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10 Years Ago...........2004
The Enderlin Sunflower Festival Committee has a HUGE four days planned for the 9th annual Sunflower Festival September 19th.  The activities begin Thursday, September 16th with the famous chile contest and free chili feed at the VFW Club.  Entries in the contest vie for cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25.  AT 7 pm, still at the VFW, will be the adult seed spittin contest.
Pastor Leon Zavadil of the Enderlin’s First Lutheran Church, will welcome the congregation and guests to the church’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 12th at two o’clock. 
Ed Morrow made a proclamation declaring September 11th, 2004 as Lions Day at the Enderlin City Council meeting held Thursday, September 2nd. Whereas, the International Assocation of Lions Club is now the world’s largest and most active service clun and “Whereas, the Enderlin Lions Club has followed this motto since its charter in 1976 and active and positive force in the Enderlin Community.
20 Years Ago.............1994
The Candidates were announced at Enderlin High for the 1994 Homecoming activities.  Candidates for queen are Nicole Langer, Morgan Niedringhaus, Jennifer Tingley and Kari Welch.  King candidates are Rick Glarum, Rod Hartl, Nathan Johnson and Kirk Lindemann.  
All week the students have had western day, grunge/hippie day and fun, fun, fun.  The bonfire is after the girls basketball game, Thursday, September 15.  The queen coronation is Friday, September 16 in the gym at 1:40 pm, with a pep rally and activities following.  The football game is at 7:30 pm with the Homecoming dance in the gym from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am.
The Highway 46 Overpass is in the final stages.  Heavy equipment is in the process of moving all of the removed soil back onto the roadbed and shoulders.

30 Years Ago............1984
The seventeenth annual Sheyenne  Valley Arts and Crafts Festival is scheduled for September 29 and 30 in Fort Ransom.  Crafts will be displayed in the Fort Ransom Community Hall and the Sheyenne Hall, paintings and woodcrafts at Bear Creek Hall, and outdoor displays will be adjacent to Bear Creek Hall.  
The Enderlin Eagles brought their football season record to 2-0 with a win over the Edgeley Rangers by a score of 20-0 last Friday evening.  Tyler scored on a 90 yard interception and Blair Ekre threw a pass to Pete Stangeland for a 2 point conversion.  
Traveling to Lisbon on Thursday, Sept. 6, the Enderlin girls basketball teams returned home with two losses against the more experienced Bronco teams.  The score of the B squad game at the end was 33-45.  High scorer for the game was Heidi Nelson with 12 points.  Also scoring were jodi Billing - 7; Alise Creswell - 6; Vicki Lemna, Karen Roth, and Tammy Pfaff - 2; and Cindy Fraase and Dawn Green -1.

40 Years Ago............1974
After years spent pounding the rails of the Soo Line system, Caboose 124 has finally been paid off and retired, but will continue to serve a worth while purpose.
The Caboose, a personal donation from Soo Line President Leonard H. Murray to Enderlin Boy Scout troop 533 will be used by the troop members as a clubhouse.  Through the able efforts of Hank and Don Ekre, admirably assisited by Jerry Utke, the caboose was moved from Soo Line trackage to it’s present location in Baxter Park.  The Boy Scout troop are;  Ken Simonson, Frank Egan, Steve Simonson, Tom Sly, F. D. Egan, (Rep.) Aaron Faber, Kevin Froeber, Mike Johnson and Kevin Finzel.
50 Years Ago............1964
The Maple River Stompers, Enderlin Square Dance Club, will hold a regular meeting and dance Saturday night, September 12, in the Legion Hall.
The Enderlin Eagles chalked up their second non-conference victory last Friday, September 4, when 29 members of the squad cooperated to trounce Casselton, 53-0.
The Enderlin Veterans of Foreign Wars announced this week that they are sponsoring a junior golf tournament at the Enderlin Golf Course next Sunday, September 13.
There will be two classes in the boys and girls tourney.  Youngsters in the seven to 12 year age bracket will be in one class and those from 13 through high school age will make up the second group.
All prizes and entry fees will be donated by the Enderlin VFW Club.
60 Years Ago.............1954
The weather, in recent days, seemed to be getting in some practice for autumn, which is just two weeks away.  Temperatures got down to 41 degrees.  There was rain too, which was welcomed by farmers, partly because it made plowing easier.  
Three new teachers are on the staff of the Enderlin Public Schools, which opened the 1954-55 term Tuesday.  Miss Ruth Haynes of Fargo, a graduate of North Dakota Agricultural College, is High School Librarian and English Instructor.  Miss Helen Anderson of Antler, N.D. a speech therapist, will divide her time between the Enderlin and Lisbon School systems.  She is a graduate of Minot State Teachers College.  Mylo A. Olson, who taught at Thompson, Iowa, last year, is the new social science teacher.

