pretty efficient, huh???



34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports.
Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.


Hello!! Anybody Home?

Signed....The Night Watchman


Scroll down and take a few minutes to view some very interesting information.

You'll be quite surprised at some of these facts.

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth.

If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over

2 million individual flowers

Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'.


Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Astronauts can't belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.


The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!


Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros ..


Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust,

even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.


Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end .

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.


Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.


The University of Alaska spans four time zones

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun


Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers,

that is why it is found in some medicines.


Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside


Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters


Everything weighs one percent less at the equator

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

And last but not least:

In 2012, December has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays.

This apparently happens once every 823 years!





Tired Dog


An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my garden.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
Hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

A couple of hours later, he went to the back door to leave,
I let him out and off he trotted down the path and out of the gate.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my garden, walked inside
And resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about a couple of hours.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar:
'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is,
And ask if you are aware that
Almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:

'He lives in a home with 6 children,
2 under the age of 3,
He's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?



Pet Partners


Marge Pylkka along with her two beautiful Cocker Spaniels, Muggsie, who is five years old and Katie who is four years old, have recently become Registered Pet Partners (therapy dogs) through the Delta Society on July 10, 2011. The Delta Society which is based in Bellevue, WA, was founded in 1977 and is an international, non-for-profit organization of pet owners, volunteers, therapists, educators, veterinarians, and other health professionals. Muggsie and Katie are also certified as Canine Good Citizens (CGC)


There are two ways to complete the Delta Society course, either by Home Study or to attend a workshop. Because there were no workshops available in our area, Marge did the Home Study program. When she completed the Home Study program, she and each of her dogs were evaluated, as a team, in Duluth by a Delta Society evaluator. If anyone is interested in more information about the Delta Society, go to their website at or contact Marge at


Marge also completed a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) workshop. She and her “girls”, as she calls them, are now official R.E.A.D. members and look forward to going into the local libraries and schools so that young children can read to them. More information about this program can be found at Dogs need to become therapy dogs before they can become R.E.A.D. dogs.


Marge Pylkka, her two beautiful Cocker Spaniels, Muggsie and Katie



The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees...  I don't feel threatened..  I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu ..  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. 

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina)..  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?' 

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with '



Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. 
If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. 

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben S



Cowboy Named Bud

A cowboy named Bud  was overseeing his herd in a remote pasture when
suddenly a brand-new BMW  advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci  shoes, RayBan
sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the  cowboy,
"If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your  herd,
Will you give me a calf?"

Bud  looks at the man, obviously a  yuppie, then looks at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers,  "Sure, Why not?"   The
yuppie  parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects
it to his  Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASApage on the
Internet,  where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his
location  which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the
area in an  ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in  Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in  Hamburg ,  Germany .

Within  seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
has been  processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL
database through  an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his
Blackberry and,  after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color,  150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to  the cowboy and says, "You
have exactly 1,586 cows and  calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take  one of my calves," says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the  animals and looks on with
amusement as the young man stuffs it into the  trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to  the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what
your business is, will  you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second  and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're an aide in the Obama  Administration", says Bud.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how  did you guess that?"

"No guessing  required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even
though nobody  called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a  question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth
of equipment  trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and
you don't know a  thing about how working people make a living - or
about cows, for that  matter.  This is a herd of sheep. ...

Now give me back my dog.


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