Another Dying Country Institution

Last night, I spoke to the Mahnomen/Becker County Homemaker's fall gathering. There must have been 70 women there, most older, and a good time was had by all. At the close, however, the chairwoman of the event made it clear that the fall gathering probably wouldn't happen next year due to budget cuts affecting the University Extension Service.

Homemaker's clubs are sponsored by the Extension service, and the County Extension agents (or educators, as they recently came to be called) are going extinct. Nobody can come up with very good arguments for their continued existence, but like any tradition, people are sad to see it go away.

So, one more opportunity to get together, drink coffee, eat bars, egg salad sandwiches, pickles and Cheese Whiz open face sandwiches--gone by the board.