October 30th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Tomorrow night is Halloween, the night before All Hallows Day. According to Wikipedia, though the origin of the word Halloween is Christian, the holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the […]

October 23rd, 2020 by Gary Osberg

Next Wednesday, October 28th,  I will reach a milestone.  For twenty one years I have been representing Minnesota Public Radio in central, western and southwestern Minnesota as well as Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sun Valley, Idaho. After spending 23 years selling office furniture and 6 years in the office equipment industry I was laid […]

October 16th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

The first snow of the season has covered the roof tops here in Mill Stream Village in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  Too soon for this guy. In Upsala some were “summer kids”, not “village kids”.  They were kids whose parent or parents grew up in Upsala and they were sent to spend some time with Grandma […]

October 11th, 2020 by Gary Osberg

During the sixties my dad worked as a night desk clerk at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. While I was still attending high school in Upsala, Ma would ship me down to spend some time with him once in a while. The first thing he would do is send me to the barber shop […]

October 1st, 2020 by Gary Osberg

I am not sure when the homecoming is at Upsala this year. In my day it was the Upsala `Cardinals’, but some time ago Upsala football merged with Swanville and now it is the USA (Upsala Swanville Area) `Patriots’. Some of my favorite memories of football games are those played in the mud. I was […]