July in Alexandria (Part I)

Another momentary respite from France to catch up on . . . summer!  (Afterall, this is Vacationland USA, where the excitement never ends!  🙂  )

Theatre L’Homme Dieu

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[The longest running summer stock theater in Minnesota.  Go on Tuesday nights, enjoy the après party with the cast; go on Friday nights, go to the Northside DQ après.]

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[July 1]

Sunrise on Beautiful Lake Darling

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Kevin Klimek @ SAWA

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[With a stop to check on the Broadway makeover . . .]

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[July 3]

The 4th

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[Per recent tradition, we viewed the Arrowwood fireworks display from the Fieldhammers.  Thanks again to Pris and “Rock.”]

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[The last a contribution from Angie Annen on the night.]

The Kids from Indiana Arrive

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[The kids came up from Indiana with a truckload of stuff for the property north of Itasca State Park.  We met them in Fargo where they dropped off the truck.  This bison was in Fargo.]

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[This latter guy is in Moorhead July 5.]

Grandma Thompson’s Duncan Phyfe Couch

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[Prepped for donation to Theatre L’Homme Dieu, July 5]

Danny Moves In

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[While they prepare the northern property as the ultimate habitation site, Danny will work for Force America in Alex.  Here he’s off for his first day on the job.]

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[July 7]

The 2nd Cataract Surgery

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[Ole (well, young) Doc Ristvedt got me again on July 8 . . . “X” marks the spot.]

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[This time it was more than just a simple (?) lens replacement. Dr. Deb Ristvedt decided a cornea relaxer was also needed.  And I heard her ask if the knife was ready, the diamond-edged knife, when she came into the OR.  I said, “I can hear you, you know?” She of course was talking about the diamond-tipped concrete scorer she was going to use on my cornea to “relax” it!  Well, I didn’t cry much . . . and did get my DQ chocolate malt afterwards for being a good boy.”]

Maximilian Bodmer Art Exhibition @ The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum

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[The super with my classmates Mary Anne Hibbard Estenson and Lorlee Bartos.]

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[Bruce Pohlig]

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[Kevin Kopischke]

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[Fred Bursch]

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[The ribbon cutting.]

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[July 8, I’ll have to come back some time to “see” what I missed!]

Alexandria Golf Club

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[A shout out to the club’s gardener, Steph Olson.  The model is unknown.]

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[And to Donnacha and the entire grounds crew.  With a perfect growing season, the course looks better than ever.  No. 9 on our way out on July 9.]

The Supervisor’s Gardens

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[ . . . that same evening.]

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[Neighbor Arnie’s classic.  With neighbor Dan’s classic Jag on the other side, the whole neighborhood is going topless this summer.  😉  ]

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The Duncan Phyfe is off to the Theatre

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[I was recovering from eye surgery, so Danny and the supervisor had to do all the heavy lifting, July 10.  🙂  ]

Alexandria Area High School

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[This was two weeks before our walk through, so you can see how much has been done since then – the trees and lights are now in.  Our sister-in-law, Karen, who is a partner with Cuningham & Associates, the designers of the high school, and her sister Sandy came up to Alex from the Cities so Sandy could buy a car . . . so we took it on a test drive to the high school.]

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[July 13]

The Salty Dogs @ Carlos Creek Winery

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[ . . . later that same day, we enjoy a pizza made and delivered by our favorite hockey star winery employee, Alia Kopischke.]

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[The new award winning wine made primarily from Minnesota grapes, Marquette and  Frontenac.]

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[The group sang happy 75th birthday greetings to Dwaine Berger.]

“Rancho Mirage” @ Theatre L’Homme Dieu

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[We went out to visit Grandma’s couch, July 15.  Oh, the play was really good too!]

Pork Chop Feed

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[Alexandria braced itself today (July 16) for what annually has become the largest eating fest ever this side of Stearns County. Shalom Lutheran Church sponsors a pork chop and chicken bar-b-q, with all the fixin’s, that usually takes place in 95-degree temps with 75-degree dewpoints. We have a weather reprieve this year. Possibly because of that, turnout seemed larger than ever this year. Several 747’s full of Japanese tourists landed at Chandler Field this afternoon, creating parking mayhem from Villard to Urbank. The super and I had pre-paid tickets, but nevertheless we had to stand in a line that stretched all the way to Elden’s. Once inside the church we were given a number and told to wait in the sanctuary. Once inside the sanctuary, we were told it would be a two-month wait in the SRO crowd before our number would be called. Fearing a panic attack, or even worse a hunger pang, the supervisor bolted forward asking if we had to wait if we wanted take-out? We did not – we were saved! Here Crazy Dave supervises the hordes of volunteer grill operators – to which all I can say is, better him than me!]

Why did the Turkeys Cross the Road?

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[To hear the Salty Dogs @ SAWA, July 17]

Katie Ray @ Carlos Creek Winery

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[July 20]

July is so huge, it takes two parts to tell it all . . .

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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