"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>

Remembering my father


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

My father was born in 1897. (32 years after the death of Abraham Lincoln). As a young man he worked as a surveyor alongside his father, who was a civil engineer. He completed basic training in the Army just as the First World War came to an end. He was then free to attend college in Bryn Athyn, Penn., where he met my mother.

Their courtship took place in Toronto, Canada where they taught in a small religious school. Mom taught one through six grades and Dad taught seventh and eighth grades. My father’s passion was religion, but his dream to be a minister was thwarted and he spent the next 45 years supporting his family working as a tree surgeon for the Asplundh company.

I was the baby of the family. When I was six I watched from a safe distance in the upstairs hall as my two older sisters were fighting, screaming and pulling each other’s hair. Dad quietly walked up to them. He looked distressed, shook his head sadly and said without raising his voice, “Little children, love one another.” My startled sisters froze where they stood and burst into laughter. Of course they promptly forgot whatever they were fighting about!

Dad loved Longfellow’s poetry. He enthusiastically regaled us with “Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands. The Smith a mighty man is he, with large and sinewy hands.” He recited it frequently in its entirety. He named my sister “Evangeline” after the Acadian heroine in Longfellow’s epic poem.

On occasion he would “tuck me in” at night and sing hymns to me. His repertoire included “Ore the silent waters”, a song about creation and “Watchman tell us of the night”, an assurance that the Lord is watching over us and will keep us from harm.

We always said the Lord’s Prayer. It seemed to me the key phrase was “Thy will be done”. We are meant to trust in Divine Providence. The Lord knows what is best for us. I feel now that the truth is too “big” to fit in any one religion. At this point I’m unsure about the nature of God and life after death. I marvel at the exquisite world around me and the order I see in the universe. The source of life itself is a mystery. Still I have hope and a kind of faith in the unknown.

Dad and I had a tradition on Sunday mornings. I would wake up at dawn, creep into my parents’ room and tap Dad on the shoulder. He would give me a sleepy smile and ease himself quietly to .....
[Read the Rest]

More observations from an old soldier

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Ron Scheevel Vietnam Vet As I write down these thoughts during the Memorial Day weekend I would hope that all of us will take a few minutes to remember our fallen comrades. I was a junior in high school when President Kennedy was assassinated ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The curious case of the Loony Left

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

So, according to a recent Gallup poll (1), more people in America self-identify as “liberal” than at any time since they have started asking that question. Granted, they have only been asking it since 1999, but a lot has happened in that time, a ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Why run for office?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. This is a y ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One Moment, Please... What Tonya started

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

Back in October of 2010, Tonya Keim started an initiative that brought the community together to support a project dedicated to replacing a dilapidated playground by the community swimming pool in Preston, Minn. At that time, many of our readers ..... 
[Read the Rest]

In response to “ Insure domestic tranquility”

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

There is an organization in America that has done more to insure “Domestic Tranquility” than all other civil rights organizations combined. Established in the 1870’s, it’s members provided training and support for soldiers and police during ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The City of Peterson doesn’t seem to understand the role of government

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RDN Peterson only has a few buildable lots available. When I purchased the lots behind my house in 2009, one with a barn and two empty lots, I was told that they could be built upon. Now that County Hwy 25 is being redone a ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One Moment, Please... Poor babysitters

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

It’s become apparent to me that we have an epidemic in our society. IPads, or the like, have become babysitters of the norm. Back when Baby Boomers were born, this type of technology didn’t exist. And, while the Baby Boomers were blossoming, ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>