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As the song goes, “Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September”. Well, here it is way past September in to the first week of October and I am finally getting back to writing a new Crow’s Nest. Time seems to fly by.

I don’t know where the time goes---well, actually I do. I waste so much time trying to do something with the top of my head! What used to be hair has turned in to a ball of wire that looks like it just had an electrical shock. I will blame it on getting grey and prednisone. It is painful to look in the mirror and try to figure out what to do next. Enough complaining again.

We had a touch of frost the other night so this is probably the end of garden tomatoes. This truly has been a wonderful summer. I do not recall getting any mosquito bites all summer long. The nights were perfect for sitting outside on the deck. I will have fond memories of summer 2008 when the snow is whipping down the streets in February.

The annual Norwegian Tour Bus (and Norwegian people!) were in Edinburg last Thursday night for a evening meal and dance. The group of 50 Norwegians toured the area all day Thursday to include visiting the Hall Potato facilities in Edinburg. Ruth provided doughnuts, caramel bars, potato chip cookies and coffee for them to enjoy. The group went to the Icelandic State Park and various other places before arriving back in Edinburg at 4 PM. The group seemed to enjoy looking around Edinburg and visiting Market on Main and the Edinburg General Store. At 5 PM Matt and the Dakota Dutchmen started playing old time music. We served a pork loin supper to approximately 150 people. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time again this year. This is sponsored by the Edinburg Community Club and Brekke Travel Tours of Grand Forks.

Trinity also had their annual Fall Festival on Saturday. The soup and sandwich is always a big hit along with the bazaar. It was a beautiful day to make it even better.

There is happiness in Edinburg with the birth of Grace Anne, the newborn daughter of Pastor Christopher and Pastor Rebecca Miller. The pictures of her show a head full of dark, dark hair. Congratulations to the whole family.

Along with the happiness comes much sadness for the community. Julie (Langerud) Mittet, the daughter of Steve and Mary Langerud passed away September 22nd. Julie was only 39 years old and leaves behind a husband and 3 children ages 18, 15 and 2. Julie and family resided in the Seattle area. A beautiful memorial service was held here at Trinity a week ago. It was a celebration of Julie’s life as family and friends launched balloons in to the air in her memory.

Also, Leona Gemmill died last week and her funeral was this past Saturday at Grace Free Lutheran church. Leona always was so cheerful and laughed so readily. As her nephew, Ken Rud said in an email to me, he was sure she was playing the piano or her accordion in heaven. Our sympathy to Dale and the family.

Lon Stenerson, a long time resident of the St Thomas and Grafton area also just passed away. Lon grew up in Edinburg so many of you reading this would remember him. Again, our sympathy to Arlene and family.

I apologize for seeming to end every crow’s nest with the sad news items of the community. Yes, we do feel sad but have so much to be thankful for every day living in such a wonderful place. Indeed, life is good in Edinburg. Have a great day. We’ll talk later.


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Octoboer 6, 2008

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