April 2023

From the Editor’s Desk

My house has been a whirlwind of activity the likes of which has not been seen - well, maybe ever. It’s strange when your kids grow up and become adults. I’m at the point in my life where there’s one child left at home, just entering her teenage years, and two are adults out on their own.

State of Emergency declared for Montevideo, Chippewa County

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, the board passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Chippewa County because of the damage in various parts of the county caused by flood waters. This Monday evening, the Montevideo City Council also passed a resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Montevideo for the same reasons. The declarations will allow the County and City to obtain funding available from the state for repairs needed because of flooding. According to the National Weather Service, as of Monday, the flood warning was still in effect for the Chippewa River and Minnesota River, with the flood waters starting to lower on the 21st, and falling from the “Major” level to “Moderate” on the 24th. The Minnesota River was recorded at flood stage 14 feet on Monday. This year’s flooding ranked in the top ten flood events in Montevideo’s history.

Thunder Hawk softball team takes on Minneota

On Monday evening, the Thunder Hawk girls varsity softball team hosted Minneota/Canby for a 5-8 loss. Leaders in the game included Lily Eisenlohr who was 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, two runs, two RBIs.


Assembly of God, Clarkfield SUNDAY: Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Evening 7 p.m. Wednesday: Teens 5 p.m.; Young Explorers 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Keillor and Friends

It was good to see clips of Joe Biden being welcomed by big happy crowds in Ireland, grinning, shaking hands, posing for pictures, kissing babies, quoting Irish poets, busy being beloved by all who waited to see him. Obama knew a degree of belovedness, thanks to his wife and daughters, and Reagan’s sunny disposition was well-received, but the White House hasn’t seen much outright love in my lifetime, which you could argue is proper in a democracy, for people to be wary of great power, but it strikes me as sad, walking around Central Park on a paradise spring day, the cherry trees in full blossom, a jazz trio playing under the trees, Frisbee players playing pickle in the middle, yoga folks striking poses, softball games, a runner pushing his little daughter in a cart, dog walkers, so much public happiness, to think of the cloud of bitterness over this generous country.

Memory Care Corner

For those of you reading this article on Wednesday or Thursday, April 26 or 27th there still is time to attend the MAMLN Spring Educational Event being held on Thursday, April 27 at the United Methodist Church in Montevideo. The event will begin at 9 am and will last until 4:15 p.m.


OF THE WEEK A note from Myrna: This is a good away to use canned salmon. Salmon Croquettes 2 cups flaked salmon 2 tablesoons fat 4 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3 tablespoons mixed onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup bread crumbs Make a thick white sauce with the fat, flour and milk.

News from Milan

Here we go again. Where is warm spring sunshine to make flowers bloom? I could even handle the rain if it did anything but make the gravel roads soupy. And here I am again complaining about the weather. It’s difficult to see any bright sides when I look at the long range forecast. Uff da.

Montevideo Arts & Event News

There’s nothing like some good singing to wash away the last of the winter blues. That’s what you’ll get when the Prairie Arts Chorale’s Spring 2023 Concert Series comes to Montevideo on Saturday, April 29. The Journey Home: Blue Skies and Country Roads, is a musical journey of longing to leave home, seeing the wide world, missing home, the road back, and ending with a rousing homecoming!