Today’s the day: Spaghetti dinner, silent auction … and KG’s birthday

Posted on January 21, 2012

Happy birthday, Kevin! So very glad you made it.

We hear you’re probably feeling good enough to attend today’s free-will-offering spaghetti dinner and accompanying silent auction for your benefit at the Knights of Columbus in Grand Forks. You know the time — 4 to 8 p.m. — and we’ll be delighted to have you, even if you are wearing a mask for protection. If that makes you just a tad cranky, hey, we’ll understand.

Play it safe, K.G. After all,  the liver transplant you had at the Mayo complex in Rochester, Minn., back in early November was traumatic, but so was your rapidly failing health. Yeah, you don’t need reminding, but it’s good to see your health, and your life, on the upswing again.

Remember this: We want you around for a long, long time. You … AND Javier.

We laughed when we found out Team Grinde – your family member support team — had named your new liver.

So, welcome, Javier the liver. We truly appreciate your presence. In so many ways, you — and the person who chose to donate you in the event of death — are giving today’s gathering life. All of Kevin and Sara’s family, friends and colleagues are glad you are here and so grateful for that person’s extraordinarily generous gift.

As for you, Kevin, see you — and Sara, and daughters Arin, Alexis and Aleah, and grandkids and other family members gathered today — at the Knights of Columbus. In case you forgot, it’s at 601 University Ave., near the north end of downtown Grand Forks.

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If you want to know more about what you’re going to see thereKevin and Sara (2010), check out the information below….

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Proceeds from the benefit today (Saturday, Jan. 21)l, with proceeds going to cover on-going medical and general living expenses for Kevin and his wife Sara. The North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) is the designated Grinde fund custodian. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing some matching funds.

Here are some of the more recent items scheduled for the silent auction:

  • CVA Optima muzzle loader with scope and case.
  • Pottery from Grand Forks’ Muddy Waters group
  • Antique leather gun case “Leg O Mutton” style.
  • Antique Custom Model 12-gauge Winchester, 30-inch full choke with custom stock and arm.
  • Wind chime created by Maryland-based artist Lee Hulteng, former Grand Forks Herald and Knight-Ridder News Bureau in Washington, D.C.
  • GRACO Cordless Airless Sprayer Pro Shot.
  • $200 gift certificate toward a family portrait by Rock Tweten of Tweten’s Photography, Grafton, N.D.; Rock is known for doing portraits of many performers at UND’s Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • Gary Sorrels numbered print, “North Country Bluewings”
  • Wine basket featuring 4 bottles, wine aerator, wine stopper, Godiva chocolates, crackers and cheese spread, almonds, cheese swirls, cookies.
  • Two framed 16×20 prints from Chuck Kimmerle, former Herald and UND photographer.
  • White knit baby blanket.
  • 5 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series books.
  • A sixth “Chicken Soup” series “Shaping the New You” book with Valeo Body Ball,  plus Splenda and Slim-Fast shakes.
  • 2 Frost collector knives, one with bone handle, the other with steel handle.
  • Charlie Brown “Around Town” collectible figure.
  • 4-by-2-foot Michelob Light golf mirror with etched images.
  • Artist Mark Scott numbered print with 3-D images of legendary golfers.

Some more items in a moment, but first….

Can’t make the benefit but would like to help? Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to NDAD/Kevin Grinde, 2660 Columbia Road, Grand Forks ND 58201. For more information, please call Jeri at (701) 775-5577.

And now, here’s some more silent auction items at Saturday’s benefit:

