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home : columnists : columnists September 15, 2014

7/31/2014 10:25:00 AM
Could Be...

Got a note last week from a longtime reader who related the sad tale of her mother, who'd gotten taken in a sealcoating scam the week before.

Evidently, a man showed up unannounced and said the lady's driveway needed to be sealcoated, and he could do it for $1,000. Unfortunately, she wrote him a check, which he cashed soon after finishing the what, $100 job?

A good lesson to learn. Even in smalltown Cannon Falls, we're not immune to the shysters who prey on the elderly.

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What a beautiful facility the folks at Mayo have produced. We went to the open house Friday and were absolutely amazed at how beautiful the new Mayo hospital and clinic are. We've already got great health care in Cannon Falls, and now those talented providers and nursing staff will have a top-notch building in which to ply their craft.

There are still rooms at the old hospital that have to share a bathroom! It's really amazing that the level of care was so high at the outdated facility - truly a testament to the quality staff working there.

And I'm not wasting any time - I've got a lab draw and follow-up appointment on Monday, at the new place. First time I've actually looked forward to a clinic visit!

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Anybody else looking forward to all this construction finally wrapping up? The new CR 24 east of town runs right in front of our house, so we've had a front row seat to much of the work that's been done.

I took a drive on the new 24 toward the new bridge, and to me anyway there seems like quite a bit of work yet to be done.

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Another baseball season is winding down, and once again Cannon Falls didn't disappoint. The amateur Bears took the league crown, and the Legion team had a stellar season. The youth teams, VFW and the Mudcats, also had good seasons, with the Mudcats winning 22 games.

Randolph had such a strong high school team last spring, but their Legion team scuffled a bit. I wonder why there wasn't a big interest in playing - when I played we had as much if not more fun playing the Legion season than we did the high school season. Too many summertime committments, I suppose. Nowadays, athletes have to be so committed to one or two sports if they're going to be successful; there are summer volleyball and basketball leagues, wrestling tournaments, camps. Thirty years ago when I was in school we were able to play each sport pretty much in its own season.

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Don't forget the August First Thursday event on August 7, downtown on Mill Street. It's been a couple of months since one was held, because of the July 4 holiday. Look elsewhere in this issue to find out all the details.



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