“If only I had some grease I could fix some kind of a light,” Ma considered. “We didn’t lack for light when I was a girl before this newfangled kerosene was ever heard of.”
“That’s so,” said Pa. “These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraph and kerosene and coal stoves—they’re good things to have, but the trouble is, folks get to depend on ’em.”
– Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter
I used that quote for two reasons. The first, the title, “The Long Winter” seems fitting. While Wilder admits she is a writer of historical fiction, records indicate The Long Winter accurately takes place from the fall of 1880 to the spring of 1881, a season of such frequent blizzards that it went down in history as “The Snow Winter.”
Secondly, we often find ourselves having the same conversation that Ma and Pa Ingalls did before the turn of the century. Funny how history repeats itself.
What does progress really mean?
The dictionary defines it as the act of moving forward or developing. In the City of Sleepy Eye it could mean many different things. That is what I’ve been tasked to figure out.
This March we will publish three special editions we call our “Progress” editions. In those editions we try to feature the different areas in which our community has progressed from year-to-year.
This year our theme is: Sleepy Eye — What Brought You Back. I’ve chosen several people that I know of who have decided to make Sleepy Eye home. We will also feature the parks, schools, churches, businesses and civic groups, just to name a few. In the very near future Chris Flores, the sports writer, and I will be approaching people to ask certain individuals if they would be willing to be featured in a story for these special editions.
Please say you will!
Sleepy Eye is a growing, thriving community of business professionals; families and individuals who have decided to call our community home. Each story is unique and deserves the chance to be told.
While we do our best to provide coverage of newsworthy items important to our community, we realize there are stories out there waiting to be told.
Do you know of anyone who came back to Sleepy Eye to start an unusual job? Are there civic organizations that quietly work behind the scenes without recognition?
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