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Story & photos by Lori Chap

I was part of my cousin Melissa’s wedding last weekend. Melissa married Dave Eckhoff of Cokato, Minnesota. Melissa is Roger Chap & Carol Pokornowski’s daughter as well as cousin and friend of mine. The weather was beautiful, the service was wonderful and good time was had by all! The wedding service was in Howard Lake and the reception in Silver Lake. Congratulations again to a wonderful couple!!


Amanda (Jessica’s oldest daughter), Jessica Baker (Chap), Melissa, Lori

Caity, Lori and Jayce before the wedding ceremony

by Tami Hunt

I just wanted to send you an update on our wedding. It was a beautiful day and even the mosquitos cooperated! :) Everything went as planned. We spent a week in the Riviera Maya (about 45 minutes south of Cancun, Mexico) for our honeymoon. We had a great time! It was very hot and humid, but the water was great! We went on a jeep tour to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) and did some snorkeling there. We spent a day at the Xcaret Ecological Park, also. The park was attached to the resort we stayed at.

There we saw quite a few animals, snorkeled in the underground river they have and also in the sea. Overall, we spent a lot of time relaxing, swimming and eating! :) Jason has been back to work for a few weeks, but I don't start until Aug 15. I will be working at the Lenscrafters in the West Towne Mall in Madison. It should be a good place to get some experience. I'd better get busy organizing our apartment!


Jason & Tami Hunt
7545 Tree Lane Apt #310
Madison, WI 53717

Jason & Tami Hunt on Caribbean Honeymoon

by Heidi Johnson

How are you all doing? I'm doing pretty well. Just thought that being I had a spare minute today, I'd let you know I'm still alive! Our vacation was wonderful ... Well, after the first day was over :) --- the first day was a disaster!

When we first got to the airport, we were told that our flight had been cancelled and that we were going to have to be rescheduled. So they put us on an earlier flight that we thought we could make, but security had things all backed up and we missed that flight by no more than 5 minutes. Then, when we finally did get a flight and got into San Francisco, they had lost our luggage. So to say the least, it was frustrating, but it could only go up from there!

Sunday, Ryan and one of his friends that lives in San Francisco and I walked to the wharf. It was a bit of a walk but it was a lot of fun. Monday, Ryan and I hung out downtown, nothing too exciting. Then, on Tuesday, Mom and Dad and the siblings came into town. It was great to see them again after a few months of being away! And as Kim is writing about our trip up to the reunion, I won't steal her thunder.

Anyway, after we got home, it was back to work. It was hard to get back into the swing of things, but I like my job so it wasn't SO bad. Other than that, we are getting ready for convention. Spanish convention is this week and the English one is to be next week. It will be very nice! I guess that's really all the news I have.


Ryan & Heidi on California Coast

from Elaine

I am doing better each day. I go walking on the front sidewalks alone now with my 4-legged cane, and I try to go a bit faster and farther each time. I am just hoping another episode won't hit...

My appointment with my doctor is next Wednesday, the 28th. Muriel will go with me, as she has lots of questions. I have nothing much to report on it yet. I did get a letter today about the MRI scan -- so I must have a brain. There is one part with a little enlargement, but he says that is normal for my age... The rest looked OK, from what I could figure out; it's like reading Greek.

Evidently it was not a stroke... They also thought it is something middle ear. Muriel did research on the computer and found there are hundreds of things that can cause that... I will have to set up an appointment with an ear specialist after seeing the medical doctor. Hopefully, it will be one in Fergus Falls so I won't have to go to Fargo. So I will let you know how all of this turns out in the next issue... Just stay tuned in for the next episode of All My Doctors.


Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Appreciation Days Parade Marks Ashby's 125th Anniversary
(Beaver is in the Color Guard's front row -- on the very left corner.)

Ashby Appreciation Days

This weekend was Ashby's 125th Anniversary. Those in charge have been planning and fund raising for this event for many months. They had so many things lined up to do, it would have been impossible to get them all in. Some of the things listed were: fireworks, art exhibit, quilt exhibit (I checked it out, very nice), high school and community band, home and business tours (used a little bus), school tours, kiddie parade, old timers' baseball (which Beaver played), softball, music in the park, food and pie in the park, petting zoo, dunk tank, etc. and to top off the weekend the parade on Sunday afternoon.

Jayce, Caity and her friend Kirsten and I went into the fireworks on Friday night. They lasted about 20 minutes and were very well done. Wide variety and lots of color and noise. They were a hit with the kids!

Wyatt, Weston and Chris played in the tournaments on Saturday. Jessy, Caity, Jayce and I went in to the first one, held at 9:00. They won that one easily; we got to watch each of the guys score, so that was fun. Jessy stayed with the kids for the next one and the third one she had Jayce and I took Caity home for a bit, as she was hot. Over the day they won two and lost two ... and were pretty well played out by then!

Beaver, Wyatt, Jolene, Weston, Chris and Ben all attended their own class reunions. I opted to play in the park with Jayce (which he thought was a GREAT idea). I enjoyed the music and people watching while attending to him. We also sampled the chocolate shakes with Melanie, Brianna, Brandon and Shea. They'd joined Jayce, playing in the park for a while.

