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Did you know that Tuesday, March 8, 2016 was National Pancake Day? I’m not referring to stalling an airplane and letting the plane drop flat to make a pancake landing — I’m referring to what the Sommers brothers of Ellendale fame and Dennis Brue of Albert Lea are known for flipping as you watch while your taste buds salivate in anticipation.

On Sunday, March 6, Senior Resources of Albert Lea scheduled their fundraiser brunch-breakfast at Bayview in Albert Lea. Surprisingly, the main entrée was pancakes flipped by Dennis Brue.

I’m not sure if any of the Senior Resources board members knew it was the week of National Pancakes or not. Either way, it was very successful with about 400 served.

Members of the Senior Resources board, employers and family members kept things flowing smoothly. If you left with your tummy not fully expanded, it was your own fault. 

It was a pleasure to watch the workers perform as a team. Everyone had their own job, whether it was taking donations, serving food, pouring beverages, seating, or just making the event enjoyable.

Molly Lund, Maggie Lund, Shelby Evans, Kaylee Evans and Mallory Evans were the five school-age young ladies bussing the tables and keeping the seating area organized (to those of you who follow basketball, they were the “fab five”). I wonder where the five learned their great work ethic, as they really kept things running smoothly.

It took me a while to figure out what the job of Todd Domke was just standing by Wayne Indrelie as we went through the line. Finally, a light-bulb answer: “Todd’s job was to portion-control the amount of bologna Wayne was dishing out.”

Many thanks to Todd and staff at Bayview for the use of the facility. 

Onto another “hello spring, good bye winter” event. Some people called this a prime example of cabin fever. Central Freeborn Lutheran Church of rural Albert Lea had a “guess when the snow on the west side of the parking lot would all be gone” contest. The contest was sponsored by F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely on God) with the winner receiving a DQ ice cream cake. The guessing ended after church on Sunday, March 6.

The weather turned unseasonably warm the next day (March 7). T’was then the security camera showed lots of car activity driving in to look at how much snow was left.

As of this writing, there is some snow left with the vehicle activity greatly increased per the security camera. Genie guessed March 10, and I guessed April 6. As of this writing, Genie is out and I’m still in the contest.


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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