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Sue's Muse - 9.21.15


By Sue Ommen

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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Gilbert - searching for a service dog

The day has begun. My husband swings his bare feet off the bed and greets our black lab, who is dancing about next to the bed. “Get my socks, Gilbert,” he commands, and the dog excitedly scampers off to the adjoining bathroom and retrieves a sock. He soon appears with the sock dangling between his jaws; tail wagging. Go get my other sock,” he asks and Gilbert eagerly does, as if retrieving socks is a huge game. Next he asks Gilbert to retrieve first one shoe and then another. He complies each time to a “Thanks, buddy”.

Another day, unable to find clean socks, Gilbert nudges aside the lid of the laundry hamper and happily retrieves a pair of smelly socks. Of course, he is a dog, and in his opinion, the smellier the socks the better. We chuckle at his antics, but think his sock hunt pretty clever.

In fact, Gilbert is more than a clever dog. My husband has had diabetes for over 50 years and no longer feels the symptoms of low and high blood sugar. Gilbert is no ordinary pet, but a highly trained Diabetic Assistance Dog. Now four years old, his black coat is sleek and shiny and his intelligent eyes bright. He has been part of our family for two years, alerting Lu as often as 10 to 12 times a day.

Our quest for help started almost two years ago, when desperate for a solution to the out of control low blood sugars my husband had experienced for some time, our daughter searched the Internet. She found an organization located in Virg., charging $25,000 in payments over three years for their well-trained retrievers. Calls to several owners gave voice to stories of their success and satisfaction with the well-trained dogs. We contacted the organization and signed up. Thus began the search for funds and ideas for fundraisers. We were connected to other applicants who chatted online about their various projects, such as appealing to corporate sponsors for matching funds, selling wristbands, community fundraisers, and golf tournaments. It all sounded exhausting and a huge energy drain. Ken Gunderson, a member of the local Lions Club, contacted the parent organization for a contribution. In this manner, we found out about Can Do Canines, a nonprofit Minn. organization that Lions Clubs support. The relief at not having to put countless hours into organizing projects for funds was immense. Now we could put our time and energy towards the training the dog would need af .....
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A little of This, A little of That - 9.14.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Hats off to the growers, Who raise the crops and tend the livestock! I’ve tried to grow fruits and vegetables. It is hard work. True, the only animals I have ever tended are several cats and l dog. I know that any animal I took care of cow, p ..... 
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Real Bites - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Meat and music To quote Billy Crystal acting as Larry in Throw Momma from the Train, “The night was sultry.” Yes, a little humid, so maybe sultry is an overstatement. On the eve of Friday, August 21, 2015, I had a hankering to venture out to ..... 
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A View from the Woods - You get what you get

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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Wilting in the heat, I gather tomatoes and dig onions in the hot sun, as sweat stings my eyes and soaks my shirt. I wipe my face with the back of my arm and dream of diving into the clear cool waters of “our lake” up north. I can recall many d ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from the garden: Zucchini intervention

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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Picture this - its spring, and nearly time to plant your garden. Winter was a cold and depressing time. You’ve missed stepping out into your garden and picking fresh vegetables to add to your meals. You’ve missed being outside in the sunshine, a ..... 
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The Working Mom - 8.17.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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The cool parents Have you been around “those parents” before? Ah yes, the cool parents. You know who they are---they wear similar style clothes as their kids, they use the same slang phrases, and they know what apps are popular this month. The ..... 
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A little bit of this, A little bit of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
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Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll whether the weather Whether we like it or not! I am not liking the tropical weather we have been experiencing lately. It is good for the hostas, but hard on the humans. The heat a ..... 
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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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