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Weekend at Mom's
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 13. 2013 2:15PM
With a bit of a break in the post-season sports action last weekend – thanks to the Lynx boys earning a direct berth to this week’s Class AA State Basketball Tournament – I took a few days off from the daily grind of the newspaper business.

And it was time for a break.

You may have noticed that I haven’t made mention of a pre-departure or post-trip tale from a winter getaway this year. No, that’s right – for the first time in 15 years, I didn’t go through the adventure of planning, packing or paying for a “seven-day, six-night” getaway to somewhere sunny and sandy. One of my travel companions bowed out several months ago when her daughter came home with a diamond ring wrapped around her finger. And that triggered the rest of us to take the year off as well.

While my bank account remained intact, my desire for getting away didn’t. So, as I said, with a break in the action, I steered my Chevy Impala toward Mom’s for the weekend. It wasn’t sunny or sandy. In fact, it was cold, windy and wet, as nearly two inches of rain followed up by a covering of snow, graced the area. And that made for one, big sloppy, wet mess. When it came time to pack up my car Sunday, I literally had to borrow a pair of mom’s boots to wade through the ankle-deep water that had taken over the sidewalk from her house to the garage.

They call Minnesota “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Well, let’s make that 10,001 – and we’ve lovingly named it “Meier Lake.”

Mom and I packed a little bit of everything into my three-day visit: culture, family, shopping, dining, chores and church. We took in a concert by a Russian pianist Friday night, ventured to New Ulm, Minn., the next day for a bit of shopping and family time, grabbed a pizza Saturday evening, took care of a few household chores that she needed some help with, and attended Sunday morning worship services.
And that made for a good weekend getaway.

I’ll admit I hadn’t been looking forward to hearing the Russian pianist, but the concert, as it turns out, was better than expected, and not “boring” as the talented entertainer joked with the crowd. We scored in seeing nearly all of my brother’s family in one stop and I snagged three pair of shoes off a sale rack.

The cheese from our pizza wasn’t stuck to the lid of the box, we accomplished a few things around the house and enjoyed seeing a few familiar faces at church Sunday morning.

The only downfall of the weekend was steering my way over 50 miles of ice-glazed roads on my return trip home Sunday afternoon. I was relieved to find that when I reached Interstate 90 at Worthington, Minn., the roads were dry and ice-free. What a difference a few miles can make.

Although I didn’t take off for sand and sun this winter, it seems a weekend away at Mom’s turned out to be just the getaway I needed.
Good luck to the Lynx!
I hope you have your ticket for Thursday afternoon’s game between the Lynx and Huron Tigers at the Sioux Falls Arena. Without question, it’s going to be a battle.

And how can it not be when you’re pitting two evenly matched Eastern South Dakota Conference basketball teams against one another.

The Lynx and the Tigers have each won one this year, so Thursday’s meeting should be a good one.

With the tournament right in our backyard – the Sioux Falls Arena – I expect a huge Lynx crowd will be on hand to cheer the boys on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

So, here’s wishing the best of luck to the team and coaching staff as they head into this week’s Class AA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament.

You’re always No. 1 with us!
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are boxed potatoes, pasta and rice mixes, bagged (dried) beans, Homestyle Bakes, hot cocoa mix and napkins. The BAFP continues to have an ample supply of canned vegetables. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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