Category Archives: Beginnings

Early years, Grade school, High school, University

My first essay

When I was in the third grade the teacher asked us to write essays on what we did over the weekend. That was the weekend that Dad built our outhouse at the lake. I wrote a nice two pager about … Continue reading

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Darkhouse fishing

“I’m going fishing. Want to come along?” “Oh, boy, sure, Dad!” It was January in Minnesota. Clearwater Lake was covered with ice, three feet thick.. Dad had made a little fish house out of insulating board, with a wood floor, … Continue reading

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Minnesota winter sunsets

The winter when I was six, most days after school I grabbed my sled.  A steep hill behind our rental home had a run on it that was a thrill for me.  I’d belly-flop onto the sled, race down the … Continue reading

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A Lutefisk lament

When I was very young, every Christmastime Grandma’s house (in Minneapolis) seemed like little Sweden. Of course they had a Christmas tree and a visit from Santa Claus, but on Christmas Eve they always served lutefisk and korv. We kids … Continue reading

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It’s over!

World War II dragged on for over three years. Day after day stories came back about massive battles with huge loss of life. Mothers got telegrams when their sons were killed in action, and they hung gold stars in their … Continue reading

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A World War II casualty

In the early 1940’s my grandmother’s next door neighbors had a son about my age named Dickie.  I used to play with Dickie sometimes when we visited grandma.  Dickie had an older brother named Norman, who was in the army … Continue reading

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194

The National Guard unit in Brainerd was known as the 194th Tank Battalion, but we who served in the unit just called it ‘194’. Originally known as the 109th, its unit number was changed to 194 when it was federalized … Continue reading

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Wally Anderson, war hero

Our little church in Brainerd had 28 men in military service during World War II. We gave thanks to God when all of them came back safely. To my knowledge the only church member that sustained a significant wound was … Continue reading

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My cousins in World War II

Two of my cousins, Mother’s nephews, were in the military during World War II. Cousin Bill Olson was a Naval Aviator. He trained on Hellcats but never saw combat. When his unit was deployed, Bill was selected to undergo night … Continue reading

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World War II on the radio

At the lake I listened to the radio a lot. I got to know all the characters in all the soap operas: Ma Perkins, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday. At eleven o’clock, “It’s high noon in N’Yawk, and time … Continue reading

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