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March 2013

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March 2013

Table of Contents

Honest Engine pg. 4

Musician Spotlight: Honest Engine p. 4 Fashion: Prom Time pg. 7

February Feature: Aberdeen Humane Society pg. 11

Regulars Events Calendar pg. 3

Get Faster, Faster pg. 17

Fashion Advice: Black and White pg. 12 Cold Nights, Warm Recipes pg. 12 Creative Writing: The Sad Man pg. 16 Health and Fitness: Get Faster, Faster pg. 17

Drink of the Month pg. 13

Reviews Video Game Review: NCAA Football 13 pg. 13 Drink of the Month: Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA pg. 13 Music Review: Clutch Earth Rocker pg. 15 Book Review: NOT A MATCH: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters pg. 15

March 2013


In and Around Aberdeen Sports

March 1-3 Indoor Recreational Skating

Odde Ice Arena. 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. Daily Rates: Adult-$2,Youth-$1, Family-$4 Skate Rental: Single-$1, Family $3.

March 16 St. Patrick’s Party

Events Calendar

March Events

March 1-2| 16 | 23 Wings Hockey Home Games

Odde Ice Arena. 7:15 p.m. 8: Wings vs. Minot Minotauros 9, 30:Wings vs. Brookings Blizzard 14, 22-23: Wings vs. Coulee Region Chill

Red Rooster. 7:30 p.m.

NSU Wolves Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track, Tennis

March 23 The Story Tellers Red Rooster. 7 p.m.

Check out for upcoming sporting events.

March 25 Writer Reads: Jeanne Emmons

Baseball, Softball Presentation Saints

NSU Library. 4 p.m. Jeanne Emmons is a poet that will be reading some of her work at Northern State University.

Check out for upcoming sporting events.

Support your local sports teams!


March 1-31 2013 children’s exhibits Dacotah Prairie Museum. Themes are: Light and Color; Animals as Architects; and Life in a Frontier Town.

March 4 Washington InstruMetal Magician Ben Kuzay Red Rooster. 8 p.m.

Art March 1 Painting with Coffee II

March 9 My Excuse and Honest Engine

Red Rooster. 7 p.m. An art show by Chris Heier. Opening reception.

Red Rooster. 8 p.m. Modern Rock from Greece and local rock.

March 7 | 14 | 21 | 28 Fallout Art & Music Night

March 11 Jazz Jam

Red Rooster. 7 p.m.

Red Rooster. 7 p.m.

March 22 Fallout Film Festival

March 13 NY Singer/Songwriter Darryl Tonemah with Darren Geffre

Red Rooster. 7 p.m.

March 1-31 “Down Home” art by Jay Hopkins Dacotah Prairie Museum. Artist Jay Hopkins shares 17 of her oil paintings in this show.

Red Rooster. 7 p.m.

March 22 Lee Brice Concert Dakota Event Center. 6 p.m.

Have an upcoming event you want added to our Events Calendar? Email us:


Musician Spotlight

March 2013

Honest Engine

Marcus Hooks-Guitar/Vocals


Logan Schumacher-Lead Guitar

Dan Stusiak-Drums

Will Elkins-Bass

By Bryce Mills

March 2013


onest Engine started as Marcus and Will playing the songs Marcus had written acoustically. After a friend recommended Marcus get in touch with Dan Stusiak, they had a drummer. They switched to electric and Marcus decided to step down as lead guitar and they brought Logan in to fill that role. Since then Honest Engine has been practicing, writing songs, and doing shows. Primarily the band identifies as Rock and Roll musicians but Dan says, “There are elements of punk, elements of folk, elements of country, elements of rock and roll…” and Logan calls them, “Bruce Springsteen Punk.” They aren’t solidified into one genre, according to Marcus. The band’s influences are as diverse as their members. As far as Rock and Roll, Dan is a big fan of Coheed and Cambria but he started playing drums from listening to hip hop in the 80’s. Marcus inspires to be a guitar player of Prince proportions, but he realizes his skills put him far below that mark. “I’m not fantastic, I can get the job done,” says Marcus. When it comes to his song writing, his influences

