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“The good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Most of you have heard, spoken or seen those words in print. Many of you saw the movie the phrase came from, starring Clint Eastwood, better known as “Blondie” in the film. Genie and I lived a week of the good, the bad and the ugly. (Thursday, Sept. 22-Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016)

The good:

Congratulations to Slyvan and Evelyn Jacobson as their farm was recognized as a Century Farm during the Steele County Fair. (We found this out in the Star Eagle farming news Sept. 22.

The Minnesota Vikings won their second game in a row Sunday, Sept. 25—two for two to start the league season. (The name of the Vikings mascot is: A. Bret B. Gjallarhorn C. U.S. Bank D. Viktor E. Skol—the answer will be at the end of this column.)

The annual Soup and Pie Supper was held at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Mary Ann Atchison was the chair with Gary Goette, Kathy Legried and Ole Olson leading the volunteer workers in pleasing 517 eaters to leave full and content.

Genie and I celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Old Mill in Austin with a noon meal followed by a sundae for two with two spoons.

The bad:

Thursday, Sept. 22 our cell phone rang at 4:45 a.m. with a very excited neighbor saying, “The east end of Burr Oak Drive and the middle of Marie Ave. are under water!”

The ugly:

Thursday, Sept. 22 our rain gauge on the south side of the house read six inches of rain while the rain gauge on the north side of the house read eight inches. Why the two-inch difference? I don’t know, but the basement floor was covered in two inches of water. We managed to keep the water from getting above two inches, thus the problem was the wet carpet on the floor. 

After using a wet vac, two dehumidifiers and three fans over six days, the carpet was treated by Steam Brothers so as to make the carpet usable once again.

The rain caused us to cancel our planned one-week anniversary to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas beginning Sept. 28.


Short Shorts

A. Many of our neighbors had so much water in their basements that electrical appliances had to be replaced.

B. City of Albert Lea officials need to spend taxpayers’ money according to the taxpayers’ needs, not the City’s wants.

C. Per Waseca resident Russ after 14 inches of rain, “Those living in Waseca had a tough time to find a street open to get out of town. Those out of town had a tough time to find an open street to get into town.”

D. Viktor is the name of the Minnesota Vikings’ mascot.

E. “Don’t Let the Rains Come Down” is the song of this area for the month of October.


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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