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Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Fireweed, gone to seed, Anchorage, Alaska.

Updates -

Oh, my! Are we really ready for snow?

Photos © Donna Johnson
Brooklynn, left, was ready for the early snow; she was very happy to model her brand new coat! Jayce, right, shows off the medal he received for playing football.

Photo © Melanie Lehtola
Easing house onto basement with lots of Dove soap on I-beams.

UPDATE -- a foundation for Melanie & Lisa's house
by Melanie Sigman Lehtola
Howard Lake, MN

These pictures show digging the hole for the basement, pouring the footings, putting up block for the basement, moving the house over and setting it down on the foundation. Moving the house onto the foundation was very interesting. The house mover rubbed bars of dove soap onto the two large green I-beams and just pushed the house over the basement using two skid loaders.

Sorry I didn't have time to arrange these better. I worked a 12-hour shift last night, went to school and I'm heading off to work another 12-hour shift.You can pick and choose what you would like to use; hope you can make sense out of them. I have lots more and hope to find time to put them on my Facebook page ... someday!

Photos © Melanie Lehtola
First step: digging a hole for a basement for the house they moved.

Adam, Joshua, Caleb, Joseph (all four of my sister's Lisa's boys) and William (my daughter Shea's boyfriend) are the guys knee deep in mud and responsible for the basement being completed for cost of materials only! Adam is in charge and works after his regular day job and on weekends. It's a slow process, but he is doing, and has done, a great job!

Photo © Melanie Lehtola
Preparing to pour footings for basement walls.

We are hoping to have the basement floor poured next week. We are waiting for the plumber to show and do his thing with the plumbing first. Hurry up and wait! I've stripped the wallpaper (all SEVEN layers on the walls and THREE layers on the ceiling) from the two first floor bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. We took up the floor covering (linoleum & carpet) in those rooms, too, and found hardwood floor, but I'm not sure if we will be able to salvage the floor in the bathroom.

My sister Linda was a tremendous help working with the kitchen cabinets; she removed the doors and hardware and was able to get most of the cabinets/doors primed. I will try to get pictures of inside the house ... someday!

We were hoping to have a big housewarming party this past summer ... right now I'm thinking we'll be lucky to have one by next summer! Click here for web gallery with more photos.

Photos © Melanie Lehtola
Putting up block for basement, left; moving house onto foundation, right.

Photo © Wyatt Johnson
The Johnsons' new home with new grass & trees.

UPDATE -- landscaping Wyatt & Jolene's home begins
by Wyatt Johnson
Moorhead, MN

We have some grass started! I did the seeding myself, and it's going all right so far. Another new homeowner across the street had his yard hydroseeded, and his is so far beating mine!

The developer we bought the lot from had a good deal on established ash trees, so we bought a couple of them. They were a good deal because of worries about the Emerald Ash Borer, but we decided to take a chance anyway. Jolene recently received a small inheritance from her grandmother's estate, and we're planning to use that to buy a couple of nice apple trees for the back yard. We're also responsible for six boulevard trees, and will probably put in some sort of Lindens or Elms.

As soon as the grass is established enough to handle traffic on it (next spring), we have big plans for our yard. We plan to put in a garden in the back yard, as well as some landscaping around the kids' playset and around the house. We're also planning a patio outside the patio door, but haven't decided yet how we'll do that. Of course, this all assumes that by next spring we'll have sold our old house so we'll have money to spend!

Photo © Peggy McNeill
Avery (9-1/2 months) & Kylie McNeill (2-1/2 years), daughters of Roddy & Alisha McNeill. Avery just loves to run her little hands in your hair. But in this picture, it looks like she has a good grip of her big sister's hair.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Moose & beaver mascots walked to school in Anchorage, Alaska.

UPDATE -- Walk To School Day
by Jerrianne Lowther
Anchorage, AK

October 7 was Walk To School Day, an international effort, according to Safe Routes To School. So I walked to school ... to Scenic Park Elementary School ... about a mile and a quarter from my house ... in good company. Alaska's governor, Sean Parnell, turned out and so did legislators, a doctor who serves as Diabetes Director and a municipal traffic engineer. Teachers, family members and neighbors walked to school with the kids. So did some great animal mascots -- a moose, a beaver, a lion, a puffin and McGruff, the crime dog (Take a bite out of crime!).

