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May 1, 2003
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UPDATE -- Great Grandchildren
by Caity

Hi Great Grandma,

This is Caity. I want to tell you about my weekend with my Mom in the cities. First we dropped Jayce off with his Grandma Judy. He spent Saturday and Sunday with her and his Great Grandparents. Great Grandma Myrtle rides in the back seat with him, while Grandma Judy drives.

When we met Grandma Judy, she gave me a darling little stuffed dog. He's very soft and his name is Love. She also gave me three strawberry smelling perfumes and lotions.

Then we went to a hotel across from the Mall of America. We went swimming whole bunches of times. I love to swim! It had two big pools and two hot tubs. One pool was cold, the other was as warm as the bathtub. That is the one I spent the most time in. I learned how to do many things in the water, last time we were in Florida at Grandma Shari's; she had an awesome pool. So, I got to practice them at the motel swimming pool. I wish we had a pool!

We went to the Mall of America and went on the Log Ride, on the Treetop, Ferris wheel, and the Merry go round. I sat on a bunny rabbit, for the Merry go round ride, that was fun. The log ride was VERY fast and I screamed! We came out of the dark area and there was the biggest, steepest hill yet! It looked like my Mom was standing up! They took our pictures as we went over the hill; my mouth was wide open and my eyes were bugging out of my head! I liked the Log ride, but I was too scared on the Treetop ride.

We went to a restaurant that I thought was decorated like the 80's or 90's ... but, my Mom said it was like the 50's!! Wow, that's old. I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a strawberry shake. It was yummy!

We went shopping in lots of stores. The Disney Store and It's a Girl Thing are my favorite stores. I got two very small Princess dolls, Snow White and Cinderella. They came with a princess chest, crown, dresses and shoes. I am going to keep them in my room. I also got some cotton candy, which is my Mom's favorite thing.

Did I tell you that my Grandma and Mom moved me to Jayce's old room and he got my small room? I now have more room than before, so I brought my good dolls and furniture upstairs, so Grandma doesn't have to have it in her room any longer. She says I'm old enough to take care of it now too. I love my room!

I hope you and Great Grandpa are enjoying spring and are having fun.

Love, Caity

by Heidi

Hi Grandma,

How are you? I'm doing pretty well! Only two weeks of school left! I'm super excited! Even though I'm gonna be working all summer so I can buy a car, it will still be nice to have a break from school. Beside school there isn't a whole lot going on here ... although last night I went out for "lunch" with Jessica Olsen and Jennifer Lundstrom. So that was super fun, and Jenn gave me a thing to a Spa for my birthday so that will be really nice to redeem. :) I got the E-cards from you and grandpa ... thank you! They were really neat! Well, I guess I don't have any more news, so I'll let this do!

Love, Heidi

by Patty H.

So sorry I have been so silent, but my e-mail was on the blink! When I finally got to the bottom of it, it took about three minutes to download all the "letters." You know the ones, "Earn $5000 in 10 easy minutes," "Unload your debt," etc. -- all those wonderful ones we love! I was glad amongst all the trash there was a bulletin!

I'm a bit preoccupied with plans for graduation underway. We will have Dan's graduation party on the Saturday before graduation... May 31st with Graduation on June 1st. Hard to imagine that number 2 is on his way to college. He and Ben are planning to find an apartment in Fargo. I think it will work well... Dan cleans toilets and Ben can kinda, sorta cook.... Actually he's learning quite a few recipes. Wonder if he's tried any of the heirlooms. Rachel loves that part.. has tried Blanche's famous jelly roll.

Ben is about done with another year of college. He will then return to his job in Plymouth with an engineering company... Dan will return to the Jolly Green Giant to combine peas and Rachel is taking a nursing assistant course and is hoping to work as an aide come summer... reminds me of all the entertaining we did with our "nursing home" stories. She's enjoying it.

Curt and I are planning to raise strawberries. In fact he purchased 100 plants and we're waiting for them to arrive. I also got a few more perennials for my "flower garden". I am not so anxious to do veggies this year, as each fall I let so much go to waste cuz of lack of time. Flowers are prettier and no need to freeze or can them!

No real news, but wanted to get a little piece off to let you know we are still around!

Take care, Patty

The Family Cookbook
Culinary Heirlooms

        Anyone who has ever watched Donnie cook knows that he's into it. That's why today's recipe will be fun for readers out there adventurous enough to try recreating it at home. Because this recipe is so stylistic and precise, I will reproduce it here verbatim.

Chicken Marsala à la Donald
(Okay, so I made up the name; the rest is all Donnie!)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
8 oz. can powdered parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup Marsala wine or cooking Sherry*
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
2 Tablespoons flour**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Blend parmesan cheese and oregano.
Coat chicken in egg and roll in cheese mixture.
Melt butter in a non-stick pan.
Brown chicken cubes and transfer them to a casserole or Dutch oven.
Add garlic, chicken broth, wine and mushrooms, sauté until mushrooms are tender.
Thicken with flour.
Pour mixture over chicken and bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Serve over fettuchini pasta.

