So many things going on. It is like a rush to get everything done before winter strikes. August seemed to go so fast. Maybe when we have the big Labor Day weekend behind us it will seem like September. Some schools started at the end of August and the reminder had their first day of the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday of this week. It seems like summer went by so fast it shouldn't be over.
So many motorcycle rides for charity have been taking place. Thank you for all those who took the opportunity to see a little bit of our local area that we don't usually check on every day. There is nothing like seeing the countryside on a motorcycle.
Birthdays were celebrated all in a lump. It is good to celebrate tradition and holidays even if we don't always have time to do it. We can wish for longer days or more of them, but then I suppose we'd just fill them up all the more.
The fairs were plentiful, but it was too bad the weather can play such an important factor in their success. The diehard fans seem to be there no matter what and have weathered many a storm over the years.
Once again the fairs had a great assortment of things on a stick, and more. It is hard to believe how many different types of food could be available to enjoy at one event. They say the list of people who would like to be added to the State Fair concession stands is very long. One has to have something new, different, or interesting to be able to compete for those valuable spots, but many of them can't beat out the old standbys. A corn dog from the supermarket just doesn't taste the same as what you can get at the fair. And we can't forget the mini doughnuts and cotton candy.
It has been some time since I've made it to the State Fair and I am sure there are lots of changes (though some things stay the same). I remember how we always had to make sure and visit the dairy building for those great malts, Mexican Village for all those great treats, and the Horticulture Building where we were able to pick our favorite apples.
And you couldn't go to the fair without making a stop at Heritage Square and we always had to make sure that we got to the fair for the days when the Jacks and Johns would be performing. The men of course had to visit machinery hill, as well as see what new tools had been created. And the ladies spent hours admiring all the needlework, quilts and crafts in the women’s building or the championship valued articles in the 4-H building.
In all the years we went to the state fair I can only remember once going into the carnival area. I guess there were too many other great things to see and do.
My mother remembers when the carnival came to town by rail and filled the area, but that was long ago.
Staying in the camper at the fair was the way to see the fair. My parents and nephews got to know every corner during the years when they stayed on sight. Early morning or evening was the ideal time to really get to look at the exhibits. They came home with bundles of handouts to look through when the fair was over.
Talking about storms, we can only sympathize with the many wind, water and hurricane type weather conditions that have besieged the coastal states and ocean fronts of late. Somebody said "not for laughing" and how true that is. We hope they will do the same for us when the snow starts piling up and the cold winter winds start blowing here in our little corner of the world.
Reading the news in the newspapers lately it seems like they have been full of death, destruction, thieves, drugs and liquor, things we never thought would overwhelm our nice, peaceful rural areas. It seems like those things always happened somewhere else and now that somewhere else is here.
It does help when we can read about the happy times people had, as well as things they have been able to accomplish. Those are the best stories to write, as well as to read and enjoy. I am glad to say the Star Eagle prints lots of “good” happenings and stories about people. These are the things we want to remember.
Families will live on through the stories we tell our children and grandchildren. I’ve heard it said the most important part of today’s’’paper is the things read from yesteryear. Will this also be true for another generation who will read today’s’ news five to 50 years from now?
Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.
There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries just the same.
Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, September 8th: Pastor Joel Xavier, Natalie Aaseth, Cindy Loberg Smolinski, Anna Lois Erickson, Brittani Hagen, Karen Briggs, Kelly Hagen, Amy Johnson Svoboda, Jennifer Johnson Popiel, Jimmie Olson Jr., Jamie Thompson, Brenda Dokken, Bob & Karen Vaith, Brain & Jody Wayne, Jessica & Jay Eidem
• Friday, September 9th: Eva Lauren Wayne, Charlie Pence, Paul Aronson, Bruce Cerney, Corey Haddy, Steve Hanson, Roger Herbst, Jim & Mary Brocker, Randy & Deb Parks, Spencer & Suzanne Wayne
• Saturday, September 10th: Arnold Lund, his 97th; Taya RaeAnn Lembke, Emily Crabtree, Caden Jensen, Curtis Blouin, Craig Blouin, Pauline Fetterly, Steve Granowski, Kathy Knudson, Sally Utpadel Waknitz, Connie Kruesemark, Charlie & Diane Marlin
• Sunday, September 11th: Geoffrey Stieglbauer, Andy Arends, Dawn Misgen Meier, Craig Torgerson, Matthew Mueller, Kathy Nelson, Mark Calverly, Paul & Jo Otto, Steve & Mary Bailey, Leanna & Jared Peterson, Tim & Angie Butler, Brian & Jodi Wayne, and Rich & Linda Weckwerth
• Monday, September 12th: Stacy Kubiatowicz, Joanne Vanden Heuvel, Chloe Sue Walterman, David Wacek, Robert Kasper, Courtney Thostenson, Nikolas Zimprich, Eric Hunnicutt, Jennifer Wallerich, David Jepson, Tuyen Vu, Kris Klocek
• Tuesday, September 13th: Jaelyn Elizabeth Mckinney, 2013; Reese Ellingworth Drinkall, 2013; Tali Wayne, Jaxon Richards, Russell Goette, Jason Ingvaldson, James Plunkett, Clifford Tufte, Sherre Utpadel, Lisa Zamora, Andrew Zinke, Korey Peterson, Amber Stohr, Lisa Ritz, Ruby Troxel, Ann & Rodney Hamilton, Rhonda & Derike Shelton, Carrie & Brian Farr
• Wednesday, September 14th: Rick Wangsness, Reece Breidenbach, Issac Wacek, Chris Hanson, Linda Pederson, Jill Peterson, Jack Jensen, Caleb Lunning, Ethan Lunning, Johnny White, Rick & Charlotte Miller
May your special day be filled with sunshine and smiles.