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This week’s column is another “hopscotch” column.

As most of you know, Johnson is the most common last name in Minnesota, per the last census. One of the many VIP Johnsons lives in the Beaver Lake area. Her name is Margella Johnson.

When we moved from Beaver Lake to Albert Lea the year around, I took the weather stick with us. When it points up – no rain, down – rain, in the middle – maybe rain. It has been 100 percent accurate this spring.

Many thanks to St Theodore’s Catholic School in Albert Lea for inviting Genie and me to their Volunteer Mass and Brunch. Mandy Grzybowski and staff were excellent hosts.

Wayne Indrellie might have a problem. He is worried that he might lose his “man cave” or else build onto the house. Wife Bev’s team took first place in bowling to add to her many bowling trophies. The question Bev has is where to display all the trophies in one location. Good luck, Wayne.

Genie received a very interesting letter in the mail. By filling out a form, which she did, she might be eligible to vote in the primary and general election of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe at Bena, Minnesota.

Once again Liz LaFrance and Dr. Salazar in Urgent Care at Mayo in Albert Lea treated this old Norwegian like royalty. Liz even met me at the gift shop (along with a helper) to make sure I found my way to the front exit.

Modern technology is great. Most households have a computer but many households don’t use it much beyond email. Our household is most certainly of the “email usage only” variety. Even where Genie and I volunteer to teach Vacation Bible School in remote northern Canada villages, most households have a computer.

Did you know the scammers now have what they call a “Sucker’s List?” This is a listing of names that have been suckered into some sort of scam. This list is then available to anyone via the computer. It seems once scammed, a person is a good candidate to be scammed again. Thus the term “Sucker’s List.”

We think Genie might be on that list. The latest was a telephone call to her to renew her Guideposts subscription by giving her credit card number over the phone. Genie balked and asked for a billing in the mail, which they supplied, with an address in Virginia to send payment to. I called Guideposts in Harlan, Iowa, and was informed this was a scam. Now the scammers are threatening to turn Genie in for collection. Magazine subscribers beware.

Do you like the taste of fresh caught fish? If so, nice sized bluegills are biting on night crawlers at Beaver Lake in front of the beach in about eight feet of water over sandy bottom. I’m referring to 8” and bigger. Evening or a cloudy day is the best. The smaller bluegills are biting in shallow water by weeds.

Do fishermen lie? Only when they get caught!


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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