Wyatt had his class reunion at the farm, so he put in a new front door for us. (Ben's dog, Buster, had gone right through the screen on the old one while we were gone over the 4th.) So, I want to tag on a THANK YOU, Wyatt, for doing the door replacement for us, yet again; we are appreciative of your help!

I also want to thank Chris for the wonderful breakfast he made for us. Eggs, toast, side pork (wonderfully seasoned and done to perfection), hash browns and orange juice. He'd even gone into town and bought the eggs, bread and juice! So, THANK YOU, Chris! What a lovely thing to do for your ol' mother!

Peggy, Mel and I and all the children watched the parade together. Melanie and Shea ended up having to help Jayce locate the candy ... poor kid does not have the quickness to spot it before the others swoop it up! He was happy with the amount he "found" though, so they must have done a good job. :-) It was quite a long parade, with several of the various reunion classes riding.

It seemed to have been a successful, fun weekend for everyone. Of course, being July, it was certainly hot enough, but beats rain and storms, so we were happy!

Wyatt, Chris & Weston 

The guys played softball during the tournaments at Ashby's 125th anniversary. They won two games and lost two games. Chris said they had a good time. I was only able to make it to the first game, which they won in a big way. Jessy took Caity and Jayce to the next one and Jayce to the third game. After that I rescued her, by taking him to the park. Good job, guys!

Of course, the candy was a big hit!

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Thanks, Great Grandpa, for the SUPER CAR!

The kids are loving it... Thanks for making it and delivering it to us.

Caity and her friend take the new car for a "ride"

Travelogue t

This Highway 1 is REALLY straight AND scenic!

California, Here We Come! K

The Johnson Family Reunion

by Kim Johnson

Tuesday: The Johnson family is traveling again. This time it’s to a family reunion in Northern California. We all got ready to leave for the airport really early on Tuesday...

We tried checking in with the e-ticket thingamajig ... but it didn't let us. When we got our baggage checked in, we were all patted down. It's 'cause we are all very suspicious, ya know. We had a layover in Chicago, and then flew into San Francisco.

The rental mini-van was waiting for us at the rental lot ... And then we headed out into the wild streets to search for Heidi and Ryan. (They flew into San Francisco from New Mexico the day before and stayed at his uncle's place for the night.) We actually found them, in spite of all the stupid San Francisco drivers and their honking, and headed over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Of course, we travelers had to stop at the other end of the bridge and get out and take our snapshots. Now if you look at the picture of the coast, you can see that it only took us about 3-1/2 hours to get to northern California.

It's really not bad; I don’t see why everyone wants to take the freeway. This Highway 1 is REALLY straight AND scenic! Actually ... I’m lying. It is bad. Thank goodness none of us gets motion sickness or we would still be stuck 10 minutes into the trip.

We heard from someone that Fort Bragg is a really quaint little town and that we should make sure to stay there. Well, we got here and it was actually not a really quaint little town at all. All that is good about it is the ocean ... and we'll be seeing plenty of that!

To be continued.

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

The mention of Pannekoeken last week aroused matriarchal memories...

How Ary became Part of the Clan in 1985

In the early 80's, Don found a small collection of license plates for sale and decided he might enjoy having that hobby. He started in and found there was an International License Plate Collector's Magazine. On the pages of the paper he found several people wanting to trade with collectors in USA. One of those was Ary Ommert, Jr. Don started a correspondence with him -- so started a time of trading their wares......

It wasn't long until Ary told us he was going to come to the License Plate Collectors' Convention that was to be held in the Black Hills. He accepted our invitation to come before the event, stay with us a week and then he and Don would go together to the meeting and trading session. Our plans for his extra time included a stop at Mavis and Tom's in ND -- also a stop at Wahpeton. He would also be attending the family get-together at Blanche and Jim's cabin. As you can see, he met many of our family on that trip ... But he has visited us several other times and met lots more (including Beaver's the last trip he made).

In 1985, he made a special invitation to us to visit Europe. (His Mom and Dad sent their invitation for us to come stay with them.) I was teaching at that time. We left in June and visited for three weeks. Ary had rented a car for our use during two side trips out of Netherlands: one to the British Isles; the other through Belgium into France and then back through the western edge of Germany. Ary was our tour guide -- after being the one to plan all the parts of our trip.

The visit to the Pannekoeken 't Husje (pictured) was from the trip I had asked him to arrange, which was for fitting in with my Social Studies unit: the third grade was learning how people rearrange their surroundings to make living easier. That unit chose a polder area and showed how the Sea was emptied back into the ocean to reclaim land to use to produce food... I was able to visit the exact area that was in the unit. It made the unit much more real to the children and to me! The picture of the Pannekoeken 't Husje (Pancake House) was taken at Volendam, on the IJeselmeer (known as the Zuider Zee before a lot of it was drained and polders made of it).

