The gift of giving

December 1, 2019
Grandma Roers makes homemade gifts for every member of her family Handmade gifts are the only kind of gifts Geneva Roers, of Alexandria, gives her family. And with four adult children, three step-children, seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and ...

Sending Christmas cheer… in a shoebox

December 1, 2019
Long Prairie woman leads OCC shoebox drive Blanche Tirk, of Long Prairie, has acquired several nicknames—“Energizer Bunny,” “Totally Awesome Blanche” and probably the most descriptive one, “Crazy Shoebox Lady.” At 78, she is happy to be called names that emphasize ...

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 ...

In Your Garden: Gifts For Gardeners

January 1, 2013
Gardeners are the easiest people to buy gifts for. Gloves are always welcome. For the rose grower there are gloves with cuffs that come nearly to the elbow to protect against thorns. Soft leather gloves are great for many gardening ...