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Down on the Farm: Pianos and heroes


In a resigned response to last week's continued wet weather, I sat at the old upright piano at our place of business and played some somber hymns.

The piano sits in the same room where my grandfather played hymns on another old upright when the ups and downs of business got to him sixty years ago.

The piano I now play then sat in Grandma and Grandpa's living room. It is an ancient upright once covered in thick, black lacquer.

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Eric Bergeson

Eric Bergeson is the third generation owner of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn., a business started by his grandfather in 1937. He also writes a weekly column for several newspapers in northwestern Minnesota. He has published four books, including most recently Pirates on the Prairie, which the Minneapolis Tribune called "a Minnesota cultural and historical treasure." You can read more from Eric at his website, The Country Scribe