Grandpa Gruseth’s Holiday Homecoming

My brother, Tom and his wife Ilene have a beautiful lake home in South Carolina but really haven't spent much time there lately. They're back home in South Dakota to celebrate their 50th high school reunion. (Yep..high school sweethearts) They didn't have much time to unpack following a three week Viking Ship tour of Europe which included a personal diversion ...
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Drive-In Movie Memories

Add sweet cream butter to hot popcorn mix it up, wrap it up, buttercup is born.It’s delicious, so nutritious, it’s a taste delight It’s so munchy, crisp and crunchy, you’ll enjoy each bite. Eat Butter drenched Buttercup, popcorn at its best Served in a king sized cup. It beats all the rest. Okay, anybody else remember that little ditty? It takes me ...
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Hemmingsen On Kranz

Of course I knew Dave Kranz. You can't be in the same line of work in the same town for over twenty years without a knowledge of each other. The truth is...and I base this on nothing he ever said or done..I  didn't think Dave thought much of me as a real journalist. He was right, of course. I didn't ...
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Hunting Nightcrawlers

It appears that we’re in for a few rainy cooler days as we start this downhill run to the end of June. That’s fine by me as I’ve not been terribly appreciative of this leap from Spring to swelter with very few sublimely perfect 70 degree sunshiny days in between. No, Iike the experience of being surrounded by a good, non-threatening ...
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Dog Days Of Spring

It’s been such a nice day that I thought I’d leave the TV off and get a few things done. Number one was to give those pretty yellow flowers in the yard a second baptism of weed killer because the first one didn’t take. They must not be Lutheran dandelions. I have opened the back door to let some fresh air in and ...
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My Rock and Roll Roots

It was quite a weekend for this old scribe. Despite the inclement weather, the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Ramkota April 14th and it was my honor to be among those inductees as part my 15 year association with the Mogen’s Heroes band. They even let me sing a Neal ...
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Palm Sunday Sacrifice

So it was congregation participation day at our little country church (Springdale Lutheran) on this Palm Sunday. Everyone..not just the kids..was issued palm fronds to wave as we marched around the sanctuary and gathering room singing. Our return to the pews was followed by a stirring and meaningful number from the enthusiastic adult choir. Then it was showtime as Pastor ...
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Chefs Of Keloland

I don’t dread Monday’s like some people do; never have really..except, maybe when I was in High School and Jay Ruckdaschel had promised a Monday biology test the preceding Friday. I suppose it’s because I didn’t dread my job at Keloland; especially since my work hours were such that I never had to set an alarm clock to jar me into ...
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The Miracle of Lent

What are you giving up for Lent? We Christians love to ask that question and compare the degrees of personal sacrifice and hardship we are willing to endure for a few weeks late winter..early Spring. Christian #1 “I’ve gone without chocolate for a month, thought I’d never get through it.” Christian #2 “Well, I haven’t had the TV on since Fat Tuesday and missed ...
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Heartaches

So, I’ve had a New Year’s resolution sort of forced upon me this January.  It turns out that my being officially classified as morbidly obese may not be the only reason for my lack of energy and shortness of breath at the slightest exertion. At the urging…nay, insistence, of my family, I finally went to the doctor before Christmas. I’d been ...
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