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Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Butterfly on chives.

Updates -

Photo © Ryan Hellevang
Zach Myron playing at the lake.

FAMILY UPDATE -- Morgans' Annual Lake Reunion
by Char Morgan Myron
Thompson, ND

Gull Lake by Brainerd, Minnesota, was the location of our gathering for 2010. It is a gorgeous lake that connects with several other adjoining lakes, so there is ample room for all kinds of boating activities. We enjoyed taking a cruise around the lakes, just to look at the spectacular "cabins' ... very, very nice!

It was really nice that all of Tom and Mavis' family were in attendance. Brandon and Mikaela came the farthest from Lincoln, Nebraska. We also had visitors from Texas! Ted, Teresa and Julia Westerbur were able to join us for some boating, meals, and a campfire. Mavis's cousin Willis Berndt and his wife, Glenda, came for a visit and supper, too, so it was fun to have some extra company!

As usual, we were nicely entertained by Troy with his guitar playing and singing around the campfire while we roasted marshmallows. The meals were fantastic, and the Sunday meeting with all of us was very special.

We are already looking at venues for 2011!

Photo © Char Myron, left.
Vacation cabin with firepit & lake, left; Willis and Glenda Berndt, right.

Photo © Marlee Freezeman
Tom & Mavis Morgan & great-grand daughter Alexa Gauderman.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Just one of our many delicious meals served at the lake.

Photo © Ryan Hellevang
The Morgan family -- front: Ty Myron, Jeff & Jessica Gauderman, Mavis Morgan, Jett Freesemann, Tom Morgan, & Angel Freesemann; middle: Char Myron, Alexa Gauderman, Lindsay Hellevang, Corey Shelton, Ken & Merna Hellevang, Marlee, Troy, & Alyssa Freesemann; back: Tim & Zach Myron, Ryan & Jessica Hellevang, Brandon Hellevang, & Mikaela Kleeb.

Photo © Gert Pettit
Leslie & Virginia Benson.

UPDATE -- cousin visits
by Gert Dake Pettit
Howard Lake, MN

What a special time it is, when friends stop by, unexpected, at a person’s home for a visit. To me it's more meaningful than a planned visit.

Our cousin Leslie Benson and his wife, Virginia, recently stopped at our house. Leslie's Grandpa Isom Chaney was our Grandma Mary Greer's brother. Les and his sister Norma used to spend summers at the old Dake home. Their family lived in Minneapolis. In fact, Les went to high school in Howard Lake, and then while living with Blanche and Jim, went to school in Dassel and graduated from there. Les and Virginia do a lot of summer traveling, but their winter home is in Arizona.

Norma, who now lives in California, stopped by for a visit a couple of years ago.

Pat and Tracy McCalla live near Motley, Minnesota, on a small "hobby farm." Horses are Tracy's joy. After shopping for a horse trailer in the southern part of the state, Pat said he told her that, on the way back to Motley, they had to stop and say hello to me. I am so glad they did, because whenever I see and talk to Pat, it always brings back memories of the times Foy and I and our kids spent visiting up at Deerwood with my cousin Gilbert, his boys and their mother, Marlys.

So please, all the rest of you relatives and friends who travel down Highway 12 between Howard Lake and Cokato, the house in the middle, on the north side of the little lake, is open for visitors!

Photos © Gert Pettit
Les Benson's sister Norma, left; Pat & Tracy McCalla, right.

Photo © Gert Pettit
Charzi, the cat relaxes among the violas in Gert's flower garden.

Photo © Peggy Evenson
Inky, Ed & Mandy Evenson

UPDATE -- Ed & Peggy visit Ed's daughters
by Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

Ed and Peggy spent a three day visit to Mora, Minnesota, enjoying the time spent with his daughters, Inky and Mandy Evenson.

Photo © Mandy Evenson
Ed goes fishing.

Photo © Mandy Evenson

Caity Chap & Meg Roley.

UPDATE -- Caity goes camping in South Dakota
by Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

Caity got to spend an entire week camping in South Dakota with her friend Meg Roley and her family, along with three other families, all from the Ashby area. They had the Roleys' 5th wheel camper, so they fortunately had air conditioning.

They visited Storybook Land, went swimming and went to a water park, which was a relief, as she figured the temperature was over 100 degrees most of the time.

Caity Chap & Ava Ellingson.
(Ava's sister, Anissa, & her brother, Ganon, were my former daycare children.)

Caity in Munchkin Land.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Click here to see what's up on Ginny McCorkell's Bitzidoodles blog.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Sarah Steinhauer's Basil Walnut Pesto.

