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This will be another one of my hop-scotch columns (a running of the words).

Fire Boss is the name of a new airplane on floats used to fight forest fires. It cam scoop up to 820 gallons of water in 30 seconds and be on its way to the fire. I have seen the older big belly plane that can scoop up to 2,000 gallons and fly away (this was in Ontario, Canada).

What is the longest female name in the English language that can be spelled backward and forward and be the same? Try Hannah.

A sharp Lutheran church secretary in Albert Lea tried to explain the therapy program she uses when down in the dumps. She gets some U.S. currency, hops in her car and heads for the Mall of America. The medical term for this is Retail Therapy. I refer you to LeAnn for further information, either at church or her home in Geneva.

Did you know insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to one? I guess you could say it’s a buggy world.

Something to think about. How do you know you’re old? When every relative is younger than you at your family reunion picnic.

The Sunday bulletin at a good sized church read, “Traditional sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ Youth sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’”

Can you name the mother and daughter who took second place in the Albert Lea Tribune Mother and Child Lookalike Contest? Hubby Randy Heideman can.

Shortly after my column on Bob Goetz, Bob Hanson and Paul Proft figuring out how to revert to the good old days of keeping six walleyes, I got an e-mail from a Dr. I.M. Fishy, chief of Minnesota DNR Enforcement. The good doctor congratulated us on how we lawfully caught six walleyes in the good old days. He said there would be a roadside checkpoint at Keliher, Minn., — just south of Red Lake — on Saturday, May 9. With the license plate number of our vehicle he would see that we weren’t detained at the checkpoint.

We knew he was baiting the older, very cagy and very gold walleye fishermen that we are. We read the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Regulations. True, the limit was one at Mille Lacs, four at Leach and two walleyes at Red Lake, per person in possession. There was a sentence that said the total possession was six walleyes per person in possession. Trouble!

We laid out one penny, four pennies and two pennies. We then counted and recounted, getting seven each time. This meant we would be one walleye too many and Dr. I.M. Fishy would nail us.

Now you know why three older, very cagy and very good walleye fishermen didn’t go walleye fishing the day of the opener, May 9, 2015, in the great state of Minnesota.

By the way, there is no possession limit on suckers that we three would have been.

P.S. These three older, very cagy, very good walleye fishermen are rethinking the days of bullhead fishing. It was real simple. Maybe it’s the current way to fish!


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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