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Latest New Richland, Minnesota, weather

Last year at this time, the warm weather convinced most of us the truth in Global warming.

This year, at the same time as last year, the weather convinced most of us that Global Warming was not the truth.

In conclusion, the truth is just like this column: it is either “fact or fiction – you decide.”

Put another way, “Weather will be weather, whether you like it or not.”

The old saying of “The robin will see snow three times on her back before nesting” is no longer valid. At last count, it has snowed nine times on her back, and no nests have yet been built.

It was interesting watching the ducks, geese, and gulls when they first arrived this questionable spring. The ducks and geese accepted any open water they could find. We even had a male and female Mallard check out our open water bird bath. The first Canadian honkers hung around the open water by the lake aerators. The gulls couldn’t find any warm ice for their cold feet.

One good thing about all the late snow and lots of rain is the moisture. The creeks and rivers have risen, the lakes have come up a few inches, and even the field tiles are draining water off the fields.

The war, dry weather last summer and fall was ideal for a bumper crop of boxelder bugs this late spring. I’ve been conducting an experiment on those I catch in the house. They can swim an average of two minutes and ten seconds after I release them in the toilet bowl.

Judy Hellie of East Freeborn Lutheran Church is sympathetic to the boxelder bugs being so cold due to the low temperatures. She lets them sit on the microwave door as she warms up her tea water. When her tea water is warm, so is the boxelder bug. A win-win for all.

Two hundred fifty people served two pancakes per, over fifty years of five times per year, is 125,000 pancakes flipped. Newell, did you realize this would happen? LeRoy and Newell Sommers, you are a great 50th Anniversary couple.

We have a large number of junco (snowbirds) feeding on small seeds in our Albert Lea back yard. One of them has a long pure whit feather sticking out of its tail.

The weather forecasters are now assigning an alphabetical name to each major snowstorm. They began with an “A” and are now at “Y” (Yogi). The area snowbirds are using this as a guide to leave for their area home. In other words, the closer to “Z,” the better the time to head home!

Cousin Cheryl Davis from Sacramento, Calif. came back to Minnesota for a visitation in April. While here, she was lucky enough to see it snow. She also attended our Christmas family gathering which had been held over many times due to the weather.

Evie Toft, your birthday is very special to a lot of people. How do I know this? Because most of Ellendale was at your birthday party Saturday, April 21. (Those who weren’t there sent a birthday card!)


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. 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. Bob says if you enjoy his column, 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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