Yesterday I made three batches of this recipe using fresh basil leaves from my garden. I froze most of it to use later this winter with pasta and chicken. It is very good on tomatoes, whole wheat crackers, and pizza crust (instead of pizza sauce). Traditionally pesto is made with pine nuts, but I make it with walnuts because they are much more economical, and just as good!

Click here to see how she does it on Sarah's blog, Where the Wild Ferns Grow.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Mr. Hans Umm himself challenges you ... to eat just ONE.
Levi used to say he was Handsome ... not Levi.
Likely because his mother often told him he was handsome.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Larry Dake & his young ox, Scout, take Levi & Kira for a ride.

Dog Creates Lots of Little Pieces

My dog Harry's propensity to eat inappropriate things about the size of a bar of soap has its precedents. (You may have noticed a lack of original photos lately?)

While I was here at the keyboard, Harry was under my chair chewing on his dog-bone. When Harry's chewing on a bone that's a very good thing.

After further inspection, however, I discovered Harry's bone was my Nikon 560 camera. My second Nikon 560 camera -- he ate the first one too. He didn't actually eat them -- just left lots of little pieces on the floor.

Maybe I need to try a different brand of camera.


Click here for the latest ox and dog posts on LTD's Storybrooke Ripples blog.

Day to DayR
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Kierra &McKenna being watched by Alena in the playground.

Twin Cities, With Children

Jayce and I picked up Alena Shores (former daycare girl) and headed down to the Cities on Monday. Shawn was out of town on business and we were going to help Lori with the girls.

We had a great time with them, taking them to a children's movie (Kierra's first), visiting with Linda Zitzmann (plus Ella and her daddy, Gary Jahnke) and Donna Richards, playing in the park, swimming and taking them out to eat.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Kierra getting to know Ella, sitting on Grandma Linda's lap.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Ella, Linda & McKenna, left; Ella & her daddy, Gary Jahnke, right.

Thursday morning, we dropped the girls at daycare and headed back home, making a few stops in St. Cloud. We found new shoes for Jayce for school, three pairs of pants and two shirts, all on sale ... making both Jayce and me happy!

Photo © Donna Johnson
Kierra talking to Mommy (Lori Ostendorf) on the phone.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Jayce Chap & Alena Shores atop the climbing "spider web" (their name for it), left; Jayce outside the Chap store we happened upon, right.

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

Celebrating 60 Years Of Marriage

Don & Dorothy Anderson
60th Anniversary Celebration
Open House August 14th
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
912 Hawthorne Street, Unit 100
Alexandria, MN 56308
in the Party Room, 1st floor
Please Come!

Who Is This?

Let's play a guessing game: 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.

Last week's Guess picture

Sarah Steinhauer and Jeni Larson supplied last week's mystery photos.
Send us some mystery photos; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn.

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 am going to tell you who I think those two children are… This is just a note about relationships, not about names, ages, or other identifications. I do believe those two are third cousins to each other and I am their Great Grand Aunt Dorothy (Dake) Anderson. The little girl is a great granddaughter of my brother LeRoy Dake … and the little fellow is the great grandson of my sister Blanche Dake Miller. I would hope that we will find out names -- I do think the names are both present in The Bulletin this past week.

Dorothy Anderson
Alexandria, MN

The little boy looks like he could be Kurt Larson's son! The little girl is my granddaughter, Kira Steinhauer. She's sitting on my stairway, getting acquainted with our new kitten, Sophia.

Sherry Dake
Brooks-Oklee, MN

Is that my adorable nephew Liam John Larson?

Kristi Larson Indemark
Litchfield Park, AZ

Editor's comment: Well, of course, that is "our" nephew Liam!

I will make a GUESS at this week’s pictures. I am pretty sure that is Kira with her kitten. The other one looks like Liam.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

This week's Guess pictures

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

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.

Pinore's Prison
by Dorothy Dake
St. Cloud, MN

This is how our new home got its name:

We straggled in and got ready for our first class in the first week of September. We did not all attend the same classes and so appeared at different times. Mrs. Pinore met each arrival and showed her (and her parents, if she brought them) to one of the three upstairs rooms.

When all of the girls had arrived, we made ourselves acquainted and then pitched in to get ready for our year's occupancy. We had all received an invitation to a "dress up" tea, which we were having in the Pinore drawing room on the first floor. We decided to put on a good showing and wear hats and gloves and dress "up."

