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Neighbors: Residents worry about Putin invading Dorset

U.S. concerns over Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive tendencies in Europe remind Neighbors of the worries in Dorset, Minn., that Putin plans to invade that town.

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Bob Lind, Neighbors columnist for The Forum Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

U.S. concerns over Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive tendencies in Europe remind Neighbors of the worries in Dorset, Minn., that Putin plans to invade that town.

"Putin's desire to annex Dorset has been a growing concern to city officials. His penchant for Dorset cuisine and apparel is well-known."

That's a quote from a story in the summer 2014 issue of the Dorset Daily Bugle which, as is noted on its front page, is "published once a year, whether there's unbelievable news or not."

And yes, the Putin story is a gag. So don't alert the Minnesota National Guard about this.

The Bugle, while publicizing its town noted for its restaurants popular with lake country residents, concluded its story about the alleged sighting of Russian soldiers in the Dorset area with this:

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"Putin insists the roving Russians are merely armed with knives, forks and superb recipes for borscht and 100-proof vodka, leading Dorset CIA agents to suspect the Russians are scoping out terrain for a new Russian restaurant."

So don't take this too seriously, neighbors. After all, this same issue of the Bugle says Dorset is challenging the 2010 census, which said the town has 24 residents (26, if the minister and his wife are in town, the paper says the census reported) while Dorset officials insist its population actually is 3.2 million.

And if you believe that, you'll also believe the Bugle's story that the town will host the 2018 Super Bowl.

Right.

Pie plant

Here's a letter from a Fargo woman who saw a Neighbors item about rhubarb which some call pie plants.

This woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who says she grew up in the Fargo-Moorhead area, writes that her mother always referred to rhubarb as pie plant.

"I wondered what she was talking about," she writes, "until I got a little older. Then I realized she meant 'rhubarb.'

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"We really enjoy 'rhubarb,' " she says. "Our favorites are rhubarb custard pie and rhubarb bars.

"But I actually found a recipe for 'pie plant pie' in a very old Gold Medal flour cookbook," she writes.

Sounds mighty good. Makes Neighbors wonder if they serve pie plant pie in any of those restaurants in Dorset. The Russian troops would like that, too.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

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