Monday, September 17, 2007

Open Thread #43

Another week, another open thread.

150 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's with all of the sirens/fires/emergencies in town lately?

Anonymous said...

Who's a good chiropractor in GF? Preferably on the south side.

localboy said...

You know what I haven't had in awhile....? Big League Chew.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, there is no such thing as a good chiropractor. Try some evidence based medicine and see a physical therapist.

dale said...

Well, I don't subscribe to some of the "chiropractic cures everything" thought processes out there, but, having had chronic back pain, due to an injury, since I was about 20, I can tell you that "evidence based medicine" did me no good whatsoever (aside from "here's some pills" once in a while.) I have, however, found significant relief for my back pain through chiropractic.

I see Dr. King, who is on South Washington. He's a traditional sort, but I've literally crawled in there with a muscle spasm and walked out feeling fine twenty minutes later. He's also the sort to do what needs to be done and tell you to watch it and come back if you need to -- not the "you'll need weekly appointments for life" approach.

It just occurs to me that I'm about the most contrary person on this blog... seems I argue with just about everyone. Sorry :-)

restaurant watcher said...

I saw a notice for an auction of the Speedway Restaurant in Grand Forks. Apparently the owner is retiring.

DontForgetTheParmo said...

with all of these new businesses coming in, i have to wonder... can grand forks actually support all of them? this town business sector has exploded in the past 10 years, but i have to wonder if the patronage is keeping up with it. are there enough people to actually KEEP these businesses here?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, i can't recommend a chiropractor by name, but i can recomment the science in general. After many months of physical therapy from a sports injury, i decided to go to chiro as a 'last resort'. It shoud have been my first. Most traditional doctors are skeptical of non-traditional methods-whether it's nutrition, herbology or, in this case, chiropracty.

Anonymous said...

sorry, I meant 'recommend'

Anonymous said...

Advance Chiropractic
Dr. Kevin Gruhot

He is agressive, but fixes me up very well.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else eaten at Mamma Maria's lately? What happened? We were there last Friday night and not a single customer in the place was happy. Some walked out because the food was taking so long, others (like us) said it was inedible and asked for a refund. Did they get new owners or something? If this keeps up I'm afraid they'll be closed in no time. This was the first time in my life I've found food absolutely inedible at a restaurant. Our pastas tasted like rotten fish!

Anonymous said...

I really like Dr. Thomson at Red River Family Chiropractic on Demers. He's very good plus he does not schedule frequent appointments like some chiro's do. He tells me to come in when I feel I need to and he can always get me in on the same day I call.

C. Y. said...

Best chiropractor is in Larimore, ND. Rex & Nancy Byrd 343-6496.

(no financial connection but Nancy has beat me up a couple of times and I felt much better afterwards)

Anonymous said...

Mamma Maria's...

My coworker ate there on Friday night. She confirmed that they are under new management. I believe that a UND professor bought the place about a month ago. She very much enjoyed it, but it was her first time there, and nothing to compare it to.

Anonymous said...

Any recommendations for a dentist in Grand Forks? Perhaps more importantly, any recommendations against a particular dentist?

Coffee Guy said...

Dentists:

Yes to Charles Bridgeford. Awesome guy and awesome staff.

I do have a strong negative recommendations, but ask me off list.

Coffee Guy said...

oops, typo. That what I get for going back in and editing a post.

Anonymous said...

I too ate at Mamma Maria's on Friday night. Aside from being busier than I have seen in a while, the food was delicious and did not taste like rotten fish. Nor did I notice anyone leave, complain about the food or ask for a refund. I will eat there again.

Anonymous said...

Dale,
Getting pills for back pain isn't evidence-based. The research actually says giving pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants for back pain has no effect vs. a placebo. There are good PT's and bad PT's just like everything else.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Steven Swanson is an excellent dentist, his staff is top notch. His office is right behind Tom & Jerry's liquor store on the corner of N Washington & 2nd Ave.

Anonymous said...

My husband sees Dr. Shannon Ray in EGF for chiro care, and has nothing but good to say about him. His prices are also pretty reasonable and he takes a lot of different insurance plans.

For a dentist, we see Dr. Brian Parr on South Washington and have for years. My kids like him and actually look forward to going to the dentist. I've also heard great things about Dr. Bridgford and Dr. Mosher (for kids).

