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New Labor Day Traditions

We celebrated the Labor Day weekend with a brand new tradition, The Van Heel Family Fish Fry! The Mother and I headed up to the family farm for an afternoon of fun and merriment.
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I heard that the fish was fantastic but I was there for the other Van Heel tradition – the sweets.
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It was a beautiful day to be out on the farm.
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The Van Heels came from Holland and settled in Minnesota in the 1870s, this farm has been in the family since 1935.
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I grew up hearing stories from my dad about his childhood days visiting the farm. He loved talking about the family gathering to play bluegrass music but I think his favorite memory was daring his brother to pee on the electric fence. He would laugh so hard telling that story, tears would come to his eyes.
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By the time I was visiting, there was no more music making and I didn’t dare my brother to pee on the electric fence, but I have plenty of my own great memories too. Most of them involve the animals.
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And I hope there will be a lot more memory making to come.
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