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July 31st, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Sun Valley was discovered by Count Felix Schaffgotsch about 80 years ago.  Averell Harriman, the chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, had asked the Count to go west and try to find a suitable site for the creation of a ski resort similar to those that he had visited in Europe.  The railroad needed “destination places” to encourage rail travel.  The Count was advised to take a trip to Ketchum, Idaho, a mining town in central Idaho.

Upon arrival, the Count wired Harriman, “This area combines more delightful features than any place I have seen in Switzerland, Austria or the United States for a winter resort.” Within days they purchased a 4,300 acre ranch and the Sun Valley Resort opened in the winter of 1936.  The “chair lift” was invented in Sun Valley.  You can visit www.sunvalley.com for information on the resort.   When you get there be sure to tune in to KWRV 91.9 Classical MPR. 

The Sun Valley Music Festival is online this year. Music Director Alasdair Neale brings you 14 all-new concerts featuring Festival Orchestra musicians filmed in homes and stages across 43 cities. Award-winning directors, producers, designers, and technicians bring the music to life both acoustically and visually. It’s a musical and cinematic experience you won’t want to miss—one you can enjoy from the comfort of your home or on the lawn at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

I have watched two of the performances on my iPhone with ear buds and the experience is wonderful.  For a complete schedule of performances, go to www.svmusicfestival.org  You won’t want to miss the Gala Concert, Monday August 3 at 6:30pm MDT.  Three Broadway stars, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell will present a live performance.

Live from Here is a rebroadcast.  Enjoy the show Saturday at 5pm CDT on your radio or smartphone.  It will be rebroadcast Sunday at 11am. 

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”  Thomas a Kempis

July 30th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Here in Minnesota, cabins are a big part of many lives.  When I was very young, my folks would rent a cabin from Pete Viehauser on Pine Lake, which is 3 miles west of Upsala.  In 1973 my mother-in-law mailed an auction flyer to us. Widow Agnes Olson was selling her small farm on the north side of Cedar Lake.  I went to see my banker and he told me “go for it”.  Also, a client at Red Owl Foods said that everyone should have a lake place.  When we got there, Marcia said “I want this place”  and she proceeded to teach me the art of bidding at an auction.  “When it is your turn Gary, do not hesitate. Act swiftly”.  We ended up with the place.  It even had a slamming screen door and a barn for my daughter’s horse.

Now, once in a while we get to go to my brother Brian and his wife Jean Marie’s place on Blue Lake west of Atkin.  Photo attached.

My granddaughter Kaylin Marie owns a T shirt factory and she designed  a T shirt with “It’s a cabin thing!”  You can go to this website and get your very own “It’s a cabin thing” shirt, hoody or coffee mug. 

Live from Here this week is a rebroadcast.  I for one enjoy listening and many times I listen both Saturday afternoon at 5 and again on Sunday at 11 in the morning.

“Your poetic sign mate said it best. ‘Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”  Leonard Coehn

July 17th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

I miss being on campus.  The last I heard we will be working from home until after Labor Day.

Over the twenty years that I have been working for MPR, I have met a number of very interesting folks.  One of my favorite was Brother Willie.  Years ago I met an old man who was shuffling home to Wimmer Hall from the shop area.  His coveralls were covered with dust.  I asked him what his name was and what he did on campus.  He replied, “My name is Brother Willie, don’t you know about the table and chairs that I make for children?”   To make a long story short, I ended up ordering a table and chair set for my granddaughter Kaylin Marie.  When I picked the table and chairs, up I noticed a small wagon filled with blocks.  They were made from scrap oak found in the Saint John’s woodshop.  I eventually ordered 10 wagon and block sets. 

Brother Willie once managed the Abbey dairy herd and also he was the self appointed night watchman. George Maurer wrote a song, The Brother Willie Shuffle and the pub in Sexton Hall  is named after Brother Willie. 

Live from Here this week is a rebroadcast.  You can listen on your radio, smartphone or computer.  You can learn more at www.livefromhere.org

 “..to build!  That is the noblest of all the arts.”   Longfellow          

 

July 10th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

The 36th annual Hagstrom/Osberg Golf Open was held last Saturday. We have this family tradition every year at the Little Falls Country Club on the second Saturday of July.

My mother’s sister, Leone, Auntie to me, married Duane Hagstrom, owner of Hagstrom Chevrolet in Upsala, Minnesota. Between the two families there were 10 cousins. Auntie’s youngest, Kevin, is a very good golfer and for many years he and I won this best ball event every year. For that reason, we named our team ‘Ming’. After all, we were a dynasty. Ming is back.  Photo attached.

