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home : columnists : columnists April 15, 2014

6/20/2013 11:12:00 AM
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■ I recycled four phone books this week. It was the Faribault, Northfield, Owatonna

Yellowbook that includes Cannon Falls. I'm not complaining about the content, but about delivery. They put them in a plastic bag and throw them on the ground by your mailbox. Where they lay for weeks unless picked up. Why not use the Postal Service to achieve guaranteed delivery? To their credit, they have a front page photo of the footbridge in Cannon Falls. - Dick D.



■ The Cannon Valley Fair July 2-6 is approaching. I'd like to encourage everyone to attend, it's our big summer event. Lots of people watching and exhibits and grandstand entertainment including a demo derby, horse racing, truck and tractor pull, auto cross and band on July 6, Brat Pack Radio Supershow. - Dick D.



■ I just passed one of those milestone birthdays, the kind that makes you catch your breath and question the calendar. But the avalanche of medicare-inspired mail reassures me that, indeed I have completed 65 circuits around the sun, heading into orbit number 66. The big question of retirement looms on the horizon. When's the right time? I don't think social security will bottom out in the next year, but it's not good to tempt fate for too many years before you begin to collect what's coming to you. Our generation thought we would never get old, but guess what? Hoards of us are arriving at that destination hourly. - Betsy F.



■ I attended the CF Stamps Etc. "Baker's Dozen" event recently where participants made 13 cards in three hours plus. What a wonderfully creative annual event for cardmakers. Char and Sandy do so much of the work ahead of time (including die cutting and sizing papers, and bagging 13 sets of materials for each of the 80+ participants) that putting our creations together is fairly simple - but, even at that some of us made wrong cuts, placed things upside down, etc. It is so much fun to learn new (or forgotten) techniques and to use products that we don't have at home. And, of course, Char was right there to help those of us who needed it. What a fun day and great cards!!! - Sue S.



■ Cannon Falls newest eatery, RJ's BBQ, is located at the former location of The Old Market Deli. While I was sorry to see Deli close, RJ's is a great business to move in. The food is wonderful and we have had excellent, fast service each time we dined. In addition to the meats being served with sauce, extra sauce on the tables personalizes the dining experience to suit one's individual taste. Also dubbed, "The Pit," RJ's is a classy place with simple, authentic southern cuisine. - Sue S.



■ Our family Father's Day trip to the Como Zoo was quite interesting - and I'm not talking animals! Well, maybe I am. It's amazing how some people dress when they go out in public. Now, I'm no fashion maven, and have no concept of how colors match, but I do know the hairy guy with the camera around his neck should have been wearing a shirt. And the blue Ugg boots maybe weren't appropriate for the 90-degree heat. And perhaps the rolled up tank top with the short cut-off jeans that showed off the VERY beautiful tattoos, well, maybe some discretion could have beens shown.

The zoo itself was pretty cool. The new gorilla exhibit is really neat. And it's always fun to hear the squeals of laughter coming from the Como Town amusement park. For a free attraction, the Como Zoo can't be beat. Even if it did take 25 minutes to find a parking space.-Mike D.



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