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We had no idea the lawn swing that we received from a cousin family in the 1940s was something that had been available before 1900. 
  • Lawn swing dates back to before 1900
    We had no idea the lawn swing that we received from a cousin family in the 1940s was something that had been available before 1900. 
  • Health insurance not only complicated, but also personal
    “Now I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Donald Trump said at a meeting of governors last month. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
  • Dick Sears, who grew up in SV, had great ‘spiels’
    Having grown up here and attending school here, Dick Sears was an amazing entrepreneur. As far as we know, he wrote most of the “spiels” for the 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue.  This happened to be Catalogue No. 117 - The Great Price Maker: “See the greatly reduced prices shown in this catalogue. This book will be sent free to any address. Write us a letter or postal card and say ‘Send me your large catalogue’ and we’ll send it free. Capitol stock Forty Million Dollars.  Please show this catalogue to your friends and neighbors.”
  • I believe Minnesotans tend to respond inappropriately to this state’s weather. We resist getting out our winter clothes as long as possible, but when below zero temperatures and snow-covered roads force us to finally cave in, we go the complete opposite direction.
  • Sunshine key in age of shady truth
    Many years ago, I stopped a mayor outside City Hall to get his view on a controversial vote that had just occurred at a council meeting. He wasn’t anxious to answer my questions, and finally a council member/friend who was the only person with him advised the mayor to say whatever he wanted and if it didn’t go over well, he could claim he was misquoted since the comments weren’t being made in a public forum.
  • American soldiers adopt orphans in France
    More headlines from the Stars & Stripes, dated Nov. 29, 19l8.  “Surpassing all soldier precedent for generous and spontaneous giving, the AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force) this week adopted 294 fatherless little children from France.”  For Christmas giving, the War Orphan Campaign had gone over many, many francs.
  • Stick-to-your-ribs foods important part of feeding 13
    There are many challenges associated with a family as large as mine, but the most constant difficulty Mom has encountered is feeding 13 people three times a day. This task is nearly impossible to accomplish, but Mom manages it largely by incorporating “volume” foods into most of our meals.
  • Picture may be worth 1,000 words, but words will always be needed
    The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” has some validity in that a complex idea can be conveyed more effectively in a single image than just text. However, usually, a picture, particularly a photograph, can’t stand on its own without some description.
  • Doughboys defeat Germans to make world safe again
    At the end of World War I in France, the doughboys (Allied Expeditionary Forces or AEF) had defeated the Germans and the “world was safe again.”  An issue of the Stars & Stripes, By and For the Soldiers of the AEF, dated Nov. 29, 1918, came into our hands. Soon after the Armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918, the Stars & Stripes issued Vol. 1, #23 in celebration. First a notice to subscribers: “All subscribers will be honored unless a refund is requested; OR any refund may be turned over to the War Orphan Fund.”  More on that later. 
  • Disasters with cell phones aren’t usually irreparable
    Cell phones: the modern convenience. Or at least they would be if you could find them.
  • Minnesota weather anything but average, or even predictable at times
    Early last week, we got our first report of a robin when Les Hyland of Spring Valley called in to say he spotted one of the first signs of spring in the form of a bird. Other bird enthusiasts commented on the large number of geese flying north so early in the year.
  • News of 1952 includes speeches, floods
    A Spring Valley Tribune from April 3, 1952, has been used before, namely to highlight the installation of the Rev. W.J. Pilgrim at Our Savior’s Lutheran.  However, the ads are so intriguing, we are using it again as Easter approaches.  News from this Tribune included items from the high school about the regional speech contest where Dale Wordelman received an excellent rating, Margaret Kumm an excellent and Nancy Gynild a superior — all under the direction of Miss Hoagland.
  • Who says edible food needs to be pretty?
    Where I come from, food is a big deal. To my siblings and I, food and the regular partaking of it is very important. We’re more concerned with the volume of our food and how hard it is to make than we are with how it looks. We’ll eat pretty much anything around here, regardless of how attractive it looks close up.
  • Rural ambulance services looking for another ‘Minnesota Miracle’
    Often the numbers don’t add up in favor of rural Minnesota. 
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