Sweet, sweet corn
Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Jennie Dake Horne
Ethan & Carrie Horne share an ear of sweet corn.

Updates -

UPDATE -- Coni
We did not receive an update on Coni in time for this week's Bulletin. Please keep Coni in your thoughts and prayers again this week. You can send e-mails and e-cards to her here: c_waltzing@hotmail.com.

UPDATE -- Johnson family will move to New Mexico
by Whitney Johnson
Long Lake, MN

Well, we're done with school for this year. Next year is going to be quite different for us since we will be moving to New Mexico because Dad has landed a new job there. We will still be homeschooling so that will make it easier with all the moving. When he is done with his job in New Mexico, which will last for about a year, we will be sent to a different location. Should be quite an adventure.

We will probably be keeping our house here, in Minnesota. Kim is planning on going with us for the time being, until she finds a good dropping off place along the way. It's a good thing we have The Bulletin so we can stay connected with everybody!

Love, Whitney

Tom & Mavis Anderson Morgan at Lori's lake cabin dock.

UPDATE -- Mavis & Jettison celebrate their birthdays
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

In the middle of May I heard that someone had gone to a certain restaurant and had received a FREE meal because of their birth date being on that certain day. Since mine was coming up, I thought that would be a great thing to do, too. I had heard that the Country Kitchen in Alexandria was just the place to go.

Since I was having a birthday on May 31st, we left the farm on the 30th for our little trip away from lawn mowing. From Hope, North Dakota, to Alexandria, Minnesota, it is about 150 miles ... so at 25 miles to the gallon, I had the nicest FREE meal of steak on the 31st that I ever had for $17.10.

Tom and I had some very wonderful folks to share this time with, namely Don and Dorothy Anderson. After the meal a nice, big chocolate sundae with whipped cream and a cherry was brought to the table for me. FREE, of course. This I felt better about sharing with Tom, Don and Dorothy.

They seemed to have wanted us to keep us on the FREE PAGE so they had invited us for the previous night to stay the night at Bridgewater Estates for a FREE bed and breakfast. (My social security is smiling.)

The next morning, on the 31st, they took us to the new big Wal-mart so we could see the prosperity of Alexandria. It was BIG. We also visited Lori's lake home, which is really nice and quiet, and has a neat setting. Thanks, Lori, for the use of the kitchen and fry pan. Oh, sorry, the fish weren't biting. Thanks Don and Dot for the FREE driving tour. Now it was time to go for the FREE $17.10 meal.

In the afternoon, we went on to Burnsville, Minnesota, where we spent three nights with Marlee, Troy and three children. It was very special to celebrate with little Jettison, who was 1 year old on June 6th. He had a very lovely Curious George cake. His candle was lighter than his cake was and my candles were heavier than my cake was! We didn't need the fire department. While at the Freesemanns we took in the three-day sale in their garage, which always delights some of the ANDERSONS.

I am glad for this FREE day to get some letters off. Maybe next year I can make it to two FREE meals on my birthday, eh, Dwight?

Mavis Anderson Morgan, age 71
Hope, ND

Mavis gets a 71st birthday sundae with whipped cream and a cherry.

Jettison's first birthday, left; "Curious George" birthday cake, right.

The Harry & Cleo Anderson family in 1945.

Back row: DeLoris, 16; Don, 19; Elwood, 18; middle row: Mavis, 11; Harry, Jr., 6; Elaine, 17; front row: Dad (Harry Anderson), 48; Mom (Cleo Berndt Anderson), 41, holding Dwight, 6 months. (Dad passed away March 30, 1962, age 66; Elwood passed away May 28, 1966, age 38; Mom passed away December 14, 1989, age 83.)

UPDATE -- that was then, this is now...
by Donald W. Anderson
Alexandria, MN

In November of 1945 my mother decided to have a family picture taken just before I went to the Navy. It is one of the few good pictures of my brother, Elwood. Seeing the picture below in last week's Bulletin brought this earlier picture from 60 years ago to mind. Donna sent a few more pictures from last week's get together that didn't fit last week. Check them out below.

Photo © Donna Johnson
The Andersons: Harry Jr., Don and Dwight Anderson in back; DeLoris Anderson, Elaine Anderson Wold and Mavis Anderson Morgan, front.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Mavis & Tom Morgan, left; Janie & Dwight Anderson, right.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Elaine Wold & DeLoris Anderson, left; Erma Syverson & Helen Slotten, right.
(Erma Syverson is a cousin and Helen Slotten is a friend of the family.)

