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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:56 AM
I’m a faithful follower of the Rochester Post Bulletin, being a regular subscriber of the paper for all of the time I’ve been in the southeast Minnesota area: 1967-1975 (Kasson-Mantorville), 1988-1996 (Preston/Fillmore Central) and most recently, 1999-the present (Fountain). As most of you would probably guess, the first section of the paper that I grab is the sports section. Not to say that I don’t read the rest of the sections, but the sports department gets my first look.

  • Stomach flu wipes out Clan like nothing else
    There are very few things that can put a stop to things around the Clan household. Regardless of what unexpected problems pop up, it’s very rare that anything causes us to call a complete halt to what we’re doing, whether that’s school, canning, gardening, or anything else. But we’re not unstoppable, as flu season always reminds us.
  • Columnist getting lots of feedback from acronym trivia
    I’ve been having a lot of fun with my acronym trivia of Minnesota high schools and based on some of the comments I’ve received from you, so are you. That’s good, I was hoping to get some interaction from the readers, and besides that, it gives me feedback, knowing that someone is reading my article.
  • Children will find books to be uplifting
    Who would you say you look up to?
  • 1902 Sears catalog has many wonders
    With the advent of “hand-held devices” and the opportunity to watch umpteen hours of action on a screen or HHD, (while on your butt,) it is amazing to see what was offered in the 1902 Sears catalog.  Under the Magic Lantern Outfit page, young people were much encouraged by advertising to: “Interesting, instructive and profitable. You will easily make the original cost of the outfit in your first exhibition; after that it is all profit.
  • I’m gladly setting myself up to fail
    It is that time of year again when I set myself up to fail - and this year, I’m gladly doing so.
  • Free ‘Science Sundays’ coming to Lanesboro
    You’ve probably already heard about Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. It will be on view in the events hall at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro – along with numerous other water-related activities – now through Sunday, Feb. 19.
  • Recollections of early Spring Valley residents
    From one of the Tribune’s 1955 centennial issues, we chose the following to pique your interest.   Remona Cummings Dragmueller (graduate of 1922) remembers this:  “Ed Cavanaugh and his ‘city hack’ which was of great service to the community. Ed’s disposition was always the same whether you called him early morning or late p.m. — bright and cheery.  There was a group of girls who always returned to Rochester on Monday morning via the early Great Western railroad.  With no ‘night man’ on duty, Ed delivered us to the depot seeing no harm came to us. It would have been interesting to have his ‘bus’ present to take part in the centennial parade.”
  • ‘Whose britches are at the front door?’
    Christmas is over now and the decorations are coming down.
  • Ringing the bells inspires stories to tell
    Bryan Willmert of Albert Lea and I were talking in a supermarket, when Bryan spotted a dime on the floor. Bryan is a tall guy. It was a long way to the floor. Bryan said he should have tossed a dollar bill to the floor to make the trip worthwhile. I’m a tall guy, too, so I understood his comment. Bryan tossed the coin into the Salvation Army kettle.
  • True pioneer lived remarkable life
    A true pioneer, Orrin Treat, led what we would consider a remarkable life, full of hardships and pleasures.  Born in Orange County, Vermont, he became an orphan at age 8.  He was raised in an orphanage till he “became of age,” when he moved to Ohio to work as a farm hand.  Later he “came west” and took up a claim in Iowa where Cedar Rapids now stands.  After some time, he sold this homestead and came to Spring Valley in 1855 to be near his brother, Sylvester.  The latter had staked a claim of 160 acres north of Spring Valley.  Orrin pre-empted his own quarter-section two miles northeast of his brother, the land occupied by his only grandchild, the Worth McFarland family in 1955.
  • Clan belts carols in the spirit of Christmas
    For many people, half the fun of Christmas is the gift-giving, the secrets you’ve kept all year long that can finally be revealed, and the anticipation of opening your own presents. Heck, maybe you even got to meet Santa Claus.
  • Spring cleaning in the electronic age
    It wasn’t the rain on Christmas that prompted my wife and I to do some spring cleaning recently. The rain, which brought slippery roads, ice and other winter problems, wasn’t really a sign of spring, as we all know. However, this winter we are attempting to de-clutter our home by reducing some of the things we have collected over the years.
  • Pioneer women had no luxuries, but plenty of grit
    Section 5 of the Tribune’s Centennial Paper dated June 30, 1955, contained a tribute to Spring Valley’s pioneer mothers.  Among those brave women were two that we’d like to highlight — one with 10 children, and one who valued her spinsterhood. 
  • Plan for candlelight skis, ‘First Day’ hikes
    Last week in this column, we discussed one way to have winter fun by staying indoors and attending the Effigy Mounds National Monument film festival in northeast Iowa, running weekends from January through March.
  • Area basketball teams experiencing busy schedules
    The winter sports scene in southeast Minnesota, and around the entire state, is in full swing. We’ve already had match-ups with some state-ranked teams in boys basketball, girls teams from our area are ranked, individuals in wrestling are ranked and the dance teams are just “kickin’ it.”
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