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The Sun Sets on the Alibi

March is coming to a close and with it the sun is setting on an  iconic establishment located in historic Gary, South Dakota. When Saturday,  March 31, 2018 comes to an end, Bruce and Diane Melby will turn the page of a forty-one year chapter of their lives.


The Alibi was purchased from Jim and Karen Giesel in April of 1977 and since then Bruce and Diane Melby have dedicated their lives to providing a place for people from all walks of life to sit down, engage in lively conversation along with delicious food and beverages. For this we thank you.

It has been a landmark and meeting place for many purposes (Meet me at the Alibi!) and a safe, local hangout for young and old alike. For this we thank you.

Not only did they provide an establishment for food and drink but jobs for young people in the community, as well. These two are credited with teaching many youthful employees through the years how to deal positively with the public, work hard and still be able to laugh.  This influence has had a tremendous impact on young lives beyond  what a parent may be able to accomplish. For this we thank you.

While slaving away working incredibly long hours, they together raised five children who have grown into personable, hard-working, all-around awesome adults. I don’t know how they did it and I’m guessing they may look back and wonder the same. For this we thank you.

A loyal employee, Sarah Wynn, has been a key factor in the success of this business providing tremendous support with an amazing and diligent work ethic along with tremendous dedication to her job. For this we thank you.

The Alibi is a legend deserving of the Gary, South Dakota Wall of Fame.  I will always hear the thud of cowboy boots walking across the old wooden floor, clink of coffee cups, chatter of lively conversations along with occasional outbursts of laughter ringing in my ears. While the business may close its doors, these memories and everything they represents will live on in our hearts forever. For this we thank you.


I leave you with this reaction from Bruce Melby when asked about retirement plans:

Looking for a business venture located in a charming historic community with great people? Opportunity awaits you in Gary, South Dakota!





Beets, travel and the spirit of Prince?

The Republican Convention is the biggest news today with a partial rerun of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech by Melania Trump and the roll call being the highlight. Good thing since this means no major terrorist attack, dramatic social drama or violence trumping this event.  Meanwhile, my highlight today involves beets.  Yes, beets! In my 25 plus years of gardening, this is the first year I have successfully planted beet seeds that have resulted in a healthy looking crop.

Beets, botanically known as Beta vulgaris, are native to the Mediterranean. That means I can dream of a Mediterranean vacation as I peel off the dark, thick skin. Although the leaves have been eaten since before written history, the beet root was generally used medicinally and did not become a popular food until French chefs recognized their potential in the 1800’s. Yep, need to go to France and compare beet recipes. Beet powder is used as a coloring agent for many foods. Some frozen pizzas use beet powder to color the tomato sauce. ~Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Must  go to Italy to see if they use beet powder, too…or Chicago will do. 


Danger looming! Beets are considered a wise food choice due to its many health benefits, but may have some side effects if you overindulged as noted by ALYSSA JUNG, author of the book “FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL.”  (Click the link for the complete article.) Food shortages in Europe following World War I caused great hardships, including cases of mangel-wurzel disease, as relief workers called it. It was symptomatic of eating only beets. Note to self… don’t just eat beets.

Blogging about beets may be pretty lame, but I choose to believe it’s a sign from the spirit of Prince… beautiful, delicious, Mediterranean inspired purple hued beets. Just maybe…

The art of Christmas baking

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2014E-6031plHmmm, blue and yellow make…

2014E-6043pldmvPour, spread, keep fingers out of the mouth.

2014E-6037pldmvShake, shake, shake.


2014E-6070pldmvDon’t forget the turtles.