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Bob Lind, Published March 25 2013

Of nurses, quints and lefse debates

Lois Ebentier, Moorhead, writes that her friends are calling her a “celebrity.”

That’s because Lois’ story about her long career as a nurse appeared in Neighbors a while ago. However, she says, “I take it all in stride.”

Be that as it may, Neighbors believes Lois and all nurses, past and present, are celebrities, considering the care they’ve provided for so many people.

So, what else is in Neighbors’ mailbag?

Well, a story about a woman recalling Canada’s famed Dionne quintuplets brought a letter from Ruby Hokana, Moorhead, who says she well remembers the quints and of receiving Dionne quint paper dolls.

“I loved those paper dolls,” Ruby says, “and I was so envious of those girls having the nice clothes; I felt they were the luckiest girls in the world.

“Little did I realize that I as a farm girl, growing up in the ‘Dirty Thirties,’ was by far more fortunate than those girls who lived such a sheltered life.”

The lefse debate

Now, here’s another idea about what to put on lefse, adding to the long-running discussion on this major topic.

Richard “Rick” Hanson, who lives near Lake Park, Minn., and who is retired after serving as Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School principal and teacher for 33 years, writes on behalf of his mother, Eldoris Hanson.

Eldoris, born in Northwood, N.D., and now living in Lake Park, is 100 percent Norwegian.

Rick says his mom puts cranberries on her lefse. She hasn’t read anything about others doing that.

How about it, neighbors? Anyone else eating cranberries on lefse?


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