Ivyvine said...

Dentists I'd recommend:
Dr. O'Connell (across from Art & Learn) or Dr. Tanabe (across from the Hospital)

Good Chiropractor:
Dr. Ottinger (on 24th by the Loaf 'n Jug)

If you are having muscle pain I would recommend Northern Lights Massage Therapy. It's not your typical "spa massage" experience...I really do consider it therapy. She will work out knots in your muscles you never even knew you had and you will walk out of there feeling like a million bucks!

dale said...

On the dental front, I'd recommend Dr. John Baden, on South Washington (strip mall just south of Subway/Little Ceasars/TCBY.) Nice guy, great staff and, when I was looking for my daughter a long time ago, one of the few dentists in town taking new patients.

Anonymous said...

Chiropractor - Jongeward
Dentist - Dr Kelly

ec99 said...

"Dr. Steven Swanson is an excellent dentist, his staff is top notch."

I'll second that.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the new owners of Mama Maria's are starting a renovation project of the interior. I wonder what other changes will be instore for GF's only real italian eatery.

j said...

"Dr. Steven Swanson is an excellent dentist, his staff is top notch.

I'll second that."

And I'll third that.

Anonymous said...

Where is Northern Lights Massage?

McDonald on the east side is a great dentist. I've been to Jim (the dad) for years and years and Peter (one of his sons) for a couple of years. Both are great. A second son, Chris (I believe), has started as well.

My kids like Mosher but he's *expensive*. And when I saw him yesterday in the Porsche Carrera I knew why and decided it was time to take the kids to the east side :-).

Beck said...

I would definitely recommend Dr. O'Connell for a great dentist. He and his staff are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

"Dr. Steven Swanson is an excellent dentist, his staff is top notch.

I'll second that.

And I'll third that."

I have to 4th that. However, do not go to the office between 1 PM and 2 PM because no one will help you. The staff takes its lunch break seriously! Anyway, Steve is great, and his staff of hygenists are great too. Almost look forward to going and getting my teeth cleaned!

bethski said...

Can anyone recommend a dentist that will take people with medicaid with no question and knows how to treat people with disablitys well? too many wonderful dentists in this town hate taking people with medicaid due to they arent paid as well I think. Any suggestions so I can stop driving ALL the way up to cavalier? BTW, Dr. Olson in cavalier is AWESOME. Its just hard sometimes when emergencys come up.

Anonymous said...

Any comment about Clint Bowyers NASCAR Race win at NH Int Speedway ? Or any comments on AD from UND takes leave of absence ? Why didn't Mt B show up for Potato Bowl ? Can't do push ups and other crap ?

GrandForksGuy said...

Greenglass, I don't exactly think there is a big NASCAR following on here...

Anonymous said...

If someone takes a leave of absence from their job it is most likely for personal reasons. I don't feel it is my right to know.

Anonymous said...

you take a leave of absence when; You don't want to be at your job anymore or others don't want you at your job anymore or both.

Anonymous said...

Question for someone in the know. What is going up beside the DQ by Walmart?

Anonymous said...

On another recent open thread someone said it was an office building with spaces for lease.

Anonymous said...

All is well in Grand Forks.

It's easy to tell---just look at the comments above! ;o)

We got it good.

Nick said...

Anybody else having problems logging into Tyen's blog? Or Terry Dullum's?


Wondering if perhaps it's my computer that is the culprit...

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!!

The Herald says the Alumni Association is considering building a new home for the President. That's fine, since it would come from private money. But they'd have to tear down a historical landmark to do it: The current President's residence. Isn't there a better solution?

Anonymous said...

nick,

yeah, me too. I thought it might be a Mac compatability thing. Servers and programmers always consider the needs of Mac users last.

Matthew said...

If the programmers were writing to standards, there wouldn't be an issue. Don't expect this crap just because you own a Mac.

Anonymous said...

Hey prior anon, you lost me. What does the number of comments in an Open Thread have to do with "having it good".

Just wondering

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it was not a reference to the number of comments, but rather, the limited content within.

I'd have to agree, if everyone is limited to the subject of seconding, thirding (?) and so forth of their nomination for favorite dentists, things MUST be good in The Valley.

---just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with that, either, btw. :-)

Anonymous said...

Also, i think part of it is this host's vision for his site. For instance, GFG put the kabosh on a political discussion a few months ago, when it became a bit heated.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!!

