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Guess where you can find Genie and me away from home at least twice between August 13 and August 18? If you guessed the Steele County Fair in Owatonna, you’re right.

You know we’ll be chowing down on all that good-to-the-taste (but not necessarily good for the body) fair food. We’ll try to reduce the potential harm to the body by exercising (dancing) to the entertainment in the Square on the Fairgrounds, Yes, dancing on the grass is do-able!!

You haven’t lived until you’ve gotten a surprise when you opened your mailbox. How about he surprise when you realized you weren’t showering alone? Have you looked real close to what is inside a drawer when you open it? Or worse yet, what’s inside your socks and underwear jut as you’re going to put them on?

The aforementioned are places where we have found a scary looking critter with pinchers known as an earwig. According to folklore they like to enter the human ear – thus the name earwig.

Even a Lutheran church can think outside the box. Moscow Lutheran Church needs roof repairs, and of course that costs money. The church members held an informal get-together a few years ago on how to handle such cash shortages. Long-time members Jack and Anita mentioned: “Feed them and they will come with money in hand.” Thus, once a year the church has a drive-in restaurant, with food brought to your car, or you can eat at outside tables or in the church basement. Genie and I attended the packed-house, leave-your-money event Sunday evening, June 21.

I had to have blood drawn at the Albert Lea Medical Center before any breakfast. We decided to go to Diana’s Cafe on South Broadway for breakfast afterwards.

Diana is way ahead of the emphasis on “Save a Tree By Recycling.” She takes your order with nothing written down. The great tasting food is delivered just as you ordered. No guest check – you go to the cash register and pay by cash or check. (No credit cards accepted.) With a big smile Diana thanks you. The only paper she wants to see is in payment plus tip on the table. When all is said and done, Diana has shown you how to save part of a tree!

According to the Albert Lea Tribune newspaper’s 2013 Reader’s Choice voting, Genie and I agreed with our peers on two of the businesses. What is really a tribute to the businesses is that they are not in Albert Lea where most of the readers live. That means the voter has to go out of their way to use the service of the business. Congratulations to Floors 4-U in Ellendale and Sorenson’s Appliance and TV in Geneva. (Yes, Genie and I agreed on most of the “Best of the Best” as voted by our peers.)

Move over, “Corn Palace” in Mitchell, South Dakota. You have competition. “Corn Palace” in New Richland, Minnesota specializes in the use of corn also – I guess you might say the above is rather corny!

As of this writing, there are a few seats left on the Twins bus August 12. Call 383-8655 if interested. The great Twins prognosticator, Bert Blyleven, has predicted the score of the game even before it starts!

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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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