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Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Nature's Tapestry -- blue skies with jewel tones of yellow, orange, red & green.

Updates -

Photo © Donna Johnson

Don enjoys the great-grandkids in action at the Curt & Patty Henderson home.

UPDATE -- Don Anderson sports a new stent
by Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

Dad has not felt very well over the last year and a couple weeks ago things took a turn for the worse, with chest pains. He drove himself to the Veteran's clinic in Alexandria and they sent him by ambulance to the hospital.

This culminated in a very successful outcome on Wednesday afternoon, with his having a stent inserted at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. Patty and I were there with him and got the great news that they were able to help him and are looking forward to him feeling much better again!

On the way for his angiogram, there was a gentleman older than dad pushing Dad's bed. A volunteer, who'd had both open heart surgery and a stent like Dad (several years ago). He is a good indicatior of how well it works! He shared with us that he volunteers twice a week for six-hour shifts and also mows his own lawn, etc. Very encouraging for all of us!

He had a great nurse, a man whom Patty has worked with at her hospital. We appreciated the attention he gave to Dad. Dad also really enjoyed Damon and Don's visits, as did Patty and I.

I'd brought Dad down a couple days prior and Patty and I went along to the hospital both days, first for tests and then today for the surgical procedure. We had a wonderful evening with everyone the night before, along with a delicious meal. It was fun watching them all playing with the blocks Curt had made. (He made the mold and poured each one individually ... a big job ... as they had a huge amount!)

I am so happy to report such a good outcome and wish Dad many happy, healthy days to come ... days where he finally feels better!

Photo © Donna Johnson

& his nurse, Bill, a colleague of Patty Henderson.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Shaded waterfall & autumn foliage.

UPDATE -- McCorkells take a mini-trip to enjoy Fall
by Ginny McCorkell
Blaine, MN

We took a mini trip east ... to Scandia, Minnesota, and Osceola, Wisconsin, yesterday. Most of our time was spent walking around the grounds of the Swedish Museum in Scandia.

I wasn't going to spend any time on this ... but it took me all morning to get these sorted out. I took several hundred photos.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Bridge over stream in autumn landscape

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Oak leaves take on multi-colored hues.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Shasta daisy & late blooming marigolds.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Daisies persist, resisting autumn's inevitable frost

UPDATE -- Ken Kitto's fall results in a broken hip
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

We were surprised to hear that Kenny Kitto was walking outside Sunday morning and fell, breaking his hip. He lay there, calling for Ruthy, who could not hear him from the house. A neighbor saw him. They live in a gated community with neighbors close, in Apache Junction, Arizona.

So now he is in the hospital preparing for surgery, but first they must check out his heart conditon.

With Ruthy's stroke effects, she is not driving. Their daughter, Judy, is there with Ruthy at the moment. Judy and Jack live several miles away. She has a nursing job she can't miss for very long.

So, we have my dear sis and brother-in-law to think about with caring love.

Keith Mason & Lori Anderson in Disneyland.

UPDATE -- Lori and Keith visit Disneyland on anniversary
by Lori Anderson
Orange County, CA

Thank you for thinking of us on our anniversary! We can't believe we're celebrating #5. Time goes by so fast!

We celebrated by spending the day at Disneyland and California Adventure. One of our friends works at the parks and gave us a couple of free passes. Main Street was decked out with Hallowe'en decorations and one of the cast members was kind enough to take our picture.

Lori and Keith

UPDATE -- Bridget's an auntie; Doug's an uncle again
by Bridget Larson
Ashby, MN

I heard Don is undergoing some testing and seeing a doctor down in the Cities ... hoping all is okay and that you can be on the mend soon!

I wanted you to know that Doug and I became Auntie and Uncle last Friday, October 1st, to a little girl named Ayla Lilly Ann Palm. I am enclosing a picture of myself and Ayla, taken Saturday when I took my dad down to meet the newest member. She was 6 lbs. 13 oz. and 20 inches long and is so cute ... okay, I'm a little partial. :)

Doug had the misfortune of falling last week when he took a shower and the chair got away from him. He scraped himself a little bit and felt a little "beat up" for a few days but we are hoping that is all ... and if that is all that happens ... he is fortunate. He has been taking it pretty easy since then!

Well, that is all for now ... hope this nice fall weather stays around for a while!

Bridget Larson & niece Ayla Lilly Ann Palm.

UPDATE -- introducing Vicki Anderson
by Vicki Anderson

I get to the computer on Wednesdays, when possible, otherwise Fridays; as it happens, it's been every two weeks, so I was happy to see your note to me.

