And so it begins. There were only a few flakes of snow this past week—nothing sticking but hearing about whiteout conditions in Northwest Minnesota made me glad I wasn’t in Northwest Minnesota! Put me down on record saying it’s too early for that ‘S’ word.

Not that I need snow and ice to make some astonishing moves. Yeah, Amazing Gracie did it again. I’m still trying to figure out the dynamics of it, but somehow in my attempt to get into the car, I had one leg in and one out and the one out decided to give out. So here I am, trying to maneuver myself so I can fall into the car instead of half in, half out. In the process both my legs got twisted, my knees are screaming and as slow as I usually move, I am moving slower now—when I’m not sitting with legs elevated and alternating ice packs and heat.

Speaking of that nasty ‘S’ word, Hixton village ordinance requires sidewalks be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall ends. If your sidewalk has not been shoveled in that time frame, village personnel may without notice remove the snow/ice. A subsequent charge of $65 an hour (minimum one hour) is then levied upon the property owner abutting the sidewalk.

Also there is no parking on posted village streets between the hours of 3-7 a.m. Nov. 1 through April 1. Violators may be ticketed.

Moving very gingerly after that fall the day before, I was able to make it to the HCE Fall Roundup last Tuesday. Two of us Hixton ladies received membership awards-I got a 40-year membership award and Jeannette Bohac, a 30-year award. This year’s guest speaker was Mary Woods with a presentation on how the automobile changed rural life. HCE Week is coming up November 5-11. To anyone interested, I would be glad to give more information about joining this great organization.

I always smile when I hear about Sue Grotjahn’s family get-togethers. A couple of weekends ago they had all nine grandkids, plus two more kids at their place for Leilani’s (Chris’) 2nd birthday. They went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday they did their “Halloween Haunt” which is similar to the Easter Egg Hunt. The older kids hid Halloween containers with bubbles, balloons, balls, cars and treats. The younger kids always have fun finding them. She found one that they missed when she went to leave in her van as it was hanging on the antenna.

Sounds like a good time was had at the Halloween dance at the Hixton Fire Hall this past Saturday. Congratulations to Lisa Rodriguez for winning the adult costume contest and to the kids costume contest winners—first place went to Aleece Sedelbauer, second place to Benjamin Bleskacek and third place to Ryker Mortenson.

It was family day and graduation from basic training for former neighbor Jake Sweeney. Jerry, Jill and Allie were all in attendance along with Jake’s grandpa and aunt/godmother. The soldiers were released to be with families for about eight hours. The graduation ceremony was the next day and Jake left immediately after to fly to his duty station.

A Halloween “Bash in the Barn” was held at Garden Valley Gatherings on Oct. 28 with music, a haunted barn and a costume contest.

The Hixton Village Board gave the OK to have the Neighborhood Food Pantry use the Village Hall for food distribution on the second Tuesday of each month.

Emma Karls recently spent a weekend at the Goelzer/Lawler National Area Fall Retreat at Green Lake, Wis. She said that Mary Kay is a fabulous company with a huge heart. Over $7,000 was raised for the Mary Kay Ash Foundation and for Hurricane Harvey.

So excited to hear that Amanda Hudson recently received her first promotion to lead designer with KEEP Collective, custom jewelry direct sales.

Congratulations to our neighbor up the hill, Melissa Massman, who has recently announced a new adventure with SeneGence, a new to the area beauty and skin care products line.

It’s time of the year for the always popular Oyster Stew and Chili Supper to be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Nov. 2 from 5-7:30 p.m. It’s been awhile since I have had oyster stew and theirs is the best, and so is their chili, rolls, cheese curds and a wide variety of pies.

The Taylor Hixton American Legion and Auxiliary’s Veterans Day Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Taylor General Store cafe. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are needed to be made by Nov. 4 by calling Audrey at 715-662-4593 or Lynda at 715-963-2931. Program to follow the meal. Please note the correction of the contact person.