  • Outdoors excursion trips, including:
      • Two evening catfish fishing excursions on Red River with local guide Brad Durick.
      • An ice fishing day on Lake of the Woods from Ballard’s Resort.
      • An eight-hour guided open-water fishing trip on Leech Lake.
      •  A guided winter or summer Ely, Minn., area lake trout trip for 1 or 2 people, with fishing guide/photographer Steve Foss.
      • A guided one-day Ely, Minn., area photo excursion for 1 or 2 people with Foss.
      • A three-day/night ice fishing excursion for 4 on Lake of the Woods’ Oak Island.
  • UND sporting events, including 4 tickets each to the women’s hockey game Feb. 3, women’s basketball game Feb. 11 and men’s basketball game Feb. 25 — each package with an extra gift card/certificate.
  • A tailgate-style barbeque event for 12, featuring baby-back ribs, jambalaya, baked beans, sirloin tips and fresh fruit, at your house, a park, or other local setting.
  • A Disney package including two tickets to see Disney On Ice at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  • Tickets to a Fargodome monster truck event, plus a restaurant gift card.
  • Several golf cards and certificates featuring play at multiple local/regional courses – many including free use of a cart.
  • A news-time, behind-the-scenes tour and meeting with Channel 8 anchors Terry Dullum, Charley Johnson, Pat Sweeney and Molly Thorvilson, for up to 4 people, during WDAZ News @ 5 and 6.
  • A special dinner for two, prepared by Grand Forks Herald food editor / columnist Jeff “Chef Jeff” Tiedeman.
  • Autographed collections from several noted authors from the region:
        • Julie Kramer (“Stalking Susan,” “Missing Mark”), Minnesota crime-fiction novelist and a Minnesota Book Awards winner for genre fiction.
        • Tony Bender, the North Dakota author-columnist-humorist (“The Last Ghostdance,” “Prairie Beat,” “The Great and Mighty Da-Da,” “Loons in the Kitchen” and “If Every Month Were June”) and a music producer, too (“Dillinger” CD).
  • A Cal Ripkin Jr. Cooperstown Collection baseball throwback jersey.
  • An Adrian Peterson “on field” style Minnesota Vikings jersey.
  • A puck and cap autographed by Minnesota Wild’s Pierre Marc-Bouchard.
  • A Minnesota Wild leather jacket.
  • Minnesota Twins items, including a “Game 163” poster-size photograph autographed by 2010 A.L. Manager of the Year Ron Gardenhire; an officlal MLB baseball autographed by Gardenhire; and a Justin Morneau bobblehead collectible.
  • A UND Fighting Sioux picnic tote package.
  • A puck autographed by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist/U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame player John Mayasich, last year ranked No 1 on the Star Tribune’s list of 100 Greatest Players in High School Hockey History.
  • More individual items, including:
    • A Garmin Extrex Vista GPS.
    • A 50th-anniversary John Deere collectible toy tractor.
    • A collectible Avon “Rose Splendor” Barbie.
    • Several homemade quilts and afghans.
    • One-year and six-month Herald daily and Sunday newspaper subscriptions.
    • A fern watercolor monotype print by artist Carolyn Meisel.
    • A wildlife art print and church art print.
  • Multiple gift baskets and other packages, featuring gift cards/certificates and various other items provided by favorite local restaurants, retailers, service providers and other businesses and individuals. A small sample:
      • “Romantic evening” package including a night’s lodging, dinner, wine and Chippers.
      • “Relaxation” package including Avon products, candle, etc.
      • Grilling package featuring an 18½-inch Weber grill.
      • John Deere package featuring a cap, travel cup and wall clock.
      • “Kitchen” package including place mats, napkins, cake pan and distinct North Dakota cookbooks featuring German and Germans from Russia fare.
      • “Valentines package” featuring dinner, roses, win candles and pearl earrings.
      • “Men’s toys” package including book bag, clock, money clip, tool set, mugs and dinner certificate.
      • Cookbook package featuring the books of guests interviewed by WDAZ’s Dullum

 

 

 

 

More silent auction items for Saturday’s ‘KG’ benefit

Posted on January 21, 2012

More silent auction items are en route to the benefit Saturday for Kevin Grinde, and they’re scheduled to arrive just in time.

The benefit for Kevin, a November liver transplant recipient who also celebrates his birthday Saturday, is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Knights of Columbus, 601 University Ave., on the north edge of downtown Grand Forks.

There’s a spaghetti dinner (free-will offering) as well, with proceeds going to cover on-going medical and general living expenses for Kevin and his wife Sara. The North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) is the designated Grinde fund custodian. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing some matching funds.

Here are some of the latest items scheduled for the silent auction:

  • CVA Optima muzzle loader with scope and case.
  • Antique leather gun case “Leg O Mutton” style.
  • Antique Custom Model 12-gauge Winchester, 30-inch full choke with custom stock and arm.
  • Wind chime created by Maryland-based artist Lee Hulteng, former Grand Forks Herald and Knight-Ridder News Bureau in Washington, D.C.
  • GRACO Cordless Airless Sprayer Pro Shot.
  • $200 gift certificate toward a family portrait by Rock Tweten of Tweten’s Photography, Grafton, N.D.; Rock is known for doing portraits of many performers at UND’s Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • Gary Sorrels numbered print, “North Country Bluewings”
  • Wine basket featuring 4 bottles, wine aerator, wine stopper, Godiva chocolates, crackers and cheese spread, almonds, cheese swirls, cookies.
  • Two framed 16×20 prints from Chuck Kimmerle, former Herald and UND photographer.
  • White knit baby blanket.
  • 5 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series books.
  • A sixth “Chicken Soup” series “Shaping the New You” book with Valeo Body Ball,  plus Splenda and Slim-Fast shakes.
  • 2 Frost collector knives, one with bone handle, the other with steel handle.
  • Charlie Brown “Around Town” collectible figure.
  • 4-by-2-foot Michelob Light golf mirror with etched images.
  • Artist Mark Scott numbered print with 3-D images of legendary golfers.

