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Get away from it all - if even for a few hours. You can travel to all corners of the world and reflect on special times in your life by simply spending an evening with 'Della, Adair and friends' on September 3. Della Conroy, Adair Horgen and several of what they call their "usual suspects" will be presenting a concert on September 3 at the Morris Area High School Auditorium.
There seems to be a lot of give and take going on at this time of year. As garden plants begin to bear fruit and gardeners fill their freezers and cupboards, the excess is often spread among family, friends and neighbors. Farmers also get into the giving by sharing their extra sweet corn with those who crave the delicious treat. After waiting for weeks and weeks my garden suddenly seems to be taking off. Most of the produce is a few weeks behind including my tomatoes and cucumbers.
Many years ago some newspaper people recognized that the newspaper is a "living textbook." The simple process of writing and printing a textbook means that most of them are out of date as soon as they are published. That is not true with a newspaper which is updated and changed with each issue. With the thinking that a newspaper is a textbook the idea of using newspapers in the classroom was born.
Another Stevens County Fair is over and while I am totally exhausted, I am also thrilled with the results from the weekend. I want to thank everyone who took the time to congratulate me on my 'big' cabbages and I really don't have any secret method of raising them to their over 30 lb. size. It was just one of the those years, combined with a good choice of starter plants, a bit of fertilizer and some tender loving care. Every building that I visited and each judging that I sat through convinced me that we have some pretty good projects and exhibitors in this county.
There is a celebration within a celebration this weekend. Not only are we observing the 136th Stevens County Fair but also the Minnesota Extension Service is celebrating its 100th year.
Rosebud, Boss, Bob and Joe are going to the fair. Rosebud will not only have three dates but she and the men will be trying to help their young masters take home top honors in their first year at the 4-H Sheep Show. The quartet are actually four hampshire suffolk cross sheep that are part of the 4-H projects for Seth and Emma Nelson of the Hodges 4-H Club. This will bw a different year for the Nelson brother and sister as they take on a livestock project at the fair. Seth has been a six year 4-Her and had considerable success in his Aerospace projects.
In my adolescence I remember a game show that I loved to watch. It was called "Let's Make a Deal".
Last week I had my first opportunity to get a close look at the new playground equipment at West Side Park. I had my granddaughter for a few hours and decided to entertain her at the park. She absolutely loved it. She was so excited when she saw where we were headed and immediately ran for the brightly colored play set. After climbing around in there for awhile she spotted the extra equipment, the old playground stuff, now brightly painted and ready for young bodies. I was surprised at how much she liked the old style merry go round and bouncing thing.
A few days ago I joined my Homemakers group on our annual summer trip. It has been a tradition for as long as I can remember to take this trip. When I first started going on them, the day-long trip was to places in or near the Twin Cities. We toured gardens, went to plays, visited historical sites, shopped at craft stores and ate at unique places. In recent years, we have shortened the trips a bit and tried to stay within an hour drive of home.
Editor's note: This winter I made a challenge to readers. It was called 'You got to try this'. Basically I asked readers to challenge me to try something unique and then write a story about it. I did receive a few challenges. One of them was from a neighbor of ours at the lake. Gary and Jean Svobodny have a cabin next to our home spending weekends there. They live and work in Willmar which is where I went to do this story.