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The Swede

September 20, 2016

From my early years, I can remember my dad loading my brother and myself into his ’25 Chevrolet and on a Sunday afternoon, driving out east of Pelican Rapids to visit the “newcomers.” My memory tells me they had come from the “old country,” struggling families in little shacks, trying to take root on an […]

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A Life of Singing

September 20, 2016

There was a wood fire going in the basement furnace and another one that had been stoked up in the kitchen range. The floor-to-ceiling register between the downstairs kitchen and the upstairs bedroom, where my brother and I were nestling in, radiated the warmth from the fires below, as well as the music that radiated […]

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Rail Road Memories

September 20, 2016

We had a guy in our town who walked the tracks every day. I’d watch Otto stand on the corner by Fankhanel’s Pool Hall, look at the Model “A” drive by, probably watch Ferdinand Manke pull into town with his team of horses, and then head down the half-block to the Soo Line Depot. Some […]

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