Yes, I would love to receive The Bulletin. That is awesome that the family can gather news and print up a little paper. I don't know if you knew, but during my former marriage (it didn't work out), we had a family newspaper covering four small towns. We were The Review and The Meridian Times. That was about 15 years ago. So it's been a long time for me to get my facts and information cap on.

Today, I am going forward in a new direction; we have started up with a new church and also, I am hopefully going to become an independent farmer (not the husband kind -- that's old school). I would like to farm organic and grow health foods. I have arthritis and all kinds of afflictions so my motto will be buy local, and stay healthy, turning swords into plowshares, one American at a time.

Anyway, Love to you all,


A letter to Vicki, daughter of Don's brother Elwood, from the editor:

Dear Niece,

I am very glad to welcome you as a subscriber. We really would like a family picture to run to finish the introduction. Perhaps a little information on your family and the place you live (if you wish to share). Our paper is filled with Updates, Travelogues, Memories, Poetry, Recipes, etc. You will receive a link to this week's paper ... and thanks for joining us.

Love, Aunt Dorothy

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Safe Kids -- pedestrian overpass routes schoolkids above Muldoon Road traffic.

UPDATE -- International Walk To School Day
by Miss Kitty
Anchorage, AK

Mai Tai and I were very happy about having breakfast served extra early on Wednesday, even though we knew Miss Jerrianne didn't get up in the dark just to make breakfast for us. She wanted to photograph the kids from our neighborhood who walked to Scenic Park Elementary School on International Walk To School Day. Light rain had stopped just before breakfast and the autumn colors were gorgeous.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther

No school bus today -- school children & parents walked on autumn leaves.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther

A dinosaur mascot met the children in the school's playground.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther

Safety Seal mascot waved her flippers & greeted the children.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther

Safety Seal & Dinosaur modeled reflective clothing; a tail minder kept it all dry.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther

Dinosaur & Safety Seal helped promote safety lessons with a TV interview.
(Click here to see a web gallery with more Walk To School Day pictures.)

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Blue dog ... Chili Chihuahua...

Click here to see what's new on Ginny McCorkell's Bitzidoodles blog.

Bury, or wash, or rub as you will, The scent of the skunk will cling to you still.

Photo © Larry T. Dake
Green dog ... it isn't easy being green, but Harry, the dog, had upset a skunk...

Click here for the latest news on LTD's Storybrooke Ripples blog.

Day to DayR
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
The Henderson family playing with blocks made by Curt, left.

I'd like to send thanks to Patty and Curt Henderson for their wonderful hospitality and help with Dad's care! It was so wonderful to have a place to hang our hats and get rides to and from the hospital! Both Dad and I really enjoyed the terrific dinner party they held, with all their children and grandchildren coming over. Curt grilled some chicken breasts that even Dad loved; they were absolutely delicious!

The "kids" and Patty provided other delicious additions, with our meal ending up being fantastic. Mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, rolls, corn, pumpkin butter and chocolate brownies or ice cream for dessert. I had brought along squash and watermelon for my portion, both from my garden.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Rachel & Patty work on a project with building blocks.

Much time and entertainment was provided by blocks Curt had made in his younger years. He'd made a mold and poured one block at a time, ending with a 55 gallon container full. This was the first time the grandchildren had seen them and it was a huge hit! Proved to be very entertaining, watching the older "kids" playing, too, with some competion going on with projects. It gave us some good laughs! It proved to be a fun, relaxing evening prior to Dad's surgery.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Dan displays a finished boat project made with building blocks.

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Who Is This?

Let's play a guessing game: we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.

Last week's Guess pictures

Last week's mystery photos are from Sarah Steinhauer's summer album.
Send us some mystery photos; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn.

Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.

For the guess pictures, I think it is Kira Steinhauer on her daddy's shoulders at a 4th of July celebration this past summer. Maybe at Brooks, Minnesota. The second picture is Levi Steinhauer cuddling his puppy.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Left is Michael and Kira Steinhauer on the 4th of July, and right is Levi Steinhauer with our puppy, Tiddles. :)

Amy Dake Harrison
Beaver Crossing, NE

That is Mike Steinhauer with his little girl -- is it Kira? And the little guy is Mike's son, Levi. Haven't looked at e-mail sooner, as I have been busy watching rummage.

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

The GUESS pictures were fun this time seeing we likely can guess them. Dad and Kira, and Levi and his dog. Those were such cute pictures.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

This week's Guess picture

How many can you identify? What's going on?

Memory Lane

A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.

Dorothy Dake, 20, hand tinted portrait, 1946.