In my father's day, everyone walked to school, if they lived in town, and Dad and my aunt Marjory regularly walked the two miles from the Ashby farm to the Ashby Public School. They drove a horse and wagon to school sometimes, but mostly they walked. I sometimes walked home from school, but only rarely and only for fun and only with a friend. In the morning, we rode the school bus or got a ride from a parent, often when they were taking milk to town.

In 1960:

  • 67% of kids walked to school, today 13%
  • 7% of children were overweight or obese, today 36% of Anchorage School District children are overweight or obese
  • 1.8 % of overall population had diabetes, today 8%
  • 25% of high school students have more that 5 hours of screen time (computer and TV)
  • Walking one mile to and from school each day generates 66% of the recommended level of physical activity per day

The kids had a great time -- and so did I. A bagpiper played a stirring tune as we entered the school parking lot. A firefighting crew brought their big red truck and gave tours. There were soldiers from the National Guard, too. The kids sang a song and lined up for hot chocolate and then marched off to class. I walked home and made a web gallery of photos of the walk for our Scenic Foothills Community web site. If you'd like to see it, click here.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Firemen gave tours of their shiny red truck. They did not walk to school.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Ashley let me break in her new stock pot, at left. I thought mine was big!

Soup's On!

I've been making soup for this wood-cutting weekend and also to put some in the freezer for other weekends when we have company. Ashley let me break in her new stock pot. I was shocked how much larger it is than mine. I thought mine was big!

The larger pot contains vegetable beef and I showed how many containers full that large pot held. Amazing! I also made chicken wild rice and chili. I did not get the Italian sausage in the picture, but that is also done. Going to try and do a few more tomorrow, as well as cookies, hopefully!

Photo © Donna Johnson
The larger stock pot contains vegetable beef soup.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Here's how many containers of soup that large pot held!

Photo © Donna Johnson
Becky's 2-lb. Tiko, at 9 months. She loves to sit on her cushion on my desk while I'm at my computer. If she gets chilly, I turn on the light for her and push her closer for the warmth.

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. Verlaine Weiland 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.

I meant to guess last week, as I knew Steve and Duane, but I forgot. So I'm going to do it right away this week.

My guess is Jimmy Huisman, Anita Weiland, Verlaine Weiland and maybe Glenda, although I don't think it is her. I'm not sure about the little boy in front -- Rob Pfingsten?

To me, the girl on the right looks the most like Carolyn Dake, but she's not old enough in comparison to Anita and Verlaine. Well, I'll wait for the answers next Saturday. Thanks for these each week -- they are fun to see and know who's who.

Judy Riesenberg
Great Falls, MT

Oh, those were the days of fun and games! We were playing dress up and pretending we were grownups! We were at Verlaine's parents' and grandparents' farm.

On the picture are Jim Huisman, Anita Pfingsten (Weiland), Verlaine Anderson (Weiland), Glenda Huisman (Baker), and Loren Carlson -- Verlaine's cousin. He is in front and doesn't look too happy. He probably didn't want to play our games! Verlaine's Grandpa Carlson had a little trailer camper, and it would get so hot in there, but that didn't deter us.

It sure brings the smiles and memories!

Anita Pfingsten Weiland
Yankton, SD

I'm quite sure that Edith Anderson took that picture; she was great at taking (and making) memories.

I am not real sure where it was taken, but it looks like we were playing "dress up" -- at least Anita and Verlaine were! I'd say it's my brother Jim Huisman (though he was called "Jimmy" then, ha); Anita Pfingsten Weiland; Verlaine Anderson Weiland; myself, Glenda Huisman Baker, and in front it looks like Loren Carlson.

Those older pictures are so interesting!

Glenda Huisman Baker
Pingree, ND

Editor's comment: Thanks, Glenda, glad to hear from you ... and 100% correct, I do believe. I thought your neckline was quite daring until I noticed you were all dressed in some "grown-up clothes" -- and yours were a tad too big. Fun days, I would say.

Another one who had lots of clothes for dress up was Rose Miller, when we visited when my kids were about the size you kids are in that picture ... and so that made me think to do that, too. It worked to put garage sale items in a box for dress-up ... many hours spent playing "grownup."

