January 25th, 2019 by Gary Osberg

Tuesday was the fifty second 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 18th, 2019 by Gary Osberg

My dad died fourteen 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 11th, 2019 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 4th, 2019 by Gary Osberg

This is a reprint of a posting on the Local Current Blog by reporter Lydia Moran.   I have booked a room at Thumper Pond for myself for Saturday night February 9th.   I hope to see you there. “Imagine bundling up and feeling the heat of a bonfire, with homegrown Minnesota sounds wafting through the air […]