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The familiar route to Grand Rapids challenged the old minivan with a few icy patches on Highway 169, but, despite the need to add air to a few tires while in Milaca, three travelers made good time and arrived at Grandma DuBois’ apartment building at 12:30 p.m. last Saturday.
She opened up the basement garage door and had arranged for a parking space so the vehicle would not need to be outside during the visit. Following hugs, the luggage was taken to a guest room on the top floor. Residents in the building like to call the room “the penthouse.”
Grandma opened Christmas gifts in her apartment, and after talking a while and enjoying sandwiches for lunch, everyone watched a DVD, “Sully,” which Grandma had waiting by the TV.
For dinner, she and her guests tried out the Forest Lake Restaurant, which offers a rustic Northern Minnesota atmosphere. Your reporter and his wife enjoyed walleye menu selections.
Back at the apartment, Grandma (who is your reporter’s mom but is best known in her large family as Grandma DuBois) showed her family album project. She has always been great at saving family photos.
Your reporter’s sister, Connie, dropped in Sunday, and it was good to see her again. Connie and another sister, Jackie, live in the Grand Rapids area and have taken good care of their mom. Their love and attention is appreciated throughout the family.
The stay up north was too short, but the travelers needed to head back to Buffalo. Snow was falling between Grand Rapids and Aitkin, and then it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.
The long drive was well worth the time. A few days with Grandma DuBois is always pleasant and enjoyable.
“Love ya,” she says, and she is loved back by all.
Dubious weather recap
Last week began just below freezing in the daytime and ended up below zero during the nights. Some light snow and freezing drizzle came down Monday, Jan. 2. The highs last week were: 29, 31, 31, 2, 1, 5, and 8. The lows were: 19, 26, 0, -8, -10, -12, and -3.
Thanks for the tip
Thanks, Peggy Renner, for telling us about your mom’s collection of combs. See the feature page for a story about displays that tell about many styles of combs from long ago, when they both held hair in place and decorated it.