are Springsteen and Frank Black from the Pixies. By far his biggest influence is Paul Westerberg from The Replacements. “I look to them a lot for inspiration in anything, songwriting especially.” Will played bass in a Ska punk band for 5-6 years. He’s always loved the crazy bass like Roger from Less than Jake and Joe Beatleman from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. But Will’s favorite band is AC/DC. “The whole reason I got into music was actually because of Angus Young of AC/DC.” In terms of skill, Will says, “I’m not the world’s greatest

bass player, but one thing I pride myself in is that I play what the songs need me to play.” But Dan remarks than Will is, “The fastest finger playing bassist than I’ve ever played with…and I‘ve played with some bass players.” Logan says, “The first music I ever listened to was Backstreet boys. It’s what made me want to sing.” However, the 1950’s rock of The Wonders, featured in the movie “That Thing You Do”, was one step that got Logan playing guitar. “I’ve played in country bands before, I’ve rapped.” Honest Engine has some big plans for their future. Marcus

would like to hear them on a physical record along with a digital release. “We want to make a record, we want to play shows, we want to have a good time, we want to make this as positive of an experience as possible, not just for us but for everyone who’s kind enough to show up…I get the impression that playing music is the one thing that has remained a constant for the majority of our lives and if we can continue to do that, then it’s all gravy.” Want to see the video with the full interview? Head over to to see all the Honest Engine goodness.


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By Bryce Mills he Aberdeen Area Humane Society started around 30 years ago at Animal Health Clinic. After a very rapid growth, it moved to its current location. The shelter has a lot of space for all of the animals, with special rooms for large breed dogs, small dogs, female/ neutered male cats, and male cats. They have several dog run areas where volunteers can take the dogs out to run around and play. On average, the shelter houses 85 animals. Stacey Franks is the shelter manager of the humane society. Along with Sarah Brietag, the Assistant Manager, she helps take in animals and tries to find new homes for the animals. They are also responsible for all of the general care of the animals including feeding, cleaning, grooming, walking, etc., as well as ensuring all the medical needs are taken care of by the veterinarian. While the humane society primarily has dogs and cats, they have and will take any kind of animal including guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, etc. They are focused on finding all animals a good home and as one of the only humane societies in the area that has a “no euthanasia� policy unless they are vicious or terminally ill, they


will keep an animal no matter how long it takes to find a home. For a group that does so much for the animal community, the Humane Society receives no government assistance. They manage to survive on only adoptions, memberships, and donations from the community. Fundraisers like Cure for Cloe, that helped an injured dog get the surgery she needed and will continue to go to other animals in need of medical assistance, and Cause for Paws, an upcoming fundraiser March 2nd, go far to help keep the many animals in need in a safe place until they can find a home. If you want to help the Aberdeen Area Humane Society, the shelter managers encourage you to come adopt a furry friend or you can help the society out financially through a membership or stopping in to provide a donation. Make sure to attend Cause for Paws, March 2nd, at the Eagles. It’s a $15 event that will include games, dinner, and silent auctions. For more information about the Aberdeen Area Humane Society, go to the webpage: or their Facebook page: aahsnewleashonlife.


The Hemline

The Long & Short of A-Town Fashion By Haley Zerr


ashion is black and white. This March create an ontrend and unique look by mixing black and white with accessories that add a splash of bright color to fit your style. All black is a chic look that can be wore on an evening out with friends. I’d recommend pairing a patterned skirt with a black top and adding a splash of bright color with mint accessories. White can be boring, but not with a witty mustache tee. Polka dots and black accents are always excellent additions to a white top. Although it may seem dark, a dripping black heart makes a strong statement. Pair each of these tops with colored pants, jeans, or black skinny jeans.

A Little Black Dress. We’ve all got one buried deep in our closet behind our shameful 90’s band concert tees. Give it new life with a yellow (or mint) belt and whimsical sunglasses. Black and white dresses are on trend this spring especially with sparkle collars, such as the sweet Peter Pan collar known to fit aging. No March wardrobe is complete without a colored bag. The right bag can update any look. Bright totes, patent cross body or over the shoulder bags, and envelope oversize clutches are perfect for any adventure this March. For more fashion tips, check out Haley’s blog: hemlinelongandshort. All outfits created on Polyvore.

