PresidentialLibraries2

Time Passages: Presidential libriaries/museums worth a visit

August 1, 2016
When former First Lady Nancy Reagan died this past March and was laid to rest next to President Ronald Reagan at his presidential library/museum in Simi Valley, Calif., I got to thinking about the treasure trove of historical artifacts and ...
Paperback edition of Riders of the Purple Sage.

Country Views: Old novel tugs at the adventurous boy in me

August 1, 2016
Paperback edition of Riders of the Purple Sage.
I recently finished reading Zane Grey’s 1912 novel Riders of the Purple Sage. I don’t normally read old romantic westerns, but Zane Grey tugs at the adventurous boy in me. ...
Have you stopped to think about where would you could find a good outdoor movie theater today?

From Where I Sit: Summer as a child was the best

August 1, 2016
Ice cream, dances, beaches and drive-ins filled our days
Have you stopped to think about where would you could find a good outdoor movie theater today?
Back in the days when I was still a kid, summer meant enjoying a ...
Noah and his two blue ribbon pigs at the Pope County Fair in Glenwood.  Photo by Jim Palmer

My Perspective: Two pigs join Palmer family

August 1, 2016
Noah and his two blue ribbon pigs at the Pope County Fair in Glenwood. Photo by Jim Palmer
After years in Cub Scouts our oldest son, Noah, decided to make a lane change. This spring, we officially became a 4-H ...
My driver’s education instructor, Mr. Stan Kaess.

Boomer’s Journal: Driver’s education

July 1, 2016
I remember the first time dad gave me the keys to the family car. A few of my cousins and I took a trip to Fergus Falls to a movie. The movie was With Six You Get Eggroll starring Doris ...
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A Blonde’s Perspective: Official member of the GOC

June 1, 2016
Open the scrapbook of your mind and look back to your childhood. Do you remember the first organization or club you joined as a child? Perhaps it was the Brownies, Cub Scouts or 4-H? I became a Brownie and then ...
My older brother, Mike (front), and I (back), pictured hiking through Sibley State Park near New London back in the 1980s. Hiking is nearly always a part of our state park experience.  Since this photo was taken, my brother grew into his walking stick, and I ditched mine in favor of one that could touch the ground. The one in the photo was more of a poking stick than walking stick. I have also changed my hiking attire from a collared shirt and dress corduroys to something a little more casual and comfortable.           
 Photo and my wardrobe selection by my mom, 
Judy Lund of Hutchinson

My Perspective: State park memories plentiful

June 1, 2016
I don’t think I have gone a year of my life without visiting at least one state park in Minnesota. This thought came to my mind when I read a news release on the 125th birthday of Minnesota State Parks ...
Vietnam Memorial Soldiers by Frederick Hart. One of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. is Hart's heroic bronze statue The Three Soldiers, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Photo from Library of Congress, by Carol M. Highsmith.

My Perspective: Powerful impact of Vietnam-era songs

May 1, 2016
Appearing in this edition of the newspaper is our “Heroes Remembered” special section, a 20-page section honoring our fallen soldiers.
Vietnam Memorial Soldiers by Frederick Hart. One of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. is Hart’s heroic bronze statue
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EasterTree

From Where I Sit: Mother Nature’s mixup

April 1, 2016
What’s happened to Mother Nature’s timetable?  She has her dates mixed up!  The spring beauties, hepatica, and dwarf hyacinths are popping through dry leaves in the park; tulips and daffodils are bursting through the dirt in my garden.  It’s too ...
TenMile Lake Country School.

Classroom Memories: Country school recollections

March 1, 2016
TenMile Lake Country School.
I attended District No. 139 for eight years in south Ottertail County. It was known as the “Ten Mile Lake School” since it was situated only a few hundred feet from a steep bank of the ...
Seaplane taking off from Windigo, Isle Royale National Park, MI. Photo by Bob Walker.

Time Passages: Get busy and visit some national parks

March 1, 2016
If you appreciate magnificent wild scenery and simple pleasure from the great natural wonders of the world found all across the country, then this is a special year to soak some of it in during the National Park Service celebration ...
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, ...
GirlsPlayingTogether

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. ...