Montpelier will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend by spitting cherry pits, hopping hay bales and hosting a parade, car show, tractor pull, rodeo and street dance. "It only happens every 125 years," said Shawn Ratts, who organized the "Redneck Olympics" with his wife, Sarah Ratts. In the Montpelier games, participants will compete in cherry pit-spitting, gunny sack races, hubcap hurling and blindfolded wheelbarrow races.
The Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery will evaluate and appraise antiques, collectibles, precious metals and jewelry at its roadshow Tuesday through Saturday next week at the Holiday Inn Express, 803 20th St. SW. "We see some of the weirdest, oddest, coolest things that you could imagine, from vampire-killing kits (to) swords from the Civil War," said Matthew Enright, vice president of media relations for the refinery. "The biggest thing is to keep an open mind." Anyone can bring items in for a free appraisal from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Punishing heat and excessive humidity continued throughout the region Tuesday, killing cattle and affecting businesses and individuals. "I'm right in the middle of trying to keep (my cattle) cool," said Mike Wendel, from his farm north of LaMoure, N.D.
The oppressive heat wave affecting southeastern North Dakota and much of the Midwest will likely end by Thursday, but until then any storms arising could become severe, the National Weather Service warned. "Thursday, you should see a significant decrease in temperatures and humidity," said Bill Abeling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
The gardens on display for the 22nd annual Jamestown Garden Tour run the gamut from natural to landscaped, large to small, and whimsical to formal. Some are at the top of a hill, others at the bottom. Some feature shade-loving plants and others have sun all day long. One is a nature walk. All will be featured in the American Association of University Women Garden Tour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. "It's usually just a very nice occasion to be outside in the evening," said Kelly Krein, chairman of the Garden Tour. "Most of the time people have interesting garden art.
A stuffy nose and a teary eye were the first signs of Mackenzie Gerszewski's cancer. Now, as Mackenzie, daughter of Steve and Kristin Gerszewski, prepares to undergo radiation treatment for cancer in Boston, Mass., her friends are preparing a benefit hog roast and auction, set for 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Zebedee Center at St. John's Academy. "We're hoping to have a successful benefit for the family, to help with all their travel expenses and medical expenses," said family friend Jody Nieswaag of Jamestown. There will be many expenses.
By most counts, Debbie is a beautiful girl, with dark eyes, a black-and-white coat and -- her most distinctive feature -- a pair of foot-long horns. The yearling heifer is the first Texas longhorn to be exhibited at the Stutsman County Fair, said Kali Carlson, 13, of the Bustling Beavers 4-H club. "Most beef breeds are laid back and easy to maneuver. Longhorns are made to survive," Carlson said.
Open class exhibits at the Stutsman County Fair this year include projects from people age 2 to 80-plus who live from the East Coast to the West Coast and seemingly everywhere in between. "It's open to everyone. They do not have to be a resident of Stutsman County," said Gayle Frey, Home & Hobby supervisor. At least a few of the people who submitted projects from out of state were grandchildren of Stutsman County residents. Exhibitors are up this year, officials said. There are 282 exhibitors (40 more than last year) and 1,308 exhibits (68 more than last year).
An atmosphere of heightened anticipation hung over the Stutsman County Fairgrounds Tuesday as 4-H'ers, open class exhibitors and organizers prepared for the fair's opening day today. "We're getting things entered and putting them all together in order to be judged," said Carrie Roemmich, a Home & Hobby (open class) superintendent. Perishable items including crops and food were judged Tuesday evening, and the rest of the Home & Hobby projects will be judged at 2:30 p.m.