Northern Days Gone By: Oh, you shouldn’t have

December 1, 2018
When Christmas Eve was upon us our family gathered to celebrate with a meal. We exchanged gifts before eating.  Often, as  the gifts were exchanged, someone would exclaim, “Oh, you shouldn’t have.” This troubles me even now as I think ...

My Perspective: Special letters from a class to a veteran

December 1, 2018
Our newspaper reaches a lot of people. And because it reaches so many, there are a lot of interesting connections that are made. I know of at least two weddings that have happened because of Sr. Perspective, and there are ...

Boomer’s Journal: The milkman cometh

December 1, 2018
Picture it. A 17-year-old, 185-pound farm boy at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, 1962. The milkman cometh.
Truman Hanson, in his younger years. Contributed photo
Truman Hanson, a kid who graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1963, had his ...

Country Views: Polish sub named Orzl

November 1, 2018
There was a grisly righteousness served when the Polish submarine Orzl, under British command, torpedoed and sank the German troop ship Rio de Janeiro off the Norwegian coast on April 8, 1940, at the dawn of Germany’s invasion of Norway. ...

Things I Have Learned: Oh, where did the time go?

November 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Lyndon B. Johnson A while back I was sitting in a comfortable chair watching a baseball game. The score was 3-1. All of a ...

Northern Days Gone By: A foul fowl

November 1, 2018
The management of the company my father worked for made a most surprising announcement. Everyone was going to receive a frozen turkey as a gift. This was a most unusual gesture. We awaited the arrival of the frozen bird.  It ...

My Perspective: A front row seat to watch road construction

October 1, 2018
The old adage goes, in Minnesota, there are two seasons… winter and road construction. Like every year, to stay on top of road and bridge maintenance, there are big road construction projects happening all over the state. This year, I’m ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: My taste of the Big Apple

October 1, 2018
Our snow bird friends are beginning to talk about heading south for the winter. It seems like they just came back! But every year they go south earlier and come back later. We have not yet become snow birds, and ...

From Where I Sit: It’s time to play games

October 1, 2018
As the season’s nights grow longer and darker and the days are crisp, sometimes bone-chilling,  I revert to my old habit of pulling out the jigsaw puzzles I’ve accumulated over numerous years.   For some crazy reason, I really enjoy sorting ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Squirrels and turkeys and bears, oh my

September 1, 2018
Living at the lake during our retirement years is just another day in paradise. We share paradise with critters of all shapes and sizes. We invaded their territory and now we have to get used to sharing the lakes and ...

Boomer’s Journal: Permanent wave solutions and orange concentrate cans

September 1, 2018
Take one look at your high school “senior portrait” and you will immediately remember what “hair era” you either embraced or succumbed to during your formative years, or more specifically, your high school years. You might recall what it took ...

My Perspective: A step back in Colonial times

September 1, 2018
This year’s summer vacation took the Palmer family to Williamsburg, Virginia. It was sort of a random vacation destination. We didn’t know anyone who lives in this part of the country, and we had not talked to anyone who had ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Girl Scout camp near Ely

August 1, 2018
Sitting around a campfire with family this summer and making s’mores brought back many memories of the days when I was a Girl Scout. Scouting introduced me to the delectable treat of roasted marshmallows and chocolate between two graham crackers. ...

My Perspective: Help us add a little spice to the cookbook

August 1, 2018
If we use one of your photos, we will send you a free cookbook If you are new to our newspaper, you may not know about the Senior Perspective cookbook we print each November. If you have been following us ...

Northern Days Gone By: My Burned Feet

August 1, 2018
Surely you’ve had this experience of being in the doctor’s office and being asked,  “How would you describe your pain level, with 10 being the most severe pain?”  Mine was a 10. We were at the cabin,  north of Duluth. ...

Time Passages: A fire and the lost bound volume

July 1, 2018
Over the years there have been several major downtown district fires in my hometown of Fairfax that have destroyed businesses and buildings. Most notable among them was the St. Valentine’s fire of 1963 that wiped out four businesses, the Corner ...

Things I have learned: Lessons from a bad penny

July 1, 2018
“People show you who they are, not by what they say, but by what they do.” Jane Green I recently spotted a news article about the high value of the 1943 copper penny. As most old folks know, 1943 pennies ...