Ferne Nelson and her first-grade class, Dunnell Grade School, 1948-49.

Classroom Memories: ‘I lost my heart to those kids’

February 1, 2016
My first year of teaching came in 1934 at a rural school, District 56, in Martin County, Minn.  It was one room, 32 kids, all eight grades were represented. I made $50 per month. I lost my heart to those ...
The second grade class during the 1949-50 school year in Belle Plaine, Minn. Dorothy Bullert of Hutchinson is pictured fourth from the right. Submitted by Dorothy Bullert

Classroom Memories: Remembering my second-grade teacher

February 1, 2016
My name was Dorothy Stoppelmann, and I lived on a farm 2 ½ miles west of Belle Plaine.  At that time my address was Blakely, Minn., probably because I lived in Blakely Township. I graduated from Belle Plaine High School, ...

Classroom Memories: Reliving a ‘skunk-tastrophy’

February 1, 2016
It’s not often that a student can reconnect with a teacher sixty-plus years after spending time in their classroom and still have the teacher remember them!  But that is the case with my elementary school teacher, LaVerna Noland.  Back during ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Reconnecting with my very first friend

February 1, 2016
A friendship has been rekindled with my very first friend, thanks to Facebook. I met Georgene, aka Ginger, over 60 years ago when we both lived in the small town of Cook, Minn., where my father worked as a barber. ...

My Perspective: Cookbooks sent all over the country

February 1, 2016
Brainerd woman, Hawaiian woman win cookbook contest
Sr Perspective Cookbook: volume 13
Every now and again, we get a note from someone halfway around the world commenting on an article, poem, recipe or joke in the paper. And on occasion, ...
Mardy Grussing photo of the girls riding on a toboggan behind a car in 1947.

Boomer’s Journal: Winter games

December 29, 2015
Rachel and her dog, Buster, in 1965.
The winter games of our youth were most likely not looked upon as “death defying” yet, when you think about some of our shenanigans, well, we most likely wouldn’t want our kids or ...

From Where I Sit: Before TV consumed lives

December 29, 2015
So much for those well-meaning New Year’s resolutions. It’s too cold outdoors to be cross-country skiing or take the dog for a brisk walk. Buddy, my beagle pal, dashes in and out in record time for his potty breaks.   I ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Learning curve steep with electric toothbrush

December 29, 2015
Two minutes doesn’t seem like a long period of time, but it’s an eternity when you’re brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush. As a result, I’ve made yet another discovery about blondes. Electric toothbrushes and blondes, or at least ...
Part of the pageant includes three kings and a couple camels. On the camels are Daniel O’Callaghan and Andrew Beckman and the trainers walking along side are Kevin Voge and daughter, Cheyanne Vogel, from Vogel’s Exotic Animals. Photo courtesy of Springfield Advocate-Press

Time Passages: Springfield’s outdoor Nativity Pageant in 30th year

December 1, 2015
I’ve always been impressed by the communities or organizations who year after year carry on holiday event traditions that people look forward to attending as part of their routine to celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season.
Part of the pageant

A Blonde’s Perspective: Never-ending goal to lose weight

November 1, 2015
Have you ever weighed your clothes before you put them on in the morning? Yes, I, the blonde, admits to it. The holiday season will soon be here. My never-ending goal to lose weight will be tarnished once again. Women, ...

Boomer’s Journal: Green bean casserole

November 1, 2015
The infamous green bean casserole donned our Thanksgiving table in the mid-’60s. My mother, who loved her Better Homes and Gardens magazine, had found a picture of the recipe for the casserole dish alongside the full-page advertisement of Campbell’s cream ...
Photo of my mother hanging the laundry out, many years ago. Photo by Rachel Barduson

Boomer’s Journal: Hung out to dry

October 1, 2015
There is nothing better than listening to laundry on the clothesline as bed sheets flap in the October wind. That’s right, I love to hang the laundry out to dry on my clothesline. For whatever reason, this simple chore calms ...