Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sauk Centre Herald and Dr. Freese

Sunday, January 23, 2011. It's above zero this evening, which is practically tropical compared to the last few days.

Talking with someone at the Sauk Centre herald today, I learned that the Herald owns the Melrose Beacon now. A little more checking, and I found the article I'd missed:

"Sauk Centre partners purchase Beacon, Enterprise"
Dave Simpkins, Sauk Centre Herald (December 28, 2010)

Actually, it's Star Publications of Sauk Centre that bought the Stearns Morrison Enterprise and Melrose Beacon from American Community Newspapers II, ACN, of Plano, Texas. Star Publications of Sauk Centre is what happened, I gather, when the Sauk Centre Herald and Dairy Star merged: and Carol Moorman has gone from being the Herald feature editor to the editor of the Beacon. If you want more, you'll have to check out that article.

I don't want to seem too cocky, but Sauk Centre's doing okay when it comes to its local newspaper. Then there's Main Street Theatre, downtown. I think they're at a half-dozen screens now, with 3D projection equipment for at least one of them.

Not bad for a town of about 4,000.

Dr. Freese has a new diagnostic gadget at Eyes on Main now: a two-laser scanner that gave him a pretty good look inside my eyes - and records the images for future reference. It doesn't replace the older up-close inspection, but that visual record could be really good to have, in case I do develop some sort of eye issue later.

Apart from the industrial-strength prescriptions I use now to see past about 18 inches, that is.

There's more, but it's getting late and I've got a few chores to get finished.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Glittering Snow, Soo Bahk Do Tournament

Sunday, January 16, 2011. Sauk Centre's snow cover has been getting touched up fairly often, so we've still got a sparkling-white blanket. It's the light, fluffy variety, happily, so I didn't have much trouble yesterday, clearing a space to stand on while grilling burgers yesterday.

Grill outside in winter? Sure: Why not?. January 15, 2011.

I spent most of today in St. Cloud, taking pictures at the Soo Bahk Do tournament there. And giving my wife and #3 daughter a ride there and back. They were with the Sauk Centre Soo Bahk Do class.

Folks from Sauk Centre's Soo Bahk Do class doing a
group form. January 16, 2011.

That photo is of folks from Sauk Centre doing a group form, or pre-determined sequence of motions.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chinese Restaurant: New Owner Coming

Wednesday, January 12, 2011. There seems to be some sort of bug going around Sauk Centre: which would explain the way I've been feeling lately. Fr. Statz, at Our Lady of the Angels, has had it, and now it's Fr. Todd's turn, at St. Paul's. For want of a better word, I've been calling it the flu.

Looks like we'll have another Chinese restaurant in town. There's a sign in the window, saying:

"Coming Soon
Chinese Restaurant

Andy's Wok & Andy's Taco, downtown. January 11, 2011.

Opening with new owners, the sign says. January 11, 2011.

I've written about Andy's Wok in the Sauk Centre Journal Blog, where these posts are repeated:
There's more, here on the Brendan's Island website: June 22 and May 16, April 4, 2008. There was another Chinese restaurant in the same location: June 24, 2007.

As I recall, Andy's Wok had its share of customers: I hope the same folks are ready to welcome the new Chinese eatery.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Around 6:00 p.m. we heard what we thought was a car door being slammed very hard. Later I saw two police cars parked, with flashers on; and two other cars also parked rather close to each other in the intersection here at Ash and South 9th. An ambulance showed up - out of an abundance of caution, I hope, and a wrecker. The ambulance is gone now, at 6:30 p.m., and the wrecker is in the process of loading one of the cars onto its bed. The other drove off earlier.

I sincerely hope nobody was badly hurt.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Last Sunday in Christmas: Next Stop, Valentine's Day

Sunday, January 9, 2011. Cold, over a foot of snow on the ground, and more in the forecast. I don't mind a bit. This is a lot better than an open winter. Besides, the snow's quite photogenic.

My household's settling back into a normal routine after the holidays. Twitches, #1 daughter's kitten, was here for an extended visit - #1 daughter, too, of course.

Twitches the kitten, and wrapping paper. January 3, 2011.

And that gave me an excuse to put a photo of a kitten under wrapping paper in this entry.

Like many other houses in town, we've got an assortment of icicles hanging from the eaves. They're not doing the roof any particular good: but they are picturesque. One, by our kitchen window, had melted near its base until the icicle was hanging by a very long, narrow, strand.

Icicle hanging by a thread-thin bit of ice. January 3, 2011.

The city crews have been keeping streets clear, for which I'm duly grateful. I drove around the southwest part of Sauk Centre this week, something I haven't done for a while.

There's nothing quite like a moose head over the door. January 6, 2011.

Ding Dong Cafe: a Sauk Centre Landmark. January 6, 2011.

We wound up the Christmas season at Our Lady of the Angels church today: which brings me more-or-less up to date.

Last Sunday in the Christmas season, Our Lady of the Angels church. January 9, 2011.

If I don't have something to write Wednesday, I'll see you in a week.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Good Grief! It's Sunday Already

Sunday, January 2, 2011. Happy New Year!

It will take me a while to get used to writing "2011," but judging from previous experience, I'll get the hang of it. I see that I missed Wednesday's entry: and from the looks of it, will nearly miss today's, too. The holiday season struck with unusual severity this year, and I haven't been as organized as I'd like to be.
That's my story, and I sticking with it.

As to how Sauk Centre is doing? The street crews have been taking snow off and putting sand on the streets, there's what looks like a new sign going up at the professional building at South 4th and Main, and there's no doubt about it: we had a white Christmas.