Jason Berghorst

Jason Berghorst
There’s a first time for everything. I had one last week when I purchased my first brand new major household appliance. I’ve purchased brand new TVs, computers and furniture before, but never an appliance. When I bought my house eight years ago, the refrigerator, range, dishwasher, washing machine...
Many people have a hard time with big changes. I’m like most people. I generally avoid change as much as possible in life. Year after year seems to pass in a similar way, and that’s just how I like it. This year is not one of those same old, same old years, however. This spring I decided to apply...
Last month in this space I lamented about the loss of the Casey’s store on Main Street. That store was a good example of not appreciating something while it’s there. Living just a few blocks away, and driving by each day on my way to and from work, I stopped there anywhere from two to five times...
I recently joined a group having dinner with a young couple considering a move to Luverne. Not surprisingly, the conversation became kind of a recruiting session while we shared many positive features of our community. We covered all the usual highlights: the state park, great local restaurants,...
I laugh a lot. Often it’s my loud or funny-sounding breathy laughs that are pretty well-known to those who know me. Sometimes it’s the quieter, bouncing-shoulders, belly-rolling, teary-eyed laughs that really get me. It’s not at all uncommon for me to find something funny, and it’s not always at...
I’m hoping Sunday was the last snow day of the winter. Don’t get me wrong; it was a perfect day for a snow day. I didn’t have to be anywhere, I made chili, and there was plenty of basketball on TV. This is the last week of the third quarter at school, so I had enough correcting to do to fill the...
It was truly a trip down memory lane. Or maybe around the memory circle. Saturday night I felt like I went back in time when I attended the Luverne Music Boosters Winter Carnival. I had not been to the carnival in about 20 years. I remember the carnival being a highlight when I was a kid, and I...
I like living in a state with four distinct seasons. I believe we can appreciate and enjoy each season more because it is only here for part of the year. If the weather was always the same, would we even notice and enjoy it? And what would we have to talk about? Of course the weather in Minnesota...
Small town living brings out ‘good stuff’ this time of year Sometimes it's important to really notice and appreciate the world around you. We all know that, but how often do we intentionally slow down or quiet down in order to really “take in” the good stuff? I found myself doing that more this...
I had one, actually a couple, of those “you know you live in a small town when...” moments recently. I came home from work one day a couple of weeks ago to find my entire backyard completely free of leaves. This was significant because, when I left for work that morning, my backyard was completely...

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