Makeshift French Onion Soup

Stovetop Shipwreck

Ingredients 2 cans of Beef Broth (14.5 oz. each) 1 can of Chicken Broth (7 oz.) 3 tbsp. of Butter 3 medium Onions Swiss Cheese Cheddar and Asiago Sourdough Squares or large croutons

Ingredients 1 lb. Hamburger 1 medium Onion, chopped 1 can of Baked Beans (28 oz.) 1 cup of Barbeque Sauce 6-8 slices of Bacon


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March 2013


Directions Chop onions into long, thin slices. Melt butter in medium sauce pan then add onions. Sauté onions on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add broths, cover and heat for ten minutes or until hot. Ladle into microwavable bowls and top with croutons and cheese. Heat in microwave until cheese is melted.

Directions Cook bacon in large pan and set aside. Cook hamburger and drain. Slice bacon into bitesize pieces and add to hamburger along with onion, beans, and barbeque sauce. Cover and cook for 20 minutes on low heat or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally.

March 2013

Drink of the Month

Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA IBU: 60 ABI: 9.5 % By A. Lamar Marshall Jonathon Hepola Co-Owners of Slackers Bar & Hobby 115 ½ S Main St, Aberdeen


lack IPAs can also be referred as American Black Ales and Cascadian Dark Ale. Black IPAs often offer both the rich malt found in dark ales along with citrus and floral hop flavors. The double normally means the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) is going to be higher than the average beer of this style. Appearance: Pours black with one finger of creamy almond colored foam on top. The head

goes down to a lasting ring around the surface after a couple minutes. No light passes through this beer. Smell: Chocolaty smells combined with a citrus fruit aroma. Taste: The beer brings in a mild honey sweetness. A floral bitterness cuts through the sweet to give it a finish. The bitter hangs in the mouth for a few moments after.

Mouth Feel: A light-medium bodied beer, with relatively no dryness. Only a small amount of carbonation, which I think is very good for this style. Overall: 92/100! Get this beer while you can. Odell does everything they do well, and they only do this beer in the winter. This style of beer is hard to find (still available at Slackers) and is a very well made beer.

Video Game Review

NCAA Football 13 (Available on XBOX 360 or PS3)

By Jeri Radtke


ith July 2nd around the corner EA Sports is about to drop the new installment of NCAA Football 14. With that said, let’s take a look back at this year’s game. NCAA Football 13 was released on July 10. From the moment this game is put in your XBOX 360 or PS3 you are introduced to college bands playing school songs. From the main menu there are a number of options to choose from. You can play a quick game against the computer, take your favorite college and turn them into a powerhouse and dynasty, or, if you got

the courage, find a dynasty online and play against other football fanatics. There is also a matchmaking option where you can play against another human opponent. With this year’s game comes many new features such as many new sights and sounds. What EA sports did here was add new team entrances, mascots, and pre-game introductions. They also attended different

stadiums to get the sound of what it is like at a college football game.They also introduced a new game mode called Heisman Challenge. What they did here was take past Heisman Trophy winners and let you play as them in their senior year and try to match their statistics and win the Heisman. Overall, this game is a great football simulation.


March 2013

1. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, although he was born in Britain, around 385 AD. 2. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans. 3. Legend has it that he used the native shamrock as a symbol of the holy trinity when preaching and brought the Latin alphabet to Ireland. 4. Miracles attributed to him include the driving of serpents out of Ireland. However, evidence suggests post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes in the first place. 5. Wearing green, eating green food and even drinking green beer, is said to commemorate St Patrick’s use of the

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shamrock - although blue was the original color of his vestments. 6. St Patrick was said to have proclaimed that everyone should have a drop of the “hard stuff ” on his feast day after chastising an innkeeper who served a short measure of whiskey. In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening. 7. Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out. 8. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737. Around 34 million modern Americans claim Irish ancestry. 9. It is believed that St Patrick died on

March 17 in 461AD. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, which was founded by Irish refugees. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland. 10. Dublin has a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people, while in Chicago the river is dyed green for a few hours. The biggest parade is normally held in New York, while the largest celebration in the southern hemisphere is in Sydney, Australia. Source: worldnews/europe/ireland/5005127/St-PatricksDay-Top-10-facts.html