Before we revisit some of the silent auction items announced earlier….

Can’t make the benefit but would like to help? Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to NDAD/Kevin Grinde, 2660 Columbia Road, Grand Forks ND 58201. For more information, please call Jeri at (701) 775-5577.

And now, here’s some more silent auction items at Saturday’s benefit:

  • Outdoors excursion trips, including:
      • Two evening catfish fishing excursions on Red River with local guide Brad Durick.
      • An ice fishing day on Lake of the Woods from Ballard’s Resort.
      • An eight-hour guided open-water fishing trip on Leech Lake.
      •  A guided winter or summer Ely, Minn., area lake trout trip for 1 or 2 people, with fishing guide/photographer Steve Foss.
      • A guided one-day Ely, Minn., area photo excursion for 1 or 2 people with Foss.
      • A three-day/night ice fishing excursion for 4 on Lake of the Woods’ Oak Island.
  • UND sporting events, including 4 tickets each to the women’s hockey game Feb. 3, women’s basketball game Feb. 11 and men’s basketball game Feb. 25 — each package with an extra gift card/certificate.
  • A tailgate-style barbeque event for 12, featuring baby-back ribs, jambalaya, baked beans, sirloin tips and fresh fruit, at your house, a park, or other local setting.
  • A Disney package including two tickets to see Disney On Ice at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  • Tickets to a Fargodome monster truck event, plus a restaurant gift card.
  • Several golf cards and certificates featuring play at multiple local/regional courses – many including free use of a cart.
  • A news-time, behind-the-scenes tour and meeting with Channel 8 anchors Terry Dullum, Charley Johnson, Pat Sweeney and Molly Thorvilson, for up to 4 people, during WDAZ News @ 5 and 6.
  • A special dinner for two, prepared by Grand Forks Herald food editor / columnist Jeff “Chef Jeff” Tiedeman.
  • Autographed collections from several noted authors from the region:
        • Julie Kramer (“Stalking Susan,” “Missing Mark”), Minnesota crime-fiction novelist and a Minnesota Book Awards winner for genre fiction.
        • Tony Bender, the North Dakota author-columnist-humorist (“The Last Ghostdance,” “Prairie Beat,” “The Great and Mighty Da-Da,” “Loons in the Kitchen” and “If Every Month Were June”) and a music producer, too (“Dillinger” CD).
  • A Cal Ripkin Jr. Cooperstown Collection baseball throwback jersey.
  • An Adrian Peterson “on field” style Minnesota Vikings jersey.
  • A puck and cap autographed by Minnesota Wild’s Pierre Marc-Bouchard.
  • A Minnesota Wild leather jacket.
  • Minnesota Twins items, including a “Game 163” poster-size photograph autographed by 2010 A.L. Manager of the Year Ron Gardenhire; an officlal MLB baseball autographed by Gardenhire; and a Justin Morneau bobblehead collectible.
  • A UND Fighting Sioux picnic tote package.
  • A puck autographed by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist/U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame player John Mayasich, last year ranked No 1 on the Star Tribune’s list of 100 Greatest Players in High School Hockey History.
  • More individual items, including:
    • A Garmin Extrex Vista GPS.
    • A 50th-anniversary John Deere collectible toy tractor.
    • A collectible Avon “Rose Splendor” Barbie.
    • Several homemade quilts and afghans.
    • One-year and six-month Herald daily and Sunday newspaper subscriptions.
    • A fern watercolor monotype print by artist Carolyn Meisel.
    • A wildlife art print and church art print.
  • Multiple gift baskets and other packages, featuring gift cards/certificates and various other items provided by favorite local restaurants, retailers, service providers and other businesses and individuals. A small sample:
      • “Romantic evening” package including a night’s lodging, dinner, wine and Chippers.
      • “Relaxation” package including Avon products, candle, etc.
      • Grilling package featuring an 18½-inch Weber grill.
      • John Deere package featuring a cap, travel cup and wall clock.
      • “Kitchen” package including place mats, napkins, cake pan and distinct North Dakota cookbooks featuring German and Germans from Russia fare.
      • “Valentines package” featuring dinner, roses, win candles and pearl earrings.
      • “Men’s toys” package including book bag, clock, money clip, tool set, mugs and dinner certificate.
      • Cookbook package featuring the books of guests interviewed by WDAZ’s Dullum.

