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7/17/2013 11:17:00 AM
'What did I buy?'
Have you ever gone to an auction and bought something and had no clue what it was?
Sure, you have - if for no other reason than for "the heck of it."
Mick Christians stopped in the Citizen office last week holding his latest auction purchase. I'm guessing it, too, was one of those "just-for-the-heck-of-it" buys.
However, Mick has no idea what it is.
It obviously is a used item. It was worn on the edges, chipped and the pegs on the spine of what appeared to be an instrument of some sort were weathered.
Only two of the seven pegs had strings attached to them, but when you plucked the strings they made a sound that might be associated with the Middle East, India or some Southeast Asian country. While I realize I may be stereotyping those cultures, that was the sound with which I could most closely make a musical connection.
Anyway, Mick brought the instrument in and said, "I took it to the (Cottonwood County) Historical Society and they didn't know what it is, but they thought maybe you could help me out."
I certainly hoped Linda and the crew at the historical society was suggesting that we could put a photo of the instrument in the newspaper and you, our readers, could solve the mystery of Mick's undetermineable auction purchase. Beyond what I already described, I hadn't a clue as to what it might be.
So, I hope our readers will be able to offer a clue as to what the name of this stringed instrument might be and how and where it is - or was - used. I suspect someone will be able to let Mick know what he's purchased.
If you've got an idea, or know someone who might be able to help out Mick, call him at 831-3026.
And, Mick, if this turns out to be one of those trash to riches stories from Antiques Roadshow - and even if it doesn't - give us a call when you learn the story behind your buy.
New in Storden
If you've driven down County Road 5 through Storden recently, you've no doubt noticed a new building along the road.
That's the new home of Dave's Cabinet Shop. It's a new business in the community.
Meanwhile, The Cutting Edge also has opened on Main St. in Storden. A pair of Storden cosmetologists have teamed up to open the new business.
College news
College news about area college students continues to trickle into the Citizen.
Just Tuesday morning, I received news about area students who graduated and were named to the dean's list at Bethel University in St. Paul.
The Citizen will continue to publish information about those who have graduated, those who have been named to dean's lists and those who have achieved academically at the collegiate level. However, that information will be added as space allows.
So, if you have a student who has earned honors, we probably have it and will be sharing it with readers in coming issues. Thanks for your patience.

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