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Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Alberts
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Alberts
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:17 PM
Recently we found a family “sketch” done by Louie Alberts on his family for the centennial edition in 1955.  Following are bits and pieces of that sketch.
  • German couple settles near Midway Church area east of SV
    Recently we found a family “sketch” done by Louie Alberts on his family for the centennial edition in 1955.  Following are bits and pieces of that sketch.
  • Mobile sleeping habits a source of many funny stories
    The Clan has often (and fairly) been accused of being a loud and noisy bunch. We’re always getting comments about how loud it must be at our house, and, not gonna lie, those people are always right. Our house is not a quiet place.
  • Still hope for special session?
    As a follow-up to last week’s column, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is still holding out hope, or at least trying to put some pressure on the possibility, that state leaders will come to an agreement on holding a special session to deal with the issues — tax relief, bonding and comprehensive transportation funding — that were left unresolved last session. 
  • We continue this week with stories by Ethel Boger Haase, a graduate of the class of ‘34.
  • Overassertive vegetables threaten to take over Clan’s garden
    This is it: the time of year when the garden begins to take off (and sometimes take over). If you’re a gardener, you know what it’s like if you let things slide in the garden during this part of the growing season. You come back from a weekend vacation and boom! Things are completely out of control and there’s so much produce you’re desperate for more friends, family, and neighbors to give it away to. 
  • Rare compromise now dead  as partisan politics wins again
    It’s official. The $800 million tax bill, which would have given relief to many Minnesotans, is dead. That’s because Gov. Mark Dayton said Aug. 18 he won’t call a special session to try to resolve tax relief, along with transportation and bonding bills that were also included in negotiations.
  • Everyday life through eyes of student in 1920s, ‘30s
    When Spring Valley celebrated its sesquicentennial, the Tribune heard from Ethel Boger Haase, a 1934 graduate and best buddy of my mother, Mary Gail Steffens.  Ethel had great stories to tell about everyday life in Spring Valley, and we will share some of them here.  The Boger family lived on North Broadway Avenue.
  • Clan keeps busy canning during peach season
    It’s that peachy time of year, and I’m sure you can guess what the Clan is doing right now. That’s right — canning! Mom bought 10 bushels of peaches last week, and what we haven’t eaten straight out of the box is going into jars at an incredible rate.
  • Adams Publishing Group recently announced it is purchasing ECM Publishers, Inc., which was founded by former Gov. Elmer L Andersen and includes the Caledonia Argus along with 49 other publications reaching more than 600,000 households across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The publishing operations of Adams already has 63 community newspapers, 18 shoppers and 20 specialty publications throughout the United States, including the Kenyon Leader and other central Minnesota publications.
  • Candidates popular at political conventions 108 years ago
    Have you tuned in for the political conventions recently in Cleveland and Philadelphia?  Most interesting.  From the files of the Spring Valley Historical Society, it has been fun to read the 1908 Political Manual published by the Franklin Co. of Chicago for the National Dairy Mch. Co., makers of a cream separator.  
  • Home schooler heading to college with plenty of plans
    It feels like I only just finished school and already I’m getting ready to go back again! Of course, this time around it’s going to be a lot different, because this year instead of doing my algebra at the kitchen table, I’ll be heading off to college.
  • Bat somewhere in the house leads to mostly sleepless night
    Although bats flying about outdoors create a somewhat eerie atmosphere, I realize they really want to avoid humans plus they also provide many benefits, including controlling mosquitoes and other insects. So, I’m OK being in the same vicinity as bats in the wide open spaces — or even a cave when they are hibernating.
  • Sesquicentennial in 2005 had many activities
    The sesquicentennial edition of the Tribune in 2005 had this story: Three years before Minnesota Territory became a state, the little village of Spring Valley established its first post office in 1855.  Location?  In western Fillmore County on a small valley along a creek that furnished water power for a sawmill and grist mill. 
  • Jam consumption through the roof at Clan breakfast table
    There is very little about the Clan’s lifestyle that is even remotely predictable. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: You never know what’s going to happen next at my house. And yet, there is one feature of our lives that’s never a surprise: Breakfast.
  • Many small towns with a population of more than 1,000 have revolving loan funds through an economic development authority (EDA) to aid small businesses in town with gap financing. This aid helps entrepreneurs start or expand their operations that may not qualify for enough conventional financing to achieve their dreams.
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