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Do you think “Tis better to give than receive” or “Tis better to receive than give”?

The following is how you can have it both ways.

You must be a sophisticated AARP qualified significant other with ties to the Ellendale-Geneva area and your last name is one of the following: Altern, Aitchison, Arnfelt, Brekke, Broskoff, Buckingham, Christensen, Cornelius, Crabtree, Dahl, DenHerder, Evans, Fogel, Groth, Grunwald, Hagen, Hanson, Holland, Ingram, Jensen, Johnson, Kaplan, Keyes, Kottke, Klemmensen, Korman, LaFrance, Larson, Lee, Lerberg, Mrotz, Mucha, Nelson, Newell, Pecht, Sommers, Sorenson, Swearingen, Thompson, Toft, Torgerson, Wayne, White or Worrell.

As Clint Eastwood said “Go ahead, make my day.” Here is your chance, make a 1st of May basket for that significant other. (Dandelions will be just fine for the flower.) If you’re a female make a big “May 10” or a male make a big “June 21” and put in the basket with no signature. And deliver mysteriously.

Come the day you put in the basket, you will get your reward.

If no reward, that person is just like the northbound vehicle on I-35 as it passes the Hope exit. “Beyond Hope.”

March came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb. Mama Robin has had snow on her back three times since arriving here. The ice is out of the lake. Gulls are getting fries in McDonald’s parking lot. All this tells us spring has sprung.

It makes one proud to observe rural America. For example:

In March the Willows restaurant and lounge donated to the area Girl Scouts from their brunch on Sunday, March 15. They also donated to the Area Food Shelf from their brunch on Sunday, March 22.

An info. ad, the “Wagner Watch” appeared each week of the Big Ten season for the Minnesota women’s basketball team in the Star Eagle.

The big kitty in the Star Eagle office will completely ignore you.

This is the fourteenth year of this column. I have decided not to write every week but will continue as long as I’m able on a yearround basis.


A pair of bald eagles are nesting within the city limits of Albert Lea.

The Red Leaf Café in New Richland does catering.

Tootsie Roll Pop suckers are also now shaped like Easter eggs.

The roof on the grandstand at the Fairgrounds in Albert Lea is red, white and blue.

All ages can give a May Day basket.


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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