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Photo © Ryan Hellevang
Lindsay Hellevang rides wake at Morgan Family Retreat.

UPDATE -- Morgan family annual lake retreat
by Merna Morgan Hellevang
Fargo, ND

Tom and Mavis Anderson Morgan and their family gathered for their seventh annual lake retreat on July 18-21 on Eagle Lake near Crosslake, Minnesota. The group had two new members this year: Alexa Gauderman, the Morgans' 10 month-old great-granddaughter, and Mikaela Kleeb, girlfriend of Brandon Hellevang, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Photo © Jessica Gauderman
Alexa Gauderman with Angel & Alyssa Freesemann.

Our group of 21 made good use of the large 6-bedroom, 5-bath, 3-level home, which is situated near the 8th hole of the Golden Eagle Golf Course. We found extra sleeping room in the loft, the game room and the family room, and two walk-in closets became cozy sleeping areas, as well.

This was a special birthday for Marlee, who turned 40 while we were together. We celebrated with two Dairy Queen ice cream cakes at an evening party to honor her, Ty, Tim and Tom on their July birthdays.

Photo © Ken Hellevang
Marlee Morgan Freesemann turns 40.

The lake was perfect for all the usual water activities. Tom and Mavis brought a new three-seat tube, which was a fabulous hit with old and young alike. All four generations enjoyed rides on the tube, from Great-Grandma Mavis to little Alexa.

Photo © Jessica Gauderman
Grandma Mavis & her grandchildren, Ty Myron & Alyssa Freesemann.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Tubers & spectators: Alexa, Jeff, Merna, Tom, Char, Ryan, Zach, Marlee & Jessica G.

There was time for the runners, walkers and photographers to get out and enjoy the scenery. We sang and ate s'mores, and Troy gave us some great music around the campfire. Troy was joined for the first time by Ty, who is doing very well on the guitar. We played Scrabble and Settlers of Catan, and reminisced over photos from the previous six years at the lake. Marlee is arranging them in a wonderful scrapbook to preserve the memories. We made more memories this year, also, which we will treasure for a long time.

Ryan has additional pictures of the retreat on his web site at:

Photo © Ryan Hellevang
Standing: Troy, Marlee, Ryan, Jessica, Brandon, Lindsay, Mikaela, Zach, Tim & Char; seated in middle: Jet, Merna, Ken & Alyssa; front: Tom, Mavis, Angel, Jessica, Alexa, Jeff & Ty.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Tom Morgan, Will & Glenda Berndt.

UPDATE -- Morgans visit Will and Glenda Berndt
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, North Dakota

The Morgan family reunion was held recently at Eagle Lake, between Emily and Fifty Lakes, Minnesota. Just before leaving, my brother Don Anderson told us that is where our cousin Will Berndt and his wife Glenda live. We were not aware of that. Thanks to e-mail, Glenda and I could exchange news and invitations at the last minute. After a warm welcome and invitation, it was decided that we would go to their home, which was three miles from our cabin.

The 10 a.m. appointment found us sitting around the dining room table in their lovely and spotless home. The table was graced with beautiful cups and plates to accommodate the freshly made carrot cupcakes with frosting and a number of other pastries. We had a wonderful visit, recalling some of the earlier days' memories. We last saw each other four years ago, but it was not a time to have a one-on-one visit like we enjoyed on this day.

Will and Glenda have been very busy this spring and summer making a waterfall and a pond in their back yard. The landscaping is so beautiful, with many flowers and rocks. As Glenda sits at her computer, she can see through the window all the fruits of their labors. She even showed me pictures where a deer and its fawn came walking by.

Tom & Mavis by the Berndts' backyard pond.

A lovely back deck leads out to the beautiful sight and the restful glider swing where one can enjoy the outdoors listening to the waterfall and the birds singing. The Berndts are caregivers to many different kinds of birds, as the different feeders suggested.

Our time sped by very quickly and, as we were leaving, we captured a photo of the Berndts on the front deck of their home. As we approached the home from the front, we saw three beautiful horses across the driveway. Glenda says she owns half a horse. This would seem strange but she went on to explain that her daughter-in-law, who lives next door, owns the other half. A large, portable swimming pool is a plus for the grandchildren who live next door.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Glenda & Will Berndt & Tom Morgan in the Berndts' back yard.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Lori Ostendorf
Lori Ostendorf, Jolene Johnson and Marcy Jorda hostessed a shower for Jessy and Chris Chap last Saturday. We had a most gorgeous day; both weather and party! A low 70 degree day and a very nice turnout. They got some lovely gifts and had some fun in the process.

