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By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

The Boxelder Bug Days weekend is now a blur in a lot of folks’ memory. Let’s just hope it is a happy one for most.
This writer/photographer had a great time trying to capture the essence of our festival, while visiting with family and friends who had come back to Minneota to celebrate.
We had our work cut out for us when we headed back to the office late Sunday afternoon. Byron and I had captured over 1,000 photos from the weekend event and it took a bit of time to pick and choose over the best of the lot.


We hope to have selected shots that give everyone just a small idea of how much fun we had here.
After the hustle and bustle of the weekend, and the move of the entire celebration to the areas behind Bubba’s Bar and C.J.’s Bar and Lounge, there was a definite feeling of accomplishment in the air.
The continual rain dampened some spirits, the road delays were a worry, but when all was said and done, the festival was very successful in its new location. So much so that it may be the home of the festivities next year, as well.
Returning to work on Monday morning, I was amazed. The road signs were back in their proper places, the town was cleaned up and everything was back to normal. How does this happen?
As a matter of fact, on Tuesday I was amazed to see the area behind Anundson’s and Gislason’s being paved. Hmmm - could this be a sign of things to come? Work progressed on the street, with the Big Store, soon-to-be Library, getting new front steps and more gutters here and there being replaced.
A wrap-up meeting was being planned by the Boxelder Bug Days committee, and they will then know if they are still  “in the black” after so many activities. We hope there were enough sponsors to take care of most of the bills.
We worked feverishly on Monday and Tuesday to get all of the information we needed, finish up stories from the weekend and get a handle on the photos we would use.
It was with an audible sigh when we all left the building Tuesday night — for it was done and ready to go to press.
There are always more stories, more photos, more angles to cover. And yet, there has to be a stopping point, a breathing point, and a time to say “it’s finished”.
We collapsed. No two ways about it — your newspaper staff was tired.
And yet, we bounce back. It was so much fun and we enjoyed you all.