We spent three memorable weeks with the Ommerts and from their city we went out and about, seeing all we could squeeze in! Since that time we have had several more visits from Ary! I guess that one wonderful one will have to do us -- but what made it even more fun is that we have gained some lifetime friends! Ary has a sister, Hanny, who won't write English as she is afraid that she would do it poorly -- but I do keep track of what she is doing... I loved Ary's Mom, Dad, and Grandma. They are not living anymore but I do appreciate how welcome they made us feel, and remember with fondness many others we met there!

There we were -- Ary and me -- in 1985 on our trip to Europe

By Don Anderson

Life's adventures are mind over matter. Do we really appreciate the little things in life? Are we prone to make big splashes? I have been thinking of my life and the things I thought to be so important. Now I feel it was wasted time just to go through that phase of life.

Dorothy and I have enjoyed 15 years in the Ozarks of beautiful Missouri. Certainly our time there was as good as anybody could imagine. Lovely weather, friends, along with the natural beauty which that great state offers.

As time goes on, one longs for old memories, families and the thoughts of being nearer loved ones. This catches up to most folks sooner or later.

We lived near Alexandria back in '55 & '56. This country has always bought back good memories since that time. Surprising to us, there are still a few living yet we knew at that time. And good memories of the ones who are gone from here.

At our advanced age we find it difficult to remember the names of our new friends, maybe 50 year our juniors. But I never forget a face even if I cannot put a name on the face.

I overcome this embarrassing moment by a smile and a handshake. That at least "takes me off the hook"!

People ask the questions, "What do you do?" or "How do you spend your time?" Well, this is a hard question. I find there are not enough hours in a day to get the things I want to do. Mainly, my body dictates to me my limitations. My Father told me once, "You will get old some day, too." I am thinking he was right.

We both enjoy exploring the beauty of Alexandria's Arrowhead country. Some evenings are spent driving to different lake locations and observing the natural beauty that is ours to enjoy. It is not necessary to drive miles or to another state to find exciting views of nature. NO, I haven't got the "fishin' bug" yet.

Surely time changes things. Creaky joints, failing eyesight, hearing problems are some indications of aging. It will come to all; that is, of course, if we live long enough. Seems strange, this has to be present for us to realize the simple things In life are now for taking in stride.

Just the other day I got a call, I was told I won the State Lottery! I was flabbergasted! Until I heard they had the wrong number! Oh well, I wouldn't know what to do with it, anyway. I took on the "sour grapes" attitude!

Let's hear from all you fine folks out there. Good to hear from our long lost people. This Bulletin has certainly brought us together and I think the Editors are deserving of a big THANK YOU.

Oh, yes, in closing I want to tell you my important part. I am the PROOFREADER!

You will notice there are no spellings ears!

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays:

July 19---Patricia Meyer
July 26---Tytus Myron
July 30---Justin Printz
July 31---Tim Myron

Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries:

July 27--Larry and Sherry Dake (26 years)
July 29--Ardis and Charles Quick (32 years)


August Birthdays:

August 7---Weston Johnson
August 7---Melanie Lehtola
August 11---Mitchell Miller
August 16---Jason Ouick
August 19---Chris Chap
August 24---Becky Chap
August 26---Donna Richards
August 30---Jessica Myron
August 30---Ethan Horne (2 years old)

August Anniversaries:
August 5---Mitzi and Sheldon Swenson (27 years)
August 15---Diana and Russ Martin (28 years)
August 15---Dorothy and Don Anderson (54 years)
August 19---Vonnie and LeRoy Dake (56 years)
August 28---Merna and Ken Hellevang (22 years)


Miss Hetty Says

Thanks to Kim Johnson for reporting on the Johnson Family Reunion, in a series beginning this week, and for supplying the sweet photo of Heidi and Ryan in California, which we relocated to Heidi's update.

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


Received a Bulletin packet today, and what a delight. Whoever said the young people of the world are going to the dogs hasn't met OUR young people. This family is so blessed with so many fine, honorable, hardworking and smart young folks! Good work, one and all!

Sadly, we had to miss the "Cousin reunion," but the pictures and stories about it were so enjoyable. It sounds like Gertie did an outstanding job! I had no idea that Jim was 82!!!!! Bless his heart. Loved all the family pictures. Everyone looks so good! Must be all that good cooking I read about in the Bulletins. Can't wait to try the Dutch Babies recipe.

Speaking of food, a person could fry an egg on the sidewalk today! The thermometer on our front porch reads 110! Our very spoiled dogs are even refusing to go outside. They know a good thing when they see it ... A/C, that is.

Love to all ... and, as always, thank you so very much for the wonderful Bulletins.


It was GREAT to see those of you that were at the reunion. Brought back lots of good memories of times at G'ma & G'pa Dakes and all the aunts, uncles and cousins. I am looking forward to getting The Bulletin. I am a little intimidated  to think of contributing something, though...  sum uv usins ait so tu purty gud at ritin u no... Anyway, sometime I will give it a whirl.

Steve (Miller)


Sent to us by Barb Dewey

(Why it takes awhile to understand English!)

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends, we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP.

To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so I'll shut UP.....

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