Photos © Lori Chap
Chris & Jessy Chap with cake for Grady Chap at baby shower.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Jessy & Chris at the buffet table.

Photos © Lori Chap
YUMMMMY, baby food testing, done by Marcy Jorda. It was pretty hilarious watching them try to guess what flavor each food was, while blindfolded!

Photo © Donna Johnson
A sampling of the people who attended: Gail Olson & Peggy McNeill in the back. Ashley Torgrimson in rocking chair. Marcy Jorda standing, Lori Ostendorf, Camryn & Jolene Johnson in the other rocking chair. Becky Chap & Bridget Larson in right foreground.

Photo © Donna Johnson
In the evening, many of us attended the Ashby Appreciation Days parade, enjoying the beautiful weather! Beaver, far left, marches with the Color Guard.

Photo © Donna Johnson
The kids, of course, loved the candy thrown. Here are Camryn & Brooklynn coming back with some of their goodies.

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. LeRoy Dake supplied last week's mystery photo.

How many can you identify? What's going on?

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 ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.

Expect I won't get this off before my brother-in-law Earl to identify (not guess) his two sweet daughters ... my nieces ... Angela Stahlecker Roberson and Adriana Stahlecker Brown!

Carol Dake Printz
Sidney, NE

Definitely recognize those two girls ... that's my sister, Angela, and me [Adriana]!

Adriana Stahlecker Brown
Granbury, TX

The young ladies in this picture are our daughters Angela and Adriana. They look to be about ages 6 and 3.

Earl and Kathleen Stahlecker
Gatesville, TX

The GUESS picture left me guessing again. I know I will be surprised to learn who they are. Likely someone we know quite well. Oh well, I can't guess them all or even a few, but some are so much fun to recognize.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

Memory Lane

A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.

Dorothy Dake, 20, hand tinted portrait, 1946.

A Call To Blanche
by Dorothy Dake
Howard Lake, MN

As I have said countless times before, family is important -- may we all appreciate their worth! These last days have reinforced that belief in my heart!

Last night, I went down and knocked on Mrs. Walter's inner door, and when she opened up, I got permission to use the phone in the entry. She wrote down the date on the white pad in the drawer below the phone and wrote my name and initialed it -- that way I can pay her when the bill comes.

I made my call to Blanche and Jim's house, as I badly need some advice from my dear sister. As soon as she heard who it was, she said, "Dorothy, hang up and I will call you back. We need to visit a bit."

She has told me before that they really can't come to visit me, even though they would like to, so she wants to foot the bills for the phone calls. (My folks have me reverse the charges and Lois and Bill take turns with me, calling each other.) My family likes to help ease the pressure on my sometimes pretty empty billfold.

So I hung up. In a minute or so, the phone rang and we were visiting a mile a minute, getting things settled.

The first item for discussion was the "reception" I had suggested having. On that issue, there is a slight change. She told me that the family had decided to invite people to an "Open House" so that everyone would know that LeRoy and Vonnie were married and headed for Arizona for the winter, and also that I was coming home for a short vacation.

(Vonnie and LeRoy really do not want a reception, as that sounds like gifts are what they want -- but it is really just a chance for a visit.) In addition, being I can't get around to visit everyone in the short time I have, it will be for me, too. The Open House is to be held on Sunday afternoon, the 19th of October.

Secondly, we discussed what I should give as a wedding gift. She told me that she has made them a "Tulip" quilt ... all the family ladies are helping her quilt it. She wondered if I would like her to go to Thelander's in Cokato for me. (At Thelander's, they have nice quality things for reasonable prices and they wrap the gifts -- free.)

Blanche will pick out and buy a set of pillows and a pair of pillow cases in a color matching one of the tulip colors in the quilt ... for me to give as my gift! Then they will wrap it at the store. Wasn't that a nifty idea? Now I am to choose a card and put the message in it and send it to Blanche.

I am thinking that the bonus from Photo North will come in handy to buy my ticket and to pay Blanche for the gift. So everything is under control.

To make it even more exciting, this evening when I came home from work, there on the little table were a couple of letters for Bertha and, as I picked them up to take them to her room, I found one for me from LeRoy. That made my day! Now, after I deliver Bertha's letters to her, I will read my letter and see what Bubsy has to say.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkle
LeRoy & Vonnie -- engaged.