Photos © Donna Johnson
The Nathan Hill family, left, and the Ken Hellevang family, right.

Photo left: Brenda, Jazmine, Jonathan & Nathan Hill; right photo: Brandon, Lindsay, Merna & Ken Hellevang. Brenda Anderson Hill is the daughter of Dwight and Janie Anderson; Merna Morgan Hellevang is the daughter of Tom and Mavis Anderson Morgan.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Beaver, Brandon Hellevang, Mavis Morgan, Harry, Jr.; Elaine, Doris, Dorothy.

UPDATE -- urban wildlife watching in Alaska
by Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
Anchorage, AK

On the way home this evening, just over a couple streets, I watched mama moose enjoying the leaves on someone's front yard tree and her young triplets munching in the flower bed beneath the tree. It was a lovely scene to observe, but I'm glad it wasn't my flowers that were so quickly disappearing!

Today on the Anchorage Golf course, Arg got a kick out of watching the little black shop cat chasing a red fox around in circles. He thought they were probably just playing. Sometimes they have seen the fox catching mice or birds, and occasionally a goose. They also saw a mama moose with young twins there today.

So in spite of the fact that on the longest days of the year it has been so dark with clouds in the mornings that I have had to turn the lights on to get ready for work, there are some things that bring smiles.


UPDATE -- another round of chemo for Diana
by Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

I had my sixth chemo treatment June 16 and also saw the oncologist. Some test results were not hopeful, but, according to him, too early to make any firm decisions and conclusions, so ... we will stay the course and finish the next round of chemo ... about six weeks, and in the meantime have a CAT scan and then decide whether or not to change the chemo. It appears as though the lesions in the liver are growing, so it may take a more aggressive course of treatment.

So far, my side effects have been mild ... some fatigue, mild stomach upset that I have a prescription to help with, but almost no pain or discomfort at this point.

Nothing to report on the cabin. It is really becoming a burden ... financially and emotionally. I pray every day that someone will come along and buy it! I can't even imagine what a worry it will be if I still have it this winter!

As always, my prayers and best wishes are with Coni and Weston. Love to all... Diana

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Levi flies through the air with the greatest of ease...

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

Who Is This?

Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn. Last week's mystery picture came from one of my old photo albums.)

How many can you identify?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

The guess picture shows: Bonnie (Anderson), Muriel (Wold), Susan (Anderson), Donna (Anderson), with Grandma Cleo (Anderson) holding the babies, Donnie, Jr. (Anderson) and Vicki (Anderson).

Editor's comment: Bonnie, Susan, and Vicki are the daughters of Elwood Anderson, Donna and Donnie are children of Donald Anderson and Muriel is the daughter of Elaine Anderson Wold.

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

This week's picture is of Grandma Cleo and her first few grandkids! I'm guessing from left to right they are: Bonnie, Muriel, Susan, Donna, Donnie, and Vicki.

Brenda (Anderson) Hill
Wahpeton, ND

Travelogue t

Greg and Sonja Dake left Durham, North Carolina, for Shanghai, China, on January 6th and returned January 28th. It was a business trip for Greg and Sonja went along. They took extra time for sightseeing while they were there.

Photo © Greg & Sonja Dake
Shop ladies wear traditional "Bai" headdresses.

Traveling to Yunnan Province

Visiting Dali -- Butterfly's Dream
(posted by Sonja)

After the lack of heat in the Lijiang hotel, we were rather apprehensive over what kind of hotel we would be staying in our one night in Dali. Thankfully, the Regency Hotel in Dali, only about five minutes from the old town section, was much better. The heat worked, the room was larger and brighter, the bathroom had a bathtub as well as a door on the shower, and the beds were, if not soft, at least softer and bigger.

We decided to again eat in the hotel restaurant rather than venture out for dinner. We were also relieved to find a safe in the closet of our room, as the Lijiang hotel didn't have room safes. We were carrying our laptops and camera with us whenever we left the room in Lijiang and that gets heavy after a while.

We went downstairs and found we had the restaurant to ourselves. They did have a somewhat Western menu, so we ordered from that. I ordered beef with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes, but I can't remember right now what Greg ordered to eat.

We decided to give the dessert menu a try when we had finished our entrees. I ordered flan (which was listed as caramel custard) and Greg ordered bread pudding. After a few minutes, we again got bad news about our choices. They didn't have the flan. So we got what the menu listed as "Apple Turn Oven" instead (meant to say Apple Turnover, I'm sure). Half an hour later Greg decided to go up to the room, as our dessert still hadn't arrived, and we were to meet the guide in just a few minutes for a show we were going to see. Of course, as soon as he left the room, dessert showed up.

