Putting God-given talents to work, even the ‘little’ ones

God blessed my dad with a beautiful singing voice, and he sang for nearly every funeral in town for decades By Curt Hanson Gustave Hanson — my dad — was born in Sweden, the youngest of seven children. He was just 1 year old when his parents packed him up and fled to America in…

Lessons for a father of sons

Don’t ask me to predict the gender of the child you’re expecting Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Curt Hanson My mom and dad had four sons. My older brother, Gary, and his first wife had three sons. When Mary Beth and I were expecting our first child, neither of us hoped for one gender or…

God’s ‘lifetime plan’ for humility

On how our Creator is creatively reminding me of my coming helplessness Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Curt Hanson For a little more than a year now, I’ve been experiencing “mental hiccups” during conversations with others. I have a thought, and I decide to voice it. I get roughly 30 percent into my subject, and…

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…