October 26th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

Wednesday 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 19th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

MEA weekend is a special time of the year. Many a father/son(daughter) combo head for the woods or ponds to bring home the “bacon” in the form of grouse or duck. Larry, a friend of mine who died way too young, knew that I had never taken up hunting, but he wanted my son and […]

October 13th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

“What is that strange orb in the east”.   Finally some sun.  Here on campus, folks were taking photos by the lake this morning. In September of 1956 I was enrolled in the eighth grade at Junior High in St. Louis Park. The previous month my mother had given birth to her sixth child and Dad […]

October 10th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

Tomorrow is homecoming in Upsala. 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 an overweight freshman on the Upsala Cardinal […]