The GUESS picture makes me disgusted. I should know all of those children, but I can't think of a single one, except the second one must be Anita Pfingsten Weiland. I am trying to make Glenda and Jim out of two of them, and maybe Tommy Miller.

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.

Sunday Is Special
by Dorothy Dake
Howard Lake, MN

Once, when I let Bertha read my journal a while back, she was a bit confused when I said that we went to Meeting on Sunday morning. So to make her understand better, I told her that we had a meeting of the church at our home, and we just shorten that to be a "Meeting." So if there is anyone else who might not know what I mean, when I say that this morning we had Meeting here at the Dake home, then you can know that it is a church meeting I am talking about.

This vacation Sunday, we had Meeting with all of our family and also the Smiths (Louella's parents) and the Olsons (a widow and her three grown children). Aunty was here, too. It seemed so restful and I did enjoy the time. But I must admit I was a little distracted with thinking about the big get together that we were to enjoy this afternoon.

After Meeting, the ladies all pitched in to set out a lunch for everyone: we had hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans, with lemonade or coffee to drink. No dessert, as we would be starting our dessert at 2 o'clock this afternoon, when the Open House was to begin. Just as it was all set to eat, Grandpa and Grandma Mellon drove into the yard. They came from the Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake. Mom had invited them to noon lunch at our house, too. When they got here, we sang our Grace and then circled the table and filled our plates for the noon meal.

Now was visiting time between bites ... with the Mellons, Millers, Olsons, Dakes, and Smiths getting all caught up. I heard scraps of conversations about the trip to Tucson, about farming, about the gardens, and I answered a few about photography ... and then Grandma beckoned to me.

"I wonder if you and Gertrude could do me a favor ... I want to can a few dill pickles tomorrow and I see there are some nice looking dill plants in your mom's garden. Could you and Gertrude go and get me a half dozen plants?"

Well, that is sort of a fun errand ... and for Grandma, we would have done it anyway. So, after giving her my answer and grabbing my camera, I rescued Gert from where the boys were teasing her and we set off.

I convinced her to let me drive ... well, of course we drove; who wants to walk a block when you can drive? We actually made it four blocks -- went to the garage, then east along the apple orchard to Ervin and Helen's road, then turned south on it and, at the end, turned west and went to our driveway ... turned the corner and parked our Chevy in the middle of the road, facing north into the yard; then we went along the path at the end of the garden.

After we got the dill, Gert decided I looked better in my suit than she did, especially with the "bridal bouquet" I was carrying, so she took a quick picture. Quick -- because we sighted a car and it looked a lot like Clyde Hawkins' car, coming from the east. We hopped into the Chevy and this time I let her drive so she could impress the boys, who were in a group at the end of the road. Well, she didn't show off really, just drove in and parked very smoothly in the spot we had taken it from ... impressive is what she was!

It turned out to be Clyde, in his coupe, all right. (He is LeRoy's friend from school, who had helped him with his car yesterday. He came to see if all their work had corrected the problem.)

After the guys looked it over and decided they had found the problem and it was fixed, they headed for the house ... and being a couple more visitors had arrived at about the same time ... and also because all of the lunch eaters were getting hungry for dessert ... people began the trek to the dessert table, which had been laden with goodies by the hostesses. I do believe there was a path worn around Mom's big table. In one door and out the other, and all kinds of groupings all over the place -- for all this afternoon.

The visit that warmed my heart the very most happened like this:

Since I have been in Bemidji, I have corresponded with three of the girls from the Stockholm School, where I taught last year. They are Ruth Lind (the expert pianist), Julie Sandgren (the leader of the girls who made Loren Berg aware that teachers are to be respected), and then there is Arlene Seelander (shy, and sweet describes her). I had told all three of them that I was coming home for this weekend and had issued them all invitations to come over for it ... not really thinking they would, as their parents don't know any of us.

But I was wrong. Benny Seelander knows my brother at the Chevy Garage. When Arlene asked him to bring her to see me, he thought it over and dropped in at the garage and found out where we lived. And this afternoon, Arlene, shy but brave, came and we had a great visit.

