Our Creator’s perfect timing — the splendor of spring

June 20, 2014, edition Mary Beth and I live along the banks of the Mississippi River, just a few miles south of Little Falls. Our house is a late 1960s vintage brick rambler. It is best described as a combination work farm and money pit, as we’ve put a good deal of TLC into it….

Felix, my unlikely angel

God places in our path the people we need the most May 23, 2014, edition Felix was a tall, rangy 62-year-old when I met him in 1973. Over the course of two or three months I learned quite a bit about him. Felix had fought — often hand-to-hand — in the European theater of World…

A stewardship lesson in mom’s apple pie

April 25, 2014, edition By Curt Hanson My dad passed away in 1990, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His early symptoms were almost humorous; lapses of memory and simple mistakes that could be laughed away. The disease, however, is a relentless downward spiral that, in the end, erased the person I knew as…

Helping isn’t always appreciated, but do it anyway

Simple act of shoveling snow transformed foreboding into friendship March 28, 2014, edition By Curt Hanson In September of 1989, my wife and kids and I moved from the small Minnesota town of Pine River to Duluth. This was a work-related move, and I was grateful for the opportunity to take on new challenges and learn…

Let me tell you about this great winter vacation spot

We found the best place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary February 28, 2014, edition By Curt Hanson Nearing our 30th wedding anniversary (a few years ago), Mary Beth and I discussed traveling to “somewhere warm.” “Thirty years is a big deal,” she told me, “and we have never taken a vacation where there are…

Everything changed in first ‘big God moment’

I’m ashamed at how long it took me to fully appreciate God’s role in my life. As a younger man, I thought any success I experienced was because of my own efforts: “I worked hard” or “I studied hard” (that would be a lie) or “I came up with that idea.” I’ve always believed in…

Life of faith energizes new stewardship director

Q & A with Curt Hanson July 19, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Meet Curt Hanson, the new executive director of the Catholic Foundation and Director of Stewardship and Development. Hanson began July 1. Q. Tell us about your family. A. My wife Mary Beth and I live near Little Falls. We’re happy to belong…