Letter To Dave

Over the past eight years, I have written amonthly letter to my brother Dave and used it for that week’s column. Dave is an older brother and lives with his wife in Carrington, North Dakota. He has been a mechanic over thirty years and most of those years has been as a service manager for…
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Pastor Brekke

I recently received an email from Dan Brekke who lives in Berkeley, California. Mr. Brekke found a picture of his grandfather, Pastor Sjur Brekke, seated with the 1923 confirmation class of Zion Lutheran church on the Viking, Minnesota website. Brekke’s email is the story of how his grandfather emigrated from Norway to Chicago and eventually…
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The Rescue Deere

My hobby is to collect old John Deere snowmobiles, I’ve explained the reasons for this interest in past columns. For the most part, this hobby is based on my personal history with John Deere snowmobiles and an appreciation for their simple, dependable design and function. This week I want to write about a sled whose…
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The Daytrip

I don’t believe I’ve ever taken you on a day-trip with me. Last fall, I did write about our trip to Idaho, but that was seven times longer than a day-trip. Last week, my nephew, Jamie, and I retrieved an Oliver manure spreader from North Dakota, during a trip that took less than a day.…
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Project Flagpole

(a little project for this Spring) I love seeing the flag of the United States flown prominently in front of businesses and homes. I believe the American Legion can provide you with the rules for proper flag display but they are fairly simple; just treat the flag like you would any symbol for the greatest…
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