The Northview

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
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...
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...
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
This year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Rock County is Friday, June 10, and guess who’s the honorary chairperson? Yup. I am. When Merecie Domagala (the real chairperson who does all the work) asked me if I’d accept this honorary position, without hesitation I offered an enthusiastic “...
Brenda Winter
I was 29 days into a 30-day anal cancer treatment plan. For the most part, I’d skated through the daily radiation and two doses of chemo without incident. I was a little tired, had a little nausea, and I had a little “sunburn” from the radiation, but nothing major. I began to wonder why I had been...
Brenda Winter
Our cat is sick. And I am not a cat person. I grew up on a farm where the average life expectancy of a cat was about three years. Causes of death among farm cats include the milk truck, a tractor, a car, a dog, a trap, hypothermia, a horse, a cow, another cat — and of course, disease. Sad but true...

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