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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:34 AM
Often the numbers don’t add up in favor of rural Minnesota. 
  • Rural ambulance services looking for another ‘Minnesota Miracle’
    Often the numbers don’t add up in favor of rural Minnesota. 
  • Liver regulator supposedly cured many ailments
    As seen in the accompanying photos, the Regulator Almanac dates to 1890, to carry in the pocket or hang at the fireside. It begins with this: “Caution to our patrons. We have had so many complaints from parties who have imitations of Simmons Liver Regulator palmed off on them that we feel it our duty to warn the public. The following letter is an example of what is going on: “I have taken Simmons Liver Regulator and it has helped me wonderful; my wife takes it and is greatly benefited as well. The other day the druggist was out of it and insisted on me trying someone else’s liver medication, which I did, and it is worthless, a counterfeit.” Mat Sazlar, Tenn.

  • Mom assigns ‘crabby chores’ to keep discipline
    Here’s something I used to hear a lot: “What well-behaved kids you are!”
  • A look back at 1968 from the pages of the Tribune
    Featured on the second half of the Oct. 10, 1968, issue of the Tribune was a picture of the “room mothers having tea time” at the elementary school. These ladies plan and arrange refreshments for three parties a year:  Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day and assist at immunization clinics, plus they are available for any special occasion. 
  • My parents went on a vacation last week, leaving my siblings and me to run the house by ourselves for six days.
  • Solving that annoying problem may just be key to enlightenment
    Through trial and error, I finally got a computer that had been acting up last week working again. At least for now it is fixed, although I’m not completely sure the problem is solved for good.
  • A look at the local news from 1968
    It was 1968 — almost 49 years ago — and what made the front page of the Spring Valley Tribune?  Here’s a sample: Candidates for the state House, Representatives: Neil Haugerud, called for senior citizen tax relief, a sliding scale would be most meaningful; and Chet Kvale recommended to a group of farmers and small businessmen, the 3 percent sales tax, which was good for all, and the personal property tax had been eliminated.  Farm prices were the chief concern of Minnesota First District residents according to the polls taken recently by the Nixon-Agnew groups.
  • Meet the staff of Too Hick To Be Square!
    I’ve mentioned before how important it is for the Clan to work as a team. It’s an essential part of how we manage to function on a daily basis. And believe it or not, that extends beyond our everyday chores and school to my writing.
  • Celebrating 150 years of never keeping our collective mouth shut
    In recent years, concerns expressed at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention, which was held last week in the Twin Cities, centered on technology. That theme has faded from prominence in recent years as most newspapers have come to terms with the changing electronic environment, which can still include ink on paper as a means to provide information.
  • Ladies Aid Society very active 130 years ago
    What was going on in Spring Valley 130 years ago? In 1887, yes, there was activity not only on Broadway but at the Methodist-Episcopal Church: “The Ladies Aid Society is planning a ‘fair’ on Dec. 14 in its church. The committee in charge intends to make this the most attractive fair ever held in Spring Valley.  Further particulars next week.”
  • Driver’s ed for the Clan results in few accidents
    Here’s one of the unexpectedly scary parts about my family being so large. Someday, every single one of us is going to be a licensed driver, out on the road behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
  • Common sense not always obvious
    President Donald Trump boasted just before his inauguration that his cabinet picks have “by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.”
  • Ingalls-Wilder family connected to Spring Valley  
    We present here a time line, of sorts, regarding the Ingalls-Wilder families who eventually became involved in Spring Valley history.  As you well know, Almanzo and Laura (Ingalls) Wilder lived here in Spring Valley with his parents in 1890-91, attending the Methodist-Episcopal Church, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  But more of that later...
  • 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.
  • Water a powerful, yet also fragile, force that can change without notice
    Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, is on view in Lanesboro through Feb. 19. The exhibit attempts to reveal the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how we relate to water. 
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