Because of my recent back surgery, all I can do is putt.  I was able to sink a birdie putt on hole number 1 and another on hole number 3 so we were 2 under par after three holes.  The rest of the team included Cousin Kevin, my brother Brian and his wife Jean Marie, plus brother Craig and his son Grayson. Craig’s daughter McKenzie drove the cart.  We finished 6 under, which means that the trophy is in my living room for the first time since 2009.

After golf we gather at brother Bill’s house near the golf course for a picnic and the award ceremony. We did our best to practice distancing. We are fortunate to have a number of traditions in our family.  I trust that your Fourth of July Celebration was a safe one.

Live from Here this week is a rebroadcast.  You can listen on your radio or smartphone and online at www.livefromhere.org  

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate on the present moment.”  Buddha   

June 26th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Tomorrow I plan on tilling my daughter’s garden in Upsala.  After I finish working in the garden, I plan on visiting “Hippe Landing” west of Upsala near the American Legion Memorial Park on Cedar Lake.  The park has one of the best swimming beaches in central Minnesota.  There are camping spots also, but I understand there is a long waiting list. I hope it is open.

There used to be an old store without any signage located where the landing is now.  At one time it was called Cedar Lake Pavilion. The store was owned and run by Emie Hippe. Emie was a real character and for many years she served ice cream, candy and pop to kids from the park and 3.2 beer to the adults. The PayDay candy bar was a favorite of mine.

Strangely, you could not buy a Coke there and I always wondered why. One day my brother Craig and I went in to have a drink and I finally had the nerve to ask her, “Emie, why don’t you serve Coca Cola?” She slammed her hand on the bar and said “The dirty rascals.  My husband Ben used to travel quite a ways with the empty bottles and bring back the full ones. Then during the war, they asked us to simply hold on to the empties and they would pick them up later.” So what happened Emie? “The dirty rascals changed their mind and would not pick them up.” “What did you do with them Emie, they would be worth a lot of money?” “You will never find them!” she proclaimed, “We buried them under two ton of rock!”

For over 60 years no Coca Cola products were sold from this store, all because someone broke a promise. I am sure that the Coca Cola route driver tried a few times when he would see the Pepsi truck out front, but she never let Coke back on the shelf.

Live from Here is a rebroadcast of a show.  You can listen on the radio or on your smartphone.  Or anytime on www.livefromhere.org 

”Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.”   “A nickel isn’t worth a dime anymore.” Yogi Berra

June 19th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

There are over 1,000 lakes in Otter Tail County.  Holly’s Resort is on Otter Tail Lake and it is one of the larger lakes in the county.  For four days the wind blew at 20mph or stronger, so I did not wet a line.  My recent “spinal cord decompression surgery” would not allow me to tolerate the bumpy ride.  This summer I will only fish on calm days.

We hired Randin Olson who is a full time fishing guide.  He chose another smaller lake, “Secret Lake”, and so the other Osberg men were able to catch plenty of Walleye and many small mouth bass.  Randin and my brother Geoff both claim that smallies taste just like Walleye. You can hook up with Randin at www.lockjawfishing.com  

My family is very blessed with many traditions, the first of which is the “Osberg Fishing Trip”.  I have attached a photo of my grandson Walleye Willie with a 20 inch smallie. 

Live from Here this week is a rebroadcast.  You can listen to old shows at www.livefromhere.org  

“What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.” H.P. Liddon

June 17th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

This weekend I am going fishing with my four brothers, my son Erik and my grandson “Walleye Willie” plus brother Craig’s son Grayson.  A total of 8 Osberg men ages 11 to 76.  My sister’s grandson Adam and Cousin John will also join us.  Sometime in the nineties, my youngest brother Craig was invited by his father-in-law, Jim Keeler, to go along on a fly-in fishing trip to Trout Lake in Canada. Over time, my other brothers, who were into fishing, were invited to go along. In 2003 brother Bill offered to pay the way for my son Erik, so I decided to go along.

I am the oldest of five Osberg brothers and it was a wonderful bonding time. I told the camp host, Murdoch, that I would be back every year for the next 20 years. The next year we went to brother Brian’s cabin near Aitkin instead. The year after that went to Rainy Lake. Erik was working as a weekend sportscaster on Channel 10/13 in Duluth and he did a story on fishing with the guide and resort owner Woody for his TV show. He suggested that we try Woody’s instead of the fly-in in 2005. We had a great time and the greatest part was that Woody had a wonderful pub filled with memorabilia from his hockey days. For many years we went back to Woody’s. We never did do the fly-in again. You can check out Woody’s at www.fairlyreliable.com  It is worth the drive just to meet Woody. In 2011 we switched to Brindley’s Resort on Leach Lake. A large home across the road from the marina worked well for the whole gang, but fishing was tough.

