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What are you doing this Saturday morning, August 4th? Be at the Old Boathouse on Beaver Lake for interesting stories about the history of Beaver Lake. This is the yearly August Ellendale Historical Society meeting about Beaver Lake. Get there early so you don’t miss out on the breakfast goodies! Many of the stories will be fact; some might be fiction. Welcome all – no admission fee.

Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five – but six water skiers behind one boat at the same time was seen last week on Beaver Lake.

The TV Channel 6 weatherman said it was a good night to possibly see Northern Lights. He said to find a flat, level area where you could get a good view of the north horizon. I did this by walking south from our cabin on the South Beaver Lake Road. I turned around and looked north, and the weatherman was right. I saw one Northern Light – our neighbors in cabin 68 had left their outside light on. I unscrewed the light bulb. That ended the Northern Light display, so I went to bed a bit disgusted.

In Southern Minnesota the hottest days of summer are referred to as “dog days.” Dog days are always in August. August is the time of many area fairs. Do you suppose we haven’t had the hottest days yet in the summer of 2012?

Genie and I met them at the North DQ in Albert Lea. We noticed they were driving a pickup truck and new trailer licensed in South Dakota. In visiting with them, he said they had spent all their cash on the new trailer and her shopping at Northbridge Mall.

Why am I telling you all this? Because we like to eat pheasants. Their business is called Double D Pheasants at Corsica, South Dakota, phone 605-946-5826 (Dave Bultje). Dave does guiding with dogs and lodging of pheasant hunters. If you call and use his service, Dave promises to deliver two rooster pheasants, ready for the oven, to us. Please mention this article when you call and he will give you a special Minnesota rate.

What local business has more VIPs go through their door in a single day than any other business in the area? If you said “Whispering Oak” of Ellendale, you’re right on.

Did you know that a well-known lady from East Freeborn Lutheran Church takes time out of her busy schedule to faithfully read this article every week? Janet Jerdee, I didn’t know this until your hubby Odean spilled the beans (and now, readers, you know, too).

Once again a Beaver Lake resident charmed then with her musical ability. She was the Music Director for “Oliver!” put on by the Albert Lea Community Theatre. Norrine Jensen, you have brought sweet music to many an ear with your musical ability. Thanks. (Thanks to Hubby Ed for his great support in Norrine’s endeavors.)

According to Ecclesiastes Chap. 3 in that best selling book, there is a time for everything. A time to be born (06-12-1920), a time to be an usher at our wedding (09-28-1963). A time to die (07-22-2012).

I don’t know who coined the phrase “Minnesota nice,” but you certainly were, in all your contacts with people. Vernon Moe, “you da man!”

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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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