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It’s time for another running-of-the-words column. You figure out the fact or fiction of the words.

In my June 29 column I wrote about the three water sprinklers in Fountain Lake that can create rainbows under the right conditions. The reader was told not to go out in the water as the rainbows were man-made by the Park and Rec employees of Albert Lea. Thus, no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Three lady employees of Security State Bank enjoy looking out of the window on the south side of the bank, especially when the three sprinklers are on and they can see the end of the three rainbows in the water.

They remembered reading my column saying there wasn’t a pot of gold. They also recalled the title of the column, “Fact or Fiction, You Decide.” The more they talked about the column, the more they thought that the column just might be “fact.” The more they thought about it, the more convinced they became. It might just be the fact it bothered them. The three agreed they must check it out if there was a pot of gold or not. The question became, “How could three ladies wade into the water by the sprinkler and hopefully find a pot of gold?”

Each day they saw the rainbows, the urge to know increased, just like an itch that must be scratched. Finally, they couldn’t resist the urge to check the end of the rainbows any longer. They decided to get in a rowboat with rain gear on and row out to the three sprinklers.

They couldn’t figure out when all three would be able to be together because they all worked Monday through Friday. On Saturday morning, at least one of them worked. Sunday morning was church and family time. This left them in a dilemma, as clear mornings were the only time you could see the rainbows.

Suddenly, a light bulb was lit when they realized the bank was closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. They met at 6:30 a.m. hopped in the rowboat dressed in their rain gear and rowed out to the sprinklers. The sun came up, the sky was clear. It was a beautiful day to see the Park and Rec-created rainbows. They waited and waited and waited and waited but no water came out of the sprinklers.

On Tuesday, the front page of the Albert Lea Tribune had an article about all the local changes that happened over Labor Day. School started in many towns and the sprinkler system in Fountain Lake being shut off were two of the many changes. They even included before and after pictures of the sprinklers.

In summary, these ladies were delayed an itch until next summer.

P.S. Two local Norwegians (Bruce from Glenville and Bob formerly of Beaver Lake) want to borrow a three-seat rowboat when the sprinklers are turned on next year. The third seat will be sold to the highest bidder. Bid and you could scratch your itch to know if there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with Bruce and Bob.


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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