In doing a survey of the readership of this paper, I discovered a lot of interesting statistics. For example:
• You are one of about 6,000 readers who have either or will read part or all of this week’s Star Eagle.
• The most read is Al Batt, with the police blotter a close second.
• The readership will greatly increase with pictures of local interest (for example, the NRHEG Girls’ State Championship Basketball Team).
• Many of the readers of the Star Eagle get the newspaper passed down from others. They read it at their place of employment, at a medical appointment, or second-hand from a relative. (Fellow Hospital Auxilians in Albert Lea Arlene Murray and Darlene Nicolai are prime examples of second-hand readership.)
To make this survey legal, I must let you know it is subject to plus-or-minus 100 percent in error.
Along the lines of second-hand readership, Jim Lutgens, Editor and Publisher, has decided that if readers furnish the picture of a person in uniform in a foreign country reading the Star Eagle, he will publish the first 50.
In mentioning the Albert Lea Hospital Auxiliary, I should point out our All-Day Book Sale Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31 on the lower level at the hospital. There is a large variety of books.
October 31 is Trick or Treat Day. Fortunately, it is usually Treat Day.
October 31, 1991 was a Trick Day, as it was the beginning of a major storm in this area. No electricity, power lines down, almost 30 inches of snow, a real mess. Reid Knudsen of Clarks Grove was freezing and trying to deliver mail in Albert Lea on November 1. ‘Twas then he was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness in the form of hot soup in a hot cup. Twelve years later, Reid is still thanking Genie and me. (He says the soup is getting better with age!)
The fall migration is in full swing. All those two-legged creatures are headed south – whether it be birds or Minnesotans, they want out of the snow.
Genie and I are slow learners (especially me). We plan on having a white winter. Deer hunting at Cass Lake in November. Christmas by the Lake bus to Clear Lake, Ia. on December 7. Perch fishing on Leech Lake late December or early January. The Eel Pout Festival at Walker, Minn., mid-February. Ice fishing at Lake of the Woods, late February or early March. NRHEG Girls’ State Basketball final game in March.
It will then be April and I plan on writing this column weekly. Until then, it will be sporadic.
See Dorothy or Swan Tollefson for information as to performances at Chanhassen Dinner Theater by grandson Adam Moen.
At our 50th Anniversary party at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church on a Saturday, many of our Catholic friends attended. At the Soup and Pie Supper (two days later) at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church, many of these same friends attended. Genie and I now refer to them as “Lutheran Associates.”
Genie is the retired R.N. who led a tour of first graders from St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in at the hospital in Albert Lea. The tour made the front page of the Albert Lea Tribune.) Two days later Genie and I helped do Reader’s Theater (we read and play-acted a book to the kids) at St. Theodore’s School. Genie and I are now referred to as “Catholic Associates.”
A big favor to ask for a young feller named Max Hanson living in Owatonna, age 11. Please include Max in your prayers as he is having major health issues.
Max thanks you. His parents, Scott and Christy, thank you. His grandparents, Paul and Paula, thank you. Genie and I thank you. Remember, there is Always Room For God.
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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.