Tracker Pixel for Entry

​The Robinson Lions and Carol’s Kitchen: It takes a village

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | All About Food | February 14th, 2018

A peek at Carol’s Kitchen - photograph by Sabrina Hornung“It takes people to step forward. There’s about 25 members in the Robinson Lions Club and we put these events on to keep the town alive,” said Clyde Trautmann as he sipped his drink at Hanson’s Bar.

Trautmann is a Robinson native, Lions Club member, and organizer of their annual fishing derby. He went on to say that the older he got the more community-minded he had become. His father was a Lions charter member in 1975. “We’re just trying to keep a little life in this town because if we wouldn’t be members and have these derbies then it’s all over.”

This past weekend was their annual fishing derby on Frettim Lake. A total of 146 fishermen were in attendance, which was a drop from 170 last year, but a boost from the initial 110 their first year. Trautmann attributed that to the below-zero temperatures and a destination wedding that drew away a handful of locals.

The afterparty was held at the local bar with an abundance of cold beer and plenty of free homemade chili courtesy of Carol’s Kitchen, the local cafe. Along with the usual entrance fees, a gun raffle also aided in the fundraising.

“Bill’s bar is a big part of the community and we want to see it survive,” Trautman said. “That’s why we moved the fishing derby in here. If things start dying off, there won’t be no more town.”

In a town of roughly 35, Trautmann says there are about 25 members in the local chapter of the community-minded organization. Trautmann added, “We own the cafe now because we didn’t want to see it ransacked or go to hell. It’s part of the community and we want to keep it alive.”

Carol Steichen runs the cafe like a top. She’s been in the business for more than 40 years and is a woman of many hats, whether she’s managing, cooking, busing, catering or serving. She’s been in the restaurant business since she was 13. She started out washing dishes and worked her way up to waitress and then to eventually manage. Sometimes she receives a little help from a friend or one of her three grandkids.

“No one can say that they have a stale bun on their burger -- they’re baked fresh every day. They just need to let me know how they like it -- if they want it toasted or not -- and I’ll make it that way.”

In addition to the hamburger buns, all baked goods are baked fresh daily and her soups are made from scratch. She’s gained a certain level of notoriety with her knoephla soup, which along with her chili comes from an old family recipe.

She knows when to expect her regulars. 

“Joe usually comes at eight in the morning so I need to be here. He usually comes in on Sunday and Wednesday.”

A steady stream of visitors come and go throughout the day; business throughout the day ebbs and flows in the modestly decorated cafe. Even as a nosy writer keeps her at the cafe longer than usual, one of the townspeople cheerfully dropped in after noticing that her vehicle was there longer than usual, just to make sure everything was okay and to see if she needed any help cleaning up.

She jokingly scolded him, letting him know she was closed for business for the day.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Carol’s Kitchen

205 Main Street, Robinson ND

(701) 392-5555

Recently in:

MOORHEAD – While Justin Critt and his defense lawyer began arguing innocence to the murder of a Moorhead woman Monday morning, the mother of a missing Indigenous woman sat two rows behind, silent, but screaming with…

Culture

​The DCP wants YOU!

by John Showalter

By John Showalter and Sabrina HornungWe had a chance to chat with McKaila Ruud, the Events Coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) and she let us in on a few new and exciting tricks that the DCP has up their…

Sunday, May 20, 6 p.m.Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave N, FargoLadies and gentlemen start your engines... the votes are in. Erik Block will be the master of ceremonies while DJ Dextrious keeps the tunes rolling. Come celebrate our…

Time and aging is weird. It flies, it fleets, it stands still and all too often it passes us by. I lose track of time too easily and it seems like when the years meld themselves together I’m reminded how much has gone by once I…

We Aren’t Out of The Trees Yet!Ever since we climbed out of trees and walked on two legs we have been faced with a whole bucket of troubles: sex, greed, political power, race, and religion. In the 21st Century we are still…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

Once Andrew and Maddie Johnson left Fargo they moved to Andrew’s hometown.“We worked at the restaurant in Lisbon for a couple of months,” Maddie said. “We’re not about opening stuff in bags and pulling stuff from…

Nikki Lane is a trailblazer. Her unique voice could be described as a cross between Wanda Jackson’s grit and Neko Case’s hauntingly smoky vocals. It’s classic and it’s fresh. In 2017 she won an Ameripolitan award in the…

Earning a limited theatrical release following a successful run of festival appearances and a streaming deal with Shudder, writer-director Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” simultaneously embraces and subverts many tropes of the…

Arts

​Civility is for the Birds

by HPR Contributor

By Tayler Klimektklimek@cord.eduTucked in the back of Roberts Street Studio, if you follow the “yellow brick road” (a funny story, if you get the chance to ask her), you are likely to find local artist Mackenzie Kouba working…

Theater B is giving away seven tickets to go see “The Moors” by Jen Silverman, from April 26 until May 12. Described as part Brontë, part Twilight Zone, “The Moors” is a dark comedy set on a bleak and unforgiving…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

I consider myself an avid wine drinker, but I recently found out there are more than 10,000 varieties of grapes, and about 1,500 of those are used to make commercial wines. I don’t know about you, but I could probably name about…

I was amid some of the worst anxiety I have experienced in my life. I was worried about money, moving and multiple other things. My chest felt heavy and was dominated by a feeling of constriction and restriction; to both my life…

By Melissa Martin melissamartincounselor@live.com “I’m sorry” are two vital words to be used in relationships because human beings are imperfect people living in imperfect environments. Ask yourself the following…

By Ty Danksty.danks@ndsu.eduWith “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” becoming a large and influential topic since the 2016 presidential election, many people have become more aware and concerned with the spread of…