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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:22 PM
It’s better than being featured in a tweet of President Trump, Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald told me last week about one of our news stories featured in a tweet of Vince Bertram.

  • Local news reaches far in modern media environment
    It’s better than being featured in a tweet of President Trump, Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald told me last week about one of our news stories featured in a tweet of Vince Bertram.

  • Hardscrabble building has interesting history
    Old-timers may have heard people tell of Dad Merrick’s Palace in Spring Valley where horse shoeing was a fine business. At one time the American Legion building stood on this corner — now it is Hardscrabble Hides & Furs.

  • Summer jobs include internship with Spring Valley Tribune
    In the process of writing this column about my family and the finer, funnier details of our larger-than-normal-life life, it occasionally becomes necessary to write exclusively about myself.

  • Walking into darkness sheds  light on value of dedication
    I am often the first one in the office on weekdays except Monday and Tuesday when I come in early, just not early enough to be first. However, several weeks ago I walked into a dark building Monday morning during my usual arrival time. Even more unusual — there was no explanation for the lack of activity.

  • Many businesses from 1963 still going strong
    From the Spring Valley Historical Society files we have on hand a farm directory for Fillmore County dated 1963.  It was fascinating to see the businesses that placed advertisements in the directory, but especially noting the ones that are still in business.
  • Bananas up the nose just the way the Clan rolls
    Let’s face it. Having 13 kids has made pretty much every part of my parents’ lives complicated. It’s been that way for 22 years, and seems likely to continue for a few more years yet, since the youngest is only 6. 
  • People in small communities  need to support each other
     A fellow newspaper publisher recently wrote a column about a business on the main street of his town turning down an ad for his special section on graduation because the business owner said he only advertises for special occasions, adding, “It’s not our job to support the local newspaper.” The comments to the sales rep made the publisher’s “blood boil,” he wrote.
  • Early settlers in area had many hardships
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of biographies that were printed in the centennial newspaper in 1955.  We continue with the letter “C” with the Comstock family.   
  • Safety glasses are key feature of Clan table etiquette
    It’s not that we lack table manners. But the fact is, my siblings and I sometimes have to remind each other that “we’re not eating like barbarians today.”
  • Adventurous running friend  ends journey of lifetime too soon
    Reggie Oeltjen’s life was full of adventures. His final one — the Border to Border at 65 run cut short due to his death — was the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Adventurous running friend ends journey of lifetime too soon
    Reggie Oeltjen’s life was full of adventures. His final one — the Border to Border at 65 run cut short due to his death — was the adventure of a lifetime.
  • Pioneers come west to make their homes in SV area
    The Spring Valley Historical Society maintains a file of the bios presented in the centennial newspapers of 1955. We were looking for veterans of the Civil War, but instead chose three of the early settlers who came to Spring Valley with their families to grub out a living.
  • Scare tactics and laser eyes make toast faster
    Last week, I wrote about my Mom’s slightly haphazard approach to cooking: the glug-and-dump method. As it turns out, she’s not the only one who gets a little creative in the kitchen.
  • Local doctor known as ‘smallpox specialist’
    Another well-known doctor in Spring Valley was Lyman Viall, born in New York state in 1818, one of seven children.  His early education was in the schools of his native place, and soon the family moved “west” to the Mississippi River valley.  Nora Guthrey in her book “History of Medicine in Fillmore County Prior to 1900” gives this history on Lyman Viall.  
  • Clan has survived glug-and-dump method of cooking for years
    Things are never dull around our house, no matter what we’re doing. However, some parts of the house are consistently more exciting than others. A perfect example? The kitchen.
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