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Sarah Steinhauer paddles canoe in morning fog on mirror-smooth lake.

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Photo © Don & Patty Anderson

Red Chair Antiques

UPDATE -- Unique Boutique Tour returns
by Patty & Don Anderson
Isanti, MN

We have spent the entire summer at estate sales, auctions and digging through barns and outbuildings to restock our shelves with one of a kind treasures!

Photo © Don & Patty Anderson

We have pink & purple chair antiques, too!

Photos © Don & Patty Anderson
Clock, left; table settings, right.

After much preparation, the fall Cambridge area Unique Boutique & Antiques Tour is finally here. We have eight shops participating this fall, including a brand new shop on the tour called "Hall It Home." We'll be open starting this Thursday 9-5 p.m. (11-5 on Sunday) for eight days only -- September 16-19th and September 23rd-26th. Check out our new web site for a virtual tour of the shops.

Photo © Don & Patty Anderson

Musical instruments...

A map is available to download on the web site and all the shops also have printed maps with great coupons for local businesses while you're out.

Photos © Don & Patty Anderson
Desk & chair, left; cupboards & more, right.

We'd love to see you if you're in the neighborhood and would sure appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to any friends or family that might be interested in the tour!

Take Care!
Patty & Don
Red Chair Antiques

Photos © Don & Patty Anderson
Decorative items, left; marionette, right.

Photo © Don & Patty Anderson

Colorful glassware in a window setting.

Photo © Marci Weiland
Krista & Shalana Weiland prepare Grandparents Day dinner.

UPDATE -- Roy and Betty enjoy Grandparents Day
by Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

Rich and Verlaine Weiland were gone out of town, and Steve had to work, so Marci and Shalana and Krista wondered if they could bring dinner Sunday noon and consider Roy and me as pretend Grandparents.

Well, we were thrilled. We just sat back and watched them prepare a most delicious new recipe of a chicken hot dish.

Photo © Marci Weiland
Chicken Hot Dish.

The recipe was in a magazine put out by Kraft brand called Kraft Food and Family. It had chicken, pasta sauce and cream cheese with cooked broccoli stirred into it. It was very good.

So, we did, indeed, enter into Grandparents Day.

Betty and Roy Droel

Photo © Marci Weiland
Krista is anxious to get started.

Photo © Bridget Larson
Doug Larson & his cat check out his wildflowers.

FAMILY UPDATE -- Doug and Bridget Larson
by Bridget Larson
Ashby, MN

I figured it was time to fulfill my subscription to The Bulletin and before I was cancelled I better write a little something. I have had a very busy spring and summer with lots of changes happening around us. In April, Doug ended up in the hospital with a sore that wouldn't heal and we were initially told it would be two months, maximum, but ended up to be a five-month "vacation." In those five months, he was in Fargo, St. Cloud, Fargo, Alexandria, St. Cloud and back to Alexandria before finally coming home.

Doug was just given the okay to start sitting up and transferring to his chair about two weeks ago so I snapped a picture of him checking out his wildflowers (his love).

In May I moved back to the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria to work, after being at a satellite clinic for the past eight years. I was quite sad for a while, having worked in such a small office for the past eight years, but now that I am back over at the hospital, and finally learning the ropes, it has been a very positive move!

In August, Doug's mom and dad celebrated 70 years of marriage. We were planning on having a party with them when Doug was up and around, but a few days later Doug's dad got sick and never recovered. Exactly a week later, he went to entertain everyone in Heaven, as he was quite the entertainer. While Doug grew up, both his parents played accordion, harmonica, piano -- and about 15 years ago, we found his dad was a singer. Nip was such a wonderful man and I am so lucky to have known him.

Now, in September, we are waiting for the arrival of a new niece any day. I can't wait to "spoil" another niece and enjoy watching my brother branch into a dad for the second time around.

As you can see, we have been very busy with a lot ... here's hoping everyone is fine and enjoying the nice weather we have been having.

Doug and Bridget Larson

PS: Doug really misses visiting with Don and if he ever goes to visit Beaver and Donna he will have to stop by for a visit -- thanks, Bridget

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Kira Steinhauer & goats.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Red raspberries, fresh from the berry patch.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
A wonderful, wine-colored mushroom.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Colorful autumn leaves.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Golden Moments...

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Photo © Larry T. Dake
Detail of Orlin Ostby's Ox Cart on display at the 2010 Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.

Click here for the latest news on LTD's Storybrooke Ripples blog.

Day to DayR
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
It has been fun to have some extra time with McKenna & Kierra lately. Lori's birthday evening, the girls went along with us to a neighbor's bonfire & picnic & had a blast!