March 2013

Book Review

Brian Donovan

NOT A MATCH: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

By Victoria Lusk Any guy who openly admits (heck, half-@ ss brags about) being a sucker for vocab is my kind of guy. Me, too, Mister…me, too. And that’s not all there is to love about “NOT A MATCH: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters” by Brian Donovan. Turns out the surprisingly short book is a match for anyone looking to feel better about their own dating life and/or anyone looking for a quick read that will knock their socks off with laughter…er, well… or something like that. At first I thought he was slightly funny—in the turn-your-frown-upsidedown-but-don’t-bother-to-open-yourmouth-to-laugh kind of way. BUT, consider this your warning: Do not drink while reading. Unless, of course, you prefer your Kindle screen to be sprayed with whatever beverage you’re guzzling.

Seriously, with advice like “dating without drinking alcohol is like working out in your dress shoes” and “a mismatched date doesn’t have to mean it’s a bad one, as long as you have the balls to make a good one happen” (aka. ask the girl if she would “do”—yes, that kind of “do”—a freshly deceased body if it meant someone would do her laundry for the rest of her life), how can a dater go wrong? Yep. He crosses the figurative line a time or two, but with bad date after bad date it seems better than the alternative. If you aren’t a fan of the four-letter ‘f’ word, then some parts of this book aren’t for you. Actually, if you aren’t friends with said ‘f’ word, you probably won’t like this book at all—not because the author isn’t afraid to throw it out there, but because if that makes you read with earmuffs on, you certainly

won’t like the chapter about the sex crier. If you don’t take into account that Donovan is still single and still dating, you could consider the website-gone-book a how-toguide that even includes a “how-to-break-itoff ” section. His best gem of advice? “Sorry, dudes, but if you’ve seen their boobs, you can’t be a boob.” The boobtom line: read it.

By Erin Wolter


have been acquainted with Clutch for a few years now, though I’ve only started digging into their sound just recently. Why I haven’t done so earlier on my funk metal and stoner rock kick, I don’t know, but I can say now that Clutch has definitely got a grip on me. And with their new album, Earth Rocker, coming out this month, I think my attachment’s going to get stronger. The eponymous title track has been released on YouTube with rave reviews, spawning great expectations. It is a widely-anticipated record, considering it’s their first release in four years after their reportedly less-than-stellar 2009 album Strange Cousins from the West and

the “patchy” From Beale Street to Oblivion launched two years earlier (although it includes my first and favorite Clutch track, “Electric Worry”), both of whose slower, bluesy styles deviated from the distinctive, groove-laden jams that the band is known for. The Germantown, Marylandbased Clutch has been going for over two decades, debuting as a hardcore punk act in 1990 and branching out into myriad hard rock and alternative stylings. The band and their songs have been featured in various media, including television shows like Viva La Bam, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, and Fox Sports Broadcasting; video games including Left 4 Dead 2, Need for Speed Pro Street, and Tony Hawk’s

Music Review

Clutch Earth Rocker

Underground, among others. And if you’re like me and a little bit deprived, bands with a sound similar to that of Clutch include Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, The Sword, and Down. Earth Rocker drops March 19.


Creative Writing

March 2013

The Sad Man

By Liz Zappa


sad man in a sad house was finally taken to a sad nursing home where other sad people sat around drooling from their sad mouths and searching hopelesslywordlessly-through sad eyes. Happy children with happy smiles would come to visit the sad people and bring light into the sad nursing home. But the sad man sat in his sad room and would not see the happy children, for they reminded him of what he never had. Bright women with bright eyes would come to talk to the sad people and bring laughter to the sad nursing home. But the sad man sat in his sad room and would not see the bright women, for they reminded him of what he never had. A writer came to visit the sad people in the sad nursing home. “Tell me your stories,” he told the sad people, but most just stared at him with their sad eyes and mumbled nothings from their sad mouths. The sad man stayed in his sad room, for all of his stories reminded him of what he could have had. Finally the writer found the sad man in his sad room and asked him for his stories.

