12/14/2012 (1670)

Happy Birthday Pam Houle Hagen (DHS ’73): Big Lake, MN
     Happy Birthday Iris (Bedard) Wolvert: Willow City 
Karen Larson
Reply from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO
In response to todays blog- I loved the picture of Karen Larsen of the Spectrum .   She doesn’t know me, but she is one of the nicest people I have ever met.  She goes out of her way to help any and everyone- I do think she knows ” everyone” , and I never leave her store without feeling like she made that day a little happier.  She’s one of those keepers that make the world a better place.   Thanks.  Sharon Gerdes.
I agree with you 100%. Karen does brighten ones day. She is also A very kind loving person always willing to assist anyone that asks for her assistance. She has provided a lot pictures for our daily blogs that folks have asked her to scan and send to me too. Her fees are minimal too. Karen frequently dings me on FB too at about midnight her time when she is wrapping up her day. I always enjoy chatting with her.
My dad introduced me to Karen a few years before he died. When I was in her store several years after dad died she remembered me.
Karen’s Step dad is Wesley Schneider.
Condolences to the Neameyer Family
From Kathy Casavant Ellingson (’74):  Bismarck, ND
Allen Richard. Thanks for the nice letter. I couldn’t agree with you more. As I was younger, I also remember Gordie & his family being such great people. They just lived a couple miles down the road from us. My brother Rene worked for them for many yrs.
Condolences to his wife Jeri & childern Larkie, Joni & Blair. May God be with you at this diffucult time.
Reply to Tom Hagen’s posting yesterday
From Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
I faintly recall when Tom and Don lived upstairs at our house east of the lumber yard and south of Egberts.
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75): Boonton, NJ
Hi Gary,
I love the Grandmother joke!  LOL, Amen to that I say.  I hope Bernadette is feeling better and my prayers to her and you as you journey with this illness.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Lynn Halvorson Otto
Bernadette is doing as well as can be expected. She was doing really well this morning. This evening her motor skills and speech are a bit affected, but her mind is good.
When we were in the mall today, she purchased an Ipad and a Samsung Galaxy phone with a two year contract agreement through the phone company. She gave me her Iphone 4, so now I am in style. After the plan expires on her/my Iphone in February, I will have to get it unlocked.


View from Rose and Art Hagen’s condo in Cebu,
This is the view that Art and Rose wake upto every morning from the 8th floor of their Condo here in Cebu.  The big high rise building is the Marco Polo Hotel. That is where we have spent NYE the past two years. We have made reservations for our group again this year at the Marco Polo, but with Bernadette’s condtion, we have decided not to attend this year.
Posting of the day
From Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Is this where I say, “Memories, memories”?

(This is where I live you know!)    

It’s winter in North Dakota,
And the gentle breezes  blow,
70 miles per hour at 52 below!
Oh, how I love North Dakota
When the snow’s up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is  wonderful,
You may think I’m a fool.
But I could never leave North Dakota,
Cause I’m frozen to the  stool.