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6/18/2013 12:46:00 PM
Publisher's Column Wow! Two days of sunshine in a row!

It was a really tough decision, but I decided to stay home and work on the lawn and garden rather than take in Wasioja Civil War Days. I had heard the cannons firing Saturday evening and was looking forward to seeing Sunday afternoon's battle and the play about the Civil War mothers, but then I looked at the grass that had reached more than three feet in places and told Melanie and Emily to enjoy the spectacle. I elected to try and get caught up at home.

It was a joy having a few hours to myself to get some of that grass cut. I'm not exaggerating when I say some of the grass was over three feet deep. I didn't think the mower would handle it, but it did with no apparent strain. Of course, I had to creep along very slowly, but it was faster than using the hand scythe would have been.

I did have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at the EAA Fathers' Day Fly In Breakfast at the Dodge Center Airport. As usual, the food and service was fine and the airplanes spectacular. It was my first opportunity to see a Cirrus aircraft up close. It is a beautiful machine and made right here in Minnesota, at Duluth, as I understand it, by a Chinese company. The prettiest machine there, though, was a Stearman biplane. I would love to fly one of those around some sunny day!

Since it was Fathers' Day and I was home alone, I decided to make my own special dinner for the family-pork chops marinaded in my own special sauce and "dirty" rice with mushrooms, onions, sweet pepper, celery and tomato. When Mel and Emily got home from Civil War Days, we ate my Fathers' Day meal while they told me about the Wasioja event, then sat on the porch and had root beer floats for dessert. All in all it was a pretty good day.

Melanie and Emily said the Civil War Days event was all it was advertised to be and then some. They especially enjoyed the play-and speaking of plays, the newest Mantorville Theatre Melodrama started its run last Friday. Hope to see you there.

Larry Dobson

Claremont Service

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