* The Food Editor suggests that a good non-alchoholic substitute for the Marsala would be
1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar.
** The author suggests Wondra.

        Thanks for the delicious recipe, Donnie! I hope that our busy readers out there actually find time to slow down and enjoy one of the true joys of living; Good food!

        Next week: A complete surprise from left field!

Memory Lane

Memories of My Dad
by Don

I can remember helping my Dad working in our one car garage in Dwight. Dad built several four wheel trailers from Ford Model-T cars. He would make the tongues out of 2x6s, fastened to the front axle with "U" clamps which he made out of rod and threaded the ends before making them "U" shaped.

There were no power drills, welders, or cutting devices. All was done by hand. Steel was bored with a hand turned "breastdrill." Dad would collect old bolts from old farm machinery and reuse them. No running to the store, as there was no money. He made a few triple boxes to put on the trailers. On one I remember he painted by hand "the new deal." This was in 1935 and Roosevelt promoted some programs known as "The New Deal," to help the country out of the hard times that were prevalent then. So that is why Dad named it that.

One piece of equipment Dad had may still be in the family today. A machinist's vise. This may be in Dwight's possession now. This vise has history. It was broken; Dad retrieved it form a junk pile and Hubert Anderson welded it. The jaws still show the fracture and the brass welding is still evident. (Dwight, is that right?)

Another vise incident happened while our family was getting into our 1925 Model-T in the garage. The vise happened to fall from the bench and fell near Mavis, who was about 3 years old. Mom cried out, "Is she dead?" Evidently Mavis had grabbed it and it came down. She escaped getting hit. Lot of history behind that vise!

Sometimes our faithful Model "T" would not start. No self starter, of course. That was Dad's job! It had a hand crank. If the weather was cold, the transmission oil stiffened and it took a strong person to turn it over. This was made easier by jacking up one hind wheel, then cranking it was easier. Once the engine started, one would, from the outside, press the brake pedal and with the other hand push the car off the jack. This was not a woman's job; generally Pete Myhra, a helpful neighbor, was trusted for this procedure.

Memories of Grandpa Anderson
by Heidi


When my mom, dad, and I lived with Grandma and Grandpa in Howard Lake, Grandpa baby-sat me while everyone else was at work. I remember dropping Grandma off at work and then we would drive around town. We would stop at the T-Tum (Tom Thumb) and buy bonies (Mickey doughnuts) for me and an RC Cola and a candy bar for Grandpa. I don't remember much else about what we did while Grandpa baby-sat me, but I vividly remember this part. And I still love Mickey doughnuts, of course!

.....I have a memory for the bulletin
by Kim

One day, I went and asked Mom if I could go to town with Granpa. She said I could ... but said I couldn't ask for anything. So we went to the store and came home and I didn't have anything ... except for the Little Mermaid doll. Mom asked me if I had asked for that and I said, "No, he asked me if I wanted it." She found out afterward that I was standing there holding it, and then he asked me if I wanted it and I said yes. :-)




You will find the Books of the Bible in this order in the puzzle:

1. Amos 2. Mark 3. John 4. Joel 6. Judges 7. Job 8. Hebrews 9. Esther 10. Acts 11. James 12. Ruth 13. Romans 14. Titus 15. Matthew 16. Genesis 17. Philemon 18. Chronicles 19. Daniel 25. Hosea 21. Lamentations 22. Revelation 23. Timothy 24. Samuel 25. Numbers 26. Malachi 27. Peter 28. Exodus 29. Kings

I was not able to find a number 30---who can tell me which one I missed!

From Donna

I forgot to tell you the I sent the last Bulletin to Mitzi, Kathy and Jerrianne too, to read Weston's and Beaver's stories. I got this note in reply--

That was great fun to read. I'm glad Beaver survived the cow, if that was a true story!

I really enjoyed Dad's story. Could he tell us more about Grandpa Anderson? I've asked the others too, but not many results (hint, hint....:-)

Don's recipe looks really yummy, too; will have to give that a try! Thanks for the food column, Doug; finding that a lot of fun besides some new recipes!

Thanks to all of you that sent in more Memories. I appreciate reading them, as I'm sure many others do, too! Feel free to keep contributing! LOVIN' IT! Donna


Hi there everybody--hope you enjoy this new feature -- and feel free to contribute your favorite smile maker!

My boss was complaining in our staff meeting the other day that he wasn't getting any respect. Later that morning he went to a local sign shop and bought a small sign that read, "I'm the Boss." He then taped it to his office door.

Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said, "Your wife called. She wants her sign back!"


1) I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

2) Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.

3) Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he /she isn't there the first time, chances are you won't be needing him /her again

4) Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

5) Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.

6) Don't be irreplaceable -- if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

7) You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

8) If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

9)When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

10) Following the rules will not get the job done.

11) When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"

Our Present Staff:
EDITORS: Mom, Grandma, Sister, etc.
Doug -------St. Cloud Correspondent
Beaver------by Beaver (our newest column)
Rich---------Mr. In-A-Jam(b) &
Kim------his assistant
Donna------Researcher for Memory Lane, etc.