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 ...

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

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, ...

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. ...

Country Views: The art of face scanning

February 1, 2016
It is ill mannered to stare at any part of a person, but it is especially rude to look at their face for any length of time. Instead we scan faces as rapidly as the clerk at the store scans ...
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 ...

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 ...

Time Passages: Expressing love and affection on Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2016
How did St. Valentine become associated with love and romance? Well, it all goes back to the fifth century when Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day to honor the Christian martyr Valentinus, and eventually, it evolved into ...