Brenda Winter

Test results confirm It’s probably nothing   In my column a few weeks ago I shared with you the incredible difference in CT scan prices in the area. (Price range: $9,000 - $750.) Since then, many of you have asked the obvious question, “And … what did the scan show?”  A year ago when I visited my...
Brenda Winter
It’s time for my annual CT scan to confirm that the anal cancer I was treated for a year ago is still gone. I had a simple question. “How much is this scan going to cost?”  My annual deductible has kicked in again, which means the first $10,000 of this year’s post-cancer surveillance spending is on...
Brenda Winter
My husband, youngest daughter and I arose early that morning. Our mission for the day was to drive to Beatrice, Nebraska, to view the total eclipse of the sun scheduled to happen there around noon. NASA promoted the event like this: “On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to...
Brenda Winter
And now they are 2. The baby girls who became our granddaughters two years ago have had their birthdays — one in June and one in July. So the family is blessed with not one, but two, completely illogical people. Webster defines logic as “a proper or reasonable way of thinking about something.” A 2-...
The well-meaning, long-lost relative leaned across the picnic table and asked, “And how ARE you?” Being German and Lutheran and Midwestern, I of course said, “Fine” and quickly made an observation about the weather. “Sure could be a warm one today, ya think?” Since I was diagnosed with anal cancer...
Who needs signs? I found the June 9 presentation by consultant Roger Brooks interesting regarding improving the appeal of our community to tourists and others, but I think he got a few things wrong. For example, Brooks said he and his wife could not locate our fairgrounds because there is no sign...
I was among 47 American tourists getting off a bus at the Nazareth YMCA to learn about the birthplace of Jesus. Apparently we Christians have a lot of our facts wrong about the Christmas story.  For starters, it could have been early fall — maybe September — when Joseph and Mary made the trip to...
What does a $1,300 cake taste like? George Bonnema claims the cake he donated to the annual hospice banquet Saturday night was a regular, old carrot cake baked with flour, butter and the usual spices. Granted, the carrots were grown in George’s own garden, but home-grown carrots on their own do not...
Anal cancer awareness A movement we can all get behind    March is colorectal cancer awareness month. A few years ago, when I was first diagnosed with anal cancer, I wrote a column for this newspaper lamenting the fact that my particular cancer — anal cancer — does not have an awareness month of...
Grandma’s nest is empty again   My nest is empty again. For the past several months our son, daughter-in-law and 20-month-old granddaughter have lived with us while they remodeled a house in Luverne. As is the nature of remodeling, the anticipated four-week project somehow lasted five months. But...

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