The Herald says the Alumni Association is considering building a new home for the President. That's fine, since it would come from private money. But they'd have to tear down a historical landmark to do it: The current President's residence. Isn't there a better solution?"

It ain't so. From what I understand, the J. Llyod Stone house (the "old" presidents residence) is going to be moved to a new location to make room for expansion of Gamble Hall. The current president's house (not a historical landmark)is to be torn down. Right now, the Alumni Ass. uses two buildings. The old J. Llyod Stone center, and across the street, the old (can't remember the name) religious center/church. The Alumni Association will build a new building for themselves, and as a part of the new building, the president's residence will be incorporated into it.

Subject to change of course as is just about everything on campus. This was the last I had heard at a meeting I was at for a particular campus dept. I work for that I would like to remain nameless.

Anonymous said...

The current president's house is a ranch style house built in the 50's...more Brady Bunch than historical landmark. You must have been thinking of the Alumni Center, which won't be torn down.

Anonymous said...

My house was built in the 50's and it sure doesn't need to be torn down. There is a concept called remodeling and it works for most of us-unless you are a fast food business. College presidents receive free housing-fixing it up should do. Enough waste!

Matthew said...

I think they should close University between Columbia and 42nd when classes are in session.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know the address to the UND blog?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for setting me straight. Yes, i thought the Stone house was going to be torn down.

Anonymous said...

I think since students are supposed to be adults they can look both ways before crossing the street.

just me guy said...

Any ladies here want to hook up?

Anonymous said...

You're not anonymous, maybe you would prefer to hear it from one of the the "ladies".

Turn up your speakers...
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GrandForksGuy said...

This blog is not a place to "hook up." Any future personal ads will be deleted.

GrandForksGuy said...

Regarding the problems with the Area Voices blogs...

I believe we're talking about a server problem...not really programming. I use a Dell and I've been having troubles lately accessing all Forum Comm sites including the papers and the blogs. Hopefully the issue has been resolved.

ec99 said...

"I think since students are supposed to be adults they can look both ways before crossing the street."

The university built them a subway under Columbia at University. No one uses it. They prefer to cross on the red light when left turners have a green arrow. I guess the all come from towns that don't have stop lights.

Anonymous said...

Everywhere else on campus students can cross the street without looking or stopping for cars, and they aren't going to stop now.

Anonymous said...

Been in that subway under Columbia lately? The walls are all moldy and peeling. It seems like more of a health hazard than a safety device.

ec99 said...

"The walls are all moldy and peeling. It seems like more of a health hazard than a safety device."

You can hold your breath and make the trip in 30 seconds.

Anonymous said...

"Been in that subway under Columbia lately? The walls are all moldy and peeling. It seems like more of a health hazard than a safety device."

Walked through the tunnel two days ago. The walls have been whitewashed and painted.

Anonymous said...

Tom Buning, UND Athletic Director, seems to be a coward ! According to Wayne Nelson in Fargo Forum : he does not return phone calls, hiding in his office on Thursday, no show at UND Sioux Boosters Luncheon, no show for Potato Bowl Football game on Sat, no show for UND Hall of Fame induction cermonies Sat (Buning was to speak). As you might know local radio show host is covering for him, and making threats to UND for not giving info. Well call Bruning and ask him why he asked for "leave of absence" sound like AWOL. Away Without Leave ?

LALS said...

Has anyone heard rumors that there is no recycling in Grand Forks? Waste Management throws the "recycling" in with all the other garbage and it goes to the landfill. --Or so the story goes . . . does anyone know if there is any truth to this??

localboy said...

Where did all the rumors about the possible new GF Hooters go?

Anything new GFG???

dale said...

Tom Buning, UND Athletic Director, seems to be a coward

I'd be curious to know why you think he's beholding to you. Maybe his "leave of absense" is none of your business.

Lynsey said...

I've heard the "recycling rumor" stated as fact on Martha: Much of what we place in recycling bins never actually gets recycled because it would cost too much to transport it to the proper facilities, and it can often waste more petroleum transporting it than is wasted creating new plastic bottles. I wish I could remember the name of the guy's book because it seemed like an interesting read...Anyway, it's not just happening in GF; it happens everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Geez, everytime I walked under Columbia at University, I thought I was going to get raped. And it smelled awful. I hated walking under there, but wasn't stupid enough to stand at the light and wait for it.