Travelogue t

Photo © Kjirsten Swenson
Herding a flock of sheep in warm wool coats.

by Mitzi Swenson
Dickinson, ND

Recommended reading: The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes by Barbara J. Scot; Touching My Father's Soul by Jamling T. Norgay; Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson; The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

We hiked through varied country that reminded us of Yellowstone or Yosemite, a forest with tall pine trees where the needles dropped and made the trail soft and smell nice, lots of tall waterfalls (frozen for several days at higher elevations), deep canyons, rushing rivers, beside little streams, surrounded by mountains, near terraced fields. We passed through five climatic zones (from tropical to arctic) several times as we ascended and descended zillions of steps to go up and down about 35,000 feet over 170 miles in 15 days!

As we ascend, we add layers of clothing, changing from skirts and T-shirts to tights or long johns, pants, heavier jackets, wool hats, gloves, neck warmers, wind jackets, and mittens. By the time we cross Thorung Phedi pass, we are wearing everything we have along, but are comfortable. We saw a porter with no gloves going up the pass and gave him an extra pair. Trekkers who hire porters are supposed to make sure the porters have adequate shoes and clothing, as they are anxious for the work but often unprepared for the conditions and susceptible to frostbite. As soon as we start down the other side, we start taking off layers and stowing them in our packs again.

Five days was the longest we went without a shower. It was just too cold to be tempted by solar heated water in an outdoor tank, so when we got a warm or hot shower we really appreciated it. Once, when we stopped for lunch, they let us sit in the kitchen with our knees nearly touching the wood stove where they were cooking. We enjoyed watching them make our delicious meal of tea, soup and an apple pancake to share, while we warmed up after hiking in wind and snow flurries.

To be continued...

Photos © Sheldon Swenson
Hostess for tea & lunch, left; Kjirsten crosses stream on suspension bridge, right.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
August 5---Austin Patrick Montford (4 years old)
August 5---Jan Smith
August 6---Sully Michael Brown (5 years old)
August 7---Melanie Lehtola
August 7---Weston Johnson
August 7---Sue Wright
August 8---Erik Huseby (8 years old)
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
August 5---Wesley and JoAnne Sigman (20 years)
August 5---Sheldon and Mitzi Johnson Swenson (32 years)
August 6---Ryan and Heidi Johnson Henderson (4 years)

More August Birthdays
August 11---Mitchell Allen Miller
August 13---Jeffrey Todd Aydelotte, Jr.
August 13---Roxanne Mitzel
August 16---Jason Quick
August 16---Rod McNeill
August 16---Darryl McNeill
August 19---Christopher Michael Chap
August 19---Jordan Nicole Indermark (6 years old)
August 21---Jessica Hellevang
August 22---Camryn Lucille Johnson (2 years old)
August 24---Becky Chap
August 24---Maggie Zeppelin (5 years old)
August 25---Jeff Aydelotte
August 26---Donna Richards
August 30---Jessica Myron Gauderman
August 30---Ethan Wallace Horne (7 years old)
August 31---Devan Alexander Seaman (7 years old)

More August Anniversaries
August 9---Jeff and Twila Aydelotte (18 years)
August 10---Ryan and Jessica Hellevang (2 years)
August 15---Don and Dorothy Dake Anderson (59 years)
August 16---Eric and Leona Anderson (6 years)
August 20--- Shane and Jayna Swenson (4 years)
August 28---Ken and Merna Morgan Hellevang (27 years)
August 30---Chris and Jennie Dake Horne (12 years)

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

The other day, Roy and I decided to spend the beautiful, sunny day driving down to Northfield, Minnesota, to visit Lorraine Tabor. She is not feeling well lately and needs to use her respirator most of the time now. The effect is from the polio in her youth. She is such a dear friend. I remember her so well when she was young and pretty and wearing such pretty clothes and high heels. Then the dreaded polio took its toll.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Lorraine Tabor with Roy & Betty Droel.

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


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

Sometimes I just scroll down to that extraordinarily beautiful first picture of the Peonies just to enjoy the beauty of them. I printed it, but it doesn't print nearly as sharp and vivid color as on the screen. I sat in silence looking at them as a marvel of creation. I hope I never take for granted the beauty and lessons there are in nature. I must admit I copied it onto a birthday card for our friend Lorraine Tabor on the 30th, as I know she will be just as impressed. That was just personal use, photo editor, not infringing on a copyright, I hope.

