January 25th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

Monday was the fifty first birthday of Minnesota Public Radio. On January 20, 1967 at 3:37 PM, St. John’s University received a telegram from Ben F Waple, the Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission. The telegram authorized KSJR-FM to transmit “effective radiated power of 37 kilowatts” on the 90.1 frequency. It took the engineers a […]

January 19th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

My dad died thirteen years ago. We held a memorial service for him at Gethsemane Church in Upsala. Dad had prepared many funeral plans over the years, due in part to his decision to donate his body to the University of Minnesota Medical School. Also, in 1969 his doctors had told him that he had […]

January 12th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

Many years ago my Dad went to work as a dishwasher at Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul. His boss was a woman named Maxine. They became real good friends and her family referred to him as Grandpa Bill. Maxine and Dad never lived together, but they ended up living in the same […]

January 6th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

Dad passed away on January 2nd 13 years ago. Dad had a tough life. He didn’t decide to quit drinking brandy until he was 63 years old. His “bottom” was seeing the straight line on the machine next to his hospital bed at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital on December 13, 1983. In many ways that […]