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Ecclesiastes 3:18: a time to be born a time to die.

Leslie Miller Olson, 8-21-29 born, 2-7-15 died. Per the service at the Hartland Evangelical Church on February 11, 2015, “I have called you by name, Leslie. You are mine,” read the banner on the wall.

One could say Les was a fun loving, grandpa-type, Bible-reading Hartlandite person loved by all who knew him.

“I have loved Ila with an everlasting love,” (Jeremiah 31:3) was the banner at the memorial service for Ila Joan Schmidt on Saturday, February 14 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden.

Ila was one great sweetheart of a lady that one had to love. Most appropriately, her memorial service was held on Sweethearts (Valentine’s) Day. Blessed be the memory of her voice and neat giggle.

A test of intelligence of the local ice fish residents. Where are there a lot of fish houses on St. Olaf Lake and only one or two on Beaver Lake? Where are the crappies biting? Are the crappies in Beaver Lake smarter or dumber than those in St. Olaf Lake? Are the fish house residents at Beaver Lake smarter or dumber than those at St. Olaf Lake? The nice fish house residents at which lake watched the movie, “Dumb and Dumber?”

Per Minnesota Outdoor News, a group of juveniles decided to ram fish houses with their truck. They rammed the first house, but it was a spear house and they ended up dropping the front end of their truk into the spear hole, in the process getting stuck. Several charges are pending, along with a hefty tow bill.

It is rumored that the law enforcement of the above incident has recommended the above juveniles star in the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber.”

The popularity of ice fishing is on the rise. For example, up 12 percent in the last five years. There were more than 11,000 at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza and Gull Lakes.

The deadline for the removal of fish house is March 2 in Southern Minnesota and March 16 in Northern Minnesota. A word to the wise: the conservation officer just might have marked your fish house location with GPS. If there is trash left on the ice, you are subject to a $1,000 fine.

Genie and I enjoyed this Valentine’s Day a big differently. Not only did we exchange Valentine’s cards, we also enjoyed a DQ Valentine ice cream cake with red X’s and O’s.


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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