"Apple Turn Oven" turned out to be apples sliced into rings, battered in a pastry-type dough, and deep fried. The bread pudding was just not good, though. While I was eating my half of the "Apple Turn Oven," Will came in and asked if we were about ready to go. I told him Greg would be back any minute and we could go. I flagged down the waitress to get the check, and as soon as Greg had sampled the "Apple Turn Oven" and bread pudding, we went out to the van.

From dinner at the restaurant hotel we drove from Dali to the nearby "new city" (I'll have to look up what city it was, I don't remember the name). We had taken our guide up on his suggestion of seeing the theater production "Butterfly's Dream" there. We had seen posters all over Dali advertising it.

The theater was small, probably less than 200 seats if I had to guess. We had "VIP" seats with a program brochure and bottled water included. We were on the second or third row from the stage. The production was about various parts of life in Dali, past and present. There were quite elaborate costumes and props, and at a few points water was dropped over the stage to simulate rain.

Pictures were not supposed to be taken, and we respected that. We seemed to be the only ones respecting it, however. Camera flashes went off all through the show. Without pictures, it's hard to describe the show, but it was very interesting and enjoyable.

The first "act" was "Overture: Refreshment of the Famous Song." Act Two was "Erhai Lake, the Shining Pearl," about Lake Erhai, with mermaids, fish, seaweed and lobster costumes. There were two guys in lobster costumes that were hilarious; they walked like they were swimming, and even pretended to fight each other with their claws. The third act was "The Three Pagodas in Colorful Clouds" about the Bai culture and their traditions, with male and female dancers in traditional Bai costumes, and Bai songs and dances.

The third act also had dancing and singing of other cultures such as Tibetan, East Indian, Persian and even Egyptian influenced with bellydancing and Arabian Nights-style costumes. The fourth act was "The Emerald Cangshan Mountain," with more ethnic dances and costumes of other local cultures, the Wa and Yi peoples. And finally was "Beside the Butterfly Fountain," depicting the annual festival at the Butterfly Spring.

When it was over our guide met us at the door to leave, we'd noticed him sitting on the back row also watching the show. He got in free, I suppose, to all the events he took us to. He asked us if we had enjoyed the show, and we assured him we very much had. He admitted to being worried that we might be a bit bored with it, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Back to the van, and we dropped Will off in the new city, as he lived there and not in Dali proper. The driver took us back to our hotel, and we were more than ready to call it a night. It was a long tiring day with a lot of see crammed into a short time frame, and we had several more equally busy days of sightseeing ahead.

to be continued

Photo Editor's Note: We are serializing Sonja and Greg's web log and illustrating it with the photos they are posting, but there is far more photo material available than we will be able to fit in The Bulletin, so we also provide the links to the blog, for those who are interested:

Web Log: http://sonjas-travels.blogspot.com/

Greetings from the Netherlands
by Frans de Been
Oosterhout, The Netherlands

Hollandse Nieuwe

Hello people in the USA and elsewhere.

Yes, I would like to tell you about the real DUTCH delicacy, the Dutch haring (herring). This week we have the event to eat again for the New Herring, a small fish that lives in the North Sea.

If you ask people who have been away for many years, "What have you been missing from your country?" is the first thing what they mention THE HERRING ... then family and more unimportant things.

Dorothy, make a story for those who not know what it is "eating the new Haring."

Quote from The Holland Ring (http://www.thehollandring.com/food.shtml):

Haring: a typical Dutch delicacy is eating a raw herring (fish) with raw onions. You pick the fish up by the tail and let it slide into your mouth gradually. Of course the head is removed and the fish has been cleaned. The first catch of the season is called Hollandse nieuwe (Dutch new) and is considered a special treat.

Click here for photo and story!

Click here for still more about this tasty Dutch custom.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Donna Richards & Donna Johnson in front of Cirque Du Soleil, left; Shari Larson & Donna Richards at the entrance to Ringling Circus Museum and Ca D' Zan Mansion, right.

The Donnas Visit Florida J
By Donna Johnson
Ashby, MN
Part 1 of 2

Donna Richards and I flew to Florida, to visit Shari, leaving Wednesday, June 14th, and returning, too soon, on the 18th. Although the temperatures were hot, with air conditioning and the wonderful visits to the shore, it was a truly delightful trip.