I will write about it tomorrow, when I have that long ride back to Bemidji on the Greyhound bus. But right this minute I am tired. Everybody has gone home but the family, and LeRoy and Vonnie are going to see what is in the packages that some of the people brought. I don't want to miss that. I guess I will join the rest of them.

Dorothy in her suit with bouquet of dill, left; Arlene Seelander, right.

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Photo © Sheldon Swenson
Mitzi & Kjirsten & Annapurna South.

Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
by Sheldon Swenson
Dickinson, ND

We reach the village of Ghandruk on the evening of day 14, realizing this will be our last night on the circuit. We stay at the Annapurna Inn which is a newer three story lodge and I have my second hot shower of the circuit. There is a small balcony on the north side of the lodge with awesome views of Annapurna South (7219 meters), Machapuchhare (6993 meters) and more distant views of Annapurna farther to the north.

Photos © Kjirsten Swenson, left; © Sheldon Swenson, right
Mitzi & Sheldon, Annapurna South, left; Mitzi heads for fancy teahouse, right.

I decide, if I were ever to retire in Nepal, this may be where I would want to live. Except during the monsoon season, there would be some of the best mountain views in the world right out of the windows.

To be continued...

Photo © Sheldon Swenson
Mitzi & Kjirsten gaze upon Machepuchare, sacred "fish tail" peak.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
October 12---Columbus Day

This Week's Birthdays
October 11---Jay Smith
October 12---Muriel Wold Rodriguez
October 12--- Tami Anderson Hunt
October 14---Douglas Anderson
October 14---Verlaine Weiland
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
October 17---Troy and Marlee Morgan Freesemann (15 years)

More October Birthdays
October 1---Brooklynn Ann Johnson (5 years)
October 1---Carolyn Amy Horne (5 years)
October 4---Wesley Sigman
October 4---Anita Weiland
October 5---Leona Anderson
October 5---Steven Miller
October 7---Steven Anderson
October 10---Hannah Aydelotte (8 years)
October 10---Greta Veronica Shockey (2 years)
October 10---Cody Printz

October 18---Lori Anderson
October 18---Adriana Stahlecker Brown
October 18---Dan Mellon
October 20---Wade Morgan Printz (10 years)
October 22---Rich Johnson (from MN)
October 24---Eric Shockey
October 24---Ken Kitto
October 26---Ardis Sigman Quick
October 27---Marlene Anderson Johnson
October 27---Rich Weiland
October 28---Derrick McNeill
October 29---Sami Larson
October 29---Tom Miller
October 30---Anne Mellon Montford

More October Anniversaries
October 1---Keith Mason and Lori Anderson (4 years)
October 4---Don and Patty Bratten Anderson (12 years)

October 27---Don and Gert Dake Pettit (19 years)

October Special Days
October 12---Columbus Day
October 31---Hallowe'en

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Brooklynn would like to thank you for the birthday wishes on Thursday! She had a nice day of celebrating, first at Kinderkamp, then with us. We let her choose where to go out to eat, thinking she'd probably choose Space Aliens or Chuck E Cheese. Brooklynn trends a little off the beaten path, though, and chose King House, our favorite Chinese buffet. So we invited Chris and Jessy Chap to join us and had a fun time. As seems to be all too common lately, on our way out, we forgot the camera!

Wyatt Johnson
Moorhead, MN

It doesn't seem possible that I am sending you this letter, Miss Hetty.

To have actually seen and talked to Kathlyn is almost more than I can believe myself.

Here is a picture to prove it.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Kathlyn Johnson Anderson & Betty Weiland 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


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The picture of Grandpa Mellon holding me in this issue reminds me of something ... I see the ring on his left hand, and I actually remember being fascinated by it when I was small. Aunt Dorothy, do you know anything in particular about it? Seems like I remember the stone being black, as it appears in this picture.

And a comment to Steve about the suspenders ... oh yes, I remember you in those. I doubt they were any more humiliating for you, though, than those "lovely" baggy, brown cotton "tights" that my mother made me wear all the time! (Smile.)

