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Sunday, July 4, 2004

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Tami & Jason Hunt, wed June 18, 2004


Tami & Jason Hunt with their parents and grandparents

Back row, l-r: bride's parents, Dwight and Janie Anderson; bridal pair; groom's parents, Leonard and Diane Hunt. Front row, l-r: bride's grandparents, Wes and Verona Burchill; groom's grandparents, Frances Hunt, Meta and Clarence Anderson.

by Barb Anderson

I just got back from a trip to North Dakota. Tami and Jason got married last Friday, so I was there for the wedding and reception. It was a fun trip and they had good weather for it, too. I also got to see Jazmine ... She just started walking about a week before I went there, so that was fun!

Now I'm back at work again. We're pretty busy right now... I'm catching up from being on vacation and now one of my teammates is on vacation, so we're picking up his work, too. This afternoon, right after work, we got a tour of an old warehouse building that the company president is considering purchasing, so we may be moving there ... not for a couple years, but it's a cool building in a pretty neat location.

I better get back to work now and get some more done! Thanks for all your work putting together the Bulletins!


by Eric & Leona Anderson

Hi Grandma and Grandpa,

I'm so, so sorry we haven't returned your calls. It's been a very busy time for us and we just haven't been around the house at a good time to call. Like tonight, we just got home now, at 11, and I'm sure you're in bed, so I thought I would just e-mail since it doesn't look like I'll ever be able to return a call at a decent time.

We're both doing fine. Working a lot and doing summer things a lot. We both still work every Monday and Friday night, and now we've got weekly things going on every other day of the week, along with my working every other weekend and during the day for much of the time. We're enjoying our summer, though.

I have to work the weekend, and the 4th itself. Then that night I guess we're going to watch fireworks with some friends of ours. We will try to get up there sometime, though. Maybe we could come during the week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually pretty free for us.

Oh yeah! The Buick is running like a dream.

Happy 4th of July. I hope you all have a nice day!

by Janie Anderson

Just a quick note on a BEAUTIFUL afternoon! It's 86 degrees, but apparently it's not very humid, because it feels nice.

Dwight is working today, but we plan to leave for Wisconsin as soon as he gets home and gets through the shower. I packed the car this morning -- all of Tami's shower gifts, a bunch of stuff (candles, plates, etc.) left over from the reception here, and then Melanie called to see if we could bring their deck lounge chair that's been stored here! It comes apart into three pieces, but it's a bit awkward. I had to repack a bunch of stuff, but I got it in! :) Dwight's suitcase still has to be put in and Tami and Melanie each had a plant here that they wanted. I don't want to put them in until we're ready to leave. We plan to go to Melanie and Eric's tonight and on to Elkhart Lake tomorrow.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

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by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Fourth of July -- 1936

What a perfect time! Go with me back to that day:

Maybe I should feel bad that Billie and Blanche are invited to be with Arnie today ... but I don't. They will have fun; but LeRoy, Gilbert and I have our plans made! We have been laying in supplies for the occasion and everything is working out just right and we will have the best time of all!

It all started about a month ago when our teacher, Miss Johnson, told us all about how our country became the nation -- United States. We are so proud of the early settlers and think they must have been so brave to rebel against England -- who had some very brave people and who had lovely uniforms! (They didn't know how to fight in the wild country, though.)

Now comes the plan -- We are going to act out the Battle of the Wilderness! We would do Bunker Hill but don't have as good a place ... but Dad has said we can use the corn field, and it will make a wonderful wilderness! (This year is perfect for that -- if we bend over a little we can hide from each other. Of course, we have to be careful not to break over the stalks. But you have to really sneak to be a Rebel, so that is no problem.) I can hardly wait for Gilbert to get here and the fun to begin.

Yesterday, Gilbert walked over from Grandma Greer's to go to town with us. We each bought our own supply at Phil Carlson's Dime Store, which had anything for the 4th that you could want. I bought myself a new cap gun -- it is a repeater with rolls of caps... I don't tell anybody, but I don't like the firecrackers! The boys bought several kinds of big firecrackers that they will have fun shooting off. I bought a package of lady crackers and may shoot a few of them.

My money from picking strawberries really got us a big bag of good stuff! I even bought two "bottle rockets" and of course I didn't forget the sparklers -- I have to admit that I am a little like Mom -- don't care for the loud scary sounding things. (I don't scream like she does) but I definitely am glad Dad made the rule that we can't shoot them near each other, or in any building. We will have fun!

I am looking forward to all the good eats, too. Mom killed some chickens yesterday and I helped her pick them. (I don't like the killing part, but I am pretty good at the rest.) We picked the strawberries from the Everbearing patch and this morning I will stir up a shortcake... We bought a big watermelon while we were in town and it is setting out in the cooler so it will be ready for this afternoon. I just can't wait!! What fun to celebrate the Fourth!