After we landed, we headed to Orlando where we went to Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba. It was highly entertaining, and totally impossible to take it all in. We got lots of laughs, starting with the clowns that appeared before the actual show started and enjoying all the various impressive acts that whirled in front of us, in rather manic appearances, in quick succession, one after another. Wow!

Thursday, Donna R. and I joined Uncle Jim Miller for lunch. (Thanks Jim!) It was fun to visit with him and we both enjoyed his sharing more of his war stories with us, along with the normal "visiting" a person does. We ate at a little local eatery called Peaches. Good food, if you are ever in the area.

Shari took us to tour the Ringling Museum and Cà d'Zan Mansion. There was too much to see for even one afternoon!

Cà d'Zan, Ringling's mansion on Sarasota Bay, is one of America's important historic houses. Bricks, terra cotta "T" blocks and poured concrete were the primary construction materials, and terra cotta was the principal decorative material used (exterior and interior) because the glazed finishes would best withstand Florida's brilliant sun. Shipped from Barcelona were thousands of old, red barrel tiles for the roof. The mansion is topped by a 60-foot tower.

The house is 200 feet long with 32 rooms and 15 baths. Its interior plan features the Court, a vast two-and-a-half story room which served as the main living room. Kitchens, pantries and servants' quarters are located in the south wing.

My favorite (I LOVE miniatures) was the miniature circus set up in one of the buildings. I could have spent twice as long looking at everything.

The Howard Bros. Circus, complete with eight main tents, 152 wagons, 1,300 circus performers and workers, more than 800 animals and a 55-car train, is on permanent display in the Ringling Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center. The Howard Bros. Circus is a 3/4-inch-to-the-foot scale replica of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when the tented circus was at its largest (circa 1925-1938), and occupies 3,800 square feet in the 30,600 sq. ft. Tibbals Learning Center. The "largest miniature circus in the world" was created over a 50-year time span by master model builder and philanthropist Howard C. Tibbals of Tennessee and Florida.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Terrace at Ca D' Zan, left; the front lawns of Ca D' Zan, right.

o In Service To Our Nation j
Gert Dake Pettit is compiling information on family members and friends of the Dake family who served in the armed forces during and after World War II.

Wesley Sigman

Lance Corporal Wesley Sigman

Wesley Sigman enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on November 29, l974. His basic training was at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, California.

After completing basic training, Wesley was sent to Camp Pendleton to learn to use the 61mm and 81mm morters. After completing that training he was sent to the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia. This base accommodated 120w-80-0 nuclear munitions for the Tomahawk SLCM's and 160 nuclear aerial bombs for deck based naval aviation. They served as Security Guards over the nuclear munitions at the navy base.

Lance Corporal Wesley Sigman was discharged Nov. 28, 1977.

Wesley & Joanne Sigman

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
June 25---Ben Henderson
June 26---Greg Wm. Dake
June 26---De Myer
June 27---Sam Mellon
June 29---Tim Huseby
Happy Birthday!

More June Birthdays
June 1---Jeremiah Dake
June 4---Merna Hellevang
June 5---Rian de Been-van Gageldonk
June 6---Jettison Quaid Freesemann (1 year)
June 7---Shane Swenson
June 8---Ashley Huseby (3 years)
June 16---Gina Henderson
June 17---Louise Cloyd
June 18---Caitlynn Mae Chap (10 years)
June 19---Doris Anderson
June 19---Ashley Meyers
June 20---Spencer Aydelotte (12 years)
June 20---Roy Droel
June 20---Julian Montford
June 21---Ary Ommert Jr.
June 24---Aiden Montford (3 years)

June Anniversaries
June 3---Larry and Ginny Dake McCorkell (34 years)
June 6---Wyatt and Jolene Johnson (8 years)
June 7---Clark and Susan Miller Smith (15 years)
June 10---Jim and Kristi Larson Indermark (6 years)
June 18---Jason and Tami Anderson Hunt (2 years)
June 19---Curt and Patty Anderson Henderson (24 years)
June 20---Rich and Marlene Anderson Johnson (25 years)
June 20---Steve and Marian Miller (36 years)

June Special Days
June 6---D Day
June 14---Flag Day
June 18---Father's Day
June 21---First Day of Summer

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty and The Bulletin Staff,

Thank you for thinking of me and sending the neat card! Thanks to Great Grandpa and Grandma for the gift of money. My brother Jayce and I spent the weekend with Aunt Lori and Shawn. My Grandpa George Chap and cousin, Cole Cochran, and Uncle Chris were also there. We got to go fishing and I caught 10 fish on my 10th birthday! We also got to take a pontoon ride that was fun!

