Category Archives: Junior high school

My cornet

In the spring of my year in the eighth grade I decided that it would be neat to join the school band. I had taken piano lessons for years but it didn’t really interest me. Dan Campbell, the bandmaster for … Continue reading

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I win a state essay contest

When I was in the eighth grade the English teachers gave the ninth graders a task of writing essays to enter in the state Tuberculosis essay contest. The statewide winner would read his essay over the regional radio station in … Continue reading

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My spiritual birthday

My parents belonged to the Evangelical Covenant church in Brainerd.  They were very active; we went to church every Sunday, and they held offices in the church. For a while we had an interim pastor named Rev. Rockstad.  When I … Continue reading

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Carrier salesman

After the Christmas card business ended I got my first paper route. I wasn’t a ‘paper boy’, though; they told me I was a ‘carrier salesman’. At different times I delivered the Minneapolis Star (evening paper) and the Minneapolis Tribune … Continue reading

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