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Our visit to Bentleyville USA in Duluth

The Christmas season is fast upon us.  Thanks to all the stores it was a barrage of mixed holidays that came together so fast it made me visualize a turkey with a Jack O Lantern under its’ wing wearing a Santa hat waddling around in a vat of mashed potatoes!  Now that there is only Christmas left before the year begins again, we can finally focus on one holiday.

If you are in the Holiday spirit or in need of a gentle boost to get there, head North to Bentleyville!  We had our two oldest grandsons over for Thanksgiving and took a trip up North, last Saturday.  Now to you “city folks”, we already live up North, but to us it meant Duluth!   We made a few needed stops and were told by the proprietor of one of the stores of this wonderful holiday uplifting place called the Bentleyville Christmas Light Tour in Canal Park.

So about 6pm we went looking for Bentleyville.  Well, we couldn’t miss it.  The place was all lit up with lights that we saw from the freeway.  We followed the cars ahead of us to Canal Park area.

Our grandsons were amazed at the many different scenes of the season, from reindeer, sleighs, carolers, and Santa’s, all done in light.  At the entrance to the tour, we were greeted with coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. All provided absolutely free of charge.

Drinking our hot chocolate and eating cookies, we started the tour, following a well lit pathway.  The walk took us through several tunnels of lights, each separated by different holiday scenes including one of my favorites “the twelve days of Christmas.”

Halfway through the tour there is a warming area which consists of about two dozen roaring fire pits where you can warm you hands, eat popcorn or roast marshmallows (this is still all FREE) .  “Elvis” was singing a Yule tide song on the stage, while many others were in line to meet Santa.

The place is amazing, so if you’re looking for a wonderful getaway, that costs little or nothing, except for gas, just go north to Bentleyville USA.  It’s right off Interstate 35, in the Canal Park area of Duluth.  If you go around 5pm, you won’t be able to miss it from the freeway, because it will be all lit up.

This is a time that is particularly hard on the food shelves.  Even though times are tough all over, I urge you, if you have the means to donate whatever you can to the food shelves.  A child can be happy playing in an empty box if they have a full stomach. I know!

In the spirit of the Season, please drop a donation in the Salvation Army Bucket when you are out shopping or bring a donation to the Sandstone Food Shelf at 312 N Main St in Sandstone.  Their number is 320-245-2485.

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New blog design

Well, it’s almost 3am, and Glen just uploaded a new design for our blog.  We haven’t been doing much over the last few months.  It’s been hectic, especially with the campground and the stress of Glen’s dad being in and out of the hospital.

It’s been almost a year since he had his first stroke.  It’s been difficult for him to adjust from being a vibrant, young 73 year old, to a person who has had a stroke.  The stroke has left him totally weak; occasionally he would also have seizures.

Glen has done his best to keep both his spirit and his dad’s spirit up.  He talks almost every day on the phone with his father, even on weekends when we have events at the campground, he manages to sneak away to call him; even if it’s for a few minutes.

We have gone through so much over the last few years.   Everything was all fine until we bought the campground.  It seems that envy caused some people to spread lies about us, especially about Glen.  We have found out what evil really truly means.  A small band of people can cause so much commotions; they can spread so much lies. We’ll talk more about this a little later.  It’s late now.

But we give thanks to everyone that stuck with us; you’re truly represent the very best here on earth.  If it wasn’t for you, we probably would have moved on a long time ago.  We plan on sharing more and keeping this blog up as best as we can.  We seem to keep it up to date during the winter months… maybe it’s because the campground is closed up.

We hope you like the new look.  We gave it a lot of thought and it represents who we are and the directions we are going.

We believe in God, angels, family and true friendships.

Have a blessed day.