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September 20, 2017

9/7/2017 4:09:00 PM
Block Party had to be abbreviated; my wish backfires at a local casino

Thanks to the great folks who put on the St Bridget's Block Party this past weekend. Unfortunately the event was modified due to ongoing construction on the parking lot. Nonetheless, the organizers made sure that everyone had a great time. I am told next year will be bigger and better than ever before. 

The great people who run Pleasant Valley Orchard and Sunrise River Farm wanted to let you know that apple season is officially here. They are open and ready for business. I for one cannot wait to bite into a locally grown honey crisp apple.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  If you are looking for a nice easy outing where the end result is treating your mouth with some wonderful apples look no further.  

Mark your calendars for a week from today. That is when Shafer will celebrate  its 200th Shafer Days celebration.  Okay, I may have embellished a tad, but Shafer Days has been around for a very long time and they have tweaked it over the years to make it a more user friendly environment. We will have much more in the next Press, but plan on attending some of the great festivities such as the street dance and the chili feed just to name a few.

In our house we have reached another milestone. Our baby boy has turned 18 years old. I must admit, there have been times where I wasn't convinced he would make it to 18 - especially his driving years of 16-17.  But he has grown into a man.  He drives me nuts sometimes but I love him and would do most anything for him.  At least I thought I would.  It seems in our area, there is a rite of passage. It seems when a student turns 18, they must pretend to be happy spending time with their family on their birthday, but in reality they have already concocted a plan to meet their other friends who are "of age"  and head to the casino.  I have heard about this from others and had hoped it would pass, but there he was heading off to make it big at the local casino.  We had a long talk about leaving your cash card in your car and only taking a little bit of money in with you and when that is exhausted, simply leave and don't look back.

Then it happened, my worst nightmare. I got a text about 11:15 pm telling me he had just won $85 and he went in with $20.  No this can't be. I had it all played out in my mind - he would walk in with $20 burn through it in seven minutes and never want to go back. Nope just the opposite.  In fact he won twice over the Labor Day weekend.  He made more over the weekend at a casino then he did the whole month mowing lawns.  Every time I have a plan - it completely backfires.  I know how to make him lose, I will give him some of my money to bet...no, wait...

Monday, September 7, the entire community is invited to Moberg Park, on Hwy 8  in Chisago City. There will be a short ceremony honoring those men and women who perished on 9/11 and our current first responders.  The ceremony will feature all branches of the military as well as police, fire and scouts.  I have been to this every year and I highly recommend it.  

These great citizens need to be honored and one evening just doesn’t seem like enough, but it is a start.  There will be refreshments served after the ceremony which begins at 6 p.m.  

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