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All decked out for winter
Photo © Virginia McCorkell
All decked out ... I love the ever changing subject matter just out my patio door. The light, shadows, shape of the snow ... all changing constantly. This one had such a warm feeling with the glow of the late afternoon sun. --Ginny McCorkell

Updates -

Update -- no fun day, but Eric & Leona are OK
by Eric and Leona Anderson
Maple Grove, MN

Well that wasn't any fun at all.

Let me preface this by saying that Leona and I are both OK, nothing too serious, but we did total the Toyota yesterday morning.

I was driving Leona to work, like I usually do, and we were approaching the intersection of Pineview and Weaver Lake Road, less than a half mile from our house. I had a yellow light so I went and we were T-boned in the middle of the intersection. I don't know if my light had gone red or not, but even so, the truck that hit us had to have blasted through the intersection the very instant the light changed. I know that that light was yellow when I entered the intersection, and Leona has said the same thing. I guess it doesn't really matter, though, as it's in the hands of the insurance people now, and they've heard our side of events.

Anyway, I took the brunt of the impact, so Leona is fine except for some bruises, a sore elbow, and a stiff back. I was treated to two mighty wallops upside my head; one from Leona's elbow, which she had outstretched at the time in an attempt to warn me of what was coming, and one from the window next to me as it was pushed inward. I have a huge goose egg on the top of my head from the elbow, and a gash that needed 15 stitches to close up in my forehead, from the window.

I also mashed my leg pretty good. It got caught between the door and the front of the seat as the side of the car caved in. They were going to get the extraction tools, but I was able to squirrel out the passenger side, once the ambulance had arrived and they'd attached a neck brace for good measure. Nothing is broken and nothing is permanent; my back, neck, and head are all going to be just fine, but I can certainly feel it this morning. I'm stiff and sore all over.

Now begins the process of getting things back to normal. First comes getting healed up, then we need to get a new car. Luckily we have pretty good insurance, so hopefully that won't be a problem, but oh what a mess! I got to go on an ambulance ride and then spend five hours in the emergency room, most of it waiting. They X-rayed my leg and Leona's elbow, both of which came back fine, and then they stitched up my head. In the end, they gave us a prescription for some pain meds and sent us home to get some rest.

It could have been much worse. This lady really nailed us. The whole side of the car was smashed in and the airbags went off in both vehicles, but that little Corolla held its own, even against a big pick-up. So much so that we'll most likely get another.

But yeah, we're both pretty much OK, and besides losing the grill to her truck, the other lady involved in the accident was fine; she even declined medical treatment, and when all is said and done, I'll have a nifty new scar right above my eyebrow to show for the whole thing, and some new glasses as well, since mine were pretty much mangled when they flew off my head.

We're just going to take it easy for a couple days now. Man, am I ever beat... The hurts should go away in a few days, and since we carried comprehensive coverage on the Toyota, we will most likely get enough to get another, similar, car. Right now we're both a little shook up and tired, but like I said, it could have been worse.

Thanks for adding this to The Bulletin, Grandma. Hopefully, my next entry will be a bit more pleasant.


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Susie Holman
Hunter Holman gets acquainted with snow.

Update -- Brandon Hellevang wins national honors
by Merna Hellevang
Fargo, ND

I sent this news release to Donna yesterday and she thought I should send it to The Bulletin, since there are some sports fans in the reading audience. It is a national award, so we thought it was newsworthy:

Brandon, left; his 41-yard field goal at the Alerus in Grand Forks, right.

Hellevang earns Daktronics All-America honors

Brandon was honored with selection to the 2007 Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-America second team as kicker.

He converted 15-of-25 field goals, including a 56-yard effort at Southern Utah on September 8 that was the longest in the North Central Conference all season. Brandon also converted a UND single-season record 58 extra points on 59 attempts (part of 106 consecutive PATs during his freshman and sophomore years) and led all NCC kickers in scoring with 103 points, 25 points ahead of the next kicker. He led UND in scoring. He also led the league in field goals made, field goal attempts, field goals per game (1.25), extra points made and extra points attempted.

Brandon was also selected 2007 Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-Northwest Region Football First Team as the kicker (one of four kickers selected first team in the United States). There are 41 teams in the NW Region.

Photos © Jack Adair
The doors, left; the music center inside, right.

Update -- what is behind the doors?
by Capt. Jack Adair
Coon Rapids, MN

Okay, here goes. {Good! I'm getting tired of waiting. How long do you think you can draw this out?} Don't tempt me, Rufus, I might just go away and forget about the whole thing! But, I'm sure some of you, especially those who know me, already have figured it out, and the rest don't care. It all started when Mrs. Betty Droel did a review including some mentions of my guitars. She wondered where I kept them all. Well ... BEHIND THE DOORS! {I knew it all along!}

On the wall are my nylon string classic from Cayman and the old 12-string. There's space for the banjo, but it was lent out when the picture was taken. No story to the banjo, except a former co-worker, who was moving to his parents' ranch in New Mexico, traded me the banjo for a Ruger revolver I owned.

