Hey, Spike! reports from Minot’s Norsk Hostfest
September 30, 2010
Ja, ja, we’re in The Magic City of Minot, N.D., for the 33rd annual Norsk Hostfest, along with 85,000 Scandinavians.
The scene is dominated by all things Scandihoovian based on the heritages of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
And not being far from the border of Canada, this crowd includes many of those with their ay-game on – hundreds of tour buses deliver their loads.
Helping to turn this place into a senior paradise are RVs of all makes and sizes.
There are not many tattoos and piercings or slouching pants in this demographic.
The headline acts this year are Alan Jackson and Vince Gill, big time country and western recording stars, along with The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Montana’s favorite cowboys, The Ringling 5 (usually numbering eight or nine).
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Why Not Minot got its “Magic” name from the rapid pace at which the city grew almost overnight, they say. It’s a town of about 36,000 and home to Minot Air Force Base’s fleet of B-52 Bombers and ICB missiles.
The people are very nice and volunteer to make this event happen with glee. Two of these folks are Doris and Andy Heidt, Hey, Spike! and Mary’s host family.
Doris is a registered nurse and Andy’s the military base housing inspector. They’ve hosted Hostfest-goers for 15 years. Thank you very much.
Since we’re here and won’t be back for a couple of more days, we’ll miss the gathering to celebrate the life of Buddy Nicholson, the longtime Summit good guy who used to own the Old Dillon Inn.
Among those attending the event tomorrow at Loveland Ski Area will be Bobby and Susie Magrino, Julia and Dickie Esser, George “The Carhart Model” Hembree, Barb and Big Jim Conder, Wabs and Iggy Walbert, Gary Bergman, Tom Neils, Tina Hutting, Capt. Smitty, and Bernie Murphy.
Hey, Spike! visited with Jake and Becky Smith of Kansas City, Mo., who vacationed at Mark and Mary Waldman’s Hotel Frisco, managed by Sarah Chevalier.
Jake is a semi-retired building contractor relishing his grandpa role as “Paw, Paw,” while Becky is in her 30th year of banking, now it’s with Bank of America.
Daughter Jenni graduated from Denver’s Metro State with degree in sports marketing, but has taken a law firm receptionist position until her dream becomes reality.
They had a fabulous time on The Summit.
Congrats to Mike and Theresa Campbell, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 28,with golf in Denver, lunch with son Riley at the Squeaky Bean, fresh oysters at Jax Fish House, and the Rockies second to the last home game.
Visiting here not long ago was Robin Vossbein Adamson, who now resides in Denver and has a second home over in Minturn.
Living here in 1977-78, Robin worked at the Frisco Tastee Freeze, and the Breckenridge Ski School. And she recalls taking second in a wet T-shirt contest way back then.
Holding that very nice German Brown Trout caught on the Lower Colorado River recently is Breckenridge’s Noreen Galaba, who was taking a break from her drift boat and went wading after lunch.
Fishing in “shallow fast riffle water,” she landed the 22-incher on her “secret Stonefly pattern size 14 with 4x tippet with my new Orvis 5 Weight Hydros.”
“I can’t reveal the exact location or I will have to kill you (just kidding). I call it “Location X,” says Noreen. “The day was quite prolific and many fish were landed by me and my two favorite flyfishing buddies: Randy Veeneman and Scott Gongaware, both guides for Mountain Anglers.”
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.
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