80 Years Ago...........1934
The regular meeting of the Dakota Maids 4-H Club was held at the home of Doris Linemann on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8.  During the business meeting discussion was held in regard to the elimination contest for Girls’ Clothing to be held in Casselton soon.   The following program was given: vocal duets, Doris Lindemann and LaVergne Nudell; educational reading, Fern Golz.  The next meeting will be held on October 13 with Florence Utke acting as hostess.
Tribes in the Himalaya mountains of India have developed a divorce system that is said to be easier than that of Reno.  A girl’s parents choose her husband early in life, and she marries as soon as she is old enough.  Then she looks around for her “ideal husband.”  When she finds him she can divorce No.1 by paying him an agreed sum.  If she decides not to marry she also can pay her husband and tell him to go.

A View along 46
I once thought that when your family was through high school and off to school or work your job was about over.  I now know that the hardest part of being a parent comes when they leave home.
While they are still at home, you can tell them what time to get in, where they can go and what they can do.  Even if they do not always comply exactly, you can give them the parental lecture and get it off your chest.  Learning to let them make their own mistakes and keep your mouth shut about them is, however, the most painful thing a parent ever has to learn.
The process of attaining adulthood is never easy, and it takes longer for some youngsters than others.  We parents often feel rejected when our children start off to make their own lives, chose their own standards and make their own mistakes.  They tend to be a little touchy about the number of “I told you so’s” to which they feel their parents are entitled, and the amount of advice they need, which leads to some bruised feelings for Ma and Pa.
We would like so much to help them avoid those mistakes, since we have already made them.
The process of letting go of our children is not as easy one, but it would help us avoid unnecessary worry and unwanted advice if we would ask ourselves:  “When was the last week I got through without doing something stupid myself?”
Fools rush in--” and all that sort of thing, but I have never been accused of undue prudence, so herewith, a few words on the “Country Club Set” affair.
The use of the phrase to indicate a group of people who have “arrived” socially or financially, or who wish to give the impression they have, is common usage, and in that sense, it expressed the picture of their party that the Young Democrats wanted to project.  The only trouble with the phrase is that it doesn’t fit Enderlin.
In many places, you must be relatively  affluent to be able to afford to join the Country Club.  Dues run to $50 a month and the membership fee may be $1,000 or more.  In many places, the membership lists are carefully compiled and you may wait a long time to be invited to join even if you have the cash.  Enderlin has never been that kind of  town, and the membership of the Golf Club (not the Country Club, by the way) is, like most of our other organizations, a pretty motley crew.  Everyone has pitched in to help get it going and if you have $20 for a family membership or $15 for a single and aren’t in jail, you’re in.  They welcome everyone from broken down brakemen to bankrupt farmers and there is even a pretty good collection of Democrats.
It was a good punch line, but the timing wasn’t quite right.
Jerome Beatty, is a recent article, predicts that humor will go the way of the whooping crane.  Unless cued by canned laughter, as in television, he fears, people will soon not know when to laugh.  This, he feels, accounts for the spate of Elephant and other non-jokes, where it doesn’t matter if there is no point!
He relatres an incident in Louisville, to prove his point.  A stranger, bearded, ragged and ill-kept, entered a bank and handed a paper bag to a teller with this note:  “This is not a stick-up.  I am not armed.  Do not cry out or raise an alarm.  Place $500 in small bills in this bag.  Attached is a certified check for that amount.”
The teller fainted, sending out an alarm as she did so.  The stranger was seized and dragged off by the authorities.  He turned out to be a respected and wealthy citizen of Lexington.  He agreed not to sue the institution if its president would sign a statement making such admissions as it was okay to wear old clothes into the bank, to ask that a withdrawal be put in a paper bag, etc.  He tried to get the story into the papers to illustrate human folly, but no paper would print it, on the ground that it ridiculed community standards.  
This may prove that they can’t take a joke in Louisville, bit I remember back to the days of the  Little LuLu jokes and the Knock-Knock jokes and even gems like this:  “What’s the difference between a duck?” (I can’t remember the answer--just the fact that it made no sense.)  Humor survived them, in one guise or another, and probably in 2064 they will still be coming up with a switch on “That was no lady, that was my wife.”

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