Time With Ostendorf Granddaughters

Photo © Donna Johnson
They had the best time playing with the large blocks that were provided, left. Heidi Hoff is helping them build a tall tower (which of course, got knocked down immediately and then rebuilt). Kierra and I spent time together during the day, right; here, she is showing off her new shoes.

Photo © Donna Johnson
At the picnic table with Caity & Grandpa Beaver.

Photo © Donna Johnson
They both enjoyed the vast selection of yummy foods provided at the "Potluck." Here, I'd just caught McKenna observing the choices so asked her for her picture; she did not want to smile but did let me get a shot.

Photo © Donna Johnson
I brought along a doll buggy & dolls, which was a hit; caring for their "babies" kept them very busy.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Tried to get a picture, before I headed home, of most of the family in Gopher "gear," after Daddy Shawn & Mommy Lori had gone with McKenna to a Gophers game. However, the girls did not feel very cooperative!

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

Early Deadline Next Week

The Photo Editor has requested early submissions for Bulletin 432 and says it's the only hope of getting the next Bulletin out on time. Even so, there's a chance it will be late. Click here to find out why.

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

Judy McCalla supplied last week's mystery photo.
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.

The guess picture really has me guessing and that is all I can do. I wonder if the setting for the picture is the Bill Dake living room. The center back may be Dorothy Dake Anderson with a bandage on her forehead. The elderly lady in the chair may be Dorothy's Grandmother Dake or Grandma Greer, the young man and his wife and their child maybe is Dorothy's cousin, Gilbert McCalla. I am waiting for next Saturday!

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Photo Editor's comment: I think harsh flash light has "washed out" the foreheads -- no bandages.

Well, I can't say I know what the occasion was, but I definitely know some of the people in this week's photo. The man is my dad, Gilbert McCalla, and the younger woman is my mother, Jean. Between them is my grandmother, Elizabeth McCalla. The child could be me (the ears look remarkably like my dad's ears), but I'm not sure. I don't know who the other woman is, perhaps my great-grandmother?

Judy McCalla
Salt Spring Island
Off British Columbia

Editor's comment: It was indeed your Great-grandma (Dake Greer). It was taken when the four of you came for a visit to our home place where your great grandma was living with our family. It is a four-generation picture (with your mom included).

That is Gilbert and Jean McCalla with his mother, Elizabeth, in the middle. I believe that would be Judy on Grandma Greer's lap.

I also noted the pictures in the background, I'm guessing the two on the piano are my mom, Dorothy Dake, and my aunt, Gert Dake. Then the pictures on the radiator, two were too small to guess at (I'd lean towards Bill and Lois for the one on the left), but the one on the far right appears to be Blanche and Jim Miller.

Also enjoyed noting the bench in front of the radiator; those benches got lots of play time amongst the young grandchildren, and to this day makes me fond of benches!

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

My guess for the mystery picture is Gilbert, Aunt Elizabeth (standing) and possibly Great Grandmother Mellon seated ? and ?

Shari Miller Larson
Palm Harbor, FL

How great are the pictures from the "good old days"! First, the man and younger woman are my cousin and his wife. Being a few years younger, I always looked up to our cousin Gilbert McCalla and his wife Jean. And sitting on our Grandma Greer's lap was their daughter, Judy. The other woman is "Aunty." This picture must have been taken shortly after 1950, as my graduation picture is set on the piano, along with sister Dorothy's. And on the radiator, I think the left one is Dick and Florence Miller, then "Aunty" [Elizabeth Dake] McCalla and then sister Blanche and Jim Miller.

Gert Dake Pettit
Howard Lake, MN

I see the GUESS picture was Cleo's sister, not Cleo. It did have some of Cleo's features, I had thought. I pass on the GUESS picture for this week. I tried to make Willis and Anita Wolff out of two of them, ha.

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.

Changing Plans
by Dorothy Dake
St. Cloud, MN

It seems to me that plans are so unstable. You would think that once a good plan is made and your mind says NOW IT WILL ALL WORK OUT ... that usually it does for a bit -- and then, what do you know, it is time to move on to the next plan. I think it is about time to record how some of the plans are progressing for the rest of the family.

LeRoy and Vonnie:

Vonnie is now a full time nurse in a nice hospital. She drives a bit farther to work, but she has dependable hours, sensible doctors to work for, and a nice, steady income. She does like parts about farming but thinks there is no bigger gamble to get into (my Dad agrees). They have invested in milking, but the price for what they sell stays low and the feed costs are high. It is very worrisome to them. LeRoy has become a bit discouraged, too. They do work hard and it is helpful to have his wife's help with the financial parts, but he wants so bad to have a paying business in return for the hard work that goes with farming.