Coffee Guy said...

A male law student was assaulted at 6:30 pm in front of the law school (GFPD can't seem to solve the case, despite having the car's tag #. I understand that the owner of the vehicle "knew nothing about the incident," so the investigation stopped there. Nice work, Officer Fife.)

A woman was mugged on campus just a few days ago.

What's going on?

Coffee Guy said...

Now that I think about it, it might be UND's security dept. that can't crack the case. Either way...

Matthew said...

They're too busy handing out parking tickets. Duh.

;-)

Coffee Guy said...

Matthew, I was very close to getting out of bed last night and posting that very thought.

"Great minds," etc.

GF CIty Cop said...

UND does not have a security department, they have a police department (fully licensed ND officers), so it would definently be the UPD, not GFPD. By the way, UPD doesn't write any parking tickets, as that is a separate entity altogether (UND Traffic Division). The woman who was "mugged" supposedly was mugged on Sept. 7, and reported it on Sept. 18...something fishy there? And coffee guy, you have access to that case file to know that it was filed inactive? You must know that license tag # thing is true? remember, there is more than one side to every story. Maybe you should let some more facts come out before you berate your public safety officials.

Anonymous said...

The rumor about recycling has been around for years. They take the materials that cannot be recycled to the landfill.

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Matthew said...

According to the official site, the UND Police Department has had setbacks in recent years regarding their status as a 'real' police force:
"1997 also was the end of the department's national accreditation period. Because of budget concerns and lack of personnel to work on accreditation the department was unable to apply for re-accreditation. The department hopes to become re-accredited some time in the future when personnel and budget conditions permit it."

In addition, if the traffic division is a separate entity, why does the UND PD get to list "three parking enforcement vehicles" and "several other bicycles for parking enforecement" under its jurisdiction?

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Campus Dakota is run by North Dakota college students!

Elucidarian said...

"They take the materials that cannot be recycled to the landfill."

I wonder what the quality control is on that project. With so many, what, hundreds of thousands of items to sort through, how particular can they be?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about you, but when they pick up my recycling, they sometimes leave items on the berm that can't be recycled but I've put in the bins. So if they do it curbside, I think they must do it at the center.

dale said...

I expect that they do the recycling for free because they're making a bit of cash off of the monetarizable stuff like aluminum. Can't imagine that it would be profitable to just haul it all to the dump, but I imagine that there are loads of people who put junk out for the recyclers, and that does need to go off.

But it's probably pretty easy to sort through a bunch of crap on a conveyer belt ("can", "bottle", "rat", "rat", "rat", "bottle") and just leave the "I don't know what that is" stuff to fall off the end into a dumpster. You'd probably pretty easily pick off 95% of the cans, bottles and plastic crap that can be recycled.

Isn't it New York City that requires everything either go in the garbage disposal (foodish things) or into recycling (cans, paper and the lot) and you can't have any "trash" at all (or small amounts)?

Anonymous said...

Interesting concept...not being allowed to have any "trash" at all. If I think about it, just about everything that I use is recyclable, except maybe the occasional styrofoam cup or meat tray. (Styrofoam can't be recycled, right?)

Everything else is food, paper, cardboard, plastic, or glass. Definitely recyclable. My husband and I recently started recycling most everything that we can, and I was amazed at how much our trash was reduced. We produced only 1 trash bag full of actual trash last week...very proud of ourselves!

Coffee Guy said...

gf city cop, you felt berated by my comment? Berated? You must have pretty thin skin.

So, the case is solved? Please tell us the details. As "public safety officials" how have you taken care of this matter so that we, as the public, are safe?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know, as well.

Anonymous said...

Did GF City Cop say HE was berated by your comments? Tell us the facts yourself (and back it up please) if you know so much.

Anonymous said...

berate \bih-RAYT\, transitive verb:
To scold severely or angrily.

It didn't seem like anybody was berated to me.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, boys. How about some pertinent and grown up posts on this blog?

Geesh. This has been going downhill as of late!

Anonymous said...

YES! Back to the Hooters and Denny's talk!

Coffee Guy said...

GF City Cop, I apologize for my sarcastic tone, and I certainly wasn't berating anybody. However, the question remains "What is the state of security on the UND campus?" It certainly sounds like there has been an increase in crime of late.

