Reflections on the 4th of July, 2011

Green Lake ~ Kandiyohi County ~ County Park 5

Green Lake ~ Kandiyohi County ~ County Park 5

Something that always seems to happen to us whenever we go out on our Pontoon boat on Green Lake in Kandiyohi County is many notice my husband’s hat and even comment on it from another boat.  This 4th of July weekend was no exception.   In fact, as a speed boat drove by without slowing down ~ someone yelled “Hello Captain!”  Which made me chuckle and make the comment to Dale that I was going to start giving him a nickel every time someone makes a comment to him from another boat about his captain’s hat.

The morning of the 4th of July, I turned on KWLM and of course the faithful announcers were there with the Morning Brew.   There was a news report on at 7:00 am giving the results of a survey done regarding how many American’s knew which country we received our independence from and the year we declared our independence.  The announcer concluded with the phrase from our National Anthem ~ the bombs bursting in air ~ symbolizing all of the fireworks we see during the 4th of July.

During our Sunday worship service we offered prayers for our Minnesota neighbors who experienced tragedies from recent storms.  At 8:00 pm on the 4th of July, I called one of my friends who lives in Cosmos (Meeker County)  to find out if they had electricity yet ~ yes it had been on for one hour after being without electricity for 3 days.  They never lost water and there were some very good neighbors who helped with the clean up.   We are thankful for the closeness of small towns.

Most people we observed on the lakes were being safe and having fun, but a few were not so I was going to share some safety tips from our Minnesota DNR web site ~ but clicking onto it only gave information about how this department was affected by the State government shutdown.   So I wandered over to Wisconsin’s DNR web site where I found some good safety videos to reinforce what we need to practice each 4th of July weekend as well as all through our summers here on our Minnesota lakes.   Please respect the water and be safe.

Independence Day weekend is a great time to have a picnic and our dear friends invited us over to Lake Ripley Campground in Meeker County for a delicious meal on Sunday.  There were some great fireworks taking place over that lake.  Finally the 4th of July Fireworks in Spicer, I am certainly happy that my family talked me into going this year ~ the best I believe I have ever seen ~ yes ~ “the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

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** The final embedded link in this blog is the National Anthem performed by a BOLD student (Bird Island~Olivia~Lake Lillian~District) prior to the Minnesota Class A state championship at Target Center on March 26, 2011 ~ Springfield vs Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

** The photo on this blog was taken by me from our pontoon boat.   Note the Green Lake Water Tower in the background.

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2 Responses to Reflections on the 4th of July, 2011

  1. Dale Tagtow says:

    Quite a story Tami. Enjoyed reading it.

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