More or less, this was organized by "Miss Doris." (This was the form of address suggested for the tea conversation by Mrs. Pinore.) Well anyway, Miss Doris is not a country girl like the rest of us and she took over with a tongue-in-cheek spoof of what we called "High Tea." It looks to me like she will be the organizer for all of the following meetings of the clan! It shouldn't be dull this year, I am thinking!

Anyway, this evening we are in near hysterics, watching Doris be Mrs. Pinore pouring tea and giving directions about how things will be run this year.

"Young ladies, the rules of the house are printed plainly and displayed in the halls (upper and lower). We will do fine if you remember. Your rooms are your responsibility to keep clean. The bathroom rules are displayed plainly on the bathroom wall. Etc., and etc.... Now then, which beverage will you prefer with your cookie? (And then Doris tells us all the beverages her imagination can pull up.)

The spoof wasn't quite fair, as really, we had been served several kinds of cookies and we had a choice of tea, coffee, milk, or ice water. It seemed nice to me and both Joanie and I plan to make a point to thank Mrs. Pinore. You see, Joanie and I both came from elsewhere and we are not already completely loyal to the rest of the gang, who all know each other. I think we are both glad this is so.

After tea and indoctrination, we were told good night and sent upstairs to our own rooms. As we went up the stairs, Doris said, "Well, girls, welcome to Pinore's Prison -- AND REMEMBER, no fraternizing with the guard."

There are eight of us. We are all sophomores. That is, a second year student who has enough maturity (hopefully) to be given some privileges. During the freshman year, six of these girls had lived in the dormitory here on campus. I had not attended here before, being a graduate of the Litchfield, Minnesota, Teacher's Training Department. And my roommate, Joanie Beaubien, was a first year student of St. Ben's Catholic Women's College. I am not quite sure why she transferred here. Obviously, it was not any disciplinary problem, as I appear to be very fortunate in the luck of the draw.

Joanie is quiet, but a good conversationalist. She is neat ... and does not let anyone ruin her work. (Example: Mary Lou does not seem to be overly anxious to take care of her work. She wandered into our room, picked up a picture from the table, then set it back in a different place. Joanie's comment went something like this, "Hey, Mary Lou, put it back where you got it, and besides, why not get your own room set up?") She has more nerve than I do ... but that should make things easier!

I suspect it will not be a dull year, in spite of the heavy schedule of work lined up.

Tomorrow, June has promised to go with me to learn the ropes for getting uptown, and she will help me make connections with Vonnie's friend, Lorraine Slotten. We made a connection by phone today and should have our supper together tomorrow. That shows promise for a new friendship -- especially, now that Louella is all married and moved away.

Pinore Prison residents Mary Lou & roommate Joanie Beaubien.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

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

This Week's Anniversaries
August 5---Wesley and JoAnne Sigman (21 years)
August 5---Sheldon and Mitzi Johnson Swenson (33 years)
August 6---Ryan and Heidi Johnson Henderson (5 years)


More August Birthdays
August 8---Erik Huseby (9 years old)
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 (7 years old)
August 21---Jessica Hellevang
August 22---Camryn Lucille Johnson (3 years old)
August 24---Becky Chap
August 24---Maggie Zeppelin (6 years old)
August 25---Jeff Aydelotte
August 26---Donna Richards
August 30---Jessica Myron Gauderman
August 30---Ethan Wallace Horne (8 years old)
August 31---Devan Alexander Seaman (8 years old)

More August Anniversaries
August 9---Jeff and Twila Aydelotte (19 years)
August 10---Ryan and Jessica Hellevang (3 years)
August 15---Don and Dorothy Dake Anderson (60 years)
August 20--- Shane and Jayna Swenson (5 years)
August 28---Ken and Merna Morgan Hellevang (28 years)
August 30---Chris and Jennie Dake Horne (13 years)

August Special Days

August 14---Don & Dorothy Anderson 60th Anniversary Celebration
Open House 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
912 Hawthorne Street, Unit 100
Alexandria, MN 56308
in the Party Room, 1st floor

Miss Hetty's Mailbox

Dear Miss Hetty:

Thanks so much for the card. I appreciate that you remembered my birthday. The action video was cool. This summer I'm playing baseball and that's about it. I hope you have a great summer because it will go fast!

Ty Myron
Thompson, ND

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

The Little Beeps puzzle has a winner!

I have to admit that I was as flummoxed by last week's guitar mystery as everyone else -- I pulled out all the stops in looking at the various books, guitar magazines, and web sites at my disposal.

So, to redeem myself, and take a shot at the much-touted free CD listed in the extensive contest rules, here is my guess:

Somehow, I think Herman Melville's Moby Dick wouldn't have had the same appeal if the Captain's nemesis had truly been a whale shark, an animal known for its docile nature!

