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A major event was held at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church (just west of Lemond, Minn. on the Lemond Road) on Saturday afternoon, August 15. This great event was the marriage of Lindsey Lee Schlueter and Nathan Lee Hanson.

An unseen guest was present whom I knew would be there. This unseen guest was Nathan’s grandfather, Harold Hanson (my father). 

You see, when Pontoppidan Lutheran Church was rebuilt in 1963 (with Grandpa as one of the main members of the church leading the volunteer workers), Grandpa had a wish. He wanted to see a Hanson offspring married in Pontoppidan.

Nathan and Lindsey, you made this wish come true. Grandpa says, “Thanks.”

The Monday after the wedding, some of the nephews and nieces visited with Lois Farrell (nee Hanson) in Plymouth, Minn. Lois is the matriarch of the Hanson family. As matriarch, she gave each of us a hat of her many Norwegian travels and memories.

Sunday, September 9 is Grandparents Day. I know you had grandparents because without them, who would you be? Try “nobody” for the answer. Living or deceased, known or unknown, give thanks to your grandparents.

Arnold (formerly from this area) and Penny Kent invite you readers to stop in at “their” Hy-Vee store in Rochester. Rumor has it that they originated the slogan, “A Smile in Every Aisle.” 

As wheels, they want to show you their smile. Arnold is at one Hy-Vee and Penny is at another. By the way, readers, giving a smile is even more enjoyable than receiving a smile.

There is a “By Invitation Only” restaurant in Waseca named “Teschies,” owned by Russ and Marie Tesch. As a Lutheran church lady officer, Genie was invited to a meeting held there and I got to go along. The restaurant food specialty is Dunkable Cookies (I had four!).

Many thanks to the Random Acts Of Kindness people who left three white plastic lawn chairs for anybody to use at the sandbar on the west side of Beaver Lake. 

With Beaver Lake being so low, the sandbar was a gathering place for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, etc., during the hot days this summer. Once again, thanks.

I wrote about the “Genie Bra” last week. Genie showed me the package it came in, a major “No-No” as it said “Made in China.” Guess I’ll have to forward this info on to “Good Morning America” as they are pushing to buy only Made in the USA.

The Lady is back on the dock at cabin 74. She returned to Hawaii for a new hairdo, new skirt and some other cosmetic changes. 

After being gone for a month, she plans on being here about a month, then back to Hawaii until returning to Beaver Lake next summer. Lady, you are beautiful.

At the annual Beaver Lake Cabin Owners’ Meeting, the two main items discussed were: 1. mosquito control, and 2. the possibility of opening the channel from Toft’s Creek to Beaver Lake to help maintain the water level in Beaver Lake. There was some discussion regarding the motorized traffic and how to solve the problem on the non-motorized path between Valhalla and the South Side.

I predict the price of sugar will go down, due to a sudden decrease in demand. The Baltimore Orioles left our feeder as of Tuesday, August 28 for their winter home.

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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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