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Stanley, @2009 Nights were cold in the little gray of great interest. Details will con- :,A ,Good Old-Fashioned Win- house with its gravity-flow fur- tinue in the Tri-County News each ter. I m not sure what it means, nace. All of the heat came straight week prior. exactly, but I'm hearing the phrase up from the basement through a We're deeply grateful for gen- quite often this year. Whether old- four-foot square steel grille, and erous support through member- fashioned or new-fangled, the slowly rose up the stairs to take on ships in this historical society and older I get, the less I enjoy win- Jack Frost. The upstairs back bed- the restoration of Kimball's his- ters. They seem to be lengthening, room required very determined toric city hall, with Phase 4 corn- despite global warming., But then, warmth molecules to climb the pleted during 2009 and more to I didn t really enjoy my 59 winter stairs, circle all around the railing follow. Did you know our city hall in Kimball either, to find the doorway, and struggle is the only national landmark we I do recall being cold, not sur- their way into the west bedroom, have? prisingly for a ten-year-old used Determined or not, Mr. Mole- To respond or participate in to running around barefoot in the cule had by this time lost twenty any of the above, the KimballArea African sun. While I had looked degrees. The frost on the single- Historical Society can be reached forward to seeing real snow, I don't recall one image of any snow activity: no snowman, no white Christmas, no sledding. Unsure as to whether that is simply faulty memory (it's the first thing to go, they say), I took a look at the state's weather records online. Sure enough, there was not one day that winter that stayed below zero, and never more than three inches of snow accumulated on the ground. And Christmas '58 was part of a week-long thaw--reaching thirty to forty degrees each day. Of course, Powder Ridge was not yet even a dream, or owners would have had a rough year. My winter memories are few; only three images stand out dur- ing my winter at the little gray house. Overshoes: Today's youngsters wear sneakers in any weather; they can be counted on like the mail carriers of old, come rain or sleet or snow. But in '59 we wore big black overshoes, equally good for mud or snow. They came in two flavors. Zip-ups clogged withsnow or mud or rust, and were so hard to zip up they were usually left loose. My favorite was the buckle version, with almost unlimited options. Each of four or five buckles had five or six slots. On the opposite side was the latch that would fit into any slot on the buckle. Now, just flip it over and shoes were safely protected, clean enough for school or even church. The urge to ice skate: It was an early morning walk from the lit- tle gray house to the ice rink below the water tower, west of the school. The warming house waste mis- nomer, perhaps "windbreak" fit better. I was determined to get in at least one winter activity. As I recall, it was a one-time-only experiment. I'm struck by the fact that people who do well at activi- ties often have well-fitting com- fortable equipment, and are suit- ably attired. Others borrow skates that don't fit, and are half frozen before they begin. It was over the Christmas hol- idays, as I recall. Perhaps it was Saturday, Jan. 3. According to the weather records, that was the cold- est day of the winter. Temperatures crept all the way to 2 degrees from an early morning minus 11. One self-taught lesson was the only urge to skate I had that year, in fact, the only urge- ever. After all, I cer- tainly wouldn't have a chance the next year, when a "white Christ- mas" would mean whitecaps on the Indian Ocein. My next skat- ing urge, six years latter, came with four wheels under each boot, indoors, and a cute teen on each arm to hold me up. Perhaps my problem was weak ankles. pane windows lasted all winter. Of course, the famous arche- ologist and adventurer, Indi- ana Jones, was as yet unknown. But I fancy we would have iden- tified with him. Like a bottom- less pit filled with snakes and scorpions that tested Indy's met- tle, the wicked steel grille above the furnace faced us every night. Weaker individuals would have been intimidated by the Guard- ian, the impassable obstacle that sat squarely between the entry points to the kitchen, living room, stairwell, and bedroom. More timid souls would have remained in one room for the duration of the winter. But like Indy, we learned to escape entrapment. Occasion- ally, like Indy, we tried to jump the pit, only to burn our bare feet on the far edge, barely escaping with our lives. More trustworthy was "the swing." From the frigid lino- leum in the kitchen, grab the door posts and swing around the corner onto the living room carpet, and then once more at the next corner, landing gracefully on the first step of the endless staircase. In the new millennium we would have fought back with law suits against the designers of this life-threatening hazard. In '59, we only earned our badge of courage. There were two great dangers for the naive or simply inatten- tive. The first was forgetting to open the door to the stairway by mid-afternoon. Penalty: at least 10 degrees. The second was for- getting to retrieve flannel p.j.s before hopping into the bath tub. The treacherous trail was infi- nitely more dangerous when the hero was wrapped in only a towel. At the signal, "Aren't you boys in bed yet?" swing to the first step and charge up the stairs while carefully sidestepping the booby traps like the wiry "Slinky" hiding on either side of any step, or the scattered and slippery View Mas- ter disks. On reaching the top, dive headlong under the covers. Hope- fully, brother Michael had warmed up a spot amid the frozen sheets. If not, I could always test my courage once again by planting an icFfoot on his warm body - equally dan- gerous. Ah, memories of a good, old- fashioned winter! Feb. 24 has passed, Bob Her- mann's extraordinary program of Forest City Stockade history and stories will long be remembered. Hope you were there. Be sure to attend Kimball's sixth annual Community Expo 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SaturdayMarch 28. We'll be celebrating our Society's ninth year and invite you to stop at our booth to register for prizes and at Box 100, Kimball MN 55353 by mail, or by phone (320) 398-5743 and 398-5250. We want to hear from you. And we're looking for historical family photos, also sto- ries and photos for this column. "Milestones" by IVIab'kla afles Lower your risk for dementia A six-year Swedish study came up with an interesting discovery: Seniors who are calm are at less risk for developing dementia. In the past it was believed that being highly anxious and stressed was associated with having a greater risk for dementia. On the other hand, if one had an active social life, it was believed there was a lower risk. Now, however, researchers have determined that social interaction isn't the whole story. Even if your lifestyle is very socially isolated, a low anxiety level lowers your risk. If you're a low-stress social butter- fly, you're doubly covered. Low- ered stress and anxiety seems to be the key to lowering the risk for dementia. Which is easier said than done. It's more common to be stressed- out now, and a lot of us are anx- ious in these crazy times. All you have to do is turn on the TV news or open the newspaper in the morning for a good dose of stress. There's not much we can do about a lot of what's going on, but we can control how we react to it. There are dozens of ways to lower stress, and we just have to find the ones that work for us indi- vidually. Walking with a group, enrolling in a painting or sculp- ture class, or doing meditation or yoga at the senior center -- these are all effective stress reducers. Get enough sleep, unplug the phone and read for an hour, or write in a gratitude journal to focus on what's right in your life. Lowered stress levels can posi- tively impact our health and men- tal well-being. And now we have an even greater reason to reduce our anxiety ... we'll lower our risk for dementia. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader ques- tions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853- 6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@ 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. bplj i