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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, an ambassador


By Sue Ommen

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Gilbert is clearly an ambassador for service dogs wherever he goes. His gentle nature has a calming effect on those who need a little solace.

Our friend and neighbor, Esther, had a small stroke, and has been recovering in the local care center. Every Friday, they host Happy Hour for the residents and visitors, with beer and wine and appetizers. We have started dropping into Happy Hour to visit Esther, and of course Gilbert comes along. Esther, who will be 101 June 1, is doing amazingly well. Physical therapy has brought back most of her physical capabilities and she can still beat her daughter at Scrabble.

Gilbert is a big hit among the residents and makes the rounds to shake hands or bow and occasionally get his back scratched.

On one such visit, we noticed a woman sitting on the couch with a forlorn expression on her face. She asked if she could see Gilbert and after a few back scratches, he recognized a dog lover and rolled over so she could rub his belly. He clearly had a rapport with her, as I have rarely seen him put himself in such a position of trust, except with family. She had a contented look on her face when we left.

The people at the care center seem to enjoy Gilbert’s visits and many a smile can be seen as he makes the rounds among the dog lovers. Often we hear stories of beloved pets and the important place they had in their hearts. Gilbert seems to enjoy the rounds as much as the care center residents and it certainly makes our day.

Lu explains the role of a diabetic service dog each time he goes out into the public. Often his blood sugar is far enough above or below the norm of 100 that Gilbert will spring into action, placing his paw on Lu’s leg. Gilbert has alerted other diabetics as well, and a blood sugar check has revealed his assessment was accurate.

After an appointment at Mayo Clinic, Lu and Gilbert wandered by the piano. Several dozen people were letting go of their stress by listening to tunes. Spotting Gilbert, the pianist and vocalist started a catchy rendition of “How much is that doggie in the window?”

With cues from Lu, Gilbert started playing to the crowd. He circle danced, lifted his paw for members of the audience to shake, and bowed several times. The crowd went wild, clapping and cheering. Gilbert lapped up the attention. Guess not only pigs have a little ham in them.

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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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Once upon a time in Idaho, a potato grower whose farm was near the Oregon border decided that frozen foods were the wave of the future. Although a high school drop out, he had business sense and was willing to take a risk. He talked his brother in ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Soil health depends on organic matter

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
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Soil isn’t just dirt. It turns out that soil is a living organism. Billions of organisms like bacteria, algae, yeasts, insects, worms, bugs and fungi are present in soils, with as many in one teaspoon of healthy soil as there are people on the ear ..... 
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Looking for the silver lining

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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When I think back to when my son was younger, there were many times that he would be upset with me because I would share the “silver lining” amongst the clouds. He would want to be mad about something and I would flip the conversation to a lear ..... 
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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, a lovable, playful friend

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
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Gilbert loves people, especially children, and they love him. Why wouldn’t they? Gilbert is a fine specimen of a dog with a shiny black coat and a quirky, fun personality. His intelligence shines through his bright eyes. People are drawn to Gilber ..... 
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Wykoff news

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Columnists

John Rezarch resigned recently as Public Works Director/head waste water supervisor for the City of Wykoff. Misty Heusinkveld and Cindy Erding spent the weekend visiting Bethany Erding in Washington, D.C. Some have tulips in bloom and others hav ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.28.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
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A little bit of magic happens in Houston, Minn., every Tuesday and Thursday. Mature women wearing street clothes converge on the community center. They climb the stairs to the second floor and begin placing folding chairs in a semi-circle. Then t ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
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Marker tree On a warm, sunny March afternoon my daughter and I decide to sneak in a walk back through the woods to check on the maple syrup taps. We slide into rubber boots because the ground is beginning to get soft. We head off down the trail, en ..... 
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The Working Mom 3.14.16

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Mar 11th, 2016
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Butter, bread, and gadgets As a good Norwegian girl, my menu often consists of something with bread and butter and my hips have said “thank you” for many years. We moms are always hearing about what food is good for our family, bad for our f ..... 
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