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 ...

Things I Have Learned: Hoarding something of value

March 1, 2017
Today’s Wisdom: “I can amass countless fortunes and yet stand with empty hands.” Craig Lounsbrough Like most folks I am fascinated by the television shows exploring the living arrangements of hoarders. While I understand there is an element of mental ...

Country Views: Who Cooks for You?

February 1, 2017
We’ve lived in this patch of woods for the last 30 years. Because the forest comes right up to our doorstep, we are often visited and entertained by our wild neighbors. Our most unusual visitor was a fisher, who we ...

Boomer’s Journal: The sweet sounds (and smells) of Christmas

December 1, 2016
The great big Christmas tree, all the way to the ceiling, was decorated in tinsel and lights. The darkened church was full with anticipation. Other than a few whispers, there was a hush…silence right before the best sounds of Christmas ...

My Perspective: ‘When I was your age…’

December 1, 2016
When I’m talking to my boys (ages 6, 9 and 11), I find myself starting more and more sentences with, “When I was your age…” It is a sure sign that I’m getting older. And it is also a clear ...

Boomer’s Journal: Duck Opener… it’s a holiday weekend

September 29, 2016
Duck opener has always been a “kind-of-a-holiday” weekend. The kind where everything else stops and you don’t plan another thing. Weddings, reunions, family gatherings, possibly even funerals…are not planned during duck opener weekend. There is no discussion when it comes ...

From Where I Sit: Seasons Change… it’s inevitable

September 29, 2016
Big yellow school buses are rumbling down my street picking up excited little kids and sullen high schoolers. Summer’s over. No more dock time. Life’s fall schedule has commenced. Mom’s doing a happy dance and sipping another cup of coffee ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...