On the floor are my favorite, the Alvarez acoustic; the good, old double-neck (soon to go to Chase, my guitar-playing grandson), and the little solid-body Gretsch.

On the bench behind are a keyboard, stereo reel-to-reel, and stereo cassette recorder/player. Underneath are a 4-track reel-to-reel and an old guitar amp.

Hidden above on the right is a shelf with the Ukelin, and on the left, around the corner, a 4-track cassette recorder, guitar amp and cassette Karaoke machine used for dubbing tapes. Here is where I spend my time in the winter.

Next time I'll bore ... I mean I'll tell you about my career as an cartoonist for some Army papers. {No Guitars?} No guitars.


Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photos © Donna Johnson
Just so you can see the snow stacking up here. Our evergreen, drooping with the amount of snow, left; Buster came to the door and wanted in, right; I couldn't even get the door open, so I had to go down to the tunnel to let him in! Lexie won't come in at all, just goes in the woodshed. Beaver said her coat is thicker than Buster's, though.

Photos © Donna Johnson, left; Beaver Johnson., right.
Midnight's new perch. Yes, his eyes glow like that when he looks in your direction, with the light on ... rather freaky!

Beaver said he's tried to get Midnight to sit on the back of his chair, as he wants to sit on Beaver's chest instead. I have not encouraged him to do so here; this was all his idea. Not that a blind cat like Midnight has a view, so I don't "get it." Maybe, just because he can, I guess! When he comes down, I have to be careful, as he once in a while gets a random claw in the wrong spot. He does "talk" to me first, with a little chirpy meow ... or I should say ... most of the time he warns me.

Midnight LOVES going outdoors, except if it's snowing, cold or raining. The other night he asked at three different doors, at various times. I'm not sure if he really expected different results, or just chickened out, once he sniffed the cold! He's entertainment!

International Children's Digital Library

The University of Maryland and The Internet Archive have joined forces in a joint "project to develop innovative software and a collection of books that specifically address the needs of children as readers." This project has recently been launched on the Internet as the International Children's Digital Library and currently includes material from 27 different countries in 15 different languages. The ICDL is "a place where kids all over the world can find lots of books from many different countries."

The explicit instructions make it easy for children of all ages, adults included, to navigate the pages and find that special book. Even "picture books" can be retrieved, allowing viewers to have access to the actual publications. Here's your own personal library to share with children of all ages. Technology used in this manner is indeed grand!

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

Photo © Dorothy Anderson
Looking into our new kitchen from the west side.

We're Re-connected!

Betty, you must come and see us....

No, this is not a smaller living area than we had before. The living room area that Donna showed looking so attractive was the area for visiting... I can enter it and sit in the lift chair or remain in my own Jazzy and have a little visit in coziness...

What makes it so nice for me is that we have arranged the rest of our living and dining room furniture so that it is all easily accessible to me in my chair. I can now pull up to all of the conveniences. I can even play the piano right from my chair (with the foot rest up) ... maybe I will get some practice again!

Also the kitchen is separated from the dining room but has a counter facing the dining room and has a door at either end. The counter is built low enough that Don and I can eat together in the kitchen at the counter, he on the kitchen stool the last residents left behind, and me in my Jazzy.

Our landlord had a new Whirlpool dishwasher installed Wednesday. It is so nice to have a really nice, up to date one, with all of the "bells and whistles." Now we know if the dishes are clean ... well, as long as someone doesn't open the door and then not put the dishes away...

I have not been out of our condo rental unit for this whole week ... and I do not expect to go out again until the temperature ceases being below zero wind chill factor. It surely is starting out to be a cold winter in this part of the continental USA.

We have an invitation from the people here to come to their pot luck next Tuesday, as their guests. (The community room is right next door to our apartment.) We have already met several of the owners.

We are making use of all of the conveniences. So come for a visit and see it all for yourself!

Dorothy (connected with civilization again!)

Photo © Dorothy Anderson
The whole living room, including my easy access area where I can play the piano, browse in the buffet, or add to my collection of knick knacks ... or where I can set the table for lunch for our guests. So nice to travel so easily to all parts of our condo unit.

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. Mavis Morgan, Gert Pettit and Donna Johnson supplied last week's mystery pictures.

How many can you identify?

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

Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type.

