Thursday, September 26, 2013

Deleted Birds

This is for all you bird watchers. If you see any of these, you had better call somebody.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stunning aerial view of Badlands National Park

Take a few minutes to watch this absolutely stunning aerial video of Badlands National Park taken by David Bott and his small, remote control drone. You have never seen this magnificent park look so beautiful. There's even a scene over the park's campground. Don't miss this!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thoughts are turning southward

It is getting to the time of year that Magnolia is on our mind. Make a good song title, don't ya think?  This is the first year I will not need to be there by November 1st but it probably will not be long after that when we arrive. I am guessing by mid-November.
We have been coming to Magnolia for a long time and each season is different but this one is setting out to be very different. The people make up the park and the people make it different. And the losses of the people in our park the last 2 to 3 seasons are putting a whole new complexion on the place. New people will arrive as that always seems to happen too  but comparing the place from now to 5 years ago is startling as all of us "old timers" are well aware.
So different it will be and of that there is no doubt but life is all about change and I for one want to be there to see exactly what it will mean for all of us.
See you in Magnolia...another song title!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Weyland Hvam obituary

Weyland H. Hvam, 82, of Fedora, South Dakota died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at his residence south of Fedora.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Fulton, South Dakota.

Weyland Helge Hvam was born March 16, 1931 to George and Byrdie (Bricker) Hvam, on a farmstead south of Fedora, Miner County, South Dakota. Weyland was raised in the area and attended Manley Country School, until the eighth grade. He then helped on the family farm, until he was united in marriage to Sharon Anderson on August 19, 1962 at Huron, South Dakota. The couple lived in Huron and later moved to Fedora in 1978.  

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:  his parents, a brother: Vernon and his wife Darlene and a mother-in-law: Mary Cheley.  

SURVIVORS: include his wife: Sharon of Fedora, SD; three sons: Mark (Nancy) of Canova, SD; Mike of Fedora, SD; Todd of Artesian, SD; two daughters: Michelle (Gary) Jorgenson of Sioux Falls, SD; Stephanie (Bill) Meyers of Huron, SD; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a sister: Janet Staley of DeKalb, IL; and numerous family and friends.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Weyland Hvam has passed

I received word from Sharon this morning that Weyland has passed away. She said there are no services planned at this time.

Magnolia Folk at the Clay County Iowa Fair.

Corn shucking

Norma gets an outstanding!

Dale has been having some health issues in the last month or so but he is working on getting patched up and still plans to see us this winter.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Thomas R. Stinar Obit

Thomas R. Stinar, 85
A funeral service for Thomas R. Stinar of Jackson took place Aug. 31 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hunter Township with Pastor Bart Mueller officiating. Burial was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Minneota Township, with military rites by the Jackson American Legion and VFW Posts. Thomas Stinar passed away on Aug. 27 at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Luverne.

Casket bearers were Ryan Sparno, Erin Sparno, Thomas Stinar, Brian Stinar, Bridget Eastes and Alexandra Eastes. Music was provided by Betty Bettin, organist. The Osterberg Funeral Service of Jackson handled the arrangements.

Thomas Richard Stinar was born on Feb. 28, 1928 in Minneota Township, Jackson County, Minnesota to Joseph and Anna (Kmetz) Stinar. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hunter Township, Jackson County. Tom graduated from Lakefield High School in 1945 and then joined the Army Air Corp where he trained to become a Flight Engineer. After training, he spent eighteen months as part of the Berlin Airlift (code-named Operation Vittles) flying C54 cargo planes hauling food and supplies to Berlin because of the Russian blockade. In 1951, while waiting to start flight school for the commercial air lines, he was recalled into the Air Force for the Korean Conflict. On Aug. 23, 1953 he was united in marriage to Grace Livingston at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church. The couple moved back to Tom’s family farm in Minneota Township following their marriage. Tom was still a member of the Air Force on a part time basis until 1988. When he was 63 years old he retired from farming. In 1998, Tom and Grace moved into Jackson. The couple loved to travel together, taking many trips throughout the U.S. and internationally. For several years Tom, Grace, and friends reunited in Germany for the Berlin Airlift reunion. They also spent seventeen years as ‘snowbirds’ wintering in Texas.

Thomas was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Church. He had tremendous love and respect for the military life and was an active member of both the American Legion and VFW Posts in Jackson. He loved to tinker in his garage, enjoyed reading and was a great history buff. Tom had a great sense of humor and a major sweet tooth; especially for ice cream.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years Grace Stinar of Jackson; his children Joseph (Carol) Stinar of St. Paul, Janet (Chris) Eastes of Huntington Beach, Calif., Mary (Rick) Sparno of Fountain Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren Thomas Stinar, Ryan Sparno, Erin Sparno, Alexandra Eastes, and Bridget Eastes. He is also survived by his sister Anita Meyer of Anaheim, Calif.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Stinar, and a sister Kathryn Bosch.
Memorials preferred (In Memory of Thomas Stinar) to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1001 14th Street NW, Suite 800, Rochester, MN 55901.

Blessed be the memory of Thomas Richard Stinar.

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