1/3/2013 9:12:00 AM Want to have a great Christmas?
don't give electronics, Vikes win
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with your family. Our Christmas was different this year. This was the first year I can ever remember staying home for Christmas and Christmas Eve. Our family Christmas is this Saturday and with my baby brother getting married in February, we decided that we would be seeing the entire Iowa congregation very soon, so we decided to stay home. I did take my kids ice skating on Christmas Eve at the outdoor rink in Wyoming. We had a blast, a little chilly but fun nonetheless. We even decided to take in a movie on Christmas Eve, “The Hobbit” which was great (If you want my true review of the movie, give me a call). Christmas Day, was like everyone else’s.
We woke up opened presents and had a wonderful breakfast. Then something happened. Something that made this Christmas different than any before. At 10:20, I found myself sitting in our living room looking around and no one was there with me. We had done it. The presents we had given our kids were electronic presents that could be used in their rooms. Here I sat in a lonely, very messy room, while they were in their rooms watching something or playing a video game. Christmas lasted about 46 minutes and then it was every man for himself. How could I be lonely on Christmas Day? A day where you are supposed to be surrounded by family? After cleaning the room, my wife decided to read her book. So here sits Matt, feeling sorry for himself, wishing we had actually piled into the car and headed to some relative’s house. Here we thought we were being good parents and getting our kids at least one thing they wanted. What we created is a family that has become detached from “family”.
After feeling sad for myself and even washing my car (yes on Christmas Day), I had an epiphany. I rushed home ran upstairs and proceeded to push the power button on our wireless router. I then ran downstairs and planted myself in the easy chair. Pretty soon they came out. Like zombies, they muddled their way down to the living room. Everyone wondering why the internet was down. All I could muster was, there must be a tree down somewhere that knocked the phone lines out. So out came the board games and something funny happened, we had a great time. Cavemen had it made. Our sports editor and I have a little running joke with each other. Well, actually it’s more like I make fun of “his” Minnesota Viking football team and their usual season long failures. It usually begins with me asking him “What happened to your team?” which he usually replies with some insane reason for their loss. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Vikings fan myself, but lately (like the last five years) they have been a tough pill to swallow. That pill will be ten times the size on Monday morning.
The Vikes as you probably know, proceeded to beat Green Bay on the last play of the game. Not only did they beat Green Bay, but they made it to the playoffs for the first time since who knows how long. It looks like I will be eating crow for my New Year’s Eve dinner this year. If you have looked in our public notices recently, you would have seen the ad titled “Foreclosed?” What we are trying to do is simple. If you or someone you know has been foreclosed on or is in the process, and really wishes to keep their home, we can help. If your notice was published in another newspaper and could not be seen in your town, we can help. We have attorneys who specialize in reversing foreclosures.
These attorneys are not like what you would expect, they are in it for you. They make it easy and affordable and the best part, they are successful at what they do. So if you or someone you know is being faced with foreclosure, there is hope. Send us your name, address a copy of the published notice or the name of the publication it ran in and the date of that publication to: Foreclosures, County Press, PO Box 748, Lindstrom, MN 55045. We have already had a few people contact us, now we would like to help you. Area residents who experienced home foreclosure in 2009-2010 have until Dec. 31, 2012, to request a free independent assessment of whether they deserve monetary compensation for foreclosure processing deficiencies. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, nearly 1,100 Chisago County households may be eligible for a free and impartial third-party review of whether their mortgage servicer handled their foreclosure inappropriately.
This program is part of an enforcement action against 14 major mortgage servicers by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. If your mortgage was serviced by one of the 14 covered servicers and was involved in any part of the foreclosure process during 2009-2010, from initial filing to sale or redemption period, you can request an independent review. An impartial expert will re-examine each case, according to Bridges, and recommend whether compensation is warranted for mortgage servicer deficiencies that resulted in financial harm to the borrower. You have nothing to lose—there’s absolutely no charge of any kind for these reviews, and you don’t sign away any rights to pursue separate legal actions. If you or someone you know may be eligible, view the informational video on the Federal Reserve’s IFR webpage www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/independent-foreclosure-review.htm. The Press has a very heavy heart this week. One of our favorite employees Robin Bobeck has lost her husband Carl. We will keep Robin and her family in our prayers.