I know all, except the little boy ... and I am not sure about him. In the first picture, it's Carol Dake, Mavis Anderson [Morgan] and, I am guessing, Dwight Anderson or Duane Miller; I can't decide. The next picture is of myself, Donna Anderson [Johnson], with Donnie in front of me (kind of hidden). The last picture is of Ed Evenson and Peggy McNeill.

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

Picture 1: Carol Dake Printz, Aunt Mavis, Stanley Dake?
Picture 2: My big sis, Donna; not sure whose nose it is (but probably Donnie's).
Picture 3: Ed Evenson and Peggy [McNeill].

Patty Anderson Henderson
Minnetrista, MN

Well, I have to say I know for sure that the picture on the left was taken at our home at Valley Mills, Texas, and the kids are me [Carol Dake Printz] and my brother Stan (Bill). Not sure who is between us. The middle picture sure looks familiar, but not sure who she is. Donna, maybe? And is that Peggy in the far right picture?

Carol Dake Printz
Sidney, NE

Yes, that was taken of me [Mavis Anderson Morgan] with Carol and Stan Dake in Texas in March of 1957 when I was down there.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Estero, FL

I will try to guess who the pictures are of. The girl and boy in the first picture seems to me to be Carol and Stanley Dake, but don't know the middle person. The young lady in the center picture is Donna Mae and then the last picture is Eddy Evenson and my daughter Peggy.

Gert Dake Pettit
Howard Lake, MN

For some reason, the lady in the first Guess picture looks familiar, but not enough to even make a guess. The middle picture must be one of Don and Dorothy's girls.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

LTD Storybrooke

Editor's Note: Larry Dake is taking a break to organize the next section of his story series about sheep herding. However, he sent us a couple of photos taken by Bergit Swenson on a visit he wrote about a couple of weeks ago. These photos perfectly illustrate stories we ran earlier with no photos. The week's photo illustrates "Silver Dollar Ranch" from Bulletin 283. It has been added to that story in The Bulletin archives. Find all the LTD stories via the Stories link.

Photo © Birgit Swenson
Grafted lamb, wearing jacket from skin of the ewe's black lamb that died.

Photo © Richard Johnson
Fencing with a view, high on Disappointment Butte.

Fencing The Butte
Part 1 of 2
By Richard Johnson
Lowell, OR

One of our projects for this year is to fence in most of our land for goat pasture with longer lasting electric fence than the temporary fence we used in smaller areas to get the goat herd started. We just finished the most challenging part: getting fence around the steep upper face of Disappointment Butte. The picture below, from Google Earth, shows the lay of the land as you would see it from an airplane, with Disappointment Butte behind the town of Lowell, Oregon.

Photo © Google Earth
Lowell, Oregon, with Disappointment Butte in background.

Photo illustration © Richard Johnson with photo from Google Earth
Google's picture is a few years old. There are more houses in Sunridge subdivision, the darker tan area in foreground, and fewer trees where we have been logging the past two years. Thin red line along the face of the butte shows where the new fence goes. Richard and Mia's house is noted in yellow type near upper left hand corner of photo.

Photo © Richard Johnson
Arbor Johnson & Mia Nelson with Ranger. When we build our permanent electric fences, we try to make enough of a road alongside for our six-wheel-drive Ranger to drive on, for spraying weeds that would touch the fence and short it.

Photo © Richard Johnson
Roy Nelson & Richard Johnson. We use our Kubota tractor with a brush-hog mower and our small bulldozer to clear a trail where it's not too steep. The rest has to be done with a weed whacker and chain saw. Sometimes we have to go through tall thickets of blackberries (good eating but bad weeds).

Photo © Richard Johnson
Fence posts have to be carried up by hand. They do make pretty good hiking poles, but they're a little heavy, at seven pounds each. Arbor made a video of me pounding a post and put it on YouTube. It's short, but earthshaking.

To be continued...

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
December 22---First day of Winter

This Week's Birthdays
December 17--- Char Morgan Myron
December 17---Austin Printz
December 19---Barb Anderson
December 19---Lisa Boltz
December 20---Jay Pierre Miller
December 21---Melanie Anderson Shockey
December 21---Jonathan Glen Hill (3 years)

Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
December 20---Eric and Melanie Anderson Shockey (5 years)


More December Birthdays
December 3---Twila Aydelotte
December 4---Carol Dake Printz
December 4---Elaine Anderson Wold
December 4---Sonja Dake
December 7---Aunika Swenson
December 10---Ryan Henderson
December 11---Wyatt Wm. Meyer (8 years)
December 12---Sarah Lynn Dake Steinhauer
December 13---Larry Dake
December 13---Derek Swenson
December 14---Kathleen Dake Stahlecker

December 24---Ken Hellevang
December 24---Arbor Johnson
December 24---Beaver Johnson
December 25---Angela Stahlecker Roberson
December 26---Koen de Been
December 29---Mitzi Johnson Swenson
December 30---Travis Quick

More December Anniversaries
December 23---Harold and Carol Dake Printz (40 years)
December 27---Earl and Kathleen Dake Stahlecker (33 years)

December Special Days
December 7---Pearl Harbor Day
December 22---First day of Winter
December 25---Christmas Day
December 31---New Year's Eve

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

I don't think I ever thanked you for the anniversary card you sent us. That was very thoughtful of you. Thanks.

