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May 30, 2020

4/3/2020 11:45:00 AM
Who is the fat guy over there? Lots of ways to help right now

Now that the official order has come down from our Governor, we are all in the same boat.  How do we stay busy?  We, like many of you have been doing puzzles and watching Netflix.  
We are only days into the executive order and I am already bored with those options.  I am a busy body, I can't sit still. This order is going to test this to the tenth degree.  You can eat off my garage floor it has been cleaned so many times already.  My boat has been spit shined about six times already.  My dog is skin and bones from walking so much.  You would think that I would be skinnier with all I have done, but that is the one thing that has increased the most, my grazing.  If I don't curtail my eating habits I am going to come out of this 40 pounds heavier. Yes, I said heavier… I could hear you thinking it.

With all of us being locked -down (I hate that term), many of us forget the needs of our neighbors and communities.  More importantly the need for supplies for blood.  Those incredibly awesome, heroic, brave men and women who work in the medical field are in need of blood.  Blood is the lifeline of a hospital and right now in Minnesota we have a shortage. I know that all we hear about is COVID-19 (rightfully so) but there are other sick people in our community that are in desperate need of blood.  We have an amazing group of contractors from our area who have banded together to give you a full page of opportunities to give blood locally.  These businesses have no ties to the medical field other than they know a need and want to address the need.  First off, let me say thank you to these great businesses for doing such a selfless act. Secondly, we as a community need to step-up and get out and donate blood. The Red Cross has made it extremely safe and protected from the COVID-19 exposure.  If you can, please take a look at the page in our paper and donate. You will be saving lives!

Speaking of donating, I know we are are stretched. Emotionally and financially.  If you are lucky enough to have enough food and money to weather this storm, then please consider donating to the local food shelf.  As you can imagine their need for food to feed our friends and neighbors has never been greater than now.  

They have made it easy to donate with no contact needed.  We have two food shelves in our county. North Branch is located at 6381 Main Street and in Chisago City the address is 10586 Liberty Lane.  No matter what or how much you give, it will all be most appreciated.

So while I have not been affected healthwise by the COVID, I have been affected in a way I had hoped not to. My grandmother who resides in Cedar Falls Iowa, passed away Friday afternoon.  A day before her birthday.  We were told by our uncle to not travel to say goodbye or to come to her funeral which consisted of my aunt and uncle.  This is a woman who had seven children and about 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  None of us were allowed to go and say goodbye to this incredible woman.  I fully understand that this is happening everyday in our community, I just wasn’t prepared for it. I can’t wait for this to be over.

I am going to step off the positive pedestal that l I usually try to adhere to…. Will the idiots who are shooting at and exploding tannerite knock it the (bleep) off?  Every weekend late at night we and plenty more around us have been shaken awake by explosions.  From what I gather, you can make tannerite explode by shooting a bullet at it and it explodes much like dynamite.  I am sure it's a blast (pardon the pun) to see, but at 2 am, then 4 am? What is the point other than to be a #&%^&* to your neighbors.  

If you are reading this and your neighbors are the ones blowing this stuff up, please call 257-4100.  The Sheriff's Office would like to have a talk with them.  Don't we have enough to worry about right now?

As you probably have seen in your mail, our annual subsciption blue cards were mailed out this week.  I would like to take this time to offially thank you the readers for your loyal support over the years.  Without you there is no paper.  We are trying our best to keep you up to date on the local news.  These are tough times and your paper may be a bit thinner than normal but we will navigate this together and come out on the other side! 

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