October 31st, 2008 by admin

 In the winter of 1969 our peace and quiet was constantly being disturbed by snowmobilers running up and down the residential streets in Coon Rapids.  I attended a council meeting to raise the issue and I came away thinking, “I could do better than that”.  I was 26 years old and my neighbor Pat Cleath […]

October 24th, 2008 by admin

Dad served in the Pacific during World War II.  Like a lot of veterans, he did not talk about it very much.  After he died I found a book that he had written some notes in, beginning with, “I have a closet full of regrets”.  It was an unusual collection of thoughts, ending with a […]

October 17th, 2008 by admin

Good morning from Collegeville,  It is MEA weekend in Minnesota.  Larry Nelson was a city kid whose grandparents had a farm near Upsala.  He would spend summers on the farm and as a teenager he would come uptown to hang out with those of us who lived in town.  He ended up marrying the banker’s […]

October 10th, 2008 by admin

Good morning from Collegeville,  For years there has been a full service car wash on Division Street in St. Cloud.  It was not a cheap date, but there were lots of cloth washing elements, no plastic brushes and lots of folks doing the pre-wash prep and even more young folks doing the drying.  There was […]

October 10th, 2008 by admin

Good morning from Collegeville,  In October of 1956, Ma was 36 years old. Two months earlier she had given birth to her sixth child, a boy.  Our family of eight lived in a small house at 1620 Colorado Avenue in St. Louis Park.  Dad had just smashed up his third car in as many years.  […]