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Board a coach bus behind Slumberland in Albert Lea for a neat Christmas activity on Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m. 

The bus is going to Clear Lake, Iowa for Christmas activities. You can tour Main Street with a petting zoo, Santa Claus, strolling Dickens characters, carriage rides, antique shopping, plus many other Christmas-related activities.

A lighted Christmas parade at 4 p.m. is followed by fireworks over the lake (the parade and fireworks can be viewed from the bus).

All this fresh air should make you hungry. This problem will be solved by the bus taking us to KFC in Clear Lake for a chicken buffet.

Once you’re full of chicken, you can nap on the way back to Albert Lea. “Rudolph’s Retirement Community” can be viewed if you can keep one eye open. Expect to be back home about 9 p.m.

“Deal or No Deal” will be played on the bus en route to Clear Lake for prizes. Reservations are required. 

Contact Bob or Genie Hanson at 373-8655 or Wayne or Bev Indrelie at 826-3267 (If you plan to attend, dress warmly). This event is sponsored by F.R.O.G. (“Fully Rely On God”) of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church (my church). The price is $25 per person, with $5 cash back per person if the 55-passenger coach bus is filled.

Paul and Paula, Beaver Lake summer residents from Owatonna, both retired at the same time. At their retirement party they received a “throne” to be shared. The throne, with embedded fish flies, fits any standard size toilet. Would you call this a fishy seater?

Roger and Linda Worrell were the 2012 Beaver Lake Random Act of Kindness award winners. As Beaver Lake summer residents, they keep a rusted old F-150 Ford truck at Beaver Lake year round. 

They decided to do something outside the box (the box of the truck, that is). Prior to leaving the lake for their home in Ohio, they washed and hand waxed the F-150!

Ecclesiastes is my favorite book in the Bible (namely, a time for everything). After 37 summers, Genie and I have decided it is time to say goodbye to cabin 67 at Beaver Lake.

I will continue writing this article, with a slight name change to “Fact or Fiction.”

We will have more time to be “vagabonds.” This writing will be about our travels October through April, and then weekly the rest of the year.

Genie will be working on her Doctorate in Volunteering, while I will be working on my Masters in Volunteering.

By the time you read this, we have gone south – to Albert Lea.

In closing this article: Thanks, cabin 67, for the memories.

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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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