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March is sure showing its “LION” persona today! The wind started howling last night. I heard rain hit the windows during the night and woke up this morning to a little bit of snow on the ground. The winds have been whirling around most of today causing some schools in the Red River Valley to start late or close. I just heard on a TV newsbreak that a couple of semis had jack-knifed on I 29 near Grafton and near the Olso exit. I think it is a wonderful day for me to just stay at home. Even feels like a day that I should fix a thick, hearty soup for our evening meal.

CITIZENS OF THE COMMUNITY: BEWARE!! You are officially being put on alert! If you see a car with the license plate “OPAOMA” heading towards you---run for cover. I am now in a practice mode of learning how to drive on the left hand side of the road. I decided since we leave for Ireland next month I needed to get my driving skills honed to perfection. I asked the mayor if it was okay for me to drive on the left side of the roadways. He just absent-mindedly nodded his head. I took that for a thumbs up.

Winter hopefully will soon give in to springtime weather. I will miss winter as I have gained SO much information watching daytime talk shows while quilting, knitting or sewing. Did you know that to really make sure your hands are as germ free as possible you should use an anti-bacterial soap and wash them in hot water as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice? Also, I learned from the Oprah show that Preparation H works wonders for bags under the eyes. I should know. My eyes are almost bag-free and I have the cleanest hands in Edinburg. A person is never too old to learn something new.

Special congratulations to both Lawrence Sondeland and Paul Bjorneby. They were honored by the American Legion for being a member of Post 156 in Edinburg for the last 60 years. A potluck supper was held at the Legion building. Both honorees had family in attendance.

Chuck was one of the judges when students of Loretta Monson’s science class set up their science projects to be evaluated and critiqued. The projects were set up in the school gym and the public could come and look at them. I was amazed at the ideas, experimentations and work that each student had put into their project. The students were getting prepared for the Science Fair in Grand Forks yesterday (March 9th). Mrs. Monson said last night that 13 students are moving on to state competition. Mrs. Monson puts so much time and effort into helping each student attain their very best with the experiment they chose. She’s a wonderful mentor.

Our thoughts and prayers again are with John and Carol Bjornson. Carol was taken back down to Minneapolis with an infection. We now have heard she has meningitis and will be treated with antibiotics for quite some time. It has been a long and arduous road for them. Please remember them.

O, by the way---I said I had gotten a thumbs up from the mayor on practicing driving on the left hand side of the road. Well, I really am not sure about that. You see, after living with the mayor for over 40 years I promise you he hears only ½ of what I say. He nods his head to a lot of stuff I say. Have a good day.


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March 10, 2005

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Things Your Mother Always Told You But You Didn't Want to Hear.

It doesn't matter if you're on the right track, you'll still get run over if you don't keep moving.

To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it.

Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't think you've done a permanent job.

We are not called to live up to others responsibilities, but to our own.

compiled by Carolyn Coats