I'm not directing this to you, but to the UND community as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line..Hey!, downtown bar owners, you have a social resposibility to clean up after your customers/operations!!! The garbage, and unfortunately vomit, is unacceptable! Don't play any childish mumbo-jumbo. Do it!

See The Herald on-line. There is a very well written letter from a visitor to town published Monday. It's still available on The Herald site.

Grow up and take care of it!

ec99 said...

"The department hopes to become re-accredited some time in the future when personnel and budget conditions permit it."

Ask thee Communication program out there how long they've been waiting.

GF City Cop said...

Yes, I believe Coffee Guy was berating any officer involved in the investigation at UND. By calling any officer involved Barney Fife, they are eluding to the most incompetent example of a police officer that he could come up with. Most officers take extreme pride in their jobs and in their work. I personally don't know anything about this assault, as it was handled by an agency I don't work for. The legal system does not allow for us charging a vehicle owner just because we know a license plate of a person who was involved in the assault. The plate will give us little information other than who owns the car - it doesn't tell anything other than that, and it could be likely the car was stolen, plate given to police was innaccurate, or the suspect is unwilling to cooperate - making it difficult to prove a case. Maybe we should be talking to UND facilitites to have better surveillance of campus.

By the way, the accredidation has nothing to do with UND being a police department, it is more like a feather in the cap of a police department with a certain number of minorities represented and types of training and equipment. The listed vehicles are under an umbrella of the UND safety department, which both the traffic division and police department fall under. The police officers themselves are not responsible to write tickets, those are mostly student employees.
By the way, coffee guy - if Barney Fife were the worst thing I were called when I go to work at night I would be happy - so no, I don't really have thin skin...just suprised to hear that on this blog. Good questions, though.

Anonymous said...

here, here.

Nothing has the potential to stall downtown's growth like filth. This just reinforces the view of South Siders and others who are reluctant to come downtown and resistant to its development.

Coffee Guy said...

I had a nice, lengthy, well-reasoned reply all typed out, clearly explaining the situation from an honest, law-abiding citizen's POV, but have decided to just leave this thread altogether.

GF City Cop said...

I hope it wasn't because of me...I think that we had a good conversation going. Sorry if something I said offended you, but it seems to me you must be the thin-skinned one. Nothing I said was disprespectful to you, or certainly wasn't meant to be!

Anonymous said...

I assume Mr. Buning's leave of absence is with pay, which I as a taxpayer kindly provide. It is therefore my business.

Anonymous said...

gf city cop-

I think since you don't work for the UPD you should let them speak for themselves. As you can see by speaking up you have started to dig a hole that is not easily filled. Especially since those whose numbers start with a 3 or 2 or even a 1 may troll through here from time to time...

GF City Cop said...

anon - yeah, I know what you elude to...What I was doing was trying to prevent jumping to conclusions. I don't think many involved with UPD come around here really often, and I also don't think that I am digging many holes. The "3s, 2s, or 1" - in my opinion wouldn't really care that I provided a little info for a discussion. We still have free speech, after all!

Anonymous said...

haha i'm amused at how quickly "coffee guy" is running with his tail between his legs because gf city cop actually gave his own reasoned thought out response.

Anonymous said...

is there a link for the story of the law student being mugged by the law school? i already read about the girl and her stolen purse... of which only her passport was missing....what gives with that?

Coffee Guy said...

OK, since you guys can't seem to stop talking about me I'll chime back in.

GF City Cop - you certainly didn't offend me. I guess we're both more thick skinned than a few sentences on the Internet may show.

Anon, I am not running. I had a post that expounded upon my thoughts quite well, I thought. I just had a few reservations about posting it for the world to see. It's called a rational decision, and one that I don't regret.

Again, you never know who is reading these threads, so I'm backing out of the discussion.

Anonymous said...

When did this blog get reduced to nitpicking rather than offering informative views?

C'mon, people. This is beginning to sound more like a local bar than a blog promoting Grand Forks.

Gee whiz.

Anonymous said...

Yes, where is all the mindless chatter about how we can't wait for Olive Garden to open up one of their "prime I-talian" eateries here?

Where's greenglass4 and his mindless, nonsensical ranting about how the city is out to get him? Let's go back to the good 'ole days.

GrandForksGuy said...

