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The following observation is an old biker’s (me) definition of An Accident Looking For A Place To Happen. (This was seen on Marie Ave. in Albert Lea.)

Him and her on a motorcycle with him driving the bike. Both no helmet, both tank top shirt and shorts with sandals for shoes. She is not hanging onto him or the bike while texting!

The “Good Morning America” TV show has been pushing to buy “Made in the USA” products. The show went on to ask the viewer to keep this in mind on any non-perishable item when purchasing. A classic example was miniature American flags made in China.

In getting ready to go fishing, I decided to check some of the items I needed. A Minnesota 2010 Dairy Queen cap, some fishhooks and lures, my pocket book calendar, a little flashlight. Yup, all made in China!

As adults we all know what “T.G.I.F.” is in English. In visiting a first-grade classroom I noticed all the shoes had “T.G.I.F.” on each shoe. Curiosity got the best of me, so I asked the teacher to explain. “Toe Goes In First” was the answer!

There are a lot of “-ologist” people in this world. An ichthyologist is a person who is up on the study of fish. A malacologist is a person who is up on the study of mollusks. A malarkologist is a person who is up on the study of nonsense. The writer of this column is a charter member of the local Malarkologist’s Club.

This has been a very busy spring-summer for Genie. She has had laser and cataract eye surgery plus knee surgery. The net result is, she can see me a lot further away, plus it doesn’t take her as long to run me down.

As of this week I have 50,000 miles on my bike. Each ride is 25 miles. Doing the math, that means I’ve ridden the bike 2,000 times. The bike was a Father’s Day present 16 years ago. Doing the math, it is ridden 3,125 miles per year. Thanks, Dan, for the stationary bike.

“Twofer” is when you get two of something at the same time. I’ve shot one shot and got two ducks, also one shot and got two pheasants. I caught two bass at the same time on one lure. The following is a first “twofer” for me.

The gray squirrels are so thick in our yard in Albert Lea that I decided to relocate some of them. You’re right, I caught two of them at the same time in my live trap. They are now living happily in rural Freeborn County.

The Albert Lea Tribune, on a yearly basis, has those who want you to vote for who you think is the best. The best dentist, best restaurant, etc. in Freeborn County. One category they don’t have is the best “bedside manner” doctor. Genie and I both cast our vote for Dr. Kelley in Urgent Care at the Albert Lea Medical Center. Dr. Kelley has a full head of gray hair, is about 60 years old and not very tall. Dr. Kelley, you are great. 

By the way, Dr. Kelley is one fantastic Grandma-type lady.


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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