Category Archives: Food

Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
Contact: Jannet Walsh at jannetwalsh@gmail.com

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How does your garden grow?

My grandparents Mary Jannet "Jennie" (Foley) Walsh and Martin J. Walsh Sr. in Murdock, Minnesota, 1950s.

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

How does your garden grow?

If you are like many in Minnesota, and you trying to figure out if you need to wear a sweater or a swim suit, or maybe both. You might also be trying to plant a garden.

This will be my first attempt at a Minnesota garden since my childhood. I can remember the small vegetable garden my mother Margaret I. Walsh had in Litchfield in the location of my childhood sandbox. My grandmother, the late Mary Jannet “Jennie” (Foley) Walsh of Murdock, was known for her beautiful flowers around the house and the garden. I think there was even a garden club grandmother belonged to in Murdock.

When we visited my grandparents when I was a child, my mother would go out to the garden to pick vegetables that were prepared fresh from the garden. There always seemed to be a cutting of parsley or other odd plants added as garnish, all I really could not understand as a child.

One my fondest memories of my grandmother Jennie would be her garden and how she toured me around to the several varieties of flowers. (I even had child-size garden tool, most likely a gift from grandmother.) I can remember especially the snapdragon flowers. If you pinch them, they look like the head of a dragon! See YouTube videos below I found.

Do you have a childhood gardening memory? Let me know at jwalsh@wctrib.com.



Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Got Murdock news? Tell me. . .

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

News

There’s only 303 people in Murdock, but there is still an active farming community going strong after being surveyed and platted in 1878 and incorporated in 1881. Many of the orginal families that settled in the 1870s are still here, just like my family and still call Murdock home.

Tell me your news
If you have news of upcoming events, festivals or activities in Murdock, let me know. News tips and story ideas are also welcome! If there is a club, such as a quilting, garden or bridge club, let me know! If you are searching for family history, tell me and I can share information with others that are searching for the same family or if you have historical photos to share. If you have a memory of growing up in Murdock, others might enjoy reading.

If you want your event or news to be considered as a blog posting on Minnesota Native Daughter, read below for details and include the six items. I can’t promise it will be posted, but send your information my way.

Please send the following information to jwalsh@wctrib.com for consideration.
1. Who? – Tell me who you are and who would want to know your news.
2. What? – What is the event, activity or news from Murdock.
3. Where? – Location, street address and directions
4. When? – Time and date of event
5. Why? – Tell me why anyone would want to know about the information.
6. Contact person? Send a phone and email to find out more details.


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2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I have put together the 2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts. The list is based on reader and viewer comments, along with input from the Minnesota Native Daughter staff, that’s me. Read more about the staff. There is nothing scientific about the list, more a review of the blogs in 2010.

A few stats about the blog
September 2010 – 1,294 views
October 2010 – 1,184 views
November 2010 – 1,195 views
December 2010 – 2,553 views
Year total – 6,226 views
(Information from Dec. 30, 2010)

Average views per day – 53

First blog post
September 3, 2010
Murdock, it’s not on the map!

Most viewed blog post in one day
September 9, 2010
Can’t just get along?


2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughters blog posts

(Ten is the lowest rating and one is highest.)


10. Minnesota Native Daughter launched


9. Video with iPhone and tripod


8. Update: Blog brings family and two stained glass windows

7. How to sell house in a bad economy


6. Minnesota Native Daughter Trailer Video


5. Snow Report – Nov. 13, 2010


4. Today marks 88 years in family house


3. Can’t we just get along?


2. Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner


1. Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone

I had a chance to talk to Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair on the radio from my iPhone in Murdock. Listen to the audio link.

I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago. The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota. If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.

After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question. Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.

Here is what I asked: “How should I prepare for my “re-immigration” back to my home state of Minnesota?”

Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.

I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

Now I feel I be able “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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