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Published August 18, 2011, 04:42 PM

In Grand Forks, Woman Reunited With Williston Ice Cream Truck

Generally, what goes around, comes around. Well, in this case we speak of an ice cream truck. This encounter dates back to the summer of 1967 when Sharon Berry took on a summer job, one she claims her husband Wayne had found for her.

By: Williston Daily Herald,

WILLISTON, ND - Generally, what goes around, comes around. Well, in this case we speak of an ice cream truck.

This encounter dates back to the summer of 1967 when Sharon Berry took on a summer job, one she claims her husband Wayne had found for her.

That summer job she referred to was operating the Giddyup Moo vehicle, peddling ice cream and other cool treats throughout our community.

As you can see, mobile vendors date back more than 40 years. Sharon says that unit featured ice cream treats and popsicles.

Listen for the moo

Her route would take her to the west part of Williston each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while kids located in the east part of town were able to make purchases on Tuesday and Thursday.

"The kids knew when I was coming," recalled Sharon.

Those days brought back a lot of memories for Sharon, noting the freezer was plugged in the night before, but by the end of the day the goodies were becoming a little soft.

While the freezer was in place to keep the treats cool, the same couldn't be said for Sharon's comfort, as the vehicle had no air conditioning.

As a matter of fact, the snubnose vehicle placed the engine close to her legs, making for some mighty toasty days.

Sharon drove during the warm afternoon hours, while another driver was called upon for evening hours.

When she was in a neighborhood she pulled on a cord that was attached to a horn, giving off a moo sound, alerting the youngsters.

Giddyup moos on

Sharon and Wayne, both natives of Fairview, Mont., went on to spend two years in Williston for their first stint, before making a move to Sidney, Mont., for a couple years.

A final move back to this area resulted in the couple making this a place to call home.

In the meantime, the couple lost track of that Giddyup Moo truck.

Sharon indicated the truck had reached Crosby, as they noticed it was listed on an auction poster.

That was pretty much the end of their relationship with this vehicle.

Arlene Vallely told us she believed they had sold the truck to a teacher in Grenora, but that was the last she had any contact with Giddyup Moo.

Son in Grand Forks

It wasn't until recently this story takes a cool twist.

You see the Berry's son Justin, a graduate of Williston High School, is working in Grand Forks where he serves as a Physical Therapist Director of Physical Therapy Assistant School in East Grand Forks.

On a recent evening Justin was out with his three children, the grandchildren of Sharon and Wayne, when an ice cream truck was selling ice cream treats in his neighborhood.

When the truck was parked and the kids were making their selections Justin struck up a conversation with the driver, mentioning his mother had driven the Giddyup Moo truck several years ago in Williston.

The driver quickly told Justin this truck, in fact, was that same Giddyup Moo vehicle.

Even more connections

As the story goes, two couples had purchased and rescued the Giddyup Moo from sitting idle in Crosby.

Grenora native Travis Jacobson along with his wife Ann (Ahmann) of Williston are one of the couples involved in what has become a family project.

Having purchased another truck to go along with the updated Giddyup Moo, the streets of Grand Forks are covered with some cool treats.

The couples, each with two children, have incorporated the youth into the operation.

Those young minds were also involved in the new name, logo design and change of paint.

Leads to reunion

Justin quickly relayed information to Sharon about this discovery and a reunion was put in motion.

The only thing different is that the same vehicle now goes by Brain Freeze and sports a new color scheme.

Justin told us a picture of the Giddyup Moo is on the visor of the Brain Freeze.

Sharon was able to pay a recent visit to Grand Forks and was reunited and even had a chance to drive the truck once again.

At the same time Sharon was able to hand out some cool treats to her three grandchildren residing in Grand Forks, along with two additional grandkids who were visiting from Arizona.

Her daughter Heather was visiting in Grand Forks, making this an extra special gathering.

An opportunity to serve treats to all her grand kids from inside the same truck she dished out treats several years ago proved to be a real treat for Sharon.

To go full circle the best thing would be for that truck, or a similar vehicle, to surface in Williston.

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