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In case you missed them….

Posted on January 19, 2012

Kevin Grinde

Read an article in today’s Grand Forks Herald about the Saturday benefit for recent transplant recipient Kevin Grinde HERE.
You also can check out the video of Wednesday’s “WDAZ News @ 5″ HERE and go to about 21:40 on the video player to watch anchor-producer Terry Dullum’s segment about the Grinde benefit. Watch it this afternoon, before today’s 5 p.m. newscast replaces Wednesday’s.
Thanks to both WDAZ and the Herald for their coverage, and thanks to the North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) for its part in the Channel 8 interview.

Please watch for the next blog update, which will include information about some of the silent auction items available at the benefit, scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 601 University Avenue in Grand Forks.

Saturday’s benefit, NDAD’s role tonight on ‘WDAZ News @ 5′

Posted on January 18, 2012

Learn more about Saturday’s benefit in Grand Forks for liver transplant recipient Kevin Grinde and about a service by North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) that offers assistance to community fundraising efforts.  Watch WDAZ’s “News @ 5″ with anchor Terry Dullum tonight at 5 p.m. on Channel 8 in Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

Scheduled guests are Leslie Stastny of NDAD’s client services, and Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald outdoors editor and Kevin’s longtime friend and colleague.

The benefit is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 601 University Avenue in Grand Forks, and features a free-will offering spaghetti dinner and silent auction.  It also happens to be Kevin’s birthday. NDAD and Thrivent Fianncial for Lutherans are sponsoring partners in the benefit.

Kevin is a longtime journalist and outdoorsman, perhaps best for his years as outdoors editor and columnist for the Herald. More recently, Kevin had been managing editor of the Herald.

Kevin’s liver transplant occurred in early November at the Mayo Clinic complex in Rochester, Minn. Learn more about Kevin and the benefit.

 

Logo for the North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD)Brad Dokken, outdoors editor/columnist with the Grand Forks Herald

 

 

Saturday, Jan. 21: A special birthday gathering…and you’re invited

Posted on January 16, 2012

Kevin Grinde is having a birthday very soon — this Saturday (Jan. 21).

For Kevin, his wife Sara and their family, it will mark a most important milestone of life.

A longtime journalist and outdoorsman,  until late last year the managing editor of the Grand Forks Herald and, before that, its outdoors editor, Kevin is recovering from a liver transplant that took place at the Mayo complex in Rochester, Minn., in early November 2011.

The transplant was necessary to save his life. An immune deficiency diagnosed by doctors in 2010 had accelerated his liver’s deterioration and rapidly threatened his kidneys and other organs — so quickly that a scheduled testing appointment at Mayo quickly became an intensive care unit fight for his life. Thankfully, a healthy liver became available within days.

The road to recovery already has presented some challenges — physically, emotionally and financially — and will offer some more. He’s without a job for the first time in 26 years. He’s spent recent weeks taking multiple drug infusions daily to combat a virus that threatened to undo all the benefits his new liver provided. Kevin and Sara Grinde - Aug. 2010Like other transplant recipients, he’ll require a lifetime of medicines, notably a drug intended to prevent his body from rejecting his new liver.

Still, the self-titled Team Grinde — Kevin and Sara’s three adult daughters, Arin, Alexis and Aleah, and several grandchildren included — has faced all with a fighting spirit, contagious optimism and deepened faith.

Humor, too. “KG,” ever the fisherman, says he’s pleased to no longer resemble a “chartreuse Rapala.”

He’s eager to regain his strength and get back to good health. He’s enormously grateful simply to have the opportunity.

Kevin and Sara returned to their East Grand Forks home a few days before Christmas to continue this new journey that already has irrevocably altered their lives.

One gigantic stop along the way: A very special birthday celebration this Saturday, Jan. 21.

It’s from 4 to 8 p.m. that day at the Knights of Columbus in Grand Forks, featuring a free-will offering spaghetti dinner and a silent auction, with all proceeds going toward medical and general living expenses for Kevin and Sara.

Special benefit sponsors include the North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Their roles are helping to give the benefit a chance to succeed.

You can help, too. We invite you to join us Saturday.