Diane Dettmann Diane Dettmann is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants, a story about her grandparents’ settling in Embarrass, Minnesota in the 1920s, where they raised seven children during the Great Depression. In 2011, she released her own memoir, 'Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal.' Her debut novel, Courageous Footsteps, about two teenagers and their parents imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, was published in June 2015. The sequel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph, will be released summer 2016. She has presented her books at local venues and international conferences in Finland and Canada. Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota.
Family & Friends

True Gifts of Christmas

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

Over the years, my family’s lives have moved in new directions and we seldom are able to come together in one place. . .The true gifts of Christmas are love for each other, hope in times of darkness and keeping the memories of those we love wrapped in our hearts forever.

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Arts & Culture

A Small-Town Artist With a Big Heart

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

Kate Sullivan has learned a lot about herself as a woman and as an artist. She’s dedicated to preserving the fiber art processes of spinning, weaving and rug making that have been a tradition in the small town of Afton for generations.

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Father’s Day: Let Us Now Praise Steadfast Men

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

My father, Harold Elleson, had all the virtues expected of a husband and father in Minnesota in the 1940s: he was loving, steadfast, dependable, faithful. His was a hard-luck life, and, like Minnesota fathers back then, he shouldered his burdens without complaint.

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Reconnecting . . . but Warily

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

Why would a Mounds View High School classmate invite me to a mini-reunion after nearly 50 years? Most of the ladies on the list were cheerleaders, honor students, and class leaders. But my lack of fashion sense and my incessant studying had definitely qualified me for the “out group.”

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Family & Friends · Marriage & Life Partners

Inheriting an 88-Year-Old Mother-in-Law

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

Standing in my bedroom, dressing for my retirement party, I heard a tiny voice filtering down the hallway and through the door. I hobbled into the living room; my eyes landed on a petite lady, dressed in a blue suit, relaxing in our swivel rocking chair. She smiled at me. My first thought was, “Oh my God, that’s my future mother-in-law!”

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Icicles in Their Hair: Christmas in Embarrass, Minnesota

By Diane Dettmann
Christmas Eve in "The Cold Spot of the Nation": At dinnertime we ate in shifts, with the youngest children squirming on their mothers’ laps while the older cousins squeezed in wherever they could find a space. The early-evening meal disappeared quickly and was followed by the stream of bathers bundled in jackets walking through the snow to and from the sauna, with icicles occasionally dangling from their hair.
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Rediscovering Our Passions

By Diane Dettmann
My mother, like many '50s wives, embraced her household jobs with vigor and pride. Every Friday she “shoveled out the camp.” She tackled the kitchen sink stains with Hilex and scouring powder, scrubbed the worn linoleum floor on her hands and knees with Spic and Span, sterilized the bathroom from floor to ceiling. For a while she continued to dabble in her painting and embroidery . . .
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