Eric Shockey
Hutchinson, MN

Fair enough, but it does have the word "whale" in it, doesn't it? WOW! I'm impressed. Now I have to come up with a "surprise secret prize." Do you like macaroni art? Please send me your address and CONGRATULATIONS! --Douglas

My guess is that it's a whale shark ... and the fellow is Ulysses S. Grant.

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

Half right, Auntie. Unfortunatley, Eric S. already returned both correct answers ... whale shark and Herman Melville. Thanks for playing! --Douglas

A whale shark and Herman Melville is the answer.

Jay Miller
Alexandria, MN

You are so right! Unfortunately, Eric Shockey returned the right answer on Saturday night. Thanks for playing! --Douglas

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

I just know I smelled bacon sizzling, in fact I'm sure I even heard it. That first picture was so clear and perfect that the mind could imagine being right there beside that camp fire.

I am so tempted to go and fry some bacon. I am sure Roy would love a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich for our next meal. I don't usually get carried away with a picture, but somehow these first pictures in The Bulletin have a special attraction for my creative mind.

I smiled to see the picture of Carol Printz being named the GRANDMA of Austin. We have just been reading about Carol being a brand new baby, and her first years in Memory Lane, and suddenly, here she is as grandma. Where does time go, anyway? That would have been a very scary experience to have the amnesia strike. Nothing more happened since, and we are glad it didn't.

That Mazie Madora Hunt is so sweet. She has a very definite expression that must resemble her mom or her dad, and it is pretty cute. i thought that was such a special photograph of her with the giant ONE podium.

So, brand new baby Porter is already 16 days old. It makes Greta a big sister all of a sudden. She looks possessive of her new brother there ... the family all in blue.

Harlie Mae Harrison looks like she'll be her own person before long. Already she is claiming our admiration for her winning ways. You can about imagine she is cooing.

I am so glad Donna Mae urged Jeni and Kurt to let us see these pictures of the family. Madi has being presented flowers, just like the big girls after their performances. I see a resemblance to Shari in Madi on the lily pad. And, Dad Kurt and his son -- proud fatherhood.

I have met "Papa George," so I enjoyed seeing his picture with the children on the horse.

What a creation Bitzi made for the Itasca story! I wonder how someone was lucky enough to ever catch that cute pose with the camera that instant? Levi looks like such a caring big brother to his pretty little sister, Kira. That would be a great outdoors experience for them to go camping at Itasca.

I was very glad Caity took the picture of the family (in the restaurant) that has Don and Dorothy on it.

The dinner looked delicious. We were at a place Thursday evening where Roy ordered Pecan Crusted Walleye. It also came with garlic potato and veggies. I didn't see any lemon, though. I had the BBQ ribs. So we do splurge once in a while.

It is such a temptation to click on the Bitzidoodles blog, but I won't let myself until I have lots of time to see it to the end. I love all those unusual, colorful creations.

I see Larry and his dog are a safe escort for Levi and Kira in the wagon with Scout, the young ox, pulling it.

Oh, what a darling picture of the pink hat and perfectly matched flowers Donna Mae took of Kierra! The garden is thriving, and is huge. There will be lots of treats for the weed pullers one of these days. I wonder if there is any corn on the cob ripening?

Thank you to our Matriarch for taking time to give us a word picture of your trip through the MRI and to the doctor consultation. It sounded like you were well satisfied with his news, and that you really don't have to be overly concerned at the present time. It is good they found that lesion, and that they will watch it closely.

No Travelogue this week. Kjirsten is finally back home again and immersed in her work to become a resident doctor. We wonder who will share the next travels.

Memory Lane was extremely interesting to me this time. To see Ralph and Louella on their wedding day was just so special. I have known them all through the years, and to see the beginning day of it all -- I loved that. I hope you share that with Louella, Dorothy. I don't think she is a subsciber to The Bulletin.

I wonder who those were in the background of that reception picture? Dorothy, I hope you did get to teach at Howard Lake. We have to wait for the next chapters to find out.

Doug, you had a hard one there when Cap'n Jack was stumped on that guitar. Now this week it is just as hard, but maybe not for a fisherman.

The Quotation for the day was quite suggestive of a camping experience in the bugs and hot sun just packing up and going to a motel. Good plan!

We know it is a lot of time-consuming work for The Bulletin to be ready to send out every single Saturday, but maybe if we would all purpose to write in some news it would be an incentive to keep it going.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Chris Horne
Jennie, Ethan & Carrie Horne, mesmerized by the green flash.

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