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The front cover of the telephone directory for Spring Valley, dated June 1949, carries a photograph of Distel Funeral Directors and Ambulance Service: “A friendly service within the reach of all. Funeral chapel at your disposal. See our complete line of furniture.”
  • The Clan needs three toasters to make breakfast
    Let me tell you a little story about toasters.
  • Phone directory from 1949 shows booming town
    The front cover of the telephone directory for Spring Valley, dated June 1949, carries a photograph of Distel Funeral Directors and Ambulance Service: “A friendly service within the reach of all. Funeral chapel at your disposal. See our complete line of furniture.”
  • Don’t worry, be happy: You’re living in Minnesota
    Minnesota is the second happiest state in America, behind top state Utah and ahead of third place North Dakota, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance site. Although there are all sorts of rankings out there, this one has a lot of data and scientific analysis to support its findings, making it more than just a novelty to share on social media.
  • ‘Reliable remedies’ recipes have ties to Spring Valley
    Who do you suppose was Dr. Ward who printed a cookbook that began in 1916?
  • First month of college more challenging than expected
    Sitting down today to write this week’s column, the only thing I can think of is homework. This isn’t surprising because homework has been very much on my mind for a month now. That’s how long I’ve been going to college, and as you might imagine, it’s been a big change for me.
  • Have you read the Constitution?
    Sept. 17 to 23 is Constitution Week, a time to commemorate America’s most important document. The resolution, petitioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was adopted by Congress and signed into law in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • Raabe family wooden desk on display at museum
    A beautiful wooden desk made by Theodore Raabe is found in the parlor at the Washburn-Zittleman historic home on West Courtland Avenue, Spring Valley.  Made of black walnut and beech wood, it is an exceptional piece that was added to the museum collection many years ago.
  • Dining room table the centerpiece of Clan life
    Back when I was just staring this column, someone asked me to write about our dining room table. They thought it would be interesting to know how we have room for 15 to sit down and eat meals.
  • Connection strengthened on a  26.2 mile journey in South Dakota
    As I was making my way through the early part of a marathon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sunday morning, a man ran up next to me and asked me if I was Dave Phillips from Spring Valley. As I confirmed my identity to a man I didn’t recognize, my brain was quickly searching its sometimes forgetful resources trying to figure out how he knew me. Was he a running acquaintance from Rochester, someone I talked to at one of my newspaper offices or someone I met briefly at a local gathering?
  • Snakes, butterflies notable exceptions to indoor pet rules
    The Clan is not an indoor pets family. Since we moved to the farm about 18 years ago, we’ve kept plenty of animals (dogs, cats, lots of chickens) but none of these animals have ever lived in the house. Especially not the chickens.
  • Clueless freshmen still have shot at fulfilling life
    At my grandson’s ninth grade orientation last week, the principal talked to the students about their entry into high school, which means things get more serious as a certain number of credits are required for graduation and a certain amount of planning is required for the future.
  • German couple settles near Midway Church area east of SV
    Recently we found a family “sketch” done by Louie Alberts on his family for the centennial edition in 1955.  Following are bits and pieces of that sketch.
  • Mobile sleeping habits a source of many funny stories
    The Clan has often (and fairly) been accused of being a loud and noisy bunch. We’re always getting comments about how loud it must be at our house, and, not gonna lie, those people are always right. Our house is not a quiet place.
  • Still hope for special session?
    As a follow-up to last week’s column, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is still holding out hope, or at least trying to put some pressure on the possibility, that state leaders will come to an agreement on holding a special session to deal with the issues — tax relief, bonding and comprehensive transportation funding — that were left unresolved last session. 
  • We continue this week with stories by Ethel Boger Haase, a graduate of the class of ‘34.
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