Plans And More Plans
by Dorothy Dake
Howard Lake, MN

Last week I received a letter from Miss Effie Muir, Richland County, North Dakota, Superintendent of Schools. She had enclosed the address of a chairman of the board of a school she feels I could manage very well. So I have made contact with Mr. Deike and have an appointment to meet with him. This is what I know about the school:

Mooreton #3 is a nice, well-kept, rural school on a gravel road that is well maintained and only a few miles from Dwight. It has chemical indoor toilets in cloakrooms off the large entry way and it has a library in the back of the room, too.

She says it has a nice basement with a furnace. The janitor work is done by a lady from across the road. She sends the drinking water and the water for hand washing each day with her three oldest children -- a boy and two girls -- who are the oldest students in the school.

Miss Muir says the students are pleasant and on their grade levels -- and that there are 12 of them.

The schoolroom is rather different from any I have been in; it has a platform for the teacher's desk and the recitation area. It has hooks and wire strung on the ceiling; when you plan the yearly school program, this area is used as the stage. It sounds like the people of this district expect good programs -- and a teacher that can play the piano. Those pieces of information had been in my résumé, and impressed Mr. Deike, I suppose. (You may remember me telling that Blanche and I did quite an elaborate program in the district we taught together.) So I shall meet with him and it looks like I may soon be signing my contract to teach.

Further Plans:

Don and I have found a place to live. It will be ready soon, and until it is, we will stay with Don's folks (that is, after we get home from our honeymoon). The place we are going to rent is a farm quarter of land with a nice white house on it. Yes, I have seen it already, as Don had already approached the owners. It is owned by a couple who lost a son in the war. He was someone Don really misses and maybe the folks have a soft spot for their son's friend. Anyway, we are to farm the land and live in the house.

They left lots of their furniture, kitchen equipment, and laundry things in the house and they told Don that we may use anything that is there. There are such nice flower beds and a fenced in yard. I feel we will enjoy living there, as it is on the rolling area that leads over to the river that goes by his folks' place. Most of the area up in the Red River Valley is so flat, but the house we are planning to live in is on nice and rolling land. It should be a lovely place to start out in.

Still More Plans:

We have completed our wedding plans ... asked the wedding party and the kitchen help, and gotten answers of confirmation from all. We have sent out the invitations, and now all of us ladies in the Dake family are busy with the planning, buying, cleaning, and preparations. I think we are finally ready for the day to come.

We should get lots of nice pictures of the occasion and the day will soon be here. Time seems to drag. I wonder how it will all work out. One thing, the weather this summer has been dry, cool, and not much like summer at all. I hope it doesn't rain -- I do not know where we would put all the kids! No use to worry, but I sure seem to spend a lot of time at it. I am beginning to understand that things do not always work quite like you expect, even when you have well made plans! We shall soon see!

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
October 11---Columbus Day (observed)

This Week's Birthdays
October 10---Hannah Aydelotte (9 years)
October 10---Greta Veronica Shockey (3 years)
October 10---Cody Printz
October 11---Jay Smith
October 12---Muriel Wold Rodriguez
October 12--- Tami Anderson Hunt
October 14---Douglas Anderson
October 14---Verlaine Weiland

Happy Birthday!

More October Birthdays
October 1---Brooklynn Ann Johnson (6 years)
October 1---Carolyn Amy Horne (6 years)

October 4---Wesley Sigman
October 4---Anita Weiland
October 5---Leona Anderson
October 5---Steven Miller
October 7---Steven Anderson

October 18---Lori Anderson
October 18---Adriana Stahlecker Brown
October 18---Dan Mellon
October 20---Wade Morgan Printz (11 years)
October 22---Rich Johnson (from MN)
October 22---Candice Lynn Miller
October 24---Grady Michael Chap (1 year)
October 24---Eric Shockey
October 24---Ken Kitto
October 26---Ardis Sigman Quick
October 27---Marlene Anderson Johnson
October 27---Rich Weiland
October 28---Derrick McNeill
October 29---Sami Larson
October 29---Tom Miller
October 30---Anne Mellon Montford

October Anniversaries
October 1---Keith Mason and Lori Anderson (5 years)
October 4---Don and Patty Bratten Anderson (13 years)
October 17---Troy and Marlee Morgan Freesemann (16 years)
October 27---Don and Gert Dake Pettit (20 years)

October Special Days
October 11---Columbus Day (observed)
October 31---Hallowe'en

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thank you for the card. I told Alex on Monday night that I was going to get younger on Tuesday -- I was turning 19. He gave me a blank look, so I explained that it seems lately I have been getting everything upside down and 61 upside down is 19. :)

Steve Miller
Coral Springs, FL

Thank you for the lovely anniversary card! To tell the truth -- with the two weekends of the shop being open, Patty's nephew's wedding (we catered the groom's dinner for 40), Dad being under the weather and our computer being broken, WE actually forgot our anniversary until after we were both at work. Had a nice dinner at home and a cake from the grocery store. Every day is an anniversary for us!

