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On the Porch

Timothy Shaw Eastman was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. Sarah Ann Fifield was born in Hill, New Hampshire. Timothy and Sarah were married in about 1846. In 1865, Timothy, Sarah, and their two sons: Isaac Viloris and Warren Sherburn moved to Minnesota and settled in Mazeppa in Wabasha ...

Farm girl – Dorothy (Bossuyt) Swedzinski — becoming an adult

We have been learning about rural Milroy’s Dorothy (Bossuyt) Swedzinski, whose parents, Irma and Alphonse Bossuyt, emigrated from Belgium; met after their parents settled on farms in Lyon County; and married in January 1930. They welcomed baby Dorothy to the family that November. Dorothy ...

The sprint

They say summer moves fast, and it’s true, but by far, fall goes by the quickest of all the seasons; especially for those of us of a hunting mindset, and specifically in this particular autumn we’re experiencing. It always feels as if the next three months will be subject to the wills of ...

Autumnal delights

What is it about fall that delights us so much? All of us will have our own answer to that question — some answers will be complex and some answers will be simple. Yet, we all have very personal qualities, and perhaps that’s why we enjoy and anticipate fall ... it brings us personal ...

Autumn house cleaning

Fall is traditionally the time when we clean things up, put summertime items away and get ready for the Long Cold. There are some who say they actually like winter, but they are in the minority along with those who enjoy getting a root canal or look forward to their colonoscopy. One of my ...

The 2020 Census and reasons to be optimistic

Nationwide population growth for rural communities remains a challenge. The Census pointed out that over the last decade, the nation grew at its slowest rate since the 1930s. Less than half of the nation’s 3,143 counties or equivalents gained population from 2010 to 2020, while the ...