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Our driveway was already slipping into a sad state of affair

Finlayson News
Maxine Meyer
320-233-7774
moc.oohay@margxamnm

Greetings everyone.

Our driveway was already slipping into a sad state of affair, an extra 10 inches of snow didn’t help the condition. This of course is not new for our dirt road driveways in the country so those nice warm and sunny days are more than welcome to help dry them out. This is one time of year when I wish we had a paved drive.

We gave Dennis Mecl, Apple Valley, a call over the weekend to see how over the road trucking went on Friday. He said his company shut them down when the roads got bad so he sat this last one out in Fargo, ND.

It was Friday when Gary and I celebrated our anniversary, 4/4/2014 was our 44th. We received lots of greetings and well wishes over Facebook. One friend, Veronica Sarno, Bloomington, says: “That’s a lot of fours!” We received several phone calls, too, and one call was from Carol and Dave Christensen of Rapid City, South Dakota. She said they hit 44 years last May, now closing in on their 45th. There is always a wise-cracker in the crowd.

Sunday visitors were Gary’s Aunt Esther, cousins Joan, Jill Shockley and Jane and Rob Shull, all from the Eagan and Burnsville area. Esther’s son, Larry, now lives in Wisconsin and was unable to make the trip but he keeps in contact with Gary. Larry is doing well, and owns a nice ranch where he keeps his 30 horses happy. He tells us he has two horses that sound just like our Prince and keep him busy with their tricks. Gary must be a favorite of his Aunt, she is 91 years young and baked Gary a fresh custard pie.

Gary’s recent illness has given us the gift of reconnecting not only with family members but also with friends. During Gary’s 20 years at the Eden Prairie Fire Department he developed many friendships. When we left that city behind years ago we also lost contact with those folks. Last week, the fire department hosted a ‘Breakfast with Gary’ and the response of attendees was overwhelming. Gary was served a specially prepared breakfast to suit his new diet, and we mixed and mingled for hours catching up. It was not only an honor, it was a gift to get to see them all again. We sure had a good time.

Deloris Schirmer got a bit worried

BORDERLINE NEWS – by Bob Brewster

Deloris Schirmer got a bit worried about all the snow on her roof so she hired it removed. She says when it all melts she is sending the water down the hill so look out below – LOL

The guest speaker at the March meeting of the East Pine County Wanderers was Kathy Nelson from Cloverdale, Minnesota. After teaching for 27 years in Colorado, Kathy then taught for 5 years at the International School in Kyrgystan. She presented an excellent slide show for the seniors on her experiences. Kathy also volunteered for a non-profit orphanage and was very instrumental in raising funds for a little boy from the orphanage to have heart surgery in Switzerland. Thank you, Kathy, for all that you do.

Last Friday at the Cloverton Town Hall, Lucy Basler from Webster gave a presentation about family-directed after life care and final arrangements that can be provided as an alternative to traditional funerals. A wide ranging number of topics were discussed, and everyone that attended learned a lot.

Welcome to April

Finlayson News
Maxine Meyer
320-233-7774
moc.oohay@margxamnm

Greetings everyone.

Welcome to April. I always like seeing April come, its really a toss up if its going to be a spring-like month or a winter-like month, but there is always hope for the transition. I drove south this past week and there is a marked difference in the landscape from here to south of Hinckley. In fact, in the metro area there is barely any snow. Here – I think we still have a good two feet of snow on the ground, and the bare spot, in front of our front door step, has a good 2 inches of water. Anyway, on that drive I saw lots of snowmobiles were coming north to enjoy our wonderful winter wonderland. (cough)

Our son, Todd, and his wife Jacquie Meyer, Eden Prairie, spent a few days last week up at Lake of the Woods and did some fishing. They caught 13 ‘keepers’ but said the fishing just wasn’t as good as it usually is around the first of February. They were happy with their catches though.

Dianne (Arazim) Noska, Browerville emailed me the other day and said her husband has been going north of their Brainerd area giving a shot at fishing too, but just not catching much of anything.
A letter I received from Gladys (Ryan) Fish, Burbank, California, says she’s been ‘rockin and rollin’ over there from several earthquake shocks in the past two weeks. She recently had a fall, but has been recovering at home nicely.

Lois Sorensen, Sandstone, tells me she and her faithful companion, Dandy, are waiting for the first dandelions to show up. Me too.

The horses are shedding, no surprise since the weather warmed up. They just love when you coming out to rub their head and they enthusiastically rub back in hopes you remove some of that thick winter coat. I’ve gotten them brushed down once already but I always hate brushing them out to early, it is Minnesota after all.

There will be a memorial service for Eleanor Prokop on April 12, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s in Finlayson. She will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling, where her husband is buried.

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