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Music has its purpose. Think of how you feel good or bad by the tempo. It brings people together.

I saw a picture of the Windzor 5 band in one of our local papers. Where are the kids who knew their music way before their time? And now they were going to come back together one more time for a special performance.

I am sure a number of our readers never knew they existed (because they were just kids at the time) and even more got a jolt when they were reminded of what a popular little band they were back then.

Why do we have that tendency to believe it can't happen here, when there is so much proof to remind us that for some simple reason they didn't go to headline or Hollywood or whatever? It is a cinch. I've heard a lot of those who made it with less talent than our locals. I am sorry for the fact that didn't enable them to make the money they deserved, but it is also nice to know they didn't make the notoriety and find their lives more to their liking. We can still say how proud we are of them all and that they kept their talent just for us. Comeback kids, yes, but most of them have shared their musical abilities in church or programs or presentations at the fairs and other goings-on. Anticipation of their programs is like food for the soul.

We might need reminding, but we won't forget they were the icing on our cake, so to speak. I'd have gone anyway to a funeral, a wedding or whatever, but knowing who and what was going to be there sharing their musical talents sure made it easier to go, and the memory of the event lingers on. Windzor 5 didn't just do songs either.

I will also forever cherish a friend Hugh Hall, who gave a verbal rendition of "In the Garden" as well as Gavin Berg who made "Amazing Grace" forever memorable because of his friend Grace. Norrine Jensen’s  "Lord’s Prayer" is beyond compare and being introduced to "Eagles Wings" at a little log cabin church in Wisconsin was equaled but not quite, by the beautiful rendition a little girl played on her violin at a funeral at St. Mary’s Church.

Music is so good for us. It makes us happy, nostalgic and is the key to any mood we may possess. It says what we cannot always verbally say. It can motivate one to do better, be stronger, and kinder.

There's the sound of music in every language and it can be enjoyed by all. It  doesn't have to be understood just enjoyed. You don't have to know the language to enjoy it.

The rhythm or the beat seems to be present even in the tiniest, newest little baby whose body seems to respond and move to the sound of music.

Music is a gift. To possess a talent of song is a blessing. To experience it is nothing short of a perfect gift that couldn't be gotten at any price.

Thank you Sammy, Terri, David, Mike and Vincent. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as your audience. Some things are unforgetable and bring tears to the eyes and love to the heart. One can truthfully say, God loves you and so do I.

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 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, Reece Alexander, Chris Ritz, Janet Goette, Dan Hanson, Delana & Daniel Routh, Breanna & Tim Briedenbach

• Saturday, October 15th: Colin Farr, Corbin Brocker, Tony Anderson, Sandy Jensen, Edwin VerHey, John Dittlevson, Madison Lynn Homuth, Barb & Jack Kuckenbecker, Heidi & Tim Schaefe

• Sunday, October, 16th: Kade Schember, Jenny Shaunce, Sabrina Marie Bauers, Donna & Gordon Hanson, Jamie & Amber Jensen, Travis & Stacy Simon

• Monday, October 17th: Lucas Bailey, Pat Wayne, Dale Strenge, David Killian, Sherrie Dahl Shott, Dustin Wayne, Pam & Rick Cook, Sidney & David Kasper, Andy & Mary Ditlevson

• Tuesday, October 18th: Gordon Jensen, Carrie Nolan Allen, Andreas Quinn Vu, Stan & Cindy Nelson, Randy & Cindy Horan, Tait & Jennifer Ingvaldson, Carol & Larry Cox

• Wednesday, October 19th: Robert William Pulley, Jody Johnson, Katie Ann Carlson, Jan Klocek Louks, Roger Larson, Jeanene Reese, Kristi Nelson, Everett Thompson, Barbara Olson, Esther Rodi, Jim & Laureen Hohansee

• Thursday, October 20th: Kimberly Wangsness, Matthew Beckmann, Shannon Smith, Diana Beckmann, Jenny Herbst, Erick Widlund, Casey Kunkel, Nicole Larson, Doris Scripture Steele, Rick Kelly, Adam Lang, Scott & Joni Groth, Laurie & DeWayne Jensen, Jim & Nancy Bottelson, Brad & Nicole Edwards

• Friday, October 21st: Todd Utpadel, Brian Riley, Deb Mucha, Peter Benson, Natalie Kuehni, Steven F. Christenson, Diane & Dan Gallentine

• Saturday, October 22nd: Scott Sorenson, Jennifer Pence, Lyle Swearingen, Brian Johnson, Kelsey Wayne, Dave De Vriendt, David Polzin, Colleen Thompson, Sage Tristan Lang, Clifford Coy, Diane Gallentine Pfieffer, Kailey Ann Christensen, Jason Jenkins, Tammy Reese

May you find joy and pleasure all around you on your special day!

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