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It’s an honor to have a celebrity spouse, especially when the spouse is named Genie.

The mechanical hoist is named “The Genie.” The new bra is named “The Genie Bra.” The best thing to come out of Iowa is not I-35, it is “Genie” from Clear Lake, Iowa.

In honor of the Seventh Decade of her life, Genie was treated to seven meals at seven different locations plus one coffee hour. She received thirty birthday cards plus numerous well-wishes over the phone and in person.

The Hanson relatives’ birthday celebration for Genie was held at Olivia’s Restaurant in Owatonna. Olivia most certainly knows how to get repeat business. 

We were most blessed in having Olivia as our waitress. The coffee cup was never empty, she provided crayons and coloring books for the youngsters, the portions were man-sized, and the food and service were excellent. She made Genie feel like the queen of the occasion too. It may be a bit tricky to drive into, but all 14 of us from St Peter, Minnesota to Sacramento, California were very please with Olivia’s.

For your information, I tried to collect a royalty fee for using the name “Genie” for the hoist and the bra. No luck. 

The copyright judge threw my case out by stating, “A copyright only lasts five decades, and Genie is in her seventh decade. Therefore, your claim is frivolous and Genie is most certainly not frivolous.”

We have a Cooper’s Hawk here at Beaver Lake with a connoisseur’s taste in food. The entrees that we have seen eaten are a “Sparrow on the Sand” and a “Blue Jay in the Grass.”

Fair Fact or Fiction – You Decide: 1. Two 70-plus-year-olds danced to the White Sidewalls at the Steele County Fair. 2. Genie and I were the dancing couple. 3. One of the singing Ebnets family from New Richland did not perform on stage at the Steele County Fair (the one who brings home his fishing catch via the local grocery store).

Many mornings you can see an old green Ford pickup with a boat trailer in the Beaver Lake parking lot. The old guy driver will be out on the lake water skiing. The green Ford and the guy are both in fantastic looking shape. Who is the older? Only Joel of the Blooming Prairie area knows!

Birds are flocking, leaves are turning, corn is dented, apples are ripe, night time temperature is fit for open window sleeping, the pollen count is high, and two beavers have made a year-round home in a tree at cabin 22 for themselves. (You must see the change in the former elm tree.) What do you think all this means? Someone is going to be the “Fall” guy for them.

How about that? A blue moon in August (The first was Aug. 1, the second Aug. 31).

The three baby ducks visit us every day for corn and bread crumbs. They have gotten a lot bigger and we know they are wood ducks. We can tell one is a female, one is a male, and the third one is questionable.

For the man who has everything, an excellent Christmas present could be: a mankini, and a murse. Yes, there is now a male bikini and a male purse. I wonder if Genie will give me a mankini and a murse for Christmas?

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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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