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New RAS treasurer always has something in cooking

Lynn Johnson is one of the newest members of the board of the Rosemount Area Seniors.

Lynn Johnson might have one of the best-smelling kitchens around.

For the past 30 years, Johnson's hobby has been baking bread. Wheat, rye sourdough. He loves to try out recipes he sees on TV or reads online. He bakes something just about every day. Some days, he bakes twice.

"I keep experimenting," he said. "As my son says, most of them are edible."

At Christmas he'll make cookies, or traditional Swedish treats for Santa Lucia Day. He keeps some, gives some away. Some go in the freezer for later. He usually doesn't have any shortage of people willing to help him get rid of his creations.

Johnson just likes the activity. He likes grinding the grains and kneading the dough and seeing what he comes up with.

"It's very therapeutic for me," he said. "You feel like you've accomplished something.

"I have a grandson, if I fed him a loaf of bread every other day he'd probably polish it off. He loves it."

Johnson is the new treasurer of the Rosemount Area Seniors, but he's been involved with the group for several years. He started attending RAS events when his father-in-law lived with him and his wife. They'd play cards together.

Johnson's father-in-law has died, but Johnson kept attending RAS events. He figured it was a good way to stay active in his retirement.

"They say when you retire it's really great, but in about a month you've watched all the TV shows you thought you missed. Two months you've got all the books read," Johnson said. "Everybody's social. They want to have friends."

When the group's nominating committee called him to ask if he'd serve as treasurer, he figured he might as well.

"Somebody's got to do it," said Johnson, who has been active in a number of several civic groups over the years.

Johnson started several Toastmaster groups, and he was a scoutmaster in Rosemount when his older son was a Scout here. He and his wife moved to the area in 1977 so their children could attend St. Joseph School.

Johnson is one of the younger members of the RAS. The group has taken steps in recent years to reach out to younger seniors, who have in many cases been either reluctant to identify themselves as seniors, or uninterested in the activities the group has to offer. But Johnson doesn't think that's why he was chosen for the group's board.

"It just happens that I'm one of the younger people," Johnson said. "I think it's like anything else. You keep adding people.... There's more joining every day."

And if they ask nicely, Johnson just might let them try a piece of fresh bread.