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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The list of events on the 4th of July in Minot ND is shortBUTTHE QUALITY OF THE EVENTS ARE EVCELLENT!Celebrate Independence Day at Roosevelt Park!This is an old fashion celebration and one of my personal favorites. I do not know the exact plan but I assure you that The Minot City Band will be there playing patriotic songs, there will be speaches by the commanders from the Minot Airforce Base (as well as some blowhard political folks like or Mayor), there will be food trucks and plenty of yard games. This is the best event for small children as there are no fireworks allowed that would scare them.There will be plenty of noise and excitement however at the Nodak Speedway on the 4th of July and after the races (usually sometime between 11:00PM and Midnight) the sky will light up with firew...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Yesterday was our first "Summer" walk through the Woodland Trails Park in Southwest Minot North Dakota.We did see some wildlife like the turtle sunning himself but the best animal life was tame.George (L) looks just like my old dog Jack. Cain (R) is a very young PitLab. I had never heard of this combination before and I wonder what kind of temperament he will have being Pit-bulls can be very aggressive and Labs are usually mello.PoppyI was taken by how clear the water was as this is a "Dead Loop" (Swamp) so I took two pictures showing the submerged wood in the water.Tina and TimmothyCarol and Bob 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This part got me doing my part.After work yesterday I got in my car to drive home and as soon as I shifted it was obvious my shifter was no longer connected to the transmission. Bummer.Due to some other activities I had going on I didn't get a chance to call my auto club, Good Sam, until 6PM. The auto club said they would do their best best to get someone there yet (last night) . A half hour later a tow truck showed up and two polite young men jumped into action and had it loaded on the truck in minutes. These guys knew exactly what was wrong and assured me it was not a major fix.Off went the Yukon to my favorite mechanic and I knew he would have me back on the road tomorrow (today).First thing this morning I did "my part" and got on Google to give those young men a good review.We all l...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Perhaps I should say my Two Flags.To the left of "Old Glory" is the North Dakota Medal Of Honor Memorial and the flag to the right is the official flag of North Dakota.Another flag in my neighborhood that I appreciate although I can not say it is beautiful, actually kind of ugly, I like what it stands for... The American Zoological Association. Here it is, also flown next to Old Glory.This post is an entry into Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho Active Rain June Challenge, 'Ole Glory Coast to Coast' - June Active Rain Challenge
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
One more set of Titus and Philemon cartoon strips to end  your day. I just decided to pick three that are plain old funny (no theme here). Enjoy and have a good evening.To see the other Titus & Philemon comic strips I posted today click here.Timmothy is my 20 year old son. He was diagnosed as having high functioning autism at the age of 3. He would/will struggle to carry on a conversation with you yet be is a great communicator through his art. He has two comic strip books out (like Garfield or Peanuts) that we sell over the internet and he is involved in the arts at Minot State University.Every day I thank God for entrusting this brilliant, sensitive young man to me.You can visit the Timmothy Timm Art Studio and the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery at 201 Main Street South in Downtown Mino...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Today is the day that I send in Timmothy's comic strip to the Newspaper for print for the upcoming month. I marvel at his daily creativity and his sense of humor. I wanted to share the strip above and the two below with you today.Timmothy is my 20 year old son. He was diagnosed as having high functioning autism at the age of 3. He would/will struggle to carry on a conversation with you yet be is a great communicator through his art. He has two comic strip books out (like Garfield or Peanuts) that we sell over the internet and he is involved in the arts at Minot State University.Every day I thank God for entrusting this brilliant, sensitive young man to me.You can visit the Timmothy Timm Art Studio and the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery at 201 Main Street South in Downtown Minot Monday thr...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Although the sun never broke through the thick cloud cover and it was a bit windier than the norm there were plenty of blessings to be thankful for.First and foremost it was a day of prayers of thanksgiving for those who gave their lives for our freedoms (all freedoms including the 2nd amendment). As you surely know we also thanked God for all who have served as well as those currently serving. Even though the weather was less than one would wish for I did get out and did my favorite thing... tinkered. This included a little construction. I got a little unexpected, unlikely help.And then more help flew in (see the Robin in the top photograph). They keep my spirits bright even though I was already on a bit of a relaxing high for the day.And then there was the food!Lunch was at Slim Chick...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Over the past 4 years I've written several posts about the collegiate baseball team that plays across the street from my home, The Sabre Dogs.We have really enjoyed having the Sabre Dogs as our neighbors and we are hopeful that another collegiate league will come in behind them. Last year the Sabre Dogs won top spot for their league and it looks really good for them this year and we wish the best for them.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
It seems like gradual changes can happen suddenly.The GOOD!When I walked by this tree yesterday the buds looked like little pearls. That caught me eye because the pearls looked good. Today many of the "pearls" have fully opened and it looks even better. It also is releasing it's beautiful aroma.The Ugly!Even though we have only had a few day with temperatures above 50 degrees the street repairs have begun in earnest. This is the 2nd downtown project on our block alone this Spring. No wonder people are apprehensive about coming downtown.The Good news about this project that is going on across the street from me is that it is part of a renovation leading to The City Of Minot City Hall being moved to the downtown area. Hopefully this will bring more traffic and notoriety to my son's busine...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I am donating my mornings May 11th - 17th to a cause close to my heart. It is not a vacation but it is very enjoyable to me as I know I am contributing to my faith.The picture above is of Roy Leavitt (L) and Bill Schwartz (R) broadcasting on the AM radio side. The picture below is Chad Olson broadcasting on the FM radio side.I was able to work on both the AM and FM side on the air today. Like I said, it's not a vacation BUT what could be better then to be around like minded individuals, lifting up a cause you believe in, AND get a free lunch catered by some of Minot's best restaurants?  
