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Crabby chores can be found for crabby kids of all ages. They generally involve menial tasks like dusting, scrubbing, and doing whatever deep-cleaning jobs Mom has been too busy to get around to — like scrubbing the toaster oven as one of my brothers is doing here.
Crabby chores can be found for crabby kids of all ages. They generally involve menial tasks like dusting, scrubbing, and doing whatever deep-cleaning jobs Mom has been too busy to get around to — like scrubbing the toaster oven as one of my brothers is doing here.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:51 AM
Back in the day when Mom used to take all of us with her everywhere, we used to get a lot of comments about what nice, well-behaved kids we were.
  • One of downtown’s most admired buildings now gone

    Considering we just lost the Parsons Stone Block to a fire, the following is a column that was published 12 years ago, June 15, 2005:

  • We live in a state of vehicular chaos.

  • Creamery sees great growth until end in 1980s

    Remember the milk/cream trucks that used to cruise the rural routes all over the countryside?  My dad, Carl Boucsein, often drove the route, subbing for Milton Jahns, who picked up our two or three milk cans to deliver them to the local creamery.  Oh, my — the stories I could tell. 

  • Clan turns everything into home school projects

    One of the (many) perks of being home-schooled is that we get to do the coolest and most random things and have it count towards “school.” 

  • Clan applies five-second rule to smooches

    At our house, the five-second rule has very loose and flexible applications.

  • Gertrude Austin (1902-1986) was born in York Township southeast of Spring Valley.  She was married briefly to Sheriff Knute Inglebret of Fillmore County (she was the cook at the jail in Preston!), but we knew her as newly married to Howard Dettloff, the Spring Valley city clerk, and together they operated Dettloff Accounting Service.  Gert wrote many poetic verses as an amateur writer, and kept a daily log of her career as a WAC, 1942 to 1948.  

  • An anonymous person commenting on our website described me as a “rich” newspaper owner who ignored a story to protect my “media empire.” I don’t respond to anonymous opinions and will only say the person was wrong since the incident in question did make our newspaper. However, what was amusing about the comment — and worth exploring — is the supposed “media empire” I have created with my small weekly newspapers.
  • More stories of early settlers in Spring Valley
    W.A. Potter was born in 1834 in Ohio. He was married to Eliza Brown, and they came to Spring Valley in 1857. As written in an earlier column, he established a machine shop and foundry in the southeast part of town. Here for a time, then gone, returning to Spring Valley, he built many houses in town.
  • Clan kids are well-behaved due to crabby chores
    Back in the day when Mom used to take all of us with her everywhere, we used to get a lot of comments about what nice, well-behaved kids we were.
  • The Minnesota Newspaper Association “whiteout campaign” a month ago in which more than 200 newspapers across the state intentionally left their front pages devoid of news made quite an impact. Nearly 1 million newspaper copies in Minnesota had front pages that were mostly white except for a brief explanation of the reason for the campaign.
  • Too Hick to be Square: Bean Boys, Girls our harvest superheroes

    The Clan is currently knee deep in fall harvest. At the moment we’re in the apples and tomatoes part of the year, so we have about 15 bushels of apples in the garage and a tomato “forest” out in the garden loaded with rapidly ripening tomatoes. This means that making applesauce and blanching tomatoes are practically daily activities for us at the moment and will probably continue to be regular features of our day for another week or so. 

  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: A look at some of the early settlers
    Charles Edward Kemple, oldest son on John and Mary Sturgeon Kemple, was born on a farm in Fountain Township Dec. 31, 1865.  One of four children, he married Mattie Kidd of Spring Valley in 1900.  They engaged in general farming about five miles north of town, but specialized in berry raising.  He was known in town as "the Melon Man."  
  • The muted light during the eclipse of the sun about a week ago was still bright enough to shine on the spiraling prices at the gas pumps. This wasn’t the eclipse that awed millions when the moon’s shadow covered the sun, lowering the level of light in Minnesota during the early afternoon on Aug. 21. Instead, this was about two weeks later when the sunshine was muted by wildfire smoke drifting in from southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The smoke, which came in several waves, muted the direct sunlight, created some gorgeous sunsets, but also triggering air quality alerts in parts of Minnesota.

  • Too Hick to be Square: Family photos one thing the Clan does poorly
    If you’ve been following Too Hick To be Square for the past 2+ years I’ve been writing it, you may have started to think that there’s nothing the Clan can’t do.
  • Glimpses of yesteryear: Best cake flour in 1904 has complex instructions
    Who took the highest honors in food and was awarded the grand prize at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904?  It was Igleheart's Swans Down cake flour; the company was located in Evansville, Indiana.  Yes, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition had a grand prize in cake flour.  Swans Down cake flour is not self-rising, but it is especially prepared to give the best results in cake baking.  One package contains 12 cups of flour, enough for 12 angel food cakes or about six other cakes, a cost of 2 to 5 cents per cake.  Each package contains 12 different cake recipes prepared by experts, and the package, it was noted, came in wax paper covers.
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