Saturday, December 27, 2014


As per their sentencing on December 12, 2014, the Dragons have been fulfilling their community service hours at the Adrian Branch Library.  Librarian Meredith Vaselaar assigned duties in accordance to each dragon’s strength and skill level.  The dragons have been very busy:

Ander Dragon, a true "attention-to-detail" aficionado, has been assisting in the shelving of books:

Blayze Dragon, whose ability with technology is legendary, has been vacuuming the carpet in the children’s story time area:

Jia Dragon, a true “people-dragon,” has been working at the circulation desk:

Theo Dragon, the “neat freak” of the bunch, has a penchant for bubbles, so being the designated mopper was the obvious choice:

Once their community service hours are completed, the Dragons have decided to stay on and help out at the library.

It appears as if their days of criminal behavior are behind them for good!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


On Friday, December 12, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., the Library Dragons met with Judge Gordon Moore, III, in Courtroom A, at the Nobles County Courthouse in Worthington, MN.

The Dragons were facing multiple counts of reckless mischievousness.  The four displayed rare somber countenances.  This was the big time, folks.  What would be the fate of this quartet of miscreants?

After careful review of the charges ~ which spanned fifteen crimes ~ Judge Moore found the defendants guilty on all counts.  At the same time, Moore observed that none of the crimes were malicious in nature and caused no permanent damage.  Furthermore, the good Judge noted the tender age of the defendants, as well as their precocious cuteness, and decided that leniency was the order of the day.

The Dragons – Ander, Blayze, Jia, and Theo – were sentenced to fifteen hours of community service (each) to be served at the Adrian Branch Library.  The sentences were to begin on December 15, 2014, and conducted under the watchful eye of Librarian Meredith Vaselaar.

Judge Gordon Moore, III, reminded the Dragons to behave themselves, and then completed the proceedings.  The courtroom was cleared, with all breathing a sigh of relief.

Justice had been served.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Apparently, where there are cookies, there are Dragons!  The Dragons are out on their own recognizance at the moment and, thus far, have been behaving.  Will the good behavior continue? One can hope . . . after all, Santa IS watching!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


For months our Chief of Police Shawn Langseth had been plotting and planning the capture of the dragons.  The Chief analyzed mountains of evidence and clues. He began to anticipate scenarios in which the dragons might find themselves.  But most importantly, our good Chief never, ever gave up.

As for the dragons? They woefully underestimated Adrian’s Chief of Police.

To capture a dragon, one must think like a dragon.  And when there are four dragons to capture? That is four times the thinking.  With that much thinking going on, our Chief could not fail!

Chief Langseth put it all together:  

1) the dragons enjoyed playing tricks; 
2) the dragons enjoyed playing games; 
3) the dragons enjoyed adventures; 
4) the dragons enjoyed hiding; and, not surprisingly: 
5) the dragons REALLY enjoyed candy.  

Keeping all of this in mind, Chief Langseth realized that there was one day in the year in which those dragons would be in their element: Halloween!

On Halloween night, as the children in the town were going door-to-door trick-or treating, our Chief of Police was setting a trap in the Adrian Branch Library.  Earlier in the day, he had convinced Librarian Meredith Vaselaar to set out a bowl of candy in honor of the day.  Word spread quickly that there were free treats to be had in the Library.  It was a gamble that the dragons would hear about the treats, but it was a risk the Chief was willing to take.

As nightfall descended upon the village, the Chief cleverly hid in the Library. Shortly before midnight, Chief of Police Langseth heard a rustling outside of the building.  Soon, the faint creak of the bookdrop door was heard.  There were whispers and giggling as four tiny dragons slid almost-silently down the book chute.

Alas! Those dragons were NOT expecting to land in the net that Chief Langseth held at the end of the book chute!  Four dragons landed – kerplunk! – into the green net held firmly by the Chief. 

Caught! Trapped!! Captured!!!

The dragons knew they had met their match!  They said nary a word as they were placed in the Library castle dungeon.  They knew they had been captured, fair-and-square, and that they had to buck-up for whatever restitution would need to be made.

For the moment, those four dragons remain incarcerated.  Will their punishment fit their crimes? Or, will they earn leniency due to their lack of stature and their total non-lack of extreme cuteness? 

It will be up to the judge to decide their fate.

In the meantime, all is back in order and the residents of Adrian can rest easy, knowing that the days of dragon-mayhem have ended.

Thank you, Chief Langseth!

(P.S. Could not resist paying homage to "The Shawshank Redemption."  Can you spot it?)