The sad man shook his sad head and looked around his sad room as if to say, “This is my story.” The writer was a clever man with a quick mind and a caring heart. He saw the sad man in his sad clothes in such a sad room and he knew the sadness came from somewhere. “Tell me your story. Everyone has a story. Something led you here. Tell me your story.” The sad man was silent with his sad thoughts but quietly, quickly, his sad words started to fall from his sad lips. The sad man told of a sad childhood with no mother and a sad father. He told of a sad war where he lost many of his friends and came home to people who didn’t understand his sadness. He told of a beautiful woman with blue eyes and blonde hair who loved him until, in his sad drinking, he got mad and made the beautiful woman sad and took their sad kids and left him to his sadness. He told of how his sad friends who made it through the sad war took a sad way out and he couldn’t help them in time. He told how he almost took the sad way out, too, until he adopted a dog who made him happy until the dog got sick and the sad man was too poor to

save his friend and on a sad day in October he put down the last friend he had. Finally, when his sad body was too weak to take care of him, a neighbor helped bring him to this sad nursing home where he would live the last few sad months of his sad life. “That is indeed a sad story,” said the writer, watching the sad man wipe a sad tear from his sad cheek. “If you must use it,” said the sad man in a sad, tired tone, “Make it dark, lonely, and painful and shameful. Let others learn from my mistakes. I don’t want anyone to end up sad like me.” The writer nodded, shook hands with the sad man, and then left the sad room and the sad nursing home. Shortly afterwards the sad man died his sad death and went to his sad grave. The writer became wealthy and wrote many, many stories, but he never forgot the one about the sad man. Everyday he kissed his happy wife and his happy kids. He did his best to live a happy life so that he would never ever end up like the sad man in the sad room, just as the old man had wished.

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March 2013

Health and Fitness

Get Faster, Faster

By Kieran Sinclair


was neck-deep in a course recently and while there, had a request from a bloke named Ryan: “I’d love to get back into Rugby, but I’m just not quick enough any more. What do I do?” “Get faster, that should help.” Smart-assery aside, it was a genuine question. But, rather than leave the benefits limited to just one person, I figure everyone should feel some love. (Not like that, you perve.) Given I can’t fit everything we discussed into one article, I’ll leave you with a simple, take-home suggestion: Strengthen your quads.

In any form of soccer, men’s or women’s, 9/10ths of running is done as short sprints backed up by a jog; and while top-end speed is determined by your hamstrings and glutes, acceleration is almost entirely quad driven. Which means you will need something to strengthen your pins whilst putting most of that stress in the big four muscles at the front. In my world, leg extensions can go die in a fire, so let’s use something more effective: The Front Squat. To apply it in your workouts, do your squats at the start of a session and bang out four sets of six reps using the heaviest

weight you safely can. Take about 90 seconds to two minutes of rest between rounds. Just remember to keep your abs strong to protect your lower back, and if you can’t make depth (check the pictures) reduce the weight and try again. I’m a huge fan of the front squat as a means to strengthen legs and butts. To squat optimally you will need access to a squat rack or stands.The position of the bar means your abdominal muscles will have to work harder to stabilize you too, so while you will not be able to squat as much as you could conventionally, you will get great abs as well as a great butt.

1) Shelve the bar on the pins at chest height and hold your hands out like a zombie. 2) Step forward and push your elbows under the bar. Stop when the bar rests gently against your throat. 3) LIFT YOUR ELBOWS. This will create a divot at the top of your shoulder for the bar to sit in comfortably. If it hurts, adjust where the bar is sitting. 4) Straighten your hips and knees to unrack the bar and step back. Settle your feet into a stance about shoulder width with toes pointed slightly outwards.

It should look like this.

5) Take a deep breath and tense your abdominals. Sit back with your hips and descend while keeping your chest and elbows as high and upright as you can. 6) Once you reach depth, (hips on par with knees) contract your glutes and push your heels hard into the ground to straighten your legs. Stay off your toes, keep ALL the pressure going through the middle of your foot. 7) Repeat until the set is complete.

Your back will need to be straight, not vertical.

PROGRAMMING CLIFFS Name Sets Reps Front Squat

Don’t argue with my model’s fashion sense. I made him tuck his shirt in so you could see.






90-120 seconds

Quads, Glutes


March 2013  

Aberdeen Area Humane Society, Honest Engine, and more

March 2013  

Aberdeen Area Humane Society, Honest Engine, and more