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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:40 AM
During the first weekend of August, my Vander Plas family members gathered together on “the home farm” just west of Preston. Affectionately called “the home farm” by my father and other family members, it is the farm where my grandparents raised most of their family and other relatives, aunts and uncles and cousins, have lived for periods of time over the years.
  • Still hope for special session?
    As a follow-up to last week’s column, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is still holding out hope, or at least trying to put some pressure on the possibility, that state leaders will come to an agreement on holding a special session to deal with the issues — tax relief, bonding and comprehensive transportation funding — that were left unresolved last session. 
  • Not long ago I was a very early bird and had purchased groceries at a big store in the Twin Cities. I pushed my cart out to the car, and unloaded the groceries into the trunk. I got inside, started the car, and was prepared to drive away. Suddenly, someone was rapping on the passenger side window of the car. I rolled down that window, and the man leaned in and said, “You left your purse in the grocery cart!”
  • Missing loved ones still part of family reunions
    During the first weekend of August, my Vander Plas family members gathered together on “the home farm” just west of Preston. Affectionately called “the home farm” by my father and other family members, it is the farm where my grandparents raised most of their family and other relatives, aunts and uncles and cousins, have lived for periods of time over the years.
  • School yourself to see a ‘new’ outdoors
    When you’re outdoors, I hope you don’t find yourself saying, “Oh, this just gets to be the same old thing.”
  • Team mascots come in many interesting varieties
    It was good visiting with Mark Chicos at a farm show. I recalled the days when his family had a slow-pitch softball team. Every player on the team shared the Chicos name except one. His last name was Lust. He was a cousin.
  • Some things are just a joy to behold
    Seeing an organized and efficient operation in action makes my heart sing. But, being organized and being efficient are not the same things. Being organized typically means “having a place for everything and everything in its place.” Being efficient includes and is dependent on having things in the right place.
  • School yourself to see a ‘new’ outdoors
    With summer around the corner (at least I figure we’re all pretty much thinking that right here and now – and impatiently drumming our fingers), maybe this is the year you’d like to learn a new skill or try a new activity. One of the easiest ways to do that is with the “I Can!” program offered by the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources).
  • Summer sports ending, high school athletics set to begin
    Sounds like all the fall sports teams in the area have all gotten off to a good start. I’ve taken a few team pictures and those coaches I’ve talked to are all really fired up.
  • Stridulation produces unique kind of music
    A brown thrasher moved across the lawn like a tiny velociraptor.
  • New novel will leave readers in a puddle
    Rain, rain, go away.
    That never worked, did it? You could chant those four words endlessly, trying to keep your picnic, reunion or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up and there you were. Rain, rain, go away — unless, as in the new novel “I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows, that’s the kind of storm you really need. 
  • Some days are spent focusing on mish-mash
    Every once in awhile, it is necessary to clean out Fibber McGee’s Closet. I don’t really have one, but my grandmother did. Back then, I was led to believe that everyone did. If they didn’t, they should have.
  • Olympic stories, events create emotional evenings
    It seems to be a common theme with me. I don’t know where time goes! Wasn’t it just last week that NBC was running ads that the Olympics were only 100 days away? Now, there is only a week left of the festivities and the past week has been filled with record-breaking events, outstanding athletic performances and emotional stories.
  • Pepper, green bean crops are prolific this year
    This is the year of peppers and green beans. 
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