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The North Iowa Band Festival Parade kicked off Saturday morning with a broad collection of high school and middle school bands from the North Iowa area. Mason City High School serves as the host and led off the parade with a rousing rendition of "76 Trombones" from the Music Man. Meredith Wilson, the writer of the Music Man, was born in Mason City. The festival features his musical legacy.
We were able to trek up to Manly, Iowa, about 10 ...
... were in the instrumentation phase, which they explained to me as the process of inserting the screws(4) and rods(2) into her spinal column for stability during the healing process following the fusion of several vertebrae. At 1:10 PM they called to say they were almost finished and she would be going to recovery (where I could not accompany her).
Finally, at 4:30 PM, they wheeled her into her private room and it was great to see ...
... MO minus Boxcar Willie. But the crane place is marvelous. The Jaeck's have several pairs of sand cranes living in the wetlands behind them, great to see them swoop in with that 6 foot wing span. Sadie did not know what to think.
The ICF has a pair of Whooping Cranes. Very endangered. Almost as much as the Republican Party in a Union meeting of Federal Employees. But these guys ...
... pictures of farms, corn, soybean and wind fields. I was not even tempted. WI was at least rolling farmland, MN is flat!
Lucky we did not fall asleep, which was only due to the concrete highway. Thump, thump, thump. Tomorrow we will drive through town to see the Corn Palace and head to the Bad Lands National Park. And then the FUN begins ...
... is only about 110,000 people. City was clean and pretty. I met my cousin Dorothy and her daughter Isabella downtown and we had a good lunch and caught up. It had been many years since I had seen them. Dorothy's daughter Elizabeth and son Andrew were already away at college.
Dorothy's husband Hassan was taken by cancer 9 years ago, her youngest daughter was only 5. It was very comforting to me to share stories and memories together. Dorothy ...
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