Brenda Winter

Brenda Winter
In 1975 a band called Northern Lights recorded the hit song “Minnesota.” You might recall some of the lyrics. “Minnesota, I can almost smell the air. I can feel her hand, and my feet in the sand in the lakes under trees back home. “Minnesota, how I miss those sail-on days. I miss the stormy nights...
Brenda Winter
One of my grandmas could make a jumping mouse out of a handkerchief. The other grandma let us have a sip of her beer and eat supper without washing our hands. One grandma took us to the store to buy pop and candy, the other entertained us for hours by telling stories from her childhood in Germany....
Brenda Winter
There are two types of clean at my house: “clean” and “Dutch lady clean.” My husband and I coined the phrase “Dutch lady clean” after observing a trio of Dutch ladies clean a public restroom at a Christian music festival. With gloves, buckets, rags and spray bottles in hand, the ladies stormed the...
ATLAS of Rock County board chair Brenda Winter offers a tour of construction progress Friday in the former Kawasaki building where the organization is moving. “This is the old Kawasaki desk, and it just worked perfectly there,” she said about an area that will initially serve as space to wash donated clothing and prepare merchandise for the Redeemed Remnants store, which occupies the front of the building.
ATLAS of Rock County is expanding into the former Kawasaki building with a goal of expanding its Christian ministry in more directions. The organization recently purchased the property on Maple and Freeman where it will expand its Redeemed Remnants second-hand business. ATLAS Board president Brenda...
Brenda Winter
ATLAS of Rock County and Redeemed Remnants, the ATLAS-sponsored thrift shop, plan to soon be under one roof in the former Luverne Kawasaki building. (That’s the former Bargain Center for you old-timers, the former Kenny’s Super Valu for you really old-timers.) The planned move has been the worst-...
Brenda Winter
I raised my kids with “chore charts” so it’s no surprise that my oldest daughter’s oldest daughter is carrying on the tradition. She’s five. Nothing makes her happier than a timeline, a calendar or a chore chart. Her daily duties include the “pick up toys” and “brush teeth” requirements one expects...
Brenda Winter
I've become a hypochondriac. In the past month, I’ve had a headache and wondered, “Do I have Covid-19?” And then, “I wonder if I’ll need a ventilator?” And then, “Who will attend my funeral if the guests are limited to members of only one household?” I’ve had a scratchy throat and wondered, “Is...
Brenda Winter
There is a story in the Old Testament where the patriarch Abraham gives his selfish nephew, Lot, first choice in selecting farmland. Lot, being a bit of a jerk, takes all the good land and forces his uncle to pack his bags and move on. Abraham must have been downcast or pouting or something because...
Brenda Winter
I have lots of opinions about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election next Tuesday, but I’m not going to share them here – or pretty much anywhere. Mostly because I want us to remain friends. My husband and I get along great with our neighbors to the west who proudly display a TRUMP! sign,...
Brenda Winter
I have never taken a vacation with my whole family. There is a 20-year age difference between the older three children and our younger sister. Because of the age difference, our parents have never vacationed with all four of their offspring at the same time. Until last week. With my brother and dad...

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