Strasburg Care Center

Harold Ryckman is here on a regular basis to visit with Mary Ryckman.Also visiting were Lowell and Mary Lee Seymour, Ruby McBride, Ronald Ryckman, Jim and Sharon Puppe and Mark and Mari Puppe. Clinton Dykema had company to include Al Dosch, Jim and Sharon Puppe, Mark and Mari Puppe and Jan Gilchrist. Visiting with Delvin Van Beek is Judy Van […]


On Wednesday, Eldon and Twylah Hollaar went to Ashley. They had noon lunch with Tony and Audrey Bork and spent the afternoon with them. Sally Huizenga and Shirley Vander Laan went to Bismarck on Sunday to visit Wayne Vander Laan who is a patient at Sanford Hospital. Ken and Georgia Vander Vorst drove to Duluth, MN on Friday where they […]

Thinking About Health

Changes in tax law aren’t helping Medicare

Is Medicare going broke? That scary thought raced through the media a few weeks ago when the program’s trustees issued their annual report to Congress. The media reported the “news” in its predictable fashion; painting a bleak picture of the program some 59 million older and disabled Americans depend on for their health care. Every year the media fail to […]

The Prairie Doc

What does it mean to be a Doctor?

I think it is pertinent to this week’s topic of “ask anything” to pose the question: “What does it mean to be a doctor”? This is especially apropos as a new crop of doctors will be graduating from medical school this spring. Did you know that in order to enter into the profession of medicine, each new doctor must make […]

Years Ago

100 Years AgoPrairie PicayuneJune 20, 1918 John D. Quaschnick and family were visitors to Temvik Sunday. He tells us they passed along some dandy fields of grain in the Strasburg territory. John had a beautiful field of rye but says it looks pretty sick right now. A lot of fishermen from across the line have been passing through our city […]


The Hull and Westfield Churches combined which includes high school and community youth group members and their families and volunteers enjoyed a cream can supper at the home of Gary and Berdene Dykema on Wednesday, June 20th. On Friday, Bobbi (Dykema) and Tim Bender of Tonasket, WA visited Ernest and Carol Dykema and Clinton Dykema at the Strasburg Care Center. […]


Peggy Van Beek, Cydney Cloud and Mary Lou Vikse were to Linton on Tuesday for appointments. Peggy Van Beek, Grace Chewakin and Marlene Dykema were to Strasburg to visit friends at the Strasburg Care Center on Thursday afternoon. Peggy Van Beek accompanied Marilyn Voller to Bismarck Saturday morning to attend the Van Beek-Looyenga family reunion held at the Quality Inn. […]

DeBruijn awarded a $2,500 Farm Credit Services of America SDSU scholarship

Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica), a customer-owned financial cooperative, has announced that Sanne deBruijn of Pollock will receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue studying Agricultural and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings. Sanne, whose parents are Bert and Annette deBruijn, is one of eight SDSU students to receive an FCSAmerica scholarship for the 2018-19 academic […]

Dennis Dykema, one of 80 Veterans thanked for our freedom on Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Sixty-five years ago, a young man from Westfield, North Dakota, was in Fargo, headed for Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Dennis Dykema was inducted in the United States Army on June 12, 1953. He did his processing at Ft. Sheridan, and then onto Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, for basic training. “I remember it well. It was eight weeks of infantry training and […]

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