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Latest New Richland, Minnesota, weather

Mother Nature and the Mother of Invention work hand in hand. Mother Nature gave us three days of warm weather and then rain to make the grass turn green and grow. The Mother of Invention gave us a lawn mower to cut the grass. 

My neighbor was the first person in Albert Lea to mow his grass this spring. (Late this year compared to last year, but remember – Mother Nature controls.)

Mother Nature gave us plenty of free nitrogen to fertilize the above lawn in the form of wet, heavy snow (From ten to 18 inches depending on where you live). The Mother of Invention gave us a snow blower to move the snow as we see fit (This was done on May 2 by my neighbor).

From the mowing of grass and the blowing of snow, I am certain my neighbor (Roger Erickson) has connections with the two above-mentioned Mothers. Speaking of weather, are the following statements true or false? The answers are at the end of this column.

1. It has snowed every month in Minnesota except July.

2. It has frozen every month in Minnesota except July.

3. The most snow ever in NRHEG Country for the month of May was in the year 2013.

4. It has snowed on Memorial Day in NRHEG Country.

5. It has frozen on Father’s Day in NRHEG Country.

6. One year in NRHEG Country, it never got warmer than 90 degrees.

7. It has rained every month of the year in NRHEG Country.

8. There has been thunder and lightning every month of the year in NRHEG Country.

9. There has been a double rainbow each summer for the last 14 years in NRHEG Country.

10. The answer to all ten of these statements is not false.

Congratulations to Jay Crabtree on being promoted to Sergeant in the Albert Lea Police Department.

The ice-out on area lakes was April 23 (give or take a day) this year. This was later than usual. So far, it has never gone out after April 30 in this area. 

Many years in Northern Minnesota, a fisherman hasn’t had to buy ice for the fishing opener; he’d get his ice out of the lake. How do I know this to be true? Because I swept snow out of the boat to go get ice out of Leech Lake one fishing opener.

I have a nose that knows the good smell of food. My nose sniffed out a new place to eat in New Richland. I followed the smell right to The Lunchbox in downtown New Richland. Can your sniffer find it?

While at The Lunchbox for breakfast, a farmer friend joined me. We swapped small talk waiting for our food. He voiced his concern about getting a good crop this fall, as planting was very late this spring. 

When I said the table grace, I included my friend’s concern for the crop. Just prior to saying “Amen,” my friend said, “Saturn and Cronus, I hope you’re listening.” As we were eating, he explained that Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture and Cronus was the Greek god.

As you know, the weather people have a name for each snowstorm of the season using the letters of the alphabet. Prior to the May 2 storm, they had made it to “Yogi,” thus “Z” would be used for May 2. In NRHEG Country, the locals have decided “Zee End” would summarize their feelings for the season.

P.S.: The ten statements are all true. “Zee End,” then, is my closing for this column!


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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