Thank you to Uncle Weston and Coni for the card and money, to Uncle Chris for the shopping trip and to Aunt Lori and Shawn for the great clothes!

In the afternoon my Mom took me to see a movie and then we all joined Grandma at the bowling alley. We got to bowl two games and then we ate pizza, so I had a good birthday.

Caity Chap
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Caity goes bowling on her 10th birthday.

Photo © Betty Droel
Ripe, red, hand-picked strawberry

Roy Droel Turns 85

Well, Roy just turned 85 years old. No one would ever believe that, and even the doctor looked at the chart to be sure as he said Roy is more like in his 60's. When he was younger, walking with his two boys, people thought they were brothers. But, 85 it is, and this old body keeps trying to go back to the dust so we know we have to enjoy every good day, which we do.

On June 20th, we had Roy's favorite breakfast, and then he puttered with just whatever he wanted to do. We had a special birthday dinner of oven baked pork chops which he requested. I really thought they were a bit overdone, but he was pleased.

We were invited to Rodger and Claudia's (Roy's son and his wife) for dinner on Saturday. Claudia had everything he loved, including fresh strawberry shortcake and veggie Lasagna. As we were ready to leave, she gave him the bouquet of roses that had been the centerpiece of the beautifully set table.

Another friend brought him strawberries and a box of dark chocolate candy, which he prefers to the lighter chocolate. A picture or two, and you can just see how healthy and happy he is in this advancing age.... One picture of the roses, and another of the huge strawberries, hand picked.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photos © Betty Droel
Roy with strawberry, left; with a bouquet of red roses, right.

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


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What a nice tribute to Grandpa Dake for Father's Day! I remember him as being a quiet, soft spoken, kindly gentleman! What nice memories he left for his family.

Also liked the article Donna wrote on the Anderson get-together. Notice how we resemble our parents even more as we get older?

The Bulletin is always something to look forward to! There are a number of good writers in the family! Thanks to all who make it possible.

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

What a wonderful surprise! The Grandpa Dake piece was engrossing and filled in a few blanks for me about his life and times. What a hip tie he was sporting in that one photo ... a little out of character... or maybe not so much, after I read the whole piece ... there was certainly more to him than I knew about.

I also enjoyed seeing a photo of Elwood ... I don't think I ever have before ... it would be nice to have a printed copy of that to frame! What a great edition! Thank you so much for keeping us informed; it means a great deal to me.

Douglas Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

Thanks for the memories, everyone! I, too, remember sitting on Grandpa Dake's lap listening to his pocket watch, and going to the barn with him to watch him milk, and many other happy memories. When I think of him, I think of the word integrity.

Carol Dake Printz
Sydney, NE

Once again, you guys have outdone yourselves. The Bulletin was great this week with all your tributes to fathers/dads, grandpas, etc. I wish I knew the stuff you all do about your family. It's great going down memory lane and to this day I kick myself that I didn't have my grandpa sing into a recorder a song he use to kid us kids about whenever we brought a new beau home to meet him. The last time I heard it was 13 years ago when I married my husband, as grandpa died a few months later.

My father-in-law, who is now close to 90, is in a band and travels to nursing homes and to senior centers and performs for anyone who will listen. Being that I'm smarter now, he's made a few tapes that I have under lock and key.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your hard work you all put into this Bulletin. I'm still waiting for something to write about, but being I live such a boring life (well to most people anyway), it might be a while.

Bridget Larson
Ashby, MN

LIFEBACK Spine Rehab Clinics-Alexandria
1600 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN 56308

Photo Editor's Note: Bridget, I remember your father-in-law as a man of legendary strength -- enough to greatly impress boys in the 5th and 6th grades when your brother-in-law Jimmy Larson was that age. To this day, I don't know his given name, as everyone called him "Nip" Larson -- or "Tiny" -- because he definitely wasn't. Except that my father, who was a couple of years older, always called him "Firstik." When they were in elementary school together, it seems that your father-in-law liked to smoke (or pretend to, anyway) and when he wanted to "light up" would call out a request, "Gimme firstik" -- a "fire stick," meaning a match. Long after they were both grown up and had families, my father still stuck with that old nickname from grade school.