It was interesting to me to hear that the doctor from Dassel is a victim of polio, too. Vonnie was saying he had a bad case and has a noticeable limp from the experience. He did not start doctor's training until he was about 30. He is much respected in town. He is one of the doctors who takes his patients to Meeker County Memorial Hospital ... which is the one in Litchfield that Vonnie works in. He is a family doctor and does his own surgery (most of the time).

Vonnie's folks helped to finish the remodeling, the garden, and the yard here at the kids' farm; they now needed to return to Arizona and bring their own place to a finish. I understand they have done extensive work on their acreage (I think it is in Tucson). I think it is a modular home that Ivan has redone and updated and Mamie has decorated and worked on the yard work. It seems odd not to have them with us at the family gatherings anymore.

Someday, in the far future (we hope), they plan to be here for good. You see they have bought spaces in our family plot in the Howard Lake Cemetery for their burial. I guess Mamie had been wishing they could be buried back here in Minnesota, as she has no family in Arizona. That ties them tightly to the family -- I think! But then, who knows? They may live to be 100!

Grandma and Grandpa Mellon:

The latest visit from the Waverly relatives came last Sunday afternoon. You understand that Grandpa is retired. Grandma seems to be living the same kind of life as usual BUT Grandpa is retired, and he and Mr. Johnson don't have time to watch TV. They have a huge vegetable and flower garden planted in the land that is beside the railroad, across the road from the house where my grandparents live.

it is also the home where (in the upstairs twin apartment) the retired Buick and Chevrolet dealer, Mr. Johnson and his wife live. If those two men aren't in the garden, they may be found fishing from the dock or out of a rented boat out on Waverly Lake. Of course, it is true that Grandpa still lends a hand occasionally to help Rolly at the store. And I have heard that Mr. Johnson does spend some time at his shop, too ... BUT they are retired!

This last week we had an impromptu gathering of the clan.

Grandma Dake Greer: Grandma is living in the south bedroom, upstairs in the folks' home. It is too cold for her to be in the little trailer house that is out by the tool shed. This last week, she had company. She was just thrilled when "Aunty" came with Gilbert and Jean and she finally got to see and hold her little great-granddaughter, Judy. They stayed for an overnight and were here Sunday.

That way they got to visit Blanche and Jim, and Gert and I got to fight over who got to hold Steve. But then Bill and Lois came and they, of course, provided two more for our sitter service. So add Carol, who is now on her way toward 4, and Stanley, who is just starting to creep ... and wants to make use of the locomotion skills he has.

But the day wasn't over yet ... for who should come driving down the driveway but Rolly Mellon, driving Grandpa's 1935 Chevy ... Grandpa sitting beside him in the front, holding Tom ... who is now really close to 4, and a big brother to the little guy -- Danny -- being held by the ladies in the back seat (couldn't see which one). Either by my Grandma or by Rolly's wife, Marcella.

That was too good a chance to miss, so lots of pictures got taken. To me, the prize ones are of the lineup of the 1949 family babies. Tom wasn't too thrilled with the procedure so he escaped; while they were waiting for him to be found, the rest of the group was quite well behaved -- though they all seemed to wonder what in the world was going on. So, of course, by the time Tom was found and plunked down at the end of the line, some of the rest started to escape but my brother-in-law, Jim, got a good picture of everyone -- even the would be "escape artists"!


But while the rest have a family visit day, I had to get at my homework, as I will be having finals this coming week and I am afraid that I will miss Gert's graduation. She says she doesn't care, as she hated "doings" and just wants it over. But I imagine Blanche, Lois, and Vonnie will help Mom with having an open house. They are also planning a "quilting" for me.

And I have found out another thing. Even if I am living closer to home, my time spent here is more and more limited as I am involved in a new life now -- school, job hunting, courting, and wedding planning have me tied in knots!

Photo © Jim Miller
So far, we have corralled Dan Mellon, Steve Miller, Stanley Dake, Carol Dake, Judy McCalla ... waiting for Tom Mellon to join the lineup ...

Photo © Jim Miller

Now Tom is nicely lined up ... whoops, there go Dan & Stan. Judy thinks it is quite a joke. These are all 1949 babies, except Carol & Tom, who are going on 4 years old.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
September 22---First Day of Autumn

This Week's Birthdays
September 19---Nathanial Kurtis Seaman
September 21---Jessica Aydelotte
September 23---Abigail Mae Henderson (2 years)
September 24---Wyatt Johnson
September 25---Keith Mason
Happy Birthday!