Donnie and Patty Anderson
Isanti, MN

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
The last red Zinnia of Summer.

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


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To The Bulletin Photo Editor:

I just wanted to thank you, Jerrianne, for all your efforts and the wonderful job you do each week in helping put together The Bulletin. We all appreciate it very much.

I really enjoy the beautiful pictures you often post of the Alaskan landscape. The autumn picture you had this past week of the Little Susitna River was absolutely marvelous. It brought back a rush of memories of the little Crow River that ran through the farm where I grew up in Glencoe, Minnesota. As kids growing up, we spent many, many hours on the river -- boating, swimming, fishing, and skating in the winter. The one thing we lacked was the view of the mountains in the background! Keep up the good work!

Curt Henderson
Minnetrista, MN

I want to say how much I have been enjoying Memory Lane by Dorothy Anderson. All I can say is that there is a good memory at work. I sure do recall us children at home when Don was going with Dorothy Dake. Never a day went by but one of us three younger ones would say, "Dorothy Dake, from Howard Lake, she can bake a cherry cake."

As for the two family pictures this week, I sure look like my dad on the first one. Mainly across the eyes. On the second one, it seems the sun was somewhat disturbing for a number of people's eyes. It is precious to have those pictures now, over 60 years later. Anyway, it was a fun day and it was so wonderful to meet such a nice family as the Dakes.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I must admit that I am thoroughly spoiled!

I expect a great picture on the first page, and usually I am thrilled and surprised at what our Photo Editor chooses for that coveted spot. This one was a very special scene coming from rugged Alaska with the view of the Fall season changing the beauty from one season to another. You could about picture a camper along this secluded river absorbing the peace and quiet of nature for as long as they dared take time from the chaos of the city.

Thank you for the lovely tribute to Julia Sigman. We have several of her family written up from time to time so it was very appropriate that we would have her remembrance details. Not many reach 102 years old and still have a keen eye and sweet smile.

Then was the birthday for the two year old. With a whole lifetime ahead of dear little Abby. She has grown so big. It hardly seems she could be two already. She really loves her Auntie Rachel, I see.

Thank you for revealing your secret about a #2 in March. Oh, for excitement and anticipation by all!

What a most beautiful, serene view for a home that Ben and Ashley have chosen! So now we must watch the progress from week to week -- or will it be month to month? What a lot of work, but when it is all finished you will find it easy to forget all the work, and just enjoy your new home in that peaceful setting.

Right now, Dad is helping out son, but eventually it likely will be son helping out Dad.

I am so glad we heard from New Mexico. It seems a long time between updates from the south. Everyone is so busy, but just any short update is so appreciated.

Any 4 year old would really love a new bike like that one of Jaxon's. I love being a part of The Bulletin subscribers where we can observe not only the new born, but as they grow and graduate and marry. It hardly seems possible Jaxon is already 4 years old.

Carolyn, to hear from you and Ernie was extra special, and we entered into your trip to Alabama to celebrate the 6th birthday of your granddaughter, Carrie. Time passes and time brings changes, but the memories are vivid and precious of it all.

Capt. Jack, that was quite an unusual story you wrote for us of your clever squirrel and bird arrangements. How cute to have gotten a picture of it all, even with the squirrel showing you how clever he was.

I just knew the pink and purple was a creation of Bitzi's. I bravely clicked on the "click here," and found so many new pictures from when I had looked through them last time. What a fun project! When one enjoys that kind of work, you can spend hours and the time just flies. It is quite an accomplishment to finish that many, and they are all so different.

I found it hard to believe that the picture of Soapy and Squeak were two different cats. They have the same markings and coloring.

In "clicking here" in Larry's story, I see he has a pit bull pictured. Remind me not to be a salesman at their home. Sounds like the cats are very safe with Harry the dog.

The Memory Lane was especially interesting this time, seeing there were pictures to see of the two families of this madly in love couple. Don surely resembles his dad, and the girls look like Mom.

I spent a lot of time looking and looking at the pictures. Some I have never met except through The Bulletin.

Finally, a picture of Grandma Sherry with her sweet new Harlie Mae. I haven't been able to guess who was in the doorway in that picture.

The Quotation for the day was so true again. To see the gentle, easy changes of nature we can hardly mark their progress. But little by little, the changes are visible to every eye. Such a silent, steady, working in nature.

We didn't get The Bulletin as usual on Saturday morning, although it would have been there right on schedule. We were gone over the weekend. It was one of the first e-mails we read, and even though it was 22 pages, it was rich and full and THANK YOU once again.

Betty Droel


Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Great Grandpa keeps an eye on Kira Steinhauer, driving a track chair.

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