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A Million Dollar Smile

Before I can bring it on home to East Grand Forks, this story must begin with Lynda, one of my four favorite nieces. A couple weeks ago I had a nice long telephone chat with Lynda, who with her husband Karl, lives in Kankakee, Ill. It’s spring, so naturally this aunt/niece narrative turned to love…
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Hometown Ties That Bind

Maybe it’s the soaked-in-lye lutefisk. Or, it could be that eating salty, fermented cabbage makes a man live a long and healthy life. Gordon Smette was born to a German mother and a Norwegian father, so naturally, he was brought up on the choice cuisine of his parents. To this day, he loves both lutefisk…
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A Sweet And Tasty Way To Bring The Easter Story To Life

Many of us have already colored our Easter eggs – pretty spring pastels of blues, greens, yellows, pinks and patterns. Because of no snow, some of us will have Easter egg hunts in our own backyards or take part in hunts around town. When all that is said and done, there’s another fun project you…
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Who Was Dotty Dunn?

Last summer I was drawn to an estate sale in a big old beautiful home on Chestnut Street in Grand Forks. Drawn because I knew and thought the world of the late ladies who had lived there for decades – siblings Helny and Edna Ohnstad. I came home that day with three pieces of Helny’s…
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New Season

A New Season – Another Great Duck Dynasty Book

The beauty shop I go to isn’t a library, but the other day I went for a haircut and came home with a book. A really really good book. The shop I go to isn’t an art gallery either, although it resembles one. Every five weeks or so, you’ll find me spending more than an…
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