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9/13/2013 10:29:00 AM
Beacon Lites

■ What happened to the mosquitoes? Sitting at the Bomber football game Friday night, there was not one bite from those pesky bugs. It was a perfect night for them, no wind and warm. It must be the weather. We haven't had enough rain to support them, nor enough rain to keep the lawns green. But I don't miss them one bit. - Dick D.

■ What a wonderful sight on Saturday to see the Farmer's Market back in its old location! People were milling around and visiting as they looked at veggies, and probably shopped in the downtown business district before or after. I hope the city fathers reassess their decision to move the market and make the current move a permanent one. - Dick D.

■ Two original windows begging to be replaced since we moved into our 30+ year old house a short nine years ago, were granted their wish over the weekend. How grateful am I you ask? Very. Along with their dad, the two of our boys who took construction classes at CFHS were able to "set" the new windows with help from a (carpenter) friend. Not as easy as it looks but they got the job done!!! - Sue S.

■ To those who don't need body shapers, be very happy indeed. I got "stuck" trying one on in a department store dressing room. One needs to step into the constraining fabric rather than putting it on from the top down which has the effect of rolling the fabric and trapping one's arms aloft in a nearly unbreakable grip. Lucky for me I was in the big room because I hit all four walls struggling to get the thing off. Red-faced and gasping after my ordeal, I decided I'll go back to sit-ups and salads to get rid of those surplus curves. "Frumpy" is sounding less offensive every day.- Sue S.

■ The donor recognition wall is up at the library and it is beautiful! Created by local artist, Tom Pettigrew, it is so much more impressive than the brass name plates that I had envisioned. The form of a tree with branches, all in wood, is surrounded by wooden leaves, stained in different tones, to depict the amounts donated. The donor names are carved into each leaf. It's lovely, a very fitting representation of the knowledge shared by the library and the community coming together to make it possible. Thanks, Tom, for the outstanding work. - Betsy F.

■ Have you noticed all the fun things going on at the local churches? The ones that I have noticed in particular, either in the Beacon or by signage in their churchyard, are the Fall Festival and Polka Mass at St. Pius V on September 15, a concert at First Congregational on September 14, Urland's Fall Festival on September 28, a Fun Run sponsored by St. Ansgar's youth on September 28 and St. Ansgar's Harvest Festival and Monroe Crossing Concert on Sunday, September 29. Continue to check out the Beacon for ads or articles about each of these events and more. It sounds like there will be something for everyone! - Bev S.

n Hope everyone is enjoying the nice construction season we have going on around here. The new connector road from the Hwy. 52 interchange to County Road 24 runs right in front of my house, so we're getting loads and loads of dust, enough that we'll have to keep our windows closed and the AC on until winter rolls around. Progress, right?-Mike D.

n Our mission group arrived safely home from Guatemala. What a life changing experience! Look for Sue Sullivan's story on our mission. Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. We live in a great country.  I feel very blessed. - Val H. 

n I'm teaching another quilting class and there's room for more students. It's Saturday, September 21, and the class is Quilt As You Go. For more information call Fourth and Main 507-263-7000. - Val H.

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