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Coming to Albert Lea sometime in May: a picture of a young man on a big outdoor billboard very visible as you drive by.

Who is this young celebrity? His parents, from Cabin 97 on Beaver Lake, will recognize him. His two brothers — one from the Cities, the other Albert Lea — will recognize him. His wife, a nurse in dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, will recognize him. His kids will be ecstatic when they recognize Daddy. His fellow Noon Lions members will ask him to contribute to the Lions kitty (at least a dollar). His fellow employees at Home Federal in Albert Lea will recognize him — most likely coffee treats will be his treat. With all the publicity, I hope he recognizes the man on the billboard when he looks in the mirror.

In case you haven’t figured out who this young celebrity is, call (507) 379-2552 for the answer. In case of an unanswered phone, contact the president of the Ladies at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea for his identity.

The feathered, two-legged snowbirds have gone north. The two-legged Minnesota snowbirds have come back north to home. The farmers have been doing their spring fieldwork. The ducks and geese are nesting. Many of the spring flowers are in bloom. The late arriving birds are here. Cabin fever is a thing of the past. The snow is all gone. Even Yogi Bera would admit winter is over in Southern Minnesota, as we’re now into May. 

The year the Twins won the World Series they started out very slow with two wins and nine losses in the first 11 games. In 2016 the Twins’ record was two wins and nine losses in the first 11 games. Do you suppose history will repeat itself?

A reminder of the bus on Thursday, July 26 to Lutheran Night at the Twins departing from behind Slumberland in Albert Lea. Cost is $45 per person to hold a seat. More details later. Call (507) 373-8655 to get a seat. 

Why does the Queen of England always carry a scepter? Because everybody works ‘cept her.

By now many of you know the young man on the big outdoor billboard is Kevin LaFrance. Kevin, you are most certainly a prime portrayal of “Minnesota Nice.” It is truly my privilege, along with many others, to know you.


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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