In 2017 we decided to try Holly’s Resort on Otter Tail Lake.  Erik is an ambassador for Otter Tail County and we reasoned that we would have a better chance to find the elusive walleye.  We had a great time. One of the cabins is right on the lake.  Brother Bill is the chief cook and bottle washer, so we put him in that cabin along with brother Geoff from Chicago.  Next Friday I will give you a complete report. There is a traveling trophy and guess who’s name has never appeared on it.  Maybe this year. 

Live from Here this week is a special Live from Home broadcast. Special guests include Rufus Wainwright and LuLu Miller.  Enjoy the show..

“Dost thou love Life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the stuff Life is made of.”  Benjamin Franklin

June 10th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Good sunny morning from Mill Stream Village,

This has been a very tough week.  The best chance for change is with our young people.  This video was taken at a rehearsal of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City performing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.  The mission of the Young People’s Chorus is “to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth.”  www.ypc.org 

The Classical MPR Choral Stream featured it this week.  It is very inspirational.   I believe that you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch it.

Young People's Chorus of New York City: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Beautiful faces of all colors, singing as one — thank you, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, for giving us hope and inspiration. Enjoy their moving performance of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' 🎶❤️When you're weary, feeling smallWhen tears are in your eyes, I will dry them allI'm on your side, oh, when times get roughAnd friends just can't be foundLike a bridge over troubled waterI will lay me down—"Bridge Over Troubled Water" Words and music by Paul SimonArranged by Kirby ShawPerformed by the Young People's Chorus of New York CityConducted by Francisco J. NúñezRecorded in 2016More: https://ypc.org

Posted by Choral Stream on Monday, June 1, 2020

Live from Here this week is a rebroadcast.  You can listen on your radio or smart phone or anytime at www.livefromhere.org 

“Can’t we all get along?”  Rodney King        

May 29th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

The Upsala Area Veterans Memorial service on Monday was well done.  It was very brief but moving.  It is easy to get to Upsala, simply exit I94 at Albany and follow State Highway 238 north to Upsala.  The Memorial is across from the school.  If you know of a veteran from the Upsala area, you may purchase a brick with your loved ones name and dates of service for only $250.   Contact Dave Brezinka at zink@upstel.net

I was confined to my cottage for seven weeks after surgery and had lots of time on my hands.  I read a lot of books, but also signed up for a lot of streaming.  On Memorial Day, I started watching the 10 episode HBO series  Band of Brothers.  The 2001 series is based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s book of the same name.  It dramatizes the history of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, from jump training up until the end of the war.  Each episode begins with a few short takes of actual survivors, as they were in 2001, sharing their experiences.  At the end of the final episode, their names are revealed.  Almost twenty years later, it is unlikely that many of them are still with us.  It may be worth your while to share this experience.  The total number of United States military personnel that died in World War II was 407,300 including 543 women. 

Source: Wikipedia

Live from Here this week is a Live from Home performance.  Enjoy the show.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here.” Henry the 5th

May 29th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Good morning from Millstream Village.   A lot of you have been using Zoom to conduct business and to stay in touch with loved ones.  Well, in Little Falls, Minnesota there is a Zoomski’s Midtown Café.  No relation, but they are open for business and they do have drive thru service.  It is possible that starting June 1st they will have outdoor seating as well.  I hope that on the day that you choose to go there, Ron has made his famous mushroom soup with a slice of buttered rye bread on the side.  Check out the menu at zoomskis.net 

Monday is Memorial Day and it will be different in many ways.   The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day service will be not happen this year.  There will be a special program on TPT Monday evening at 7:30.  Press release attached. 

In Upsala, the American Legion Post 350 has created the “Upsala Area Veterans Memorial”.  It is located on Highway 238 across from the Upsala school on Main Street.  On Monday morning, at 10:30, there will be a short program.  I have attached a picture of just a small portion of the memorial.  If you choose to attend, please practice distancing and wear a mask.

Live from Here this week is either a rebroadcast or a Live from Home show.  I thought that last week’s Live from Home was awesome.  It is hard to beat Norah Jones.  Other old shows and news can be found at www.livefromhere.org  

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy