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This aerial photo from the early 1960s shows the consolidated school in the field behind the village of Basswood.

A pile of memories

Bulldozed snow mountain creates Tower of Babel for Basswood schoolchildren

I cannot imagine a better winter “toy” for Grade 3 farm boys than a bulldozed 14-foot-high mountain of snow in March. It literally was a pile of fun. Plus it may have had a few aspects in common with the ancient biblical “Tower of Babel.” Early March 1969, delivered a sudden blizzard and with it,

A grainy still from an old movie shows Aunt Ellen behind the counter of Havakeen Lunch.

Family history found

Interlake’s ‘Havakeen Lunch’ lives on in film

Have you ever had the chance to reach behind and grab on to the past? No, I am not talking about fumbling into the back seat to find an old Manitoba Co-operator. I do mean finding unexpected history, and enjoying it. Several years ago, younger brother Tim mused about an old National Film Board movie,


The Kihn farm, near Basswood, prior to the 1978 liquidation auction.

Making hay — and memories

A youthful summer sojourn still stirs memories for the author

It was another of those teenage decisions I never got to make — ugh. Mom called me over to her on an August Sunday afternoon. “You’re going to help Grandpa and Uncle Willie with their haying,” she announced. She’d just got off the phone with her brother 90 miles away near Russell. “They’ve fallen behind.