November 12, 2015
Today is “Give to the Max Day,” which means it’s the day when people all over the Midwest are digging deep into their heart — and budget — to donate as much as they can to the charitable causes that mean the most to them.
We hope the Stone Bank Project will be one of those causes for each of you reading this. Please make a donation today on the Stone Bank Give to the Max page by clicking on the logo or this link.
Not only is your deduction 100% tax deductible (because we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization), but 100% of it will be matched by our new $20,000 grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota — and 100% of it will help pay for enclosure of our new Stone Bank basement before winter sets in. PLUS, we will enter your name in our Nov. 28 raffle for the beautiful homemade quilt you see here.
So please donate now, before “Give to the Max Day” ends — and we all turn into frozen pumpkins 😉
November 8, 2014
Guess how much loose change and dollars our supporters will have put in this pickle jar during today’s Fall Craft Show and win a new long-sleeve Stone Bank T-shirt. Just send a Reply to this post with your guess — or put it on our Facebook page. Whoever guesses closest to the actual amount raised by the end of today will get their choice of shirt — in holiday red or stone grey.
If you want to be sure that you’re a winner, simply use the PayPal button to the right to donate $15, and tell us which color shirt you want us to send you, where. Of course, you can always donate more or less than that, too. Tis the season for giving, and we have to match a generous $20,000 grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota in order to finish constructing the back of the Stone Bank this fall and winter. Thanks for helping — and playing along. Good luck!
November 3, 2014
If you’re like me, you hate missing something “interesting.” So, for those of you who don’t subscribe to the Bottineau Courant or the Metigoshe Mirror — here’s an “interesting” ad that we are running in this week’s edition of our local newspapers.
OK. Now, we know it’s the HOLIDAY Craft Fair, but let’s not split hairs. Instead, let’s fill Clint’s pickle jar with coins to help restore the Stone Bank. Please drop by and help us fill the jar! If you can’t make it to Bottineau, you can send us some “coin” by PayPal!
Let’s make this double fun! We’ll also collect your guesses about how much change is donated on Nov. 8. When the coins are counted, the guess closest to the total will win a new Stone Bank T-shirt.
Stop and see us at the Craft Fair. We would love to talk about the progress we’re making on the project.
Thanks to our friend MaryB who created this ad for us! Mary totally rocks!
As always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog!
August 2, 2013
“They” said we were crazy to save the Stone Bank building, so that must mean we’re the perfect participants for “Crazy Days” on Bottineau’s Main Street!
The event started Thursday and continues through Saturday afternoon. On Friday and Saturday there will be huge, inflatable play stations for kids right on our corner at Main and Sixth Streets. Merchants all up and down Main Street are offering crazy bargains on their sidewalks, and we’re proud to be one of them for the first time.
For a donation of just $15, you can get one of our colorful new “Stone Bank” T-shirts — in unisex sizes from medium all the up to 3X for the steel blue and in smaller-running women’s sizes S to 3X in the “antique cherry red.” You can also order our T-shirts and wristbands online here (with free shipping!), but if you stop by our Crazy Days table, you might win one for free. We’re giving away one women’s shirt and one blue unisex shirt to the gal and guy who come closest to guessing how many stones from our site are in the big plastic container on our table. You can enter for free, and you can also take our free survey about what the Stone Bank building should house when we finish preserving it in the next couple years — with your help!
So whether or not you can come see us at Crazy Days, please go a little crazy with your pocketbook and buy a new Stone Bank T-shirt, dedicate a stone in the name of a loved one or simply make a contribution using the PayPal or Razoo links to the right. Thank you!
June 13, 2013
Today through Sunday afternoon, we will be one of the featured exhibitors at the Bottineau County Fair. Stop by and say, “Hi”; examine the architect’s blueprints for our Stone Bank Project; sign up for a daily drawing for a “Preservation Rocks!” T-shirt; get a wristband for $1 (or free, if you sign up for our email newsletters); and most helpful of all, sign up for our “Dedicate a Stone” fundraiser, at levels ranging from $25 to $500. We can even put through a credit card transaction from here at the fair.
