Things I have learned: Lost in the crowd

February 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May
Here was the perfect community connection setting, yet no one was talking except those few who entered together.
I recently spent a few days ...

My Perspective: Opportunity knocked… and I answered

February 1, 2018
Old Times, an antiques newspaper, joins our stable of publications There are times when opportunity has knocked, and I have not answered the door. Maybe it was the wrong timing or just the wrong fit. But I recently had ...

‘I just kept doing my job’

February 1, 2018
Springfield editor has been a fixture at newspaper for 60 years
Doris Weber interviews someone outside the Advance-Press office in Springfield. Weber has been working at the newspaper since 1958. Photo by Scott Thoma
The Advance-Press of Springfield is now ...

Boomers Journal: A Drawer Full of …

February 1, 2018
In the early 1960s, more S&H Green Stamps were printed annually than postage stamps. Contributed photo
Every kitchen has one…that notorious junk drawer filled with dead AA batteries, pencils with broken lead, pens with no ink, scribbled notes that have ...

Boomer’s Journal: Sixty years ago

January 1, 2018
Sixty years ago on Jan. 1, 1958, my family watched the Rose Bowl parade and the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl on TV. Not a big deal when you’re looking at the big picture of what was happening in history ...

Northern Days Gone By: Clinkers couldn’t corrupt our sledding

January 1, 2018
An elderly lady was seen lugging a bucket of clinkers down her stairs to the sidewalk. She tossed the clinkers onto the sidewalk and then right onto the avenue. Clinkers are the residue after coal has burned in a furnace, ...

Time Passages: The scariest sign of all

January 1, 2018
No matter where you go or look there is a sign telling you what to do or not do. Think about it.  There are signs everywhere.  From the most isolated rural country road to shopping malls and sports stadiums to ...

My Perspective: Our first deer hunting experience

December 1, 2017
It was  6 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning in November. I woke up my oldest son, Noah, and grabbed some breakfast. For the first time in his life, Noah was excited to get up at 6 a.m. And for ...

Time Passages: Doughboy statue proudly stands at New Ulm cemetery

November 1, 2017
While the purpose of some Civil War military statues in several southern states has caused controversies in recent months, there is one statue from another period of history which stands high and strong to honor soldiers from WWI at a ...

Northern Days Gone By: Always buy some lemonade, but never drink it

August 1, 2017
We boys in 1953 were broke. Not one of us had an allowance. We did not consider ourselves poor, but we had no discretionary money unless our parents or grandparents gave us a few nickels. The nickels we were given ...

Country Views: Growing Potatoes

August 1, 2017
We planted potatoes in early May. My Irish ancestors may well have planted about the same time of year that we did. They would have planted a variety with the unappealing name of Irish Lumper. But it fit their needs ...

BOOMER’S JOURNAL: Locust invasions

August 1, 2017
Each year as the August harvest began and dad reviewed my field duties as a grain wagon driver, I wondered if the great locust invasion of either the late 1800s or the 1930s would recur under my very eyes. Dad ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Where is my room?

July 1, 2017
The annual family outing to the Twin Cities was held once again. Through the years, we have always stayed at the same hotel, which is located near the sites and events that are usually visited during the family weekend. And ...

My Perspective: This fad, too, shall pass

June 1, 2017
If you have spent any time around a teenager in the last six months, you have probably seen fidget spinners. They have been popping up all over the place in recent weeks and months. After resisting for a few months, ...

Time Passages: Weather changes, power of nature’s storms

June 1, 2017
It’s the month of June which usually means we’re in the middle of the severe summer storm season here in Minnesota. Not only in Minnesota but all across the globe we’ve been experiencing a number of strange or devastating weather ...

In Your Garden: Spring has sprung!

May 1, 2017
The name rhubarb comes from the Greek, rha barbrom. This basically means “that which is foreign”- most likely referring to the fact that it was originally brought from China. The Chinese used it mainly for medicine. There are still some ...

Country Views: Spicy history of cinnamon

April 1, 2017
I once knew a little Mexican kitty named Canela. This was when I could speak only a few words of Spanish. The word for cinnamon, which is canela (cah-NAY-la), was not among them. But I think you can imagine what ...