Herald and Journal, Sept. 20, 1999

Texas warmth and grandchildren beckon

By Andrea Vargo

At ease and comfortable in her surroundings, behind the main desk in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district office, Bonnie Nylin spoke of her coming departure with a sense of excitement.

Nylin will leave the district after six years as its secretary, and move to Texas with her husband, Paul.

"The real reason is the grandchildren, (even though we aren't ready to retire just yet)," she said.

Jordan, 7, and Sarah, 2, are growing up fast, and if the Nylins want to be part of that, they feel the need to make the move now.

"Bastrop, Texas, just south of Austin, is a very old town, and it has been refurbished to keep the historical flavor," said Nylin.

Her son-in-law is in the motel business, and Paul will probably do some remodeling and new construction for him, she said.

"I will most likely look for work in Austin, but I would like to have my summers free (to come back to Minnesota)," said Nylin.

When they do come back, they will go to Crosslake north of Brainerd, where her parents live.

The Nylins have a lot with lake access and they spent their summer weekends the last two years clearing the lot and building a bunkhouse.

When next April arrives, the Nylins plan to migrate to Crosslake and their goal is to build a small retirement home in the next two years.

They sold their home in Cokato last April and are living in a 30-foot travel trailer at Cokato Lake Campground.

"We are taking our home with us," she said.

They plan to live in it while they are in Texas and have spent the last two years checking out living sites in the Bastrop area on their vacations.

They love to travel, and the last week of September will find them in Seattle to visit Paul's sister. Then they are off to Texas for a family wedding and a Nylin reunion.

Nylin will miss working with the administration and staff here at HLWW.

"Riley (Hoheisel, superintendent of the district) has made me feel like a part of the team," she said.

She has faith that all will turn out well.

Nylin said,"When I was young, my sister would play the piano, and we would sing while I did the dishes. Consequently, she became a good piano player, and I was very good at doing dishes."

She quoted an old hymn that she and her sister used to sing, and remarked about how many times in her life she needed to recall those words.

"Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand, but I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand."

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