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A few years ago, 2013, a gift was received from Mrs. Robert (Renata) Voeltz — a 1951 "Your Household Guide" sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.    This book contained 1,001 helpful household hints selected from several hundred home recipe books of Walsworth Bros., located in Marceline, Missouri, distributed throughout the nation.  Before we relate what was in the book, a brief history of Our Saviors Lutheran Church follows. 
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Lutheran congregations come together in 1950
    A few years ago, 2013, a gift was received from Mrs. Robert (Renata) Voeltz — a 1951 "Your Household Guide" sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.    This book contained 1,001 helpful household hints selected from several hundred home recipe books of Walsworth Bros., located in Marceline, Missouri, distributed throughout the nation.  Before we relate what was in the book, a brief history of Our Saviors Lutheran Church follows. 
  • Too Hick to be Square: Clan hot dogs are unusually high in carbon
    Everyone loves bonfires in the summer—the snap and crackle of logs, the hot dogs and marshmallows roasting over glowing coals, and of course the smoke that inevitably blows directly in your face.
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Two-row corn planter was amazingly efficient
    Have you visited the ag building on West Courtland, here in Spring Valley?  One of the fascinating pieces of farm machinery in a large collection of memorabilia is a John Deere/Mansur two-man, two row corn planter. 
  • No lakes, but water quality even more important to Bluff Country
    We may not have the bodies of water that make up the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but water is still important in our region of Minnesota, which features bluffs, springs, caves and many streams. These unique geographic features, including sinkholes and disappearing rivers, components of karst geology, also create challenges to keep our water clean.

  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Advertising cards tout benefits of health remedies
    A cousin recently sent a great surprise — a box of advertising cards that had belonged to my grandfather, Harry Steffens.  As a lad, he put together wonderful scrapbooks of which I still have a couple.  Harry grew up in the Hamilton area, and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1900.  He was an excellent student, and eventually became an officer of First State Bank which was built in 1889 at 101 North Broadway, now Essig Agency.  
  • Too Hick to Be Square: Where are those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer?
    I’m not sure where Nat King Cole got the idea for his song “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” I’ve certainly never had a summer like the one in the song.
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Horse era provided many options for saddles
    Remember when the saddle clubs were very active, and the groups — families included — were everywhere, be it parades or otherwise?  In checking with Yvonne Kraling, she says there are indeed saddle clubs, and they are active in Chatfield's Western Days parades. 
  • My wife and I experienced a good example of a random act of kindness and paying it forward when we volunteered at Historic Forestville for the old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration earlier this month. We each manned a stand for a few hours on the grounds near the field for old-time baseball. One stand had popcorn and peanuts and another had rock candy.
  • Too Hick to be Square: Clan members ask, "When can I go to the dentist?"
    People feel many different ways about going to the dentist. Some people hate it. Others don’t really mind. And some people (and by “some people” I mean the Clan) absolutely love going to the dentist.
  • Two years ago, I ended my column about the transition of this newspaper to new ownership with this thought: “I may have plans now, but I’ve learned over the years that nothing in life is predictable.”

    That is one of the few times I really knew what I was writing about. Today, I’m announcing that I’m back as sole owner of the Bluff Country Newspaper Group. Due to various reasons, things just didn’t work out and the transition to gradually transfer ownership reversed course a while ago. 

  • Anyone old enough to remember what a blessing a Home Comfort range came to be, and on the other hand how much work the range involved??  Oh, my, it was at one time the "center" of the kitchen with its accompanying wood box.  
  • This past week, the Clan went camping — and left me and one sister to run the house alone. We stayed behind because we both had work (and in her case, rehearsal for a fall play) we had committed to ahead of time. But despite that, five days of being adults at home while the rest of the family is away feels a lot like a vacation.

    Or it would be, except I don’t do so well when I’m all by myself.

  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • Many changes for SV schools over 163 years
    Think on 163 — that’s how many years Spring Valley has been blessed by a school, from a one-room log cabin to the present system.
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