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October 1, 2020

8/5/2020 10:57:00 AM
Special 50th anniversaries
Teresa (Vellema) Haken dropped the Citizen a tip last week about a couple of 50th wedding anniversaries coming up soon.
For starters, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary is a milestone in itself. Indeed, a half century of wedded bliss is certainly an occasion to mark, not only within the family, but also publicly. Admittedly, the latter is a little more difficult to do in this day and age, which is why you'll notice card shower advertisements on the opposite page for the two couples I'm about to mention.
The two couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries are Jim and Diane Vellema, and Bob and Peggy Haken, both of Windom.
If you look closely at the ads, you'll notice they look a lot alike and if you look a little closer you'll notice that both couples were both married on the same day - Aug. 8, 1970.
Yes, it's a coincidence that they happened to get married on the same day, but even a little more interesting is that they were married just 40 miles apart - the Vellemas in Worthington and the Hakens in Storden.
And to top off the coincidental links between the two couples, check out the name who told the Citizen about these anniversaries. Yep, the Vellemas' daughter, Teresa, and the Hakens' son, Shawn, wound up walking down the aisle together, too.
However, Shawn and Teresa did not get married on Aug. 8. They will celebrate anniversary No. 23 on Sept. 13 in 2020.
Vacation high-low-lights
Our family headed Up North to Eagle Nest Lodge last week for a much-needed vacation.
Yes, we still dealt with face masks and COVID-19 in the Deer River and Grand Rapids area, but where can you go in Minnesota these days and not experience it? (In our homes - at least for now.)
But our vacation almost didn't get off on the right foot, if it hadn't been for my neighbor to the south, Brady Haugen.
I was packing my pickup on the morning we were to leave, when I lifted up on the tailgate handle and I could tell something broke. Well, I immediately hit panic mode because mechanical issues and I don't go hand in hand.
Fortunately, Brady just happened to be pulling up at his house across the street and I waved him over.
He took a look at the situation and said, "Bring it over to my garage; we can fix this."
So, I did. He took off the covering and a plate and quickly discovered the problem. (I can't explain it in a simple manner.) But he got the piece back where it needed to be to make the handle work, then attached a zip-tie to hold the mechanism in place.
It's now been over a week and it's still holding. However, I know a zip-tie won't last forever. So, I need to get a new part ordered.
Whew! Thank you, Brady! You made my vacation - even before it started.
Wilson's big catch - again
Yours truly didn't venture out for a little angling on the waters of Lake Winnebigoshish, but others in the family did, most notably the grandson, Wilson.
And he was not to be denied.
After catching a nice northern pike last year that made the Star Tribune's outdoor page, he came back with another nice catch this year. It wasn't as big as the one he caught last year, but it was still a very nice fish and made for a good meal.
Overall, fishing was slow.
Tin Cuppin' it in Blackduck
You golf movie buffs that have seen the Kevin Costner-Rene Russo-Cheech Marin movie "Tin Cup" know what I mean when I say I "tin-cupped" it.
In the movie, Costner, a golf pro, gives up the U.S. Open title just to reach a green in two shots. Each time he pulls out a ball, he lands it on the green and it rolls off and into the water. He does that about five times and was hitting his last ball before it finally stayed on the green.
Well, I did the same thing at the Blackduck Golf Course. I was short of the green by about 20 feet, but my ball was about 10 to 12 feet below the pin. Five times I chipped the ball up to the green, only to watch it roll off and down the hill. Finally, on the fifth try, my stroke was a little harder and it stayed. One putt later I was in the hole.
Oh, well, it's just golf - and it wasn't for the U.S. Open title.

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