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I always think the flowers get brighter, the grass greener and of course the leaves always change as we move from summer into fall. Fall is beautiful, but it is also a reminder of what is ahead when you live in Minnesota.

When I see the butterflies fluttering in the breeze, I can’t help think about how those fragile looking wings can possibly fly the distances they do. I think of how endless the miles are to California, Texas and Arizona, and other places we’ve driven. And then I think about how far those wings will go without gas or blown tires, which reminds me of that commercial on TV where a tire turns into an evil snake.

When I see blown tires on the roadway, I wonder how dangerous that heavy flap of rubber might be if someone hit it while driving along the road, which would be easy to do at night.

This time of year brings much excitement when you think Halloween will soon be here. All the stores are busy filling their shelves with goodies to fill their pockets with money and customers’ homes with interesting reminders of witches and goblins. 

Norris and Luella Thompson, who were a part of Ellendale for oh so many years, were experts at entertaining youngsters who came to their door looking for treats oh so many years ago. They had cider that bubbled, tomato juice that looked like blood, spiders on webs and spooky sounds to scare even the bravest souls.

One year my dad put Halloween records on the record player and hooked up speakers in the eaves of our house. It scared all the kids away and needless to say, he never did it again.

Yes, summer is officially over and before we know it Daylight Savings Time will be over too. It doesn’t seem as bad to “make the change” this time of year, but it gets dark so early and keeps our mental time “out of sync” for awhile until we get used to it again.

Not all states observe Daylight Savings Time. I know that Arizona does not.

Most people will say they like fall best of all, probably because of the array of colors and the cumulation of the things that have reached maturity – fruits, vegetables, including those luscious squash and pumpkins. 

And we can’t forget the grains the farmers need to harvest to determine if it was a good year or not. What a mystery for them because weather can play such an important part right up to the day one harvests their crops. Rain and snow can take its toll unexpectedly.

Seeing those huge machines inching across the fields is quite a sight. It looks like animals eating up the plants, separating the grain from the stalks, as the combines clean the fields.

I won’t even try to estimate what that farmer had to spend for that harvest. I remember my great grandpa talking about the harvest that required cutting, loading, “windrowing,” stacking and using a threshing machine. That was a big, dangerous animal too. Horses with wagons and flat beds, elevators, shovels, and muscles for scooping were all a part of it. 

Now some of  those machines have air conditioning and televisions or at least have radios to listen to as they make their way down the long rows of planted fields flattened from the harvest.

It is hard to believe all this happened to come about in my lifetime – that’s when I start to feel old. What will come next? Suction harvest or drones?

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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.

Also, if you know of an event that is upcoming or have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via  e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

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, October 6th: Evan Matthew Beckmann, Mesa Jo Grace Krause, Jackson Wyatt Lageson, Mark Plunkett, Marlin Beckmann, Kaira Glienke, Melissa Horan, Aurie Brighton, Caden Reichl, Gail Turvold, Julie Born Beenken, Scott Holmes, Tait Misgen, Cindy Kasper Johnson, Jayme & Ryan Paulson

• Friday, October 7th: Ethan Hullopeter (2014) Candace Lageson Baker, Carolyn Weller, Jason Huber, Todd Wayne, Debbie David, Garrett Briggs, Jill Bergdale, Kris Strenge, John & Ellen Hanson, Denise & Jerry Abbott, Jamie & Brian Riley, Pat & Barb O'Conner

• Saturday, October 8th: Axel Schlaak (2014) Mandy Moon, Lauren Olivia Sommers, Haley Hanson, Barb Hagen, Barb Dobberstein, Barb Strenge, Mary Kay Spurr, Brad Anderson, Doug Anderson, Hazel Spiering, Daniel Paulson, Kay Nelson, Julie & Brian Dahl

• Sunday, October 9th: Matt Kubiatowicz, Joshua Kasper, Cheryl Paulsen Wilson, Randy Mucha, Nancy Jo Anderson, Ashley Hove, Keith Neidermeier, Dennis Blouin

• Monday, October 10th: Pat Goodnature, Trevin Stollard, Aarin Gray Pirsig, his 3rd; Eric Anderson, Nicole Anderson Loken, Luverne Hamor, Haley Hanson, LeRoy Ingvaldson, Nicole Lonning, Betty DeRaad, Elena Grace Spande

• Tuesday, October 11th: Alisha Moody, Reed Michael Kath, Mitchell Edwards, Ebonie Mullenmaster, Mayro Leak Kubista, Melissa Otto, Jenna Swearingen, Mike Trumble, Cory McGrath, Shawna Besco, John Cyr, Alisha Moody, Lee & Jody Loverink

• Wednesday, October 12th: Katilyn Crabtree, Christopher Wallace, Beth Spande, Elena Grace Spande, Marilyn Dobberstein, Terrie Mullenmaster, Lewis Kelly, Charlie & Becky Phagan, Larry & Terry Jensen

• Thursday, October 13th: Hunter Knutson, Adrianna Schewe, Journey Lynn Utpadel, Courtney Deml, Otto Nels Oquist, Mitchell Wallace, Jackie Flor, Rita Thompson, Suzanne Peterson, Becky Wallace, Mikkel & Jennifer Iverson

• Friday, October 14th: Chris Schlaak, Jim Lutgens, Reece Alexander, Chris Ritz, Janet Goette, Dan Hanson, Delana & Daniel Routh, Breanna & Tim Briedenbach

Hope your day is one for the record books!

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