‘Minnesota cologne’ a reflection of the weather

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Each year we try to spend a few weeks up north in Minnesota with hopes of good fishing and just plain relaxing. The trips have been pretty routine over the past years and best can be described as fishing, family and fun.
This year has come up with a few new wrinkles and some unlikely experiences.
This year the Betterhalf and I were joined by our avid serious fisher-son and his German Shepard dog, Kalie. Good news! Caught lots of fish and he volunteered to clean them all as well as doing many other chores! Meanwhile, Kalie was joined by our two dogs, Oscar and Missy. Bad news! Lots of dog hair causing a plugged vacuum cleaner and careful walking in the yard thanks to our own canine trio and five other local hounds in the neighborhood.
Minnesota lake areas can provide lots of interesting scenery during the summer months. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, floating clouds, wildlife, and outdoor enjoyment are just a few of those enjoyments. This year a Minnesota native noticed our family was wearing “Minnesota cologne.”
He pointed out everyone on the lake had plenty of the cologne. It is commonly known as, “Deep Woods OFF Insect Repellent.”
Unusual attractions also take place in Minnesota lakes country. This year one event on a nearby lake drew plenty of attention and thus far has been tabbed the season attraction. A pontoon boat manned by a nude fisherman who slowly cruised the shoreline. He not only landed a few fish, but he also eventually landed in jail.
A gentleman by the name of Bob McKenzie made this comment when our country had a population of 240 million. He asked, “Are the people who run for president really the best in this country? If this is so, something has happened to the gene pool.”
We’re sorry, Bob. As population has grown to over 327 million, the gene pool doesn’t appear to have improved.
Another quote from Michael Pritchard: “No matter how rich you become, how famous, or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.”
Remember, “Easy street is a blind alley.”

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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