Monday, January 14, 2008
FRASER, Colorado — A feud between two U.S. cities over who owns the trademark "Ice Box of the Nation" is heating up.
Fraser, Colorado Town Manager Jeff Durbin said the Minnesota town of International Falls has replied to a lawsuit filed by Fraser with a countersuit.
Fraser officials say their town has used the phrase since 1956, and officials in International Falls say they have used it since 1948. The dueling lawsuits ask city officials to prove it.
The two chilly municipalities fought an earlier cold war over the motto decades ago that ended in 1986 with Fraser giving up its "official" claim to the trademark in exchange for $2,000 from International Falls.
But the Minnesota city last year acknowledged it had inadvertently failed to renew its federal trademark back in 1996, even while keeping a state trademark up to date. That allowed Fraser to file its own application.
To outsiders it might seem ridiculous, but Durbin said it is important to Fraser's residents.
"We ought to get something out of it after having to live through winters here," resident Joan Christensen said.
The Summit Daily News in Frisco, Colorado, reported an attempt to settle it with a duel failed when Fraser wanted it to be a contest on snowshoes and the Minnesota mayor wanted a snowball fight.
On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said, Fraser was the warmer of the two cities at a balmy 19 degrees. International Falls was 17 degrees.
If you’re a guy, don’t even consider getting married until you’re at least 30.
Sometimes you win by quitting.
All of your personal relationships will require hard work…but on some level, it just HAS to be easy.
If you hate your job, there are other jobs.
If you can focus, you can push through the pain. If you can’t…stop.
Sometimes not knowing actually is better.
Not every mistake is a learning experience.
God wants you to be happy, but He does not want you to never be sad.
You lie to yourself every day.
If you’re going to put out a CD, make sure it doesn’t suck.
Sad songs are the safest songs.
You’ve got to laugh.
Being fat and happy is way better than being thin and having to exercise.
Don’t think of it as death. Think of it as moving.
If you leave the house early enough to get to work a little bit early, but you’re not getting paid for the extra time, leave later.
You’re likely to never use your college degree again after your internship.
Your boss probably thinks you’re worth less than they are, but they should never think you’re worthless. (If they do–quit.)
If you know you’re being lied to, tell the truth.
Some things are more important than your personal satisfaction…few of them are things you’re paid to do.
You can not be anything you want to be. You can only be what you are able to be.
Your friends are the ones who love you whether you believe in God or not.
A leaflet extolling the elysian beauties of Thornham Walks - a 12-mile footpath network in Suffolk - has a picture of a young girl picking her nose.
Andrew Stringer, a Green councilor, says that "it does not represent our youth in the best light" and wants the "amateurish" pamphlet to be withdrawn.
A Mid Suffolk District Council spokesman admitted: "It's not the best photograph", but added: "They wanted a real picture, not a typical staged one. It's a real picture and shows children in their Easter outfits. "There's a pdf file of the brochure here.