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It’s orange cone season PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUTgaylevanvooren

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Publisher

It’s ‘orange cone season’ right here in Minneota.
Pete and I visited family in Minneapolis last week, and we were prepared to face road construction. I think there’s some form of construction going on there year-round.
But that has not been the case in Minneota — until this year.
The really big equipment moved in last Tuesday on north Jefferson Street and made it down to the front of our office on Tuesday afternoon.
At times the building trembled with the force being used to remove the top layer of asphalt.  
It was done quickly and efficiently, with a smooth cover of sand left for motorists to travel over.

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I love you, mom PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY BACKYARDbyronhiggin

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Mom has always been there ... with a bandaid for my knee, with a kiss for the tear that ran down my cheek and even to buy me a belt so the first grade kids on the bus would quit teasing me about my suspenders.
It’s hard to imagine a world without mom.
She kept me going in Vietnam when I found out she stopped in the hallway at home to look at my picture every night and say, “Goodnight Byron, I love you!” She usually cried.

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Mom, I love you PDF Print E-mail

FROM MY BACKYARDbyronhiggin

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Mom has always been there ... with a bandaid for my knee, with a kiss for the tear that ran down my cheek and even to buy me a belt so the first grade kids on the bus would quit teasing me about my suspenders.
It’s hard to imagine a world without mom.
She kept me going in Vietnam when I found out she stopped in the hallway at home to look at my picture every night and say, “Goodnight Byron, I love you!” She usually cried.

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From Russia — with love PDF Print E-mail

OUT & ABOUTgaylevanvooren

By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

A Mother’s Day tea in Pipestone had me ‘on the road’ again this past week.
It was another chance to visit with Mom, dress up a bit for a fancy party, and enjoy the mother/daughter relationship.
Entertainment was provided by Beth Erdmann of rural Balaton, who brought some of her collection  of 300 dolls  for a ‘show and tell’ program.
She had everything you could think of — from the popular cabbage patch dolls, to yarn dolls, to a corn husk doll, to an Elvis doll.
But the doll that struck me the most was her stacking doll. That got my attention right away.
My son gave me a gift of the Russian matryoshka dolls when he lived in Kentucky. A Russian store in his area carried them, and he just thought I would like it.

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