68 years later -- and I still remember! I am sure Billie and Blanche had fun visiting Arnold Blanchard who was in country school with us and in the same grade as Billie. But when the older ones were away, then all the three of us had to worry about was Gert tagging along and slowing the action down; but of course she couldn't come with us in the corn field for fear she would get lost and so we could let our imagination run free -- and that is one thing we were very good at!

The day was a complete success and that night the fireworks proved spectacular, to us. We hadn't been around enough to know that at best they were rather mild. I loved the sparklers the best and the night ended with a lovely display of those artificial fireflies! What lovely things are childhood memories!

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

In recognition of my awesome assistant ... Doesn't she do a good job?
Here Caity has gotten both baby Torin and little Anissa, sound asleep!

Travelogue t

The Bolivian Beat
By Kjirsten Swenson

Around dusk, the streets of Cochabamba fill with tempting odors of cooking hamburgers, sausages, and popcorn. My favorite street food, perhaps my favorite Bolivian food, period, is anticucho, skewered and grilled heart! It's tender and absolutely delicious I know it sounds sketchy, but if you experience one Bolivian dish in your lifetime, it should be this!

To prepare it, clean a cow's heart of nerves, fat, and anything else you'd prefer not to digest. Cut the meat into strips the size you'd use for pepper steak. Skewer the strips and grill, basting with a mixture of oil, lemon juice, and salt. Anticucho is typically served with papahuayk'u -- potatoes that are first boiled with the skins on, then peeled, and grilled alongside the heart skewers. A peanut sauce is always added for those who can stand the heat -- make it by blenderizing raw peeled peanuts with water, then cooking the peanut/water mixture for around an hour or until thickened. Add yellow aji (maybe substitute curry powder? or some sort of yellow chile pepper maybe...) and salt to taste.

In Morochata we always drink canela, literally "cinnamon," instead of tap water. Place several cinnamon sticks in a pot of water. Boil for an hour or so, then add a cup of cold water. Remove the cinnamon sticks, and add sugar to taste. A tasty peach drink is prepared by boiling peeled peaches in lots of water for a few hours. Mix the resulting juice/water mixture with sugar, and add more water to taste. To serve, place one of the peaches in a glass and fill with the prepared juice.

Enough. I'm off to share the last eating ritual of the day with my Bolivian family. We'll have tea and bread spread with either sweetened, condensed milk or homemade jam. Good night!


P.S. Can you send me the recipe for Kevin's caramel popcorn? I'm not sure if I can get all the ingredients here, but Karina promised to supply the popcorn, if I can manage the sauce :)

Note from Mitzi (Kjirsten's mom):
Kjirsten asked me to send her this recipe. It is so delicious we've never made the microwave kind again after tasting this!

Kevin's Caramel Popcorn

1/2 C butter
2 C brown sugar
1 C light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla
About 12 quarts popcorn, or 1-1/2 C popcorn kernels, popped

Bring butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Add milk and boil to soft ball stage. Add vanilla and pour over popcorn. Make balls while warm or spread on cookie sheets to cool.

Corn & potato fields Festival Dancer
Corn & Potato Fields (left); Bolivian Festival Dancer (right)

Photo Editor's Note: If you wish to see more of Kjirsten's photos, these are from her Bolivia and Bolivia 2 albums posted here:

Bathtub Travelogue
by Shari Schweiger

Long, long ago in a far away place (Grandpa & Grandma Dake's upstairs), Larry, Donny, Genelle and myself were world travelers.

We must have been the ripe old age of 6-7 or 8 years old when we discovered the joys of "Bathtub Travel." Why we began this series of adventures is unclear, but my guess would be that Grandma needed us out from under her feet on a rainy day and banished us to the upstairs. The other possibility is that the BIG KIDS (a separate breed of Homo sapiens to be discussed in another Bulletin) had all the "good" places to play and we were exiled to the only place not considered "desirable"... the big white enamel claw foot bathtub.

As any self respecting bathtub traveler knows, there is only one correct way to board the bathtub for travel. First, for safety's sake, all shoes must be removed; then you would climb (or be boosted) up to the top of the slanted end and get lined up square with the faucet end -- let loose and sliiiiiide down, with much gusto. When all desired passengers were safely on board, the journey could begin.

The basic premise of this journey is one familiar to all fishermen -- "You should have seen the fish I almost landed!" Oh, the sights we could see from that wonderful tub! One amazing sight was hardly described before it was topped by the imagined sight of another traveler. We could be back in the time of Indians and cowboys, far away from land in a great ocean (the #1 group choice for some reason), or deep in the jungles of Africa. We actually could get into quite serious discussions over where we were, or where we were going next.

Another delight of Bathtub Travel is the incredible array of fascinating items that would float by at just the exact time they were needed. Hungry? Here are bowls of ice cream -- chocolate ice cream -- no, strawberry ice cream -- no, root beer floats! Oh, look over here -- it's a set of oars floating by -- let's grab them to row to shore.

