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This is far from an award-winning photo, but it is pretty indicative of the trip: wide-open spaces, pines, hills, backroads (here a four-wheel-drive trail near Chadron, Neb.) and always, always, the remains of smashed bugs to mess up the view out the windshield.
LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER This is far from an award-winning photo, but it is pretty indicative of the trip: wide-open spaces, pines, hills, backroads (here a four-wheel-drive trail near Chadron, Neb.) and always, always, the remains of smashed bugs to mess up the view out the windshield.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:42 AM
A just-completed trip west to see the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 was set up to be “open-ended.” There were other sights – and sites, too! – that could be seen if both members of our traveling party so decided. The trip could be extended.
And yes, it evolved into a full-fledged road trip, I’ve concluded, now home nearly three weeks later. I’m at once happy to be home, but also melancholy – missing the ground covered… the new experiences and the people met.
  • Amazon’s quest to find a location for its second headquarters through a competitive battle involving cities throughout the United States has raised the issue that not everything may be a plus for the winner luring the projected $5 billion investment that will create 50,000 jobs. 
  • We went a little overboard with nicknames

    Every family has nicknames.

  • Creamery sees great growth until end in 1980s

    Remember the milk/cream trucks that used to cruise the rural routes all over the countryside?  My dad, Carl Boucsein, often drove the route, subbing for Milton Jahns, who picked up our two or three milk cans to deliver them to the local creamery.  Oh, my — the stories I could tell. 

  • Clan applies five-second rule to smooches

    At our house, the five-second rule has very loose and flexible applications.

  • Paul Ehler’s daily smile, enthusiasm inspire others to smile
    “He’s just one of those people who puts a smile on my face,” Rushford area farmer Greg Smith says. “Because Paul always has a smile on his.”
  • Too Hick to be Square: Bean Boys, Girls our harvest superheroes

    The Clan is currently knee deep in fall harvest. At the moment we’re in the apples and tomatoes part of the year, so we have about 15 bushels of apples in the garage and a tomato “forest” out in the garden loaded with rapidly ripening tomatoes. This means that making applesauce and blanching tomatoes are practically daily activities for us at the moment and will probably continue to be regular features of our day for another week or so. 

  • Road trip inspires great memories, lots of stories
    A just-completed trip west to see the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 was set up to be “open-ended.” There were other sights – and sites, too! – that could be seen if both members of our traveling party so decided. The trip could be extended.
    And yes, it evolved into a full-fledged road trip, I’ve concluded, now home nearly three weeks later. I’m at once happy to be home, but also melancholy – missing the ground covered… the new experiences and the people met.
  • The muted light during the eclipse of the sun about a week ago was still bright enough to shine on the spiraling prices at the gas pumps. This wasn’t the eclipse that awed millions when the moon’s shadow covered the sun, lowering the level of light in Minnesota during the early afternoon on Aug. 21. Instead, this was about two weeks later when the sunshine was muted by wildfire smoke drifting in from southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The smoke, which came in several waves, muted the direct sunlight, created some gorgeous sunsets, but also triggering air quality alerts in parts of Minnesota.

  • Too Hick to be Square: Family photos one thing the Clan does poorly
    If you’ve been following Too Hick To be Square for the past 2+ years I’ve been writing it, you may have started to think that there’s nothing the Clan can’t do.
  • Mayberry was a fictional community made famous by “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s. Although it represented an idealized version of rural life, it resonated with many people and had some legitimacy as a portrayal of a real community. Life has changed drastically in the ensuing 50 years, so much so that people would just laugh if anyone pretended Mayberry depicted a basis for reality today.

  • Too Hick to be Square: Mom manages 13 classrooms with secret weapon
    When I mention that my 12 siblings and I are all home schooled, people tend to have one of two reactions.
  • Heart swells with arrival of great-niece

    I have fallen head over heels in love with our newest member of the family, Emily Claire Marlatt. My great-niece was born on Aug. 26, at 5:25 a.m. in Rota, Spain. Her parents are my niece, Katelyn, and her husband, Chris, who is currently stationed at the Naval base there. Miss Emily was 9 pounds, 7 ounces, when she was born and was 22 and 1/8 inches long.

    I learned of her arrival in the middle of the night, here in Minnesota, when Katelyn posted her little family’s first “selfie,” with Emily cradled between Chris and Katelyn, looking so beautiful. Her parents’ joy was evident by their smiles and expressions of complete adoration.

  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Local merchants tout benefits in 1937 farm book

    In scanning the Spring Valley Historical Society files, we found a "Simplicity Farm Account Book" that was kept for several months. "This book was made possible by the merchants or business firms whose advertising appears herein, in appreciation of your past patronage." Dated 1937, it was done by Terpstra Bros. Advertising Co. of Des Moines, and was available for 10 cents per copy, but seemed to have been distributed as a rural local box holder.



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