From Where I Sit: My funny valentine

February 1, 2019
Back in the 1950s, my grade school classmates at Glenwood, Minnesota. would spend several days in February constructing memorable valentine boxes crafted from toss-away shoe boxes. On our flip top wooden desks, our little fingers would smear Elmer’s glue or ...

Boomer’s Journal: The yard light

February 1, 2019
I have always taken electricity for granted. When mom and dad would reminisce about the old days of the kerosene lantern, I could only imagine. The Rural Electrification Administration was created in 1935 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the ...

Boomer’s Journal: A night of cards

January 1, 2019
The long, cold winter months usually meant some welcome nights of the only card game mom and dad played: whist.* Card parties were my folk’s way of enjoying an evening with friends…Eddie and Ione, Sanford and Valerie, Clifford and Eleanor, ...

My Perspective: New edition coming in February!

January 1, 2019
A few months ago, the Senior Perspective entered its 26th year.  Each year, we have added new readers. In 2019, we will not only be looking to add more readers, we are also adding a whole new edition. The new ...

‘God laid these people on my heart’

January 1, 2019
Volunteers minister in senior living facilities and jails
Pastor Jerry leads singing at a senior living facility. Contributed photo
“Some of the loneliest and most forgotten people are residents in senior care facilities and inmates in jails,” said Pastor Jerry ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...