With the Labor Day weekend behind us, it’s time to think seriously about getting organized for fall activities. For me that means giving Vanna a fall hairdo to keep pulling cockleburs to a minimum. Her flowing tail is a built-in trait for English Setters, and while it’s attractive, it seems like it is a magnet for attracting burs, and two-pronged stickers (preacher’s lice), thistles and most any kind of weed that likes to imbed itself and make a tangled mess of her tail. Sometimes getting the cockleburs out, either from hunting or a walk in the park, doesn’t get done right away. When that happens she takes matters into her own hands (more likely her mouth) and pulls them out with her teeth. She’s not too fussy about where she spits them out and about this time of the year the seeds have sprouted from last fall and they have begun to grow in the lawn.
The Gear-Head committee completed a wrap-up of this year’s Gear-Head Get Together and we are overwhelmed with the support we received. The sponsors, the Chamber, the food vendors, the cooperation of the EAA folks at the Airport Fly-In and their activities, the city crew, the volunteers from the Diamonds and Dreams group, our volunteers and all the participants and spectators that enjoyed the day are so appreciated. It is great fun planning this event when you have this level of support from the area. See you next year on August 20, 2016.
Gear-Head Get Together Committee
I finally got out on Maple Lake one morning last week and, while I didn’t bring any fish home for supper, I found out there was plenty of activity. I was trolling with a nighty in 17-20 feet of water and would catch sunfish, and crappies. Some would have been keepers, but only one 11 inch crappie met my self imposed 8 inch minimum. The fishing grapevine told me walleye anglers may want to consider Cedar Lake. That might be my next early morning outing considering we’re supposed to have some 90 degree days this week.
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Granddaughters and Daughter were in Wisconsin. We decided to go there to see them and to get away from the hustle and bustle of retirement for a few days. We are aged and decrepit, so we thought leaving early would be wise. Also, it would be an event to remember, like Wife's ascent on a rocket launching tower or my day on a submarine. Dissimilar, but memorable nonetheless.
To add to the mystique, we chose to pick a motel at random, near the Dells. The clerk at one of the two motels we declined admitted the rooms were absurdly expensive and many people had declined. Finally we found one that was only moderately absurd, because an acquaintance had said a room in Manhattan would be four hundred clams.
It's quiet again here. Daughter and Granddaughter went to Wisconsin with a carload of stuff a college freshman would need. Before they left, they also filled up our SUV with more stuff a college freshman might need, after putting stuff a college freshman won't need in our garage. Then they came back for even more stuff and left a couple days later. We will deliver our stuff in a week or so just to make our back seat useful again.
Granddaughter went to China with a school group and returned just in time to take a driver's test. You can imagine how that went after flying on a plane for hours and hours and hours. Her learner's permit was still good, though, and on their return—without her purse by mistake—it paid off. A copy of the permit proved sufficient. The state keeps track of those things. Daughter is concerned with paying off college, too, and mentioned several times how important a job was going to be. But how many times does a kid get to go to China?
Never in my born days did I think I’d have something good to say about Bull Thistles. That’s because I was raised on a dairy farm that also had hogs and chickens and grain (oats, barley, and wheat) was part of their diets. This was before combines and farmers cut their small grain crops with a machine called a grain binder which cut the standing grain and tied it neatly in a bundle. One of my jobs during harvest was to stand one bundle against another with six or eight in a shock. If you wanted to get fancy you’d take a single bundle and place it lengthwise on the top of upright bundles. I only did this if it was a wheat crop. This was in the late forties and even though the crops were spot-sprayed to kill the weeds, it seems there were always some thistles on parts of the field. I got along pretty well with Canadian and sow-thistles, but those bull thistles didn’t show any mercy!
To the Editor:
Before we begin the business of electing a president in 2016, we should pause a moment to appreciate President Barack Obama. A recent article in Forbes Business Magazine (I know! - Forbes!) presents data that indicates that President Obama is the "best economic president in modern times". When his economic record (more than 64 straight months of job growth) is combined with the ending of 2 wars and providing health care to additional millions of Americans, it is apparent that we should be asking President Obama to serve a third term. I am not a great friend of the Republican Party, but it seems only fair to point out that fewer jobs, more wars and less health care may not be a winning strategy.
Most drivers on the road have seen a law enforcement officer performing a traffic stop. Some of you may have even experienced the traffic stop first-hand! Whichever the case, a number of drivers are still not aware of a Minnesota Law requiring drivers to move over one lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle(s) or road repair equipment. This law is known as the “Ted Foss Law.” On August 31, law enforcement all across Minnesota will be working to educate drivers of this law.
The family of the late Jim Campbell wish to express their appreciation to all those who offered kindness, generosity, support and comfort in our bereavement. Our special thanks to Father John Meyer for his meaningful funeral service; Krista Tarbox and Sarah Goelz for the beautiful music and voices; the Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 Members and American Legion Post 131 Members for the Honorable 21 Gun Salute; and the delicious food from B & P Catering.
Your many acts of sympathy continue to be a great comfort
Vanna and I spotted three turkeys along the north side of Ney Park last week. The were on the edge of the road and retreated quickly into the standing corn. The same day I was driving by Punchochar’s pheasant farm on Spruce Ave. when a mink ran across the road near Frank Hogan’s home. Another day a young pheasant flew out of Potter’s bean field across from Ney Park. Neither I nor my coffee drinking buddies have noticed any Possums this year which is a good sign as they rob eggs from pheasant nests, but I did see a road-kill young pheasant on County Road 8 near Silver Creek. . . the pheasant roosters are quiet time this time of the year and seldom are heard unless they are startled. . .
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