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Sunday, July 5, 2009
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Happy Birthday, America!
(because we actually publish on Saturday)

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Alaska is celebrating 50 years of statehood.
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Special Issue: The Bulletin Pot Luck
(We plan to return to our regular format next issue.)

Photo © Donald W. Anderson
Listening to music: McKenna & Shawn, Lori & Kierra, Dorothy, Tom Miller, Patty & Donnie Anderson; in background around table: Chris, Jessy, Leona, Ashley & Ben.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
Patty Anderson, left; Doug, Patty & Donnie Anderson, right.

Photo © Donald W. Anderson
Open air dining at The Bulletin Pot Luck at the Johnson farm.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Dishing up: Brooklynn, Jolene, Becky, Doug, Eric, Bridget, Wyatt.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Jessy, DeLoris, Caity, Don, left; DeLoris, Mavis, Don, Caity, Wyatt, right.

Photos © Donald W. Anderson, left; © Donna Johnson, right
Doug & nephew Eric with modern haircuts, left; Doug Larson & Dorothy, right.

Photos © Donald W. Anderson
DeLoris, Mavis, Shawn, Kierra & Eric, left; DeLoris, Argyle, Dorothy, McKenna, right.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
Jessy & Chris Chap with Paisley, left; Eric Anderson, Weston Johnson & Joanna Eklund, right.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

The Bulletin Pot Luck -- A Good Time Was Had By All

If my counting is correct, we had 47 people during The Bulletin Pot Luck. And how wonderful it all turned out -- at least I think so! Everyone agreed the weather was absolutely perfect; temperature was marvelous. (After having rain off and on all week, this came as a huge relief. The next days' temperatures were uncomfortably cool.) Plus, there was enough breeze to keep bugs away, but not enough to blow everything else all over the place.

It turned out that, besides eating, visiting was the main objective of the day. The occasion seems to have been a success in both areas. We got to appreciate Don, Patty and Doug's playing and singing, plus some yard games were played by some of the younger attendees. All in all, I'd say a good turnout and a good time.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
Kristi Indermark, Shari Larson & Kathlyn Anderson, left; Kylie McNeill, Peggy's granddaughter, right, ran around like she could not get enough of being outdoors.

Photos © Donna Johnson, left; © Lori Ostendorf, right
Dorothy visits with Tom Miller from Madera, California, left. Tom was in Minnesota for a Miller reunion and came on over for The Bulletin Pot Luck, too! The Matriarch has known Tom all his life and they had a lot of catching up to do! The Miller fellows -- Tom, Duane & Jim -- brought a delicious rhubarb cake that Duane made from his hill of rhubarb; old timers Jim Miller & brother-in-law Don Anderson visit, right.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
Donna Richards, Tom Morgan & Jim Miller, left; Dorothy looks on as Curt Henderson, holding Kierra Ostendorf, visits with Tom Miller, right.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
Weston & Joanna, left; Kierra Ostendorf & great aunt Patty Henderson, right.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf
McKenna, Kierra & Shawn, left; Peggy & Becky enjoy an outdoor chat, right.

Photos © Lori Ostendorf, left; © Donald W. Anderson, right
DeLoris Anderson & Mavis Anderson Morgan, left; Ed Evenson, Jim Miller, Tom Morgan, Duane Miller & Beaver Johnson, the host of The Bulletin Pot Luck, relax at right.

Photo © Lori Ostendorf
Most of 47 attendees at The Bulletin Pot Luck.

I am going to identify people from left to right in groups, from the top to the bottom, as it would get too long to go way across a line. Mavis & Tom Morgan with DeLoris Anderson; Ed Evenson and Peggy McNeill; Beaver, Kathlyn & Argyle Anderson, with Jim Miller in front; Curt & Patty Henderson; Ashley Torgrimson & Ben Johnson, Jessy & Chris Chap with Don in the chair; Shawn Ostendorf with Kierra, Eric & Leona Anderson; Weston Johnson & Joanna Eklund, with Dorothy Anderson & Tom Miller in the chairs ahead; kneeling on the ground are Becky, Caity & Jayce Chap; Duane Miller, Doug Anderson & Donna Johnson in the back; Shari Larson holding Jordan Indermark with Kristi Indermark; to the far right is Patty Anderson with guitar, Donnie Anderson & Donna Richards. Having to leave early and missing the group picture were Doug & Bridget Larson; Wyatt, Jolene, Rylie, Brooklynn, & Camryn Johnson; Shari Larson's friend, Wes, and Kristi's friend, Jenny. Lori Ostendorf was taking the picture & McKenna was napping.

