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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.

  • Phone directory from 1949 shows booming town
    The front cover of the telephone directory for Spring Valley, dated June 1949, carries a photograph of Distel Funeral Directors and Ambulance Service: “A friendly service within the reach of all. Funeral chapel at your disposal. See our complete line of furniture.”
  • Green hash, eggs provide protein-rich breakfast
    Sometimes I need a fast nutritious, meal. Brussels sprouts or kale hash with eggs is quick and easy. How can one lose with vitamins from dark greens and protein from an egg?
  • Search for tasty Georgia peaches underway
    Do you like peaches? I love peaches and I’ve only been to Georgia once. Do you know how hard it is to find good peaches? 
  • ‘Reliable remedies’ recipes have ties to Spring Valley
    Who do you suppose was Dr. Ward who printed a cookbook that began in 1916?
  • 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.

  • Fans of ‘old-time’ country music will love Bill Anderson memoir
    The song’s been hooked in your brain now for three days.
  • Honor Jacob Wetterling  by listening to his mother
    As the recent developments in the Jacob Wetterling case unfolded over the past week I experienced many emotions – from anger to great sadness and then I felt an odd sense of relief to finally have answers.
  • Laugh out loud while planning vacation
    Oh, how you need a vacation.
  • Cranes are calling from different parts of the world
    I’ve worked on the sandhill crane migration along the Platte River near Kearney, Neb., in various capacities through the years. It’s a good gig. The migration is breathtaking as more than 500,000 sandhill cranes pass through that area. 
  • Snakes, butterflies notable exceptions to indoor pet rules
    The Clan is not an indoor pets family. Since we moved to the farm about 18 years ago, we’ve kept plenty of animals (dogs, cats, lots of chickens) but none of these animals have ever lived in the house. Especially not the chickens.
  • Clueless freshmen still have shot at fulfilling life
    At my grandson’s ninth grade orientation last week, the principal talked to the students about their entry into high school, which means things get more serious as a certain number of credits are required for graduation and a certain amount of planning is required for the future.
  • Life spent living not far from birthplace
    I don’t live far from where I was born. My mother always said that nuts don’t fall far from the tree, so I guess I was destined to stay put. 
  • Still hope for special session?
    As a follow-up to last week’s column, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is still holding out hope, or at least trying to put some pressure on the possibility, that state leaders will come to an agreement on holding a special session to deal with the issues — tax relief, bonding and comprehensive transportation funding — that were left unresolved last session. 
  • Missing loved ones still part of family reunions
    During the first weekend of August, my Vander Plas family members gathered together on “the home farm” just west of Preston. Affectionately called “the home farm” by my father and other family members, it is the farm where my grandparents raised most of their family and other relatives, aunts and uncles and cousins, have lived for periods of time over the years.
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