By Lars Swensen
As most of you know, the “Welcome to Spring” Festival and Parade was cancelled due to the six feet of snow still on the ground and the lake completely frozen over. Instead, Bunyan Bay will be celebrating a second Winter Carnival and Snow Plow Parade. Festivities begin this Saturday with the Ice Sculpting Contest and Broomball Fiesta. Lloyd Bjornquist won the last ice sculpting contest with his entry titled, “A Really Big Fish.” Good luck this time, Lloyd. For the toddlers, curling lessons will be given in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly, since the parking lot is an ice rink.
By Lars Swensen
The annual “Guess When the Car Falls Through the Ice” contest is underway. Joe Hansen donated his rusted out 1967 Rambler to the contest. In case you don’t know, the rules are as follows: Step 1, Joe drives the car out on the ice and leaves it in the middle of the lake; Step 2, Guess the day that the ice will melt and the car will fall through, sinking to the bottom. Odds are that it will be sometime in June. Send your guess to The Bunyan Bay Picayune along with $2. Winner receives dinner for 1 at The Bunyan.
by Lars Swensen
Gunner Johnson, co-owner of The Bunyan, is hosting the third annual “Walk for Beer” fundraiser this Saturday. “Why not walk for something you love?” said Gunner. “It seems like people are always walking for sad things like a cure for scurvy or phlebitis. I think if you have to walk, it should be for a happy thing. Beer makes you happy.” Those who are interested, for every mile you walk, you will receive 10% off on a beer at The Bunyan, maximum 30% off. Tips not included. It’s uncertain where the proceeds will go.
Kanute Gunderson will be opening a new wing to his Lutheran Hall of Fame next Thursday and he will be dedicating it to himself. “I’m paying for it. I might as well dedicate it to myself,” Kanute was heard saying to a woman. Kanute is adding a new Herring and Wafer Bar to the Hall of Fame. It will be located just down the hall from the Chapel of Good Intentions.
It was opening day for fishing season on Saturday and there was still ice on Bunyan Bay. “I tried to put my dock up on opening day and I froze my yack,” exclaimed Ole Olson. “It was really cold so I decided to ride my yack into the water to put up the dock. I loved my yack. I called him ‘Bruce,’ Ole lamented. “He was like a son to me. If I would have known my yack was gonna freeze, I would have left him in the barn. I’ll just have to buy another yack on Craig’s List.”
A family gathering at the Nordlunds ended in a food fight this past Friday night. It was unclear who started the food fight, but it’s suspected that Hank Nordlund was involved. “We were having Lutefisk again,” stated Hank. “I hate Lutefisk. It tastes like burning tires.” Apparently, when Grampa Louie challenged Hank on his taste for the delicate cod fish baked in lye, that’s when the first chunk literally hit the fan. At that point it was Katy bar the door when the entire plate of Lutefisk was hurled at Grampa Louie. “I never liked Hank,” confessed Louie. “He’s a horrible son in law. All he does all day is watch Duck Dynasty. As far as Lutefisk goes, it tastes like crap. But it’s good.”
Bernice Lundstrom will be performing her one woman show titled, “I Dreamed a Dream, Then I Forgot It.” Bernice will be performing songs by world famous folk singer, Sven Yorgensen at the Bunyan Bay VFW Club on Memorial Day. Bernice, a former Miss Walleye Queen Winner and darling of Bunyan Bay, will be making her VFW debut on her way to a singing career. “I tried out for American Idol, but they went with a stripper from Duluth,” Bernice told us. “I just need a break and it could come from the VFW.” Let’s hope Bernice will dream a dream and this time it will be remembered.
By Lars Swensen
Just when you thought you could put away your snow shovels for the year, yesterday, May 7th, we got 6 inches of new snow. “It must be some sort of cruel joke,” exclaimed Hank Streelund, owner of Bunyan Bay Golf and Lawn Dart Club. “It’s God’s way of saying, ‘lawn darts are dangerous’,” responded Reverend Larry Malmquist from The Lutheran Church of the Wandering Shepherd.
Bunyan Bay High School came in 2nd in girls hockey in the Walleye Conference. In the final game against Thunder Bay, the Fighting Crappies were down by 4 goals in the third period when they staged a gallant comeback to lose by 3 goals. “We could have had a chance if I didn’t get in three fights,” said team captain, Susan Lundeen. “The penalty minutes really hurt. But overall it was a good finish for us. We lost the game, but we kicked the crap out of them in the parking lot. I’m really proud of my teammates.”
Kanute Gunderson, owner of Kanute’s Deer Petting Farm, submitted his pet moose, “Rocky,” to the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of “World’s Oldest Moose.” Kanute is fighting an uphill battle with Guinness since his moose doesn’t have a valid birth certificate and no one knows when it was born. Kanute claims “Rocky” was born in 1908, making the moose 105 years old. When I called Guinness to find out the determination, a representative told me, “That’s impossible. That guy, Kanute, is delusional.” Kanute was a good sport about it, responding, “That’s okay if Guinness doesn’t give me the record. I’ll still drink their beer.”
Gunner and Clara Johnson, owners of “The Bunyan” bar, will be hosting the annual Bunyan Bay Karaoke Contest this Wednesday. This year’s first prize will be a free beer. Second prize will be free pretzels. “Since we give away free pretzels anyway, your chances of getting a second place prize are very good,” said Gunner. “I was visiting my Mom when Gunner decided on the prizes,” replied Clara, Gunner’s wife. “Next year I’ll decide on the prizes.”