"Bottom line..Hey!, downtown bar owners, you have a social resposibility to clean up after your customers/operations!!! The garbage, and unfortunately vomit, is unacceptable! Don't play any childish mumbo-jumbo. Do it!"

I also thought that the letter in the Herald about downtown was a very worthwhile thing for the paper to run. It's very unfortunate to see the way some people treat the downtown area.

I fully realize that it is often the bars who are the only businesses that are actually bringing people downtown at times, but I don't think that this means that the bars or bar patrons have the right to trash downtown every weekend. I often see beer bottles and trash all over the street directly in front of some of the bars downtown. Shame on the owners who can't even bother to pick up the trash that their customers have left right in front of their bar. Perhaps the downtown bar owners would be interested in forming a cleanup group that would clean downtown after busy bars nights? I really doubt that would ever happen though.

When downtown looks dirty and sketchy, that is absolutely going to prevent more growth and redevelopment downtown.

Lynsey said...

This will probably get buried, but....

Who do you recommend for eye care in Grand Forks? I'm noticing things are looking a little fuzzier than they did a year ago, and I'm not too fond of the last optimologist I saw. I need someone who is going to provide both a reasonably priced exam as well as reasonably priced contact lenses and eyewear.

GrandForksGuy said...

I'm happy to hear about the success that the Canad Inn has been having in the last few months. Weren't their some readers of this blog who used to doubt that the Canad was going to be able to make a go of it? The parking lot is usually packed.

I really expect to see that second tower coming up in a couple of years. I still kind of wish that we could have had one 26-story tower instead of two 13-story towers. That would have been pretty sweet.

I'm also glad to see that the Canad finally found the time to plug in the sign at the entrance of the hotel. One of my bizarre obsessions lately is the fact that the Canad hasn't had any lit signs on the building...aren't those maple leaves and the signs for the restaurants going to be illuminated? And what about the water park...no sign for that yet. Odd things bother me.

market lady said...

lynsey - I recommend Opticare in East Grand Forks. Dr. Gander is very good and you can talk politics with him while getting your eyes checked!

On the subject of downtown cleanliness - hear, hear to the individual who wrote to the Herald. I do the Farmers Market every Saturday morning and have woken up homeless, cleaned up enough vomit and beer bottles to feel sick myself and last Saturday mopped up urine on the stage. AND the Farmers Market pays the city for the privilege of holding the market on their property. Something needs to change...

Elucidarian said...

FYI GF City Cop:
"they are eluding"
"I know what you elude to..."

Sorry, it was bugging me; The word you were looking for was allude. If they were eluding to you, you'd have lost them.

"I often see beer bottles and trash all over the street directly in front of some of the bars downtown."
I can't condone those whose limited imaginations can't allow them to pass up an opportunity to toss a can or smash a bottle, as if the experience sustains their state of virility. The only reasonable excuse for doing such a thing is if you're underage and you don't want to get caught with an open container when there's a police officer coming your way. Of course, if they're not quick enough, they'll get caught for littering and open container, and minor in consumption if their luck has really run out.

Anonymous said...

For eye care in Grand Forks, I highly recommend Lifetime Vision Center out by the mall... I have gone to Dr. Yunker for years and Dr. Torkelson is good too... They have a great facility with top of the line eqipment and eyewear. Always quick, easy and personable.

Anonymous said...

if the exchange rate stabilizes around par, I'm guessing Leo will break ground on that second tower sooner than you think.

Anonymous said...

2 things : all of the crap and garbage downtown may be left by the Wine and Art Crowd ! AD Buning receives poor grades ! On a scale of 1 to 7 he received a 2.7 from head coaches. Plus he needs to cut out the embarassing pushups !45 question survey results in todays Fargo Forum. Phil Harmeson says "scan of what's going on" with UND and Buning.

Anonymous said...

greenglass...just put your name, we all know it's you.

Anonymous said...

I also think Opticare in East Grand Forks is great. I've gone there for a couple years and they've always treated me well. Last time I was there to pick out new glasses the people who helped me were great & I felt gave me an honest opinion about what looked good and what didn't. They also called me a couple weeks after I got me new glasses just to make sure they were working out.

Anonymous said...

I went to Level 10 Martini Bar downtown this evening after hearing about its grand opening last week.

Kinda lame.

