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Here we come again! This is our 37th summer at Beaver Lake and my 11th summer of writing this column. As of this writing, we two old people are in the process of moving into an old cabin at Beaver Lake.

Congratulations to Sharon Sorenson on becoming a new grandparent to grandson Jett Allan Sorenson born February 28, 2012. Grandpa Mark doesn’t think he is old enough to be called Grandpa, but he is working on it. Please notice that Grandpa Mark isn’t quite so grumpy since that eight-plus pound boy (that looks like him) was born.

Laura Groth, a college student resident at Beaver Lake, is now a graduate of my old alma mater, Mankato, with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science. Mom and Dad (Chuck and Jean) are now last in line for student loan repayments.

Paula Hanson of Beaver Lake is one year older as of April 24th. I agreed not to tell when and how old she was. At least I kept half of the bargain.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 says, “A time to be born and a time to die.” Sterling Meyer, a retired farmer from Thompson, Iowa and former owner of cabin 74 for many years, knew the Bible and practiced what he read. The night before he left this earth in March, he called all his children. The next morning he left this life.

The ice went out of Beaver Lake very early this year. (March 15th to be exact.) Spouse Jane Braaten told spouse Barry, “Let’s be first at something.” They had their dock in the lake March 16th — the first dock of 2012.

If you’re interested in going to the Plymouth Playhouse to see “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Church Basement” by the Church Basement Ladies on Sunday, June 24, please call me at (507) 373-8655. The bus will leave from behind Slumberland in Albert Lea at 11 a.m. Cost is $45 per person which includes a buffet supper at KFC in Owatonna. 

After the Twins lost their first four games of the 2012 baseball season, the radio station KRFO sports announcer decided to conduct an in-person interview regarding the Twins. He decided to interview three people on the street in Ellendale asking them the same question, “What do you think of the Twins?” This was to be done on the fifth day of the season.

John Schultz was the first one asked, to which John replied, “I think they’re good basketball players and when they’re the same age as their older sister, NRHEG will take first rather than third in the Minnesota State Girls’ Basketball Tournament.”

The next person asked was Knose Etall. He replied, “At least the Twins can’t lose today because they’re not playing.” He walked away with his grumpy face and nose up in the air. (By the way, the Ellendale Rescue Squad has saved him three times from drowning when he got caught outside in a sudden downpour of rain).

The third person asked was Ginger Thompson. She replied “We’re only four games out of first and we have 158 games to catch up!”

If you’re interested in going to Lutheran Night at the Twins either Monday, July 30 or Tuesday, July 31, call me (507) 373-8655. Cost is $45. (You don’t have to be Lutheran to go. In other words, this could be your chance to convert a Lutheran to your liking. 

To those of you that have read to this point: Please read the heading and ending bylines real careful. Hint, this column is either fact or fiction, you decide.

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Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. This is the Hanson’s 37th summer at Beaver Lake. They leave the lake in mid-October to go south — to Albert Lea — and return in April. Bob says if you enjoy his article, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of Wisdom: There is always room for God. 

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