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
At least once a year, and more often twice a year, I tell you about KHRT Radio's Sharathon. It happens every fall and every Spring.This years Spring Sharathon starts on Wednesday the 11th and ends on Tuesday the 17th. Join us for good music, cool stories, and great testimonies on 106.9KHRT and Solid Gospel 1320KHRT.As usual I will be answering the phone several mornings when callers call in to pledge support for our local Christian radio station.The two Sharathons are held as a way to make up for the money we refuse from establishment who would advertise from us if we were not a family friendly venue.I love volunteering my time because of what Christian radio means to me. I donate money as well because I firmly believe in the message and I buy advertising on KHRT because I love the loya...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Kroll's DinnerKroll's Dinner is a German restaurant designed to look like the old railroad dinner cars and inside it looks more like a Rockin 50's Café. The food is very authentic German and the top features are Kefala Soup and Fleischkuela. That being said I personally stick to burgers or chicken platters. What ever you order it will be good and the prices are fair as well. The three of us ate for $30.00 total and we were stuffed full.Another good testimony to the value of Kroll's is that it is always busy, I don't remember the last time we didn't have to wait for a table and this is at a shop that has been around over 50 years. They have not advertised in at least a decade BUT when they did people LOVED the ads. Listen to these two stout German girls hype Kroll's Dinner.  
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Yesterdays photo walk was a challenge for my aches and pains as well as subject matter. The good news (for me) was that it was relatively pain free and I think I have some interesting photos... let me know.First of all I stopped over the zoo pond and looked down at last years leaves drifting around. Unbeknownst to me the camera was set to movie mode so I hope you enjoy this 4 second video. 😎Here are some other shots from yesterday.I like this one because of the "layers" involved with the leaves on top of the water, the water, and the stuff on the bottom of the pond.And then there were these love birds on the bridge over the river. You can see the love the female has for here mate just in the way she is looking at him.This final picture was something that provoked the question of why.The...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Nina Hollander, Broker posts about it every year as do many other bloggers and it always makes my mouth water. Now it's finally Minot's turn to have a restaurant week.I may try all eight listed above just to see how they stack up to my two current favorites which are:A special note about my featured picture at the top of the post.I once did a 15 minute radio interview with Christine Daily who started Magic City Hoagies a few years back. Christine is a joy to visit with. In the interview she said she and her husband moved here to get away from the heat of FL. She has been a FANTASTIC supporter of Minot. Last year she opened a new place next door to my office that serves great ice-cream.  Business has been great and just this week she has announced that she is adding to that shop Magic Ci...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
This one minute fifteen second video was shot 10 days after the picture above was taken. The video is very different yet not dissimilar. People moving here to serve at The Minot Air Force Base or to work in the oil fields might ask "What is the weather like in North Dakota?". I'd have to say that I don't have a clue. 🙄.
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
First of all you may be asking "Why would you be driving in a blizzard?". It was Easter Sunday. We just received 36" of snow with a reprieve on Saturday (no snow) and round two had just started. In the end the official snowfall total by Sunday afternoon was 48".With many of the responses to earlier posts on my blog activerain.com I realized that a lot of people have never driven on snow much less have drove during a blizzard. Here is a little snippet of what it is like. This video is from my dashcam while driving West on Business loop 52 (the main E to W arterial) and then North on Hwy 83. Hwy 83  is also known as Broadway and is the largest/busiest street in Minot. The section this is filmed in is 4 lanes with an additional  middle lane so in effect there is supposed to be 5 lanes of t...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Mothers Day is coming up May 8th this year. Why not get Mom a book or art work from a local artist. May I suggest stopping by The Titus & Philemon art gallery at 201 Main Street South, Suite 100 (just inside the front door) Downtown Minot North Dakota.Timmothy's books will give mom 50 pages of laughs... and who doesn't want to hear Mom laugh?   
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
While waiting for The Dollar Tree to open we noticed this  little robin sitting on the parking lot looking as to say "what am I to do? We have seen many spring/summer birds over the past month and they have been building nests to start thier families. BAM! 32" of snow in a record setting spring storm and now we are being told to expect 5" to 8" of snow on Easter Sunday (tomorrow). Like the little robin, many of us are saying "What am I to do?".
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
It is over and it is a record!The biggest April blizzard in Minot's history is over and it officially left us with 36" of new snow on the ground.Timmothy and I did a pretty good job of keeping up and tomorrow morning if the street department has done their part overnight I will be headed back to the office and the job of notarizing loan documents so folks can be one step closer to being in the new homes of their dreams.One of the two cars that was stuck and abandon in the street in front of our house has been removed by the owner and I believe the street department can work around the other if they have to.There is still another snow in the forecast (Easter Sunday) but after dealing with this one it should be a piece of cake. That being said I let Timmothy do most of the work because as...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
We are "officially" at 21" now and half way through the storm. Timmothy and I have been out there twice today to clean up and with the 60 some years of storms I've seen I'd have to say this is in the top 5 already for sure.Virtually anything scheduled for Thursday has been called off and many of Fridays events as well. Our worship schedule for Wednesday and Thursday were cancelled and now we are looking at streaming Fridays service assuming that many will not have dug out by then.
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