I think I was more pissed that I heard there was a dress code there and that they turned away people who wore jeans (even though, I disagree with that depending on the jeans). So, when I saw people walking in like they lived in the Mission, I was ready to go.

The dress code there is similar to Subway.

I'm thinking they didn't do great last week because of turning away people that they said "screw it" and Gilly let whoever he wanted in.

Nice atmosphere, but definitely not busy. Even if it was Thursday night.

Unless they funnel profits from Gilly's (owned by the same people), I don't know if they'll be in the black. I'll give them a month if they aren't.

Anonymous said...

Ah, The Herald and their 3rd grade politics. So ridiculous. Try fing the Canad article from yesterday, on-line. It has disappeared. Why can't it be found? All I wanted to do was check the article's comments. You can't find it with the search function.

I'm guessing the comments weren't kind so they scratched it.

Anonymous said...

Wow. The EGF movie complex will really have one of the screens dedicated to art films! Can you believe it?

Anonymous said...

Just be advised, support them, or they go bye-bye.

Anonymous said...

Nobody else is bothered by the fact that the Herald scratched yesterday's Canad story from it's archives? The links to the story in The City Beat's blog have also been removed.

I guess it's immaterial now. Pretty easy to get what's up.

dale said...

Here you go. Just go to "News" and scroll down til you find it. As they add more articles, it gets further and further down.

I've never been a huge fan of "search" boxes, as the results can be a little dodgy, depending on what you put in the box and what their engine is.

BTW, GFG -- the Herald link on the blog no longer takes you to the Herald, as it appears that they have bigger plans for "grandforks.com"

Anonymous said...

I did that earlier. The story has has been restored. Hmmm. "Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, let the record show....". Ahh, forget. We all know what's up.

Anonymous said...

GFG, why not start a Canad/Alerus thread? I'm sure there are many readers who would like to indulge in recent developments. BTW, yes, there is a City Beat blog article. However, people are very suspect of Area Voices and what takes place behind the scenes.

Anonymous said...

"I think they should close University between Columbia and 42nd when classes are in session."

Hey Matthew, I don't agree that University Ave should be closed while UND is in session.

Having experience encountering a street with cars on it will make you a well rounded person after you graduate.

GrandForksGuy said...

"BTW, GFG -- the Herald link on the blog no longer takes you to the Herald, as it appears that they have bigger plans for "grandforks.com""

Thanks, Dale.

GrandForksGuy said...

"GFG, why not start a Canad/Alerus thread? I'm sure there are many readers who would like to indulge in recent developments. BTW, yes, there is a City Beat blog article. However, people are very suspect of Area Voices and what takes place behind the scenes."

I'm happy to start any type of thread people want, but could you be a bit more specific...what exactly are you looking for?

GrandForksGuy said...

I have to say that I'm quite shocked that the jury came back this afternoon with a "not guilty" verdict in the Hammond case.

Anonymous said...

News on Ch 8 at 6 pm about AD Buning. They just got a bunch of emails from UND coaches, gives landscape of the problems with Mr Buning ! One from Dale Lennon and another from Dave Hakstol, lots of problems with Mr Buning.Stay tuned for more at 10 pm tonight. Freedom of the press got 100's of emails.

GrandForksGuy said...

Why have you stopped signing your comments, Greenglass? You know, when you leave a comment, you can just click "Other" on the bottom and put your name there...that would be the easiest way to see who is saying what.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you may be thinking of, DON'T consider buying a pair of glasses at Penney's in Columbia Mall.

The reasons should be obvious; I was a slow learner, and learned the hard way.

Never again.

Anonymous said...

I'm not completely surprised at the "not guilty" verdict in the Hammond trial. I wasn't on the jury but just from the little bit that I heard from both sides it would probably be hard to find him guilty. I'm left with enough reasonable doubt that I don't know if I'd feel comfortable calling him "guilty" or not.

Anonymous said...

I was not shocked. Finding a jurist that claims to know little or nothing about a case is sort of like looking under a rock. I realize one has to find someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt but there seemed to be too much evidence of suffocation and various healing stages of rib fractures. I wouldn't want to be Hammond's next baby girl.

Jess said...

I am shocked that the verdict was not guilty... i hope they can figure out some way to get him on some charge.

Matthew said...

Hey Matthew, I don't agree that University Ave should be closed while UND is in session.