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

Photo © Donna Johnson
Steve Miller & Dorothy Dake Anderson

A Visit With Steve And Marian Miller

Steve and Marian Miller made the trip from their home in Coral Springs, Florida, to Minnesota to attend the Miller reunion on Saturday, June 27th. I understand that was quite an event. (Steve's sister Shari has promised me to send us coverage of it.) They were with Marian's family on Sunday so could not attend The Bulletin Pot Luck. On Monday, the 29th of June, Marian spent the day with her sister (Betty and Jim Huisman) and Steve drove up to Alexandria to spend some time with Don, Donna, and me.

What did we do for the day? Well, from the time I answered the buzzer and then headed down the hall to meet him, until the time he left to do some other exploring, we spent our time very wisely ... visiting! We did it while eating the lunch that Donna toted in and put together for the four of us, during the time we looked through the albums he had brought (for the Miller reunion -- and then here), during picture taking, and then got in the last chat as we saw the two visitors down the hall and on their separate ways.

I have many great nieces and nephews and we all enjoy a good visit at every opportunity. As a matter of fact, I got in good ones with Steve's siblings at The Bulletin Pot Luck ... and several of the others do updates for keeping up. I am looking forward to hearing from all of them during the next months -- and maybe get to see even more at the next Bulletin Pot Luck (if we manage to get another one together next year!)

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.

On the GUESS game, as to having that restful picnic and fun time, I would like to submit these names -- left to right: Bill Dake, Lois Dake, Coy Nell (Lois' sister) ?, Gert Dake, ?, Jim Miller and Blanche Dake Miller. These old photos are great!

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Editor's comment: Well, the two question marks are a couple of the younger members of the Dake-Miller family ... and your guess as to what they are doing would indicate they did not know how to put together a picnic feast ... and really, our group were pretty good eaters. Somewhere in the rest of the paper there is a hint as to what they were more than likely doing. So do read on, Mavis.

Second part to Mavis's guess:

It is not a picnic; it is a time to watch the fireworks (while Dorothy watches them in Bemidji)!

Another interesting picture... I think it is Tom and Coy Nell Miller (or Gandy, if they weren't married yet); my mother and dad (Bill and Lois Dake), Gert Dake, Jim and Blanche Miller, and Dick Miller. But I never saw my dad wear a hat like that looks more like what Grandpa Dake used to wear. Looks like they may have been on a picnic.

Carol Dake Printz
Sidney, NE

Definitely looks like Grandma (Lois) Dake on the front left, possibly Grandpa (Bill) Dake in the center. Is that maybe Aunt Coy Nell sitting behind Grandma?

Adriana Brown
Granbury, TX

The GUESS picture has me guessing, that is for sure. I do know a couple on it, but that's all. I see Lois and Billy Dake, Dick Miller, Blanche Dake Miller.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
July 5---LeRoy Dake
July 5---Jennifer Dake Horne
July 6---James Miller
July 7---Kimberly Johnson
July 8---Trenton Loredo Roberson (6 years old)
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
July 8---Shawn and Lori Chap Ostendorf (3 years)

More July Birthdays
July 1---Suzanne McCorkell
July 1---Jim Smith
July 1---Zachary Elliot Smith (5 years old)
July 4---Brian Lehtola

July 13---Zach Bratten
July 13---Ginny Adair
July 15---Tom Morgan
July 15---William Earl Dake
July 15---Sherry Dake
July 18---Callie Printz (8 years old)
July 19---Patricia Dake Meyer
July 19---Marlee Morgan Freesemann
July 19---Devon S. Stewart
July 20---Michael Miller
July 20---Susie Miller Smith
July 24---Donna Jacobson Anderson
July 24---Jeni Larson
July 26---Tytus Joshua Myron
July 27---Wyatt Timothy Mellon (12 years old)
July 29---Heather Henderson
July 29---Colleen Mellon Scott
July 30---Justin Printz
July 31---Tim Myron

More July Anniversaries
July 1---Ken and Amy Dake Harrison (2 years)

July 19---Dan and Nancy Mellon (40 years)
July 21---Capt. Jack and Ginny Adair (47 years)
July 27---Larry and Sherry Dake (31 years)
July 29---Charles and Ardis Sigman Quick (37 years)

July Special Days
July 4---Independence Day

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 Dorothy,

Thank you for continuing with the wonderful Bulletin. We so enjoyed visiting with you and lucky Bulletin subscribers at the potluck. It was a beautiful day with special people.

It has been fun and interesting to read about your experiences in your younger years. We're glad you have made the effort to write them and share them with us. We hope you keep writing.