Started in 1875, the Bottineau County Fair is the oldest county fair in North Dakota. It’s even 25 years older than the Stone Bank building. So what better place to publicize Bottineau County’s most historic Main Street building than at Bottineau’s historic county fair?
And even if you can’t make it to Bottineau for the County Fair, you can still “Dedicate a Stone” on our website — and buy a T-shirt or wristband here. Plus, if you “follow” this blog by signing up in the lower-right corner of this page, you’ll be on our list for email newsletters in the future.
Hope to see you at the fair. But right now, I have to go over to the First Lutheran lunch stand for my first piece of apple pie!
— By Mike Dorsher, Stone Bank advisory board member and webmaster
March 14, 2013
We are rolling out our “Dedicate a Stone” campaign this weekend in Bottineau at the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. It won’t feel like spring — because winter seems to want to hang around — but we hope to see you there.
Dedicating a stone to a loved one, your book club or business is a great way to put some oomph in our restoration project. As you probably know, our goal in 2013 is to put a new foundation under th back of the building and then put it back together again.
Once completed, we plan to have a “Wall of Honor” inside the restored building carrying the names of those whose generosity and dedications helped get this done.
We will also send you a lovely dedication certificate. See it posted on our website.
Stop by our table on Saturday, March 16, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We would love to answer your questions about the project and have you dedicate a stone.
See you there — and thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog!
April 3, 2012
What do we have here? It’s the Stone Bank’s backside! (Tee-hee.)
This picture shows how far we have come and how much we have to do in 2012.
The stones stacked and wrapped in the foreground were saved when the back 20 feet of the bank was dismantled. Saved? Yes. The stones will be reused when we rebuild the back section of the bank over a new foundation. The stone wall to the left in this photo will also be dismantled as part of this year’s work. (Sadly, it’s too damaged to salvage.)
In addition to the QR code posted in three of the bank’s windows, we have also attached a banner to the temporary wall in the back of the building guiding passersby to our Web page. Never been there? Check it out at www.StoneBank.org.
We are excited to get to work on the project this building season, and we made the deadline last week to submit a grant proposal to the Historical Society of North Dakota. Whew!
But a grant from the Historical Society won’t pay full freight. We’re searching for other funding sources, too. Any ideas? Leave a comment and we will look into all good ideas. Oh, and your Stone Bank Blogger will send a little stone from the bank to the reader offering the best idea! (LITTLE, I promise.)
And, as always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog!
December 18, 2011
Dear Stone Bank Folowers: How about a couple of guesses about the Stone Bank Puzzle! Simple guess will do. It took longer than a week for the Amtrak passengers at the Rugby, ND station to fix it — but how much longer?
AND NOW THERE IS A PRIZE! Three of the Stone Bank wristbands. All the rage! So post your guess in the comments section.
December 12, 2011
It seemed like a great idea. A puzzle!
Such symbolism. Such a challenge. Such fun.
And such a great way to raise money for the Stone Bank project.
Only five were made — and we donated one to the Amtrak station in Rugby, N.D., where there is always a puzzle in the waiting area. (The station master even keeps track of how long each puzzle takes to finish.)
Here’s how it looked after Week 1.
Comment on this blog post about how long it will take for the Amtrak waiting room puzzle to be completed. (No cheating.)
Oh, and No Prize. Just the fun of guessing.
Take into your calculation that the train has been running on time, so passengers don’t have a long stay in the waiting room. Hmmm.
November 4, 2011
You coulda been there. You shoulda been there! Nancy Conger’s one-woman show “The Truth About Women and Horses” rocked the house Friday night in Bottineau. If you missed it, you have another chance. The show goes on again, Sat. Nov. 4 at the Holwell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Check http://www.StoneBank.org for the particulars. And it’s a great cause, because Preservation ROCKS.