Oh, oh! Our parents say it's time to go home -- end of the Bathtub Adventures for this trip.

This and That
by Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

Author Unknown




Author Unknown for the freedoms, as boundless as the skies, for the oceans, where some say our future lies, for our union, where harmony shines bright, for religion, with our own choice as our right. for the treasures which only freedom brings for the heroes who gave their everything. for the old folks with their tasks fulfilled, for our future, soon our youth will build, for the journey we have only just begun for universal unity, we hope some day is won.
L...could only be for love, life's happiness bouquet, for the yesterday, which made for us, "today."

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

July Holidays & Observances
July 4---Independence Day

This Week's Birthdays:

July 5---LeRoy Dake
July 6---James Miller
July 7---Kim Johnson

Happy Birthday!

More July Birthdays:

July 1---Suzanne McCorkell
July 3---Vonnie Dake

July 13---Zach Bratten
July 15---Tom Morgan
July 18---Callie Printz
July 19---Marlee Freesemann
July 20 ---Susan & Michael Miller (twins)
July 26---Tytus Myron
July 30---Justin Printz
July 31---Tim Myron

July Anniversaries:
July 29--Ardis and Charles Quick (32 years)


Celebrations Noted

Thanks to Janie Anderson for photos of Tami and Jason's June wedding.

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


Dear Editors:

Kudos on another fine job! #107 was an array of stunning visuals and fine writing, not to blow my own horn... I think everyone did a fine job. Brianna and I were a little disappointed to see Wyatt's fish picture, since we wanted to be the first to send a fish picture to The Bulletin ... Oh well, we will just have to top his fish with a BIGGER fish!

Thanks for making my down time so enjoyable! Keep up the good work!


We sure are enjoying the pictures on The Bulletin. From the June 27th issue we liked the first photo  for "Father's Day" from the Johnson- Anderson group, of  that nice, young, good looking, man in the sailor outfit on the left ... He's  my brother!!!!


I enjoyed The Bulletin as I usually do. It's always good over a strong cup of coffee. I think you should do a column every edition for The Bulletin.

I must get myself to work.


Enjoyed all the photos and articles in The Bulletin again.. I am amazed at Doug's vocabulary with such picturesque descriptions... I hope he is saving them to put into book form some day. Interesting!


from Donna --

I sent The Bulletin to Lori's best friend, Kristin Nordling, and this was her response to me:

I love getting this -- thank you for sending! Your family is awesome!!!

I was beginning to wonder when I would be getting another Bulletin when, like magic, a familiar looking envelope showed up in my mailbox, absolutely making my day! What a family we belong to! I am absolutely amazed at Kjirsten and what she is doing! She appears to be an outstanding young woman.

I do worry a bit about hearing of her digestive difficulties from time to time, and hope it is truly transient, and not something she has "gotten" from being in Bolivia. How is she feeling now? Does she have access to good medical care while there?

Also, I found the Father's Day edition to be especially heartwarming. It makes me wish I would have told my dad how much I loved him, more often than I did! He, too, was one of the "great" dads of the world, and I will always feel so honored to have had him as my dad. If memory serves me correctly, he would be 102 years old this October 4th!

I am truly sorry to miss Gert's family get-together, but we are planning a trip to Michigan to bring my youngest daughter, Julie, some personal items she had to leave behind when she moved from Minneapolis.

I hope this finds you and everyone well and happy. How is your new car treating you? Speaking of cars ... what a shame about Doug's encounter with that deer! They are thick as thieves, up here, and Russ has often said he thinks they are suicidal, or something. We have a small herd of 7, that we see almost everytime we get in the car or van to go somewhere, and frequently have to dodge them on the roadway. Scary!

The air feels heavy today, and the sky is grey and cloudy, so hope that means we will get a nice steady rain. The gardens are looking a bit parched, so will have to sprinkle if we don't get rain soon. Everything is coming up so late, this year, what with the wet and cold spring. Even the wild flowers are slow to bloom.

Love to all.....Diana


Sent to us by Barb Dewey
My Weekly Workout

The Doctor told me, I should start an exercise program.  Not Wanting to
harm this old body, I've devised the following:

Beat around the bush
Jump to conclusions
Climb the walls
Wade through the morning paper

Drag my heels
Push my luck
Make mountains out of mole hills
Hit the nail on the head

Bend over backwards
Jump on the Band Wagon
Run around in circles

Advise the President on how to run the country
Toot my own horn
Pull out all the stops
Add fuel to the fire

Open a can of worms
Put my foot in my mouth
Start the ball rolling
Go over the edge

Pick up the pieces.

Kneel in prayer
Bow my head in thanksgiving
Uplift my hands in praise
Hug someone and encourage them.

Whew! What a workout!

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