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Once again, it is time for one of the two “must attend” social events of the year. There will be hand shaking, back patting, a friendly “How are you?” along with “It’s good to see you.” All this will accompany a pleasant smile at the same time.

There will be old and young and in-between ages of males and females. All those attending are in the VIP classification – including you!

This is an eating event, so get those taste buds ready. Maybe even starve for a day! 

Wild rice, chili, potato and chicken noodle soups will be served. Key lime, chocolate, apple and pumpkin are some of the pie choices, with vanilla ice cream! 

Ah, yes, all for your presence, so come on down. Put on your eating shoes and boogie on over; I’ll be waiting at the side door to greet you.

Many of you know what I’m referring to; you just didn’t know when. This year, the Soup and Pie Supper at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church (just north of Albert Lea) will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, September 24. 

Be one of the first 700 and you won’t have to worry about running out of food, as we’re planning on 700 plus.

The net proceeds of the Soup and Pie Supper will benefit “Youth For Christ” and “Children’s Vision International.” Please bring a non-perishable food item or two to help support the local food shelves.

Jerry Heideman and auctioneer Orville Johnson are the nominees for Best Worker As a Slacker. Please let me know as you leave who you think slacked off the most. I will publish the name of the runner-up in a future article.

This is the time of year to buy a cabin on a lake in Minnesota. It is definitely a buyer’s market until next spring. There are four with “For Sale” signs and at least three more for sale on the quiet side. There is even a “Lots For Sale” sign. 

What lake? Beaver Lake.

There are currently 12 homes on Beaver Lake occupied the year around. Ten of the twelve go to work daily; the other two just go. 

The average age of the cabin owners is 59, with most owners being retired. Very few of the cabin owners have school age children (under 21).

Ole and I were fishing off the DNR Dock on the east end of Beaver Lake. We grew tired of all the catch-and-release bass, so we decided to yack a while. (Ole is a very good yacker and I can hold my own.) 

The conversation turned to wedding anniversaries. I remarked that his 50th was in June of 2013. He went on to say that he married into money, as Lena was from a well-to-do Norwegian family. For their 40th, Lena wanted to go to Norway, so they did.

Ole remarked it was the best anniversary that he ever had. After the anniversary in Norway, he had plenty of money and could spend it any way he wanted. He could go hunting, fishing, gambling, buy a new car or motorcycle – just live it up.

I asked Ole if he had any plans for his 50th. Ole replied as to how he was slowing down with age and he was short of money. He would be returning to Norway for his 50th. I asked why. Ole replied, “To get Lena.”

‘Twas then we went back to bass fishing!

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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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