Carol Dake Printz
Sidney, NE

Editor's comment: Yes, I was intrigued by that ring, too. I did an interview for a report I wrote on "Important Men in Minnesota" (when I was a 6th grader). He told me that the ring indicated his membership in Freemasonry. There is a nice video of the Masons in an entry found by Google. It says in another entry that "...the Masons are dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of One Supreme Being."

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

Happiness is getting The Bulletin.

I learned that this Sunday when Don Anderson handed me a copy of THE BULLETIN. We were out of town so did not get it as per usual, and I had planned to read it first thing when we got back home. But, to my shock and surprise, Don left Dorothy long enough to make a trek to our motorhome to hand me a copy of The Bulletin. They had just arrived and brought the copy, hot off the press, with them. Now, I would call that a friend in deed!

Of course, I immediately looked at what the photo editor's choice of picture for the first page would be. A beautiful lakeshore in Anchorage, Alaska. That could have been in northern Minnesota, except for the mountains in the background. Fall is truly a beautiful time of year, and our Creator has placed all colors together so it makes for a magnificent sight to drive along and see the woods in its display of every color green and red and orange and brown.

Nice to have an introduction to Ashley, who will become another fortunate bride in the Johnson family. What a very nice luncheon for the happy bride-to-be. A one of a kind cake, that is for sure.

I live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but I had not heard about the NAMIWalks that were mentioned. What a very kind gesture, to be a part of that walk!

I was so thrilled to read the writeup my sister had sent from their time in Mandan, North Dakota, visiting their son, Jerry, who is a veterinarian. I have a picture I will add to this, if it is approved by the photo editor.

The photo by Sarah of the garter snake was one I quickly passed over, but am sure lots of folks thought it was great. Imagine those children learning right in the midst of nature in that woodsy area.

Thank you, Jerrianne, for the update on making the median ready for winter snowdrifts. The Gazanias had their day, and certainly did a great job of brightening up that drive.

Shawn and Lori's "cabin" is making progress, and we know there will be many picnics and special days there soon. What a mansion, compared to a camper! It looks like a very lovely four season home.

Now, Donna Mae, why did you think of Betty when you saw the Garden Gnome? You were supposed to think of Doug! He's the one who chased The Bulletin gnome away. I wish we could get him back, even for a short visit. How about it, Doug?

MEMORY LANE, at last. I love that story Dorothy is sharing with us of her good, old days. I am so amazed that she can start right out where she left off like it was just yesterday, and now we get this vision of the wonderful meal. Am sure Dorothy's thoughts went back to that meal many times in lonely moments in BERmidji. It was so much fun to witness the directing by Grandma Mellon. I felt like I was right there, helping to decide what Dorothy should pack. That lovely coat with the fur collar was quite a gift, and most useful for a winter in Bemidji. I was so touched at the felt liners from Mom and Dad.

Thanks, Dorothy, for not skipping over the snuggies. I think we oldies all can remember them, and the cotton lisle stockings we wore were the orangy-brown tan ones.

Very descriptive recipe for the Kentucky String Beans. One home in Northfield, Minnesota, we were in served those very beans. VERY well done, and bacon and onions in the pressure cooker. They were addicted to them, being from the south.

I am afraid we are getting to the end of this trip by Sheldon, Mitzi and Kjirsten, but hopefully it can be stretched out for several more Travelogues. It is good that they had taken the pictures when they did, as it doesn't stay the same very many minutes. The pictures taken of them at dawn looked like they were surviving, with an eagerness to get on with the show.

Every Bulletin shows the little folks growing all too fast. I never expected Kierra to be sitting at a table like that already. Caity would be an honored guest, for sure.

Honestly, the CHUCKLES just gets better and better. Our son is an orthodontist. I should show him this picture and ask if there is any hope for that bite? That was a darling picture. Should share that with the Pepsodent company.

What an appropriate Quotation for the day this time! The poplars are flaming torches, lighting the way to winter. On our way up to Eagle Bend, Minnesota, there are masses of poplar trees, and they were all aflame in their colors, which were surely like torches as we drove along.

This is the best I can do this time. I have a million things wanting me to see to, but actually, until I write my Letter to the editor of thanks for another special Bulletin, I can not take time or interest in it. We do value every moment you work on it, knowing it is day and night and usually crowding a deadline.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Levi Steinhauer isn't the only one who doesn't want summer to end!

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