Merry Christmas Greetings
From Florence Pladson Sime (’62): Deering, ND

Here’s wishing a merry christmas and a happy new year to each and every one of you. I have had a very busy year with the classes I had to take and still alot of doctoring but can’t complain as long as I can still get around. I also sold my farm and moved to Deering, N.D. My new address is 2069 68th St. N., Deering, N.D. 58731. It was a busy time but with the help of my children and freinds it all worked out. So I have been busy unpacking and putting things away so that keeps me busy. But it will be nice when it is all done.It was a big step but a good one.
We sure have had great weather so thay will shorten up the winter. Will be going down to visit my son and family in Beach for christmas.
Reply to Allen Richard’s posting
From Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary,


In reference to Allen Richard’s posting about the Baby In A Car Seat along the road. Trust and beleive that this is a true story,and I thank Allen so much for taking the time for sharing it,and you posting it. If this is the same John Carlson that married Darlene Martinson from Rolette, you can rest assure this story is true. I know them both and their two of the most outstanding Christian people I’ve ever known. And if it isn’t the same John Carlson I beleive it anyway simply because we get these “hard core gang member” teens in where I work,and they are the most dangerous because they are willing to do anything to pass the “gang initiation”to be accepted into a gang. About 2 months ago we got at one time like 5 kids in from opposing gangs from here in Charlotte. Well needless to say every day for about the first 3 weeks when the staff would leave at the end of their shift felt like, they had been thru a war zone. The tactics described in this article that gangs use are spot on in keeping with gang initiation. I would encourage anyone reading this to go on line and look up MS-13 Gang. We have alot of them here in Charlotte, and they are the most vile and vicious gang known to date. They are all over the world in other countries and recruiting on a regular basis,and working in concert with “Alquida” ( I think thats how you spell it) They are coming in from the “Mexican Border”. The Mexican Drug Cartel, MS-13, and Alquida all work together. Not to scare anyone, but the state of the art tunnel they just found on the Mexican Border two weeks ago is no doubt been used not only to funnel drugs into this country, but terrorist, the drug cartel,and these MS-13 gang members. Two years ago they arrested 18 MS-13 gang members here in Charlotte….just a spit in the oceon comparing to what’s out there across this nation. To those of you who do not follow,or are not aware of just how out of control illegal immigration is into this country, I was at a Town Hall Meeting 3 years ago on “Illegal Immigration” and in the State of North Carolina alone, there was at that time….35,000 illegals living and living off of their state. Needless to say, that today, the state of North Carolina is broke. I could sit here all night and talk on this subject,and my personal expeirences with this gang stuff….But it’s Christmas….”Tis the Season to Be Jolly” But people need to be vigilant,and “If You See Something…Say Something”…..North Dakota is a perfect breeding ground now for this kind of stuff with so many strangers coming into the state….they would blend right in…. So Again…”If You See Something….Say Something”……and have a Merry Christmas and Safe New Year!!!


Thanks Gary


Correction from Aggie

Gary….I would like to make a correction….It’s 360,000 Illegals in N.C.Instead of 35,000…. I think it was at 390,000 in 2006. I feel awful for the mess across the border in Mexico, I know alot of these people are fleeing from the brutality of the drug cartel and you can’t help but feel sorry for them. I just don’t understand why our government isn’t helping to make that country right instead of pouring money in countries half way around the world….Anyway just wanted to make the correction. Aggie

Rick Kuhn
Article posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Todays Minot paper. Rick is Mel’s younger brother.
Mel and I graduated together. We were in the same class our younger
brothers were also in the same class.

I haven’t been to Market Place Foods since last April.
That flood kept me away from Minot, as my dogs vet and their groomer
were both flooded out.

That flood created alot of changes.
My dogs are still healthy. But are also quite shaggy.

Counter to table: Meat market manager returns home

December 19, 2011
By KIM FUNDINGSLAND – Staff Writer (kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com) , Minot Daily News

After 20 years out of state, Rick Kuhn is enjoying his return to North Dakota. Customers at Marketplace Foods in Minot are enjoying his return too. Kuhn, Marketplace’s meat and seafood manager, can be found behind the counter or checking the content of products for sale.

The Dunseith High School graduate got his start at a Bottineau grocery store. Later he became part owner of a grocery store in Crosby. More recently he wrapped up an eight-year stay in Custer, S.D., prior to accepting his current position at Marketplace Foods at its 1930 S. Broadway location.

“I’ve pretty much done everything from the slaughterhouse to retail for a good 25 to 30 years,” said Kuhn. “My wife is from the area, family is still here and my youngest daughter is in college now. That makes us empty nesters. We just thought it was a good time to come home.”

Kuhn started his job March 1st and was house shopping at the same time. The flood of 2011 tore into Minot in June.

“I had looked at homes that are no longer there,” said Kuhn. “I’m very, very fortunate I didn’t buy something. We actually built a home in Surrey and got into that about a month ago.”

Free from the housing disruption experienced by many in the Minot area this year, Kuhn was able to fully concentrate on his new duties at Marketplace Foods. He is quite particular about the quality of meat, seafood and poultry offered for sale. His reasoning is simple customer care.

“That’s most important, absolutely essential,” said Kuhn. “Without the customer you don’t have a job and you don’t do business. It’s a pretty simple philosophy. We make sure we bring in the highest quality product and present it that way. We buy heavy to get the best deals and pass that on to our customers. It’s a busy, busy store and a good company.”

Kuhn stresses that his department won’t put anything out for sale that they wouldn’t put on their own dinner table. Special orders are welcome at anytime too. Fresh fish is ordered every Monday and Thursday and arrives in the store Tuesdays and Fridays.

“It’s amazing how quickly we can get fresh fish here and pork has come on really strong the last few years. It’s raised better and taken care of better. Poultry is just healthy and people are so much more health conscious,” noted Kuhn.

An increasing number of cooking shows can be found on various television networks today, even on the Internet. Kuhn says customers sometimes ask for items that aren’t regularly found in the meat market. In that case, said Kuhn, “we find out about it and do our best to get it for our customers.”

“Customers share their knowledge with us and that’s kind of nice,” said Kuhn. “If we can get what they want, we will.”

When it comes to cuts of beef, Kuhn calls himself “old school,” preferring meat with obvious marbling. Those cuts, said Kuhn, have a lot more flavor and can be a lot more tender than select cuts.

Cooking makes a difference too. Sometimes a good cook can make an excellent meal out of what may be considered a lesser cut of beef. Conversely, good cuts of beef may become less than satisfactory on the table if mishandled by an inexperienced cook. To help, Kuhn said his department welcomes customers’ questions about cuts and preparation.

“A lot of people have never made a certain cut, so we offer suggestions,” said Kuhn. “We have a nice, clean, bright store and offer the highest quality and service that we can.”

That is a very good, and very tasty, combination