More September Birthdays
September 2---Patty Anderson
September 2---Vicki Anderson
September 2---Stanley Wm. Dake
September 3---Jacob Mendoza Dake
September 3---Eric Printz
September 3---Charles Quick
September 4---Wiley Nelson
September 5---Genelle Mogck
September 5---Lori Chap Ostendorf
September 5---
Gabriella Ruth Boltz (2 years)
September 7---Brendan Aydelotte (11 years)
September 12---Lindsay Dawn Hellevang
September 15---Carolyn Miller Dake
September 15---Shari Miller Larson

September 26---Jaxon Dwight Hill (4 years)
September 26---Alexa Ann Gauderman (2 years)
September 28---Donald L. Anderson
September 30---Sheldon Swenson

September Anniversaries
September 2---Michael and Sarah Dake Steinhauer (8 years)
September 4---Ernie and Carolyn Miller Dake (39 years)
September 7---Tim and Colette Huseby (14 years)

September 18---Jay and Sandy Miller Smith (11 years)

September Special Days
September 6---Labor Day
September 11---Patriot Day
September 12---Grandparents Day
September 22---First Day of Autumn

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Kira Steinhauer ventures down the slippery slide at a playground.

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 especially enjoyed the picture of Kira's beet -- I'm sending a similar picture I have of Sarah (Kira's mother) helping Sherry (Sarah's mother) harvest beets when we lived in Cyrus, Minnesota.

Thanks so much for including references to my blog in The Bulletin!

Larry Dake
Brooks-Oklee, MN

Photo © Larry T. Dake
Sarah's Beet

I intended to write last week, on how much I've enjoyed your stories and this week was just as good. So fun to learn new "trivia" from years ago! Thanks for the effort put forth in doing these for us to share; I appreciate your doing so!

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

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

The lovely white peony blossom for our first picture was so fitting and reverent for the following news of Lorraine Tabor passing away.

The very lovely illustration that Bitzi had created was so outstanding, and such perfect coloring in Lorraine's choice of colors. Her dress in the casket, and the sprays of flowers at the funeral, blended so well with the lilac and pink and purple against the white and greens.

So, before we scrolled down very far, it was a most precious, keepsake Bulletin, and although we will miss Lorraine, it is such a sweet release for her to be free from all the effects of polio. The inset picture is of Lorraine in her teens at the time she contracted the polio, and the larger picture was very recent. She was 82 years old, and lived alone in her own home.

Grandpa Don with his Great Grandson Grady was very appropriate for Grandparents Day. Then the story of the trip and time with Weston at the game was most descriptive, holding our interest to see just what next was going to be on their agenda. This trip had been in the planning since way back in May, and as all good things, it finally comes and then it goes all too soon. I am thinking that picture of Grady and Weston with their matching Twins outfits will be a valued prize for Grady in a few years.

The State Fair pictures looked like everyone was having a great time. All the luscious samples of food sounded so good. Roy and I didn't even attempt to go this year. But, we knew we were missing a lot, especially the food. My favorite is the honey ice cream with sunflower seeds in it.

Then the story by Gwen Stucker about Patty and Don coming to her home, and the restoration work they did, and the concert they gave. I read every word carefully. We know Patty and Don are not often in The Bulletin, and we are interested in hearing about them.

Kira's beet harvest could have been in Alaska by the looks of it, and Levi is learning young how to sort beans. Thanks for these cute pictures. They just fit in anywhere in The Bulletin, and we love keeping track of the children's growth and accomplishments.

Bitzidoodles by Ginny are always so unusual, and you have to really study them to find all the points of interest. Once again, I spent too much time looking at all the very fascinating creations by Bitzi. I think my favorite this time is the sweet gold heart with the mother and baby pictured in it...

Larry makes us work for our seeing what he has on his site ... so to "click here" means you better be ready for the unusual and completely different. The Red River ox cart video was much like the cart for Larry's ox.

Oh, Memory Lane was truly great this week. The box of Valentine chocolates was quite a story, and we were wondering what the outcome would be. I hadn't expected that they would replace a whole layer of the chocolates.

I loved the part about kind of floating to the table, expecting this extravagant box of chocolates, and actually finding all those baubles. What a shock! So touching how demurely Dorothy described her becoming engaged. It is always such a heartwarming story, and knowing them now in their older age of 60 years together, makes it all the more special reading about the beginning days and months.

I loved Ary's story about his new car, too. I wonder how he likes it by now? A SEAT ibiza -- now that is different. I see it is in the Volkswagen family of cars. Small and compact, and the color is red, he says.

I guess we have to let The Little Beeps have a vacation. It's pretty exhausting trying to get them corralled and direct their interest to The Bulletin, like Doug has to do. We will hope they have a restful and eventful few weeks in the mountains.

I have heard variations of the Quotation for the day, and it is true, now that I am in the old age bracket, that youth looks ahead and old age looks back. Wonderful how the memories you think of first are always very good ones.

Thank you again for getting The Bulletin in our in-box right on time. I know it must be a challenge to do that sometimes, but so far you made it! And we appreciate it.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Bitzi lets the colors fly...

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