Thanks to Ory Ommert, jr, for the most fascinating pictures and update from the Netherlands. So very nice to see the Queen Mary 2. What a magnificent ship, even from the outside!

It was a sad picture to hear of all the downturn of previously prosperous business. Even the garden center suffered. We hope it will reverse soon, but what will it take? Everyone is feeling the effects right down the line.

Oh, THANK YOU to our Editor and Photo Editor for the story on Houston Droel pitching in the State Tournament. It was so nice to see the way the pictures turned out. I didn't send very print worthy pictures, but somehow our Photo Editor makes something out of nothing. The one of Houston and Great Grandpa Roy turned out worthy of framing.

We were privileged to not only have an update from Ary, but also from Frans de Been. The pictures were most interesting with the roadless village of canals. The homes are very lovely, and can you imagine all the gardening work being done constantly to keep it picture perfect? We were glad for recent pictures of both Rian and Frans, too. Thank you for taking time, Ary and Frans, to give your friends in the USA such unusual and fascinating and fun pictures.

I read with great interest the story/letter by the new found cousin, Don H. McKenzie. What a nice surprise for the Dakes and descendants of the family Don is part of! The best part is that we have another subscriber to The Bulletin, and hopefully more updates and pictures.

Memory Lane. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed that story so far, and each week is so vividly describing events that you almost feel you were right there, too. I had to laugh at this Ralph Williams that was slipping into all the well set plans of Dorothy and Louella. That must have been the beginning of a family that has enjoyed very nice, successful and special friend kind of children.

Could I insert right here that Roy Droel had babysat Ralph while Roy's mother, who was a nurse, was caring for Ralph's mother. They were on a farm and Roy, 6 years old, was instructed to take care of that little boy (Ralph). He had run out onto the driveway and here came the dad with a team. Roy ran out and grabbed Ralph, saving him from being run over, but the dad misunderstood the intent and thought he was abusing Ralph. He really gave him a scolding. Poor Roy is not one to justify himself, and he has a very clear memory to this day.

Knowing Dolly and Keith as well, made the fishing story all that much more amusing. That would have been unforgettable, really, to be learning how to fish and all about the equipment, etc. What a gift to be able to de-bone those bony fish. Bones are one reason not to care for fish. Hearing about Blanche Nelson and Marjorie gave me a surge of nostalgia. Dear folks, now long gone, but not forgotten. I spent one of my best years with Carol Sorenson, Marjorie's daughter.

What a dilemma! Not feeling able to make it to LeRoy and Vonnie's wedding. I kept trying to find where you told what you had gotten them for a wedding gift, but you never did say what Blanche had chosen for you. I loved the picture of the Dake family group. I recognized all but Amy (and the two grandmas) on that picture.

The Travelogue keeps getting more interesting all the time. Imagine how they dried corn? A North Dakota boy (Sheldon) would have thought that very unusual, and we are glad for a picture of it as that is hard to imagine. I was so sorry that you had to get food poisoning, but really, it is amazing you only got it once. Pretty quaint tea house, I'd say. On the picture of the mule train, it looks like tire tracks they are walking along on. Where would those vehicles go? It looks so desolate and no man's land.

What a sanitary way to wash dishes! You must have been thankful to get home again to your modern conveniences and a good night's sleep.

Well, it is to be continued, and we are always happy to see that.

Thanks, Dan and Nancy Mellon for writing Miss Hetty that letter. I love reading her gossip column, and there are never enough submissions.

I want to write a Miss Hetty myself and tell you about our visit to Lorraine Tabor in Northfield, Minnesota. I see she wrote a LTTE, also. Thanks, too, to Carol and Larry for their LTTE's. I hate being the only one to write. If I get too long winded, please tell me to condense it. I get carried away with how much we enjoyed the issue of the week.

What a shock to see my BROTHER in the CHUCKLES this time! That was not taken in Alaska, but right in their back yard here in Minnesota. Rich has done a fabulous job of losing many pounds on purpose, and that picture shows his success.

Thanks for another keeper Bulletin. All your work is surely evident in the layout and graphics and photography, which is not just common, but professional.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Frans de Been
Rian reaches out to a peony bush in Giethoorn, Holland.

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