Brenda Winter

There are three major areas involved in planning a funeral, according to Luverne funeral director Jeff Hartquist: planning the service, writing the life history or obituary, and understanding the costs. Surprisingly, Hartquist said, it’s “understanding the costs” that seems to cause most people to...
By Brenda Winter  “Don’t make your loved one guess what your final wishes are,” said Kim Cunningham, a licensed hospice social worker employed by an organization serving 15 rural counties in southeast South Dakota.   Who is the decision maker? “I’ve stood in a room with many adult children...
I don’t know what it is about the arrival of another year that makes us, at least briefly, decide to better ourselves, our lives and our habits.  Perhaps it’s the same reason that causes us to start diets on Mondays instead of Thursdays. With sincere hearts, at the dawn of a new year, we pledge (...
I’m kind of a Christmas tree snob.  You know — the sort of person who has to have every decoration in exactly the right place.   The small ornaments go at the top. The larger ones at the bottom. Each year requires a color theme. Mismatched bulbs are not allowed. The key to a really beautiful tree...
Brenda Winter
It’s Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and the sun is rising over the bike path in my back yard. I’ve had my first cup of coffee and fed the stray calico kitty who now lives on our deck. (Because we are clever we have named her “Deck Kitty.”)  I haven’t yet cast my ballot for oatmeal or...
Brenda Winter
My granddaughters have reached the toddler stage so “going for a walk” has taken on a whole new meaning. Traditionally, “going for a walk” means moving quickly with the goal of increasing one’s heart rate. Toddler walks are different. Toddler walks are more focused on sticks, rocks, leaves and...
Brenda Winter
I’ve begun attending a cancer support group.  For a pre-group warm-up, the kind and soft-spoken instructor tells the room full of cancer survivors and their caregivers to “shrug our shoulders” and “reach to the left” and “reach to the right.” We all have permission slips from our oncologists...
Brenda Winter
Teaching a class of Sunday School students many years ago, I asked my little scholars to look up and say the first book of the Bible. An energetic young boy found the page and yelled, “Preface!” One of my relatives, (then age four), upon learning that Noah lived to be 950 years old told his Sunday...
Brenda Winter
“I, Brenda, take you, Jim, to be my wedded husband. And, I do promise and covenant before God and these witnesses to be your loving and faithful wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.”  It was thirty years ago on Tuesday that I...
Brenda Winter
Well, Phase 1 of the bike path is done.  I’ve been opposed to the bike path because I believe the role of government is to secure the nation’s borders and defend liberty. I don’t see recreation on the list of “things government must provide for the people." But, the path is moving forward without...

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