Argyle and Kathy Anderson
Breezy Point, MN

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

Who would have ever thought the lowly dandelion could be so beautiful? The bee doesn't care one bit that it is just a nuisance in the yard. It held precious pollen and the nectar that we will eventually enjoy as honey.

Then, just after the busy bee, there was the brand new chick and the brand new little baby birds. No one could be so hard hearted that they fail to be touched by those three pictures. The story of life for all God's creation begins with a mother and father figure. Who could ever describe such handiwork, or even understand it all?

I thought it was so touching to read the one from Anita Pfingsten Weiland, my sister- in-law. She is a widow. Very industrious and very skilled in homemaking as well as her career in nursing and part time business of baking health food items. Needing to change her work after so many years, at her age, would be with trepidation and hopefulness that she would be able to continue providing for herself. She is a "Miller" who has genes of success. I hope she does get to the Miller reunion.

It was so much fun seeing the Update on Roy's 88th birthday party. He was not wanting the attention AT ALL, but after it was over, it is a memory we will all treasure. One gift was a Sony Reader, which we don't know how to use, but very appropriate for him, as he spends a lot of time sitting by the table, reading.

Once again, photo editor, I was so shocked and amazed at what you did with that way too dark picture I had sent of Roy and his son, Darrel. We could see details and features I didn't even know were there.

I felt a real admiration for Katie Pettit as she graduated with honors and all the accomplishments she had made in scholarship as well as sports. It will be very interesting to follow her as she chooses her further schooling and occupation.

There are a lot of great things included in The Bulletin from time to time, but the one of the mermaid sculpture left me totally blank. I could hardly stand to look at it. I suppose I should delete that sentence, but I am honestly giving my impression.

Thank you, Jerrianne, for the update on the longest day of the year. You were using good thinking to unplug your computer in the fear of an impending storm. I wonder how Miss Kitty and Mai Tai feel when it's thundering?

How can it already be two years since we first saw the brand new baby, McKenna? She is beautiful, and looks calm natured, at least on the picture.

Then there was Grandpa Beaver and Camryn, a generation apart.

Dad Wyatt has a lapful with his daughters now. They are changing with each Bulletin it seems. Even Kierra is losing her baby look.

I was so glad for the story in the Memory Lane this time. I almost feel I know Bertha, but I am sure I don't. What is her last name? How good to find such a friend now that you were so far from family, and she likely was glad for your good company, too. That was so interesting about Duncan Hines. I didn't know that the brand belonged to a real person's name. It is my favorite brand as the cakes are usually so much more moist. I am at the stage of Bertha, as to liking the mail and paper brought in. Sometimes Marci brings in the mail for us when she goes by, taking the girls to piano lessons. That is always so nice. The driveway seems to be getting longer and longer.

How did you happen to get the picture of your Bemidji Ave home in a sepia tone? Did you do that at your photo shop work, Dorothy?

Editor's comment: About the apparent sepia tone to my photo ... I think that is loss of color due to aging (and maybe a poor developing process ... or a pull out of the fixer that wasn't correct.) I am quite sure that I did not use toning. We just did all of timing involved (in the solution) by eye. Probably to get out of doing it himself, Ken allowed me to do that part of the work quite often.

I was looking forward to the Travelogue this time as I supposed Mitzi and Sheldon and Kjirsten would be on their walking tour of that mountain trail. His expression "full of energy and determination" does not seem possible, looking down the trail on that picture. Mitzi and Kjirsten look like twins.

The heavy load of chickens hardly seems possible for that one man to be carrying. I am thoroughly satisfied just to be here in our home, looking at pictures of that trip. The colorful wash on the line didn't even use clothespins.

Thank you for continuing your story and pictures. We never get tired of seeing them or hearing about your travels. We just admire you beyond words.

What a clever picture of Alex looking through the back of a chair. It really did look like a pretend jail, and I never would have guessed it was a chair. Krista Weiland loves the CHUCKLES and she will really like that one.

I'm not sure about the Quotation for the day this time. Summer afternoon is usually way too hot and sticky, and saps my energy. But, I must admit that there are some summer afternoons that are most beautiful. Like now before the mosquitoes begin their march across our backs.

Well, I couldn't wait to write comments on The Bulletin after I had read it, and it just happened I had opportunity to do it already this Saturday afternoon. Our very dear friend IdaMae Peterson passed away during the night, after a long, hard cancer illness, so our hearts and thoughts have been full and busy. Yet, we eagerly anticipated seeing The Bulletin this morning.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Bibsy, of Storybrooke Farm, prefers pot lucks that feature cat food.

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