Editor's comment: And how about telling us about some of the happenings at a Spine Rehab Clinic?

I just wanted you to know how intensely engrossed Roy was in The Bulletin this morning -- he was reading The Father's Day tribute to Bill Dake. He wasn't even aware that I was there with my camera, but I wanted you to see his appreciation for it, along with my own.

He was saying that he didn't know any of the Dake family, until he met LeRoy several years ago. He and his boys had helped LeRoy and Vonnie move into a home just a few blocks away from Roy and Edith's home when LeRoy's family moved to the city.

They had these three children -- one of whom would be our Virginia McCorkell -- younger than his two boys. In a of couple years, LeRoy and Vonnie bought a home in Coon Rapids so moved away, but Roy has always felt a close friendship with them.

Anyway, this contributed to Roy really enjoying The Bulletin this week, as he read to become more acquainted with LeRoy's dad.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photo © Betty Droel
Roy Droel engrossed in Father's Day memorial issue.

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I just can't quit looking at the first page of the "Remembering" section of The Bulletin. It is such an absolutely excellent tribute to a very fine man, and the artistic design of that first picture has me spellbound. The colors, the Print and the print color, the size and arrangement of both pictures, -- I had to take a long, quiet, reverent look at it. I remember so well Bill sitting just like that with that look on his face, (less the carnation, ha), and suspenders. It was a very special remembrance of him, and just what he would have approved of. The honest heartfelt comments of his life as Dad and Grandpa and Friend were all true without any exaggerations.

Comparing the Mother's Day Tribute and this fine issue makes you realize what a valued home life they furnished together for all the years they lived, and their example is still living on. Their example will live on in my own heart, too.

I gasped when I saw the first picture of The Bulletin come scrolling up on the screen. Ohhhhhhh what a most beautiful rose. Once again, the artistic design and the beautiful font of the word Rose on all four corners was spectacular. The colors used, and the simplicity and beauty could only be a Photo Illustration by Virginia McCorkell. It takes talent and inspiration combined to produce the Photo Illustrations she furnishes, and I hope she knows they are admired.

Coni is beginning a new chapter now, and we wish her strength of purpose to follow through with all the doctor appointments and suggestions she will be getting. It could get depressing and old, but she seems to have the help and persuasive encouragement of a loving friend and family to face it with hope.

I was disappointed not to see an update on Diana. Maybe she prefers none.

Oh dear -- I have been to Warroad. I remember how isolated and lonely it was, but that was so many years ago. I only hope Steinhauers will soon be able to call it "home, sweet home," and enjoy the north country in all seasons.

I don't know Doris and Harry Anderson, but they look pretty happy to be back with family again. Looked like a bountiful buffet, what we could see of it. The family picture was very good of all, and though the years have passed, they look so peaceful and happy. I hope they can continue to enjoy good health.

Thanks, again, Donna Mae and Kristi for the fun stories of the children having such a good time. It's memory making time in their life.

I will have to pass on the GUESS picture this time again. Except the one sitting by the lady with the babies looks like Don and Dorothy's daughter.

I was glad for "the rest of the story" by Beaver, and the pictures. I took a magnifying glass to read the sign on the orange dump truck. Actually, Weston is another gifted scribe in that family. I tried to imagine a dad and three boys getting along, doing everything without a mom. Am sure Donna Mae was a valuable addition to that household, and appreciated in a way most people would never understand, unless they had experienced it.

I am so glad the Travelogue still has "to be continued" at the end of it. It is so interesting, and we are not one bit tired of more about China, Greg and Sonja.

Well, Marloes deserves congratulations for passing the big test of her life. Will be waiting to hear just what the future is going to hold for her now as it looms up ahead all unknown. Hope she can keep as enthused as her picture showed.

The Andersons all have a family resemblance, as Elwood does, too. I was wondering which Jacobson family his wife Lorene was a part of?

The photo of Jazmine Hill is so cute. So unposed, and so natural. I hope they keep that handy to compare with one in only a couple of years. Looks different to see Colette with a Breezy Point address.

I love that the Foto-funnies are of people we recognize, and we did have to laugh to see the size of that fish and considering it "dinner tonight," ha.

I have a feeling this week's Bulletin took many hours we will never even know about, and details and editing and research and much thought. Do you know how much we subscribers appreciate that? It's so easy to read. The size of print and size of pictures are just perfect for our old eyes.

Good to the last Dot is appropriate to every single Bulletin. How do you do it?


Betty Droel


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