■ This year's fishing opener yielded one keeper, a northern. The water was so cold the fish didn't have an appetite, but the taste of fresh fish satisfied mine. A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work.-Val H.
■ A few weeks ago our family celebrated my mom's (Adeline Lindell) 90th birthday. What a great celebration it was for her, as friends, neighbors and relatives from all over the U.S. came for the party. I think Mom has so many who love her because of her loving, open minded, non-judgemental outlook on life. She truly loves us all, no matter what, and has never criticized us for our decisions. She cheers on our accomplishments and loves unconditionally. Mom's immediate family numbers over 90 kids, and she remembers names better than I do. We can all learn by her example. Love you Mom.-Val H.
■ I sincerely hope that all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day! I celebrated the day with my Gergen siblings and mother for brunch at the Cannon Golf Club and was very impressed with their food and service. I wish they would consider being open for brunch more than just a couple days a year. I believe they would get plenty of business, they would certainly get mine. - Mel R.
■ My boys and I attended the CFHS production of M*A*S*H on Saturday evening and I would like to extend my congratulations to the cast, production crew, and director Tania Legvold on a wonderful performance. Beyond the amazing senior high performances we have come to expect and enjoy. I was especially impressed by the young 6th grade performers: Emma Conway, Bryson Felton and Xander Weinreich - It takes a lot of nerve to perform at such a young age to a large crowd of people. To everyone who was involved in the production - GREAT JOB! - Mel R.
■ The Beacon is collecting information and photos of 2014 graduates from Cannon Falls and Randolph High Schools. The annual graduation edition will be included in the Beacon on May 29. This has been my project every May for many years. Back in the old days, we ran a tiny little photo with the graduate's name underneath. Then the project evolved into a special section with a larger photo and a bit of biographical information about each graduate. We always wait anxiously for these forms and photos to roll into the office. Email has made it a little easier, and digital photos simplify the job as well. Thanks to all you parents out there who remind your seniors to get those forms in. I know, having two kids of my own, how totally busy they are, or think they are, this time of year. If your senior's form is still hanging on the fridge, or in the mail basket, encourage them to fill it out and get it in. We don't want to miss anyone . . . your Grandma wants to see YOUR picture in the Beacon! - Betsy F.
■ On behalf of the Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Advertising and Commercial Departments here at the Beacon office, Betsy and I would like to thank all the area businesses who supported the new printing of the Chamber's "Discover Cannon Falls" booklet. It's been well over two years since the last Discover book was printed... and my word... were there ever a lot of changes that took place in that amount of time. Pat at the Chamber Office made lots of updates
on the information and photos end of things, and area businesses welcomed the book's new format. Printing will take place in the next couple of weeks and the new booklets will be available very soon. This booklet would not have been possible without the tremendous support area businesses gave it, as they have in previous printings. The "New" Discover Cannon Falls booklet will be one in which the entire community and surrounding area will be proud to have distributed.-Dave T.
■ May is motorcycle awareness month, keep an eye out for us out there. -Cal F.
■ Hope all the Mothers reading this had a wonderful Mother's Day. Even though it's a Hallmark holiday, it is an privilege for us to celebrate our moms and an honor for me to be celebrated as a mom, buying and even receiving flowers. The four flowers in my "garden of life," are really blossoming as young men - their father's example has always been a bonus to me. It also lends one to believe that spring really is not a myth. Most of the temperatures last week came close to "normal" even as the wind and rain outpaced the averages...Minnesota. - Sue S.
■ The coral bell plants I failed to get in the ground last year have survived in their pots. Having combined two sick-looking cyclamen plants (a couple of leaves from each), they overwintered in front of the dog dish, rewarding him with a plethora of large white and lavender blooms above a thick mat of green leaves. I have tried placing the plant near the front door, but invariably it dies out. I usually put it outside in spring and it perks up. So as the weather warms the plant will move outside under the drip line of the deck, where it has traditionally thrived. - Sue S.
■ The HVL track meet was held here Saturday. The day was beautiful, and our track and field facilities were on display. Those facilities are awesome, and the attendance had to be over 1,000 counting athletes and spectators. My day, we ran on crushed cinders, now they run on hard pack blacktop. It was a good day to watch a grandson compete. - Dick D.
■ The hospital move can't come soon enough if I was a resident on the west side. It's unbelievable how many cars are parked in the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital, and most of those cars belong to employees. There is plenty of parking around the new facility, up on the hill. The move is coming this summer. - Dick D.
■ Area Catholic churches are hosting popular rock/glam cover band/showmen Hairball on Friday night, May 16 up at Steve and Sylvia Bauer's Little Log House grounds north of Miesville. They are hoping for 2,000 people. Greg's Meats and Hi-Quality Bakery are among the food stand products. Cannon River wine is also featured. Adults only event. - Ken H.
■ Watch for the new Trampled by Turtles album coming out July 15. A short behind the scenes video at trampledbyturtles.com shows some of the recording going on at the beautifully remodeled studio on County 17 just east of Cannon Falls. They recorded in the heart of this last brutally cold winter and have some gorgeous shots of the frozen woods and an icy Pine Creek. The guy from Low, also a Duluth band, was producer. - Ken H.
■ Cannon Falls hosts Randolph at John Burch Park on Saturday night at 7. Both local nines have had very nice seasons. It will be Cannon's seventh game in five days due to rain-outs. Play-offs start next Thursday. - Ken H.