Jeni Larson
New Prague, MN

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


Click here to review last week's Bulletin

I am wondering what your new mailing address is? I have searched through several Bulletins from issues past looking for it (I know I saw it in one of them a while back) but to no avail...

Jeni Larson
New Prague, MN

Editor's Note: I am sorry, Jeni; we did run it in the e-mail copy of The Bulletin but did not post it in the Archives. We'll do the same this time; If AOL, send me an e-mail to get a mailing address.

I would like to start getting the weekly newsletter about the family. I have been a part of this family for four years now. I am the mother of Alexis Jo Sigman (Jo Anne and Wes's granddaughter).

I hope to give you updates about the family sometime when Jo Anne doesn't.

Lucinda Farrell
South Haven, MN

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

There must be some mistake. It says Bulletin #286, but surely it can't be! Actually, the weeks are going by so fast that it's just a blur, but they tell me there have been 24 hours in every day. The number just keeps going on up until it's #286 this time.

Something happened in my heart when I saw the first picture this time. That pretty, slim brunette carrying that huge box was Patty Anderson. That is almost unbelievable. I felt such a happiness for her, and such a sense of respect that she could be so successful with her over 100 pound weight loss. Of course I am wishing it were me, but I can be applauding those who will (not can) do it. I spent a lot of time trying to look through the Archives for a "before" picture of Patty, but just could not seem to find one suitable for a comparison to this lady with all the ambition to carry that huge box up all those steps. Patty, I just wish you knew how I give you more congratulations than you can even believe.

Elaine just does not look like she's adding another year. She always looks so youthful (all I see are pictures) and smiling, and at peace. She has seen a lot of life and could tell us many experiences if we could take time to listen. Occasionally, there is a story in The Bulletin of her memories. If she took time to read all those encyclopedias she has there in her bookcase, she would be very wise indeed. Thanks, Donna Mae, for taking those pictures of Elaine's deck and bird feeders. Fun to see all the snow she has there instead of the beautiful flower garden.

How can Mason be that big already? Wonder what he'd say snow tasted like? Oh, the Ben Hendersons will have some news for us around January 11th. Nice.

And Capt. Jack. You might know he'd keep us guessing a little longer. Can't say that instrument could sound very musical by the looks of it, but it would surely be a novelty, and the memory of its origin would be the best part of all -- it was free, except for the many years of guilt over not having opportunity to pay for it.

Oh, by the way, whatever happened to the blue chair from the big move Rich Johnson had quite awhile ago? Bitzi's green couch reminded me of it.

THE BIG MOVE. We thought of you all day, moving in the snow. If it had only been the week before, but it wasn't. Such an interesting account of it all, and the picture of the living room, as cozy as can be, with big windows. I am sure you'll be using that community room a lot with your family. That was good thinking for Donnie to find a place for that corner cupboard where you can all enjoy it yet. Also your doll shelf. You will be so glad to have that sentimental shelf instead of having left it behind. Thanks for a look at The Bulletin office.

It's no wonder LTD Storybrooke needs a break to organize more sheep stories. They are so detailed and so interesting that you don't write such very quickly. We thought the picture of Sherry and the girls is priceless. Forever memories!

I see Lori went shopping the day after Thanksgiving and lived to tell about it. That is one day we do not go shopping -- guess we are too chicken, plus we don't need much at our age anymore. We need to start giving away instead.

It was so much fun to see the picture of our weight coach, Donna Mae! I have never met her, that I remember, but I must have. Nor do I know the other two ladies.

Dorothy's right, Ruthy, you should join us for some sub-zero snow. I am so thankful for the Archive that lets me look back at every single issue of The Bulletin. I hated to delete any, too, but had courage to do it when I knew they were a click away.

The CHUCKLES was funny. They were probably warming up their hands in their pockets before making yet another trip out to the moving truck! What a day to move!

"Life is like a ten speed bike." Well, I think we have worn out all our gears.

The Bulletin arrived right on time, but we had guests using the computer room so didn't have time to read or print it until late Saturday. Was exciting knowing it would be there, though, and as always it was varied and interesting. Not too many weekly papers could keep our interest like The Bulletin does. THANK YOU again!

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Suzanne McCorkell
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Quotation for the day: The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? --J.B. Priestley

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