Having experience encountering a street with cars on it will make you a well rounded person after you graduate.


Haha, you obviously know nothing about me. For one I figured that would spur discussion, but I also just think it's dumb that the same people continue to drive down University and get pissed off every day because they have to wait for pedestrians.

I definitely agree that many pedestrians are dumb, especially in the winter, but they do have the right of way. Closing the street down would alleviate problems on both sides.

For the sake of discussion, why do you think we should leave University open?

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jackson said...

I went to the Level 10 on Thursday night as well, and as much as I also agree that the atmosphere and design could be "less lame", I have to say that I am very excited, that GF now has almost a classy place to go to, have a drink and a quiet conversation without breathing in the smoke. I did see people dressed appropriately, but I also saw coupls of girls wearing jeans and definatelly not a dressy top. Otherwise I though it was nice, their martini list is interesting, however they do not serve any food - I wish they at least served desserts.

Anonymous said...

"For the sake of discussion, why do you think we should leave University open?"

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line and also it's a public street.

Anonymous said...

matthew...So you would propose the east west traffic go where? Down 5th Avenue where there is a school, headstart and day care? University Avenue is a busy street. People need to abide by the speed limits. Those of us who went to UND in the past didn't have the luxury of 20 mph speed limits, shuttles etc. We made it. And quite frankly, we made it without whining.

jackson said...

I would like to go back to the earlier discussion on Mama Maria's - I was there Friday night and I noticed the changes in the interior design - it is starting to look very nice. We picked up some dessert (which was delicious an is also home made, as I found out) and chatted with the very nice owner (or manager?). I am very impressed by the positive changes and will have to make a point to go there more often.

Anonymous said...

What kind of desserts does Mama Maria's have?

jackson said...

I always have the tiramisu, but I know they have spumoni (ice cream with additions) and cannoli (some type of pastry with filling) and cake.

Matthew said...
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Matthew said...


The shortest distance between two points is a straight line and also it's a public street.


If you have to stop every 5 feet to let someone cross, is that helping you get to your destination quicker? Is it improving your gas mileage to drive this way?

matthew...So you would propose the east west traffic go where? Down 5th Avenue where there is a school, headstart and day care? University Avenue is a busy street. People need to abide by the speed limits. Those of us who went to UND in the past didn't have the luxury of 20 mph speed limits, shuttles etc. We made it. And quite frankly, we made it without whining.

You make good points, when you aren't doling out ad hominems. From what GFG posted here, it doesn't look like any changes are in store for University. This is good and bad--as that suburb to the West grows, there will be increased traffic along that stretch of road. While the road won't become wider (making it harder to cross), it will become more full of cars ignoring the speed limit.

Since it seems like UND is not doing anything to really integrate themselves into the rest of Grand Forks, they might as well finish the process of segregating themselves right now instead of in the future, when the "whiners" will be those drivers who absolutely must drive down University.

Actually, I'd be happy for less traffic. Perhaps a UND campaign toward catching speeders and promoting the use of other nearby high-traffic roads.

By the way, the speed limit is 15 m.p.h. when those yellow lights are blinking.

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Anonymous said...

An overpass from Demers (near the railroad credit union) to UND has been discussed (perhaps not recently) and would go a long way toward reducing Univ. Ave. traffic by providing students and commuters a back way into and out of UND, one that avoids most pedestrian traffic.

Anonymous said...

"If you have to stop every 5 feet to let someone cross, is that helping you get to your destination quicker?"

I don't believe there are designated crosswalks every 5 feet. If pedestrians and drivers both went by the book I believe there would be less problems.

Anonymous said...

The proposed over pass mentioned was planned to connect Stanford Road with S. 34th Street south of Demers Ave. It will never happen for a few reasons. Obviously cost is the biggest but the second is because the University was not crazy about bringing that many cars into this area of the campus.

Anonymous said...

what is an "ad hominem"?

dale said...

Ad Hominem:

"Attacking an opponent’s motives or character rather than the policy or position they maintain."

Anonymous said...

I'm the one who posted to matthew. I don't think suggesting you are whiny is attacking your motives or character. It just seems very unreasonable to ban traffic on University Avenue now that you are a student. Having the traffic go by elementary schools seems irresponsible and selfish. Crap-that was probably an ad hominem.

Matthew said...

:-D You're a fun person, anon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Optimism is usually a good trait.

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