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Published April 18 2014

Neighbors: Memories of 1986 Oak Grove basketball team

Here’s a tie-in with a past Neighbors story and a Fargo high school that had a team playing for a state basketball championship this year.

It comes from former North Dakotan Charles “Chuck” Humphrey, formerly of Verona, N.D., and now of Pocatello, Idaho.

Chuck, after reading a column about the late Floyd M. Johnson and, in part, his military record, wrote that the story “was appreciated by this veteran;” Chuck is a retired Army lieutenant colonel.

“I knew him (Floyd) when he was an Oak Grove High School board member,” Chuck says, “and I had a lot of contact with him when he was assistant to the bishop of the Eastern North Dakota District (now called synod) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“In March of 1986,” he continues, “my wife and I sat right in front of Floyd’s daughter Vicki Johnson Gunness and her husband Richard (Dick) while watching our beloved Oak Grove Lutheran boys basketball team beat the Page (N.D.) Panthers, thus earning a berth in that year’s state Class B tournament in Minot. My oldest son, William ‘Bill,’ was on the team.”

Oak Grove didn’t win the state championship in 1986. But Chuck no doubt is fired up over this year’s Oak Grove boy’s team, which did.

Jump (sort of) in income

And here’s some good news for a Fargo couple.

It comes from John Gustafson, who notes that the Social Security Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) was increased this year.

That hiked his and his wife Linda’s combined monthly payments by $24.

On the other hand, their combined supplemental health insurance monthly premium also increased $23.20.

“I asked Linda what she would like to do with the 80 cent increase in our monthly discretionary income,” John says.

He doesn’t give Linda’s response, which may be just as well.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com