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Kay Syvrud, Hawley, Minn., Published September 30 2012

Letter: ‘Too dry, too wet’ was on the mark

I liked the Sept. 25 “too-dry-too-wet-just-wait” Forum editorial. It is so true. Our area (and all others as well) go through short/long periods of dry and wet cycles.

My father, who was born in 1905, told me about the 1930s, when dried-up lake bottoms were used to plant potatoes – the only crop some farmers got in those years. Big Cormorant Lake nearly dried up, and Pikes Bay on the south end of the big lake was a puddle; there was no channel at all to the big part of the lake. My dad remembered it all.

We had a wise adult agriculture teacher here for many years who used to say this:

“If you don’t like the weather in the valley, just wait five minutes.”