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And the prognosis after this latest bout? "His surgeon told me, 'We're going to give him another 30, 40 years,' " says Brenda Engen, Denis' wife of 29 years. "I said, 'We'll take that.' " While a second and third diagnosis of different types of cancer might come as a combination left jab and right hook, Engen says the key to over- coming such blows is keeping a positive attitude. "You have to be positive," says the rural Westbrook man. "We were told that the positive attitude is 99% of the battle. "What a life-changing event. The sky is bluer. You hear more birds. It's too bad it took something like this to give you that 'Ah-ha' moment." "We don't take anything for granted any more, that's for sure," Brenda says. "But we thought shaking us up once would be enough." 'T'm a slow learner," Denis quips. While the Engens stay upbeat and interject a little humor, they admit that they've had their "down moments," too. "We may fred some days are not as good as oth- ers, but we don't have bad days anymore. That's the way I look at it. Some days aren't much fun, but it's still a good day," Denis says. Friends, family and co-workers have been a comfort, too. "It's a great support system. Best friends," Denis says, choking back tears of overwhelming appreciation. "We have wonderful family and friends; a great church family (at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook)," Brenda continues. "And Denis has four siblings and I have three. If we were to call, they would be down here in a heartbeat." Denis also knows how important his wife has been throughout his battle. Denis Engen Page 3 Wilder Pageant has good opener ,Wilder Pageant opened their 36th season with very favorable weather which continued during the weekend for the Family Festival and the Plum Creek Rendezvous By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- The weather was not a factor for opening weekend of the Wilder Pageant and the Family Festival or the Plum Creek Rendezvous. Friday evening, pageant attendees as well as the cast and crew enjoyed mild temperatures and a nice breeze that kept the bugs at bay during the performance. The cast members were pleased with the audience reaction to their performance, and the audience was not disappointed in the show. The cast members were pleased with their first performance. After the perfor- mance Laura Ingalls Wilder fans milled about the set visiting with the cast and getting autographs. Again this year pageant committee members were satisfied with the turnout for the first week. Friday night had 766 people, and Saturday night 939 people showed up for the annual event. Those numbers were considerably lower than last year's opening weekend. However last This shooter was competing in the shoot at the Plum Creek Rendezvous Saturday after- noon. years numbers were skewed a bit as there was a special tour that brought about twenty tour buses for the Saturday night performance. Saturday morning the Plum Creek Muzzle Loaders were preparing for their annual black powder shoot at the Plum Creek Ranch southwest of Walnut Grove. Some of the members commented on how nice the weather was compared to some years when temperatures soared near the 100 mark. At 1:00 p.m. officials Dave Doubler, and Leonard McLaughlin and their assis- tants set up the variety of targets and reg- istered the shooters. When that was done the competition began with loud bangs and big puffs of white gun powder smoke belching from the long rifles. Saturday morning the Family Festival kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with a fun lineup of activities and entertainment for visitors The big event of the day was the Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like Contest in the city park. Twenty three Lauras competed in the contest, with six Nellies vying for the Johnny Johnson needed a lot of help getting the calf he was trying to lead in one of the Wilder pageant scenes. title. The contestants' came from several states and brought youngsters from Massachusetts to Washington state. Registration began at 1:00, and the contest started at 3:00. After receiving instructions, the little Lauras and Nellies were asked a question about the Inga!ls family by Amy Van Dorsten. (In the Wilder Pageant Van Dorsten most recently played Miss Bedal and also played Nellie Oleson before that). Amy's mother, Cindy, also helped organize and run the contest. The event is supported by the Walnut Grove Community Club and Wilder Committee. Contestants were interviewed by Van Dorsten and asked a question, about Walnut Grove and the Laura Ingalls Wilder book On the Banks of Plum Creek. Eight Lauras and six Nellies were picked by the judges to be in the final group of Lauras and Nellies. Van Dorsten then gave the group a short script they could use to act out a por- tion of one of the scenes from the story. After each duo performed they were judged by Jesse James, Julie Danielowski, and Lori Johnson. After tallying up the scores, Aine Powers of Holliston, MA was named the Laura Look-a-Like for 2013. She is the daughter of John and Gretchen Powers. Aine a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, said it was her first time visiting Walnut Grove, and was looking forward to attending the pageant Saturday night. She and her fam- ily have been touring the local sites and the Wilder Museum. She said, "I have really enjoyed being here and competing in the Laura Look a Like Contest." Abby Christen,--dnughter of Eric and Sandy Christen of Sylvania, Ohio, was the winner of the Nellie Look-a-Like con- test. This is the first time she and her family have visited Walnut Grove. She said, "I am looking forward to going to the pageant tonight." When asked what was her favorite thing about visiting Walnut Grove, she replied, "I like everything! Especially the Laura and Nellie contest." She and her family will be getting the VIP treatment when they attend the pageant. At the Family Festival there were per- formances by Clairsearch: Irish Gaelic Music, by Ann and Charley Heymann and the Lucia Family Dance Troupe providing native American History and Dance. Lindsey Jiskra, gave a big smile as Amy Van Dorsten was talk- ing to her during the Laura and Nellie contest Saturday after- noon in the Walnut Grove City Park. 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