Move to area part of transition
By Sandy Bond
Transition is never easy, Janet Kalsbeck said. It meant leaving the place she had always called home and dipping her toe into a sea of unknowns.
She is embracing many firsts in her life: never being on the water, she’s had her first pontoon excursion, gone ice fishing on the Mighty Mo with daughter-in-law Dawn Konold, and caught her first walleye. She not only attended her first Twins game, but also was circled by Twins announcer Bert Blyleven and invited to sit in the press box.
Her new home in Mobridge, “was as if it was meant to be,” she said, including her new jobs delivering meals to the homebound for the Nutrition Site and helping extend good old-fashioned Midwestern hospitality, cooking and baking for sportsmen at Outrageous Adventure Resort, the family’s business.
Last summer she saw an ad for someone to deliver meals through Experience Works.
“I thought I’d just work during the summer months,” she said, “then I wouldn’t have to worry about slipping on the ice; but then, what would they do without me?”
Delivering meals is only a small part of her job. When she knocks on their door, she brightens their day with her warm smile, sometimes opening the mail or opening a sticking jar.
Diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes, she has been able to improve her numbers by staying so active, she said.
The elder of fraternal twins, she and her sister Janice and two other siblings grew up on a grain and dairy farm. They milked by hand more than 40 Holstein cows.
Janice helped in the kitchen, she said, while she helped her brother and dad in the field. Driving the bright orange Case tractor, they helped neighbors thresh the wheat.
Life was hard, she recalled. The bedrooms in their six-room farmhouse weren’t heated and she and her sister huddled together under a horsehide blanket for warmth.
“Well, we’d already spent nine months huddled together in the womb,” she said.
Graduating from Astoria, S.D., High School in 1958, she soon fell in love with Percy Konold, who had just returned from service in the U.S. Army. They married and put down roots on a farm on the banks of beautiful Hidewood Creek. Not deterred by her lack of previous experience, she proved a quick study and helped support the family by cooking and baking for others.
“It was a wonderful place to raise our children, Kevin, Kerry and Kim,” she said. “That’s where they learned hunting and fishing and everything about the outdoors.
The farm became a gathering place for all the kids in their community.
“Shooting hoops, watching movies, or playing board games with a big bowl of popcorn, we always knew where our kids were, and other people’s kids, too,” she said.
Fiercely determined that her children would have opportunities she hadn’t, although she and her sister had a frightening introduction to swimming, she made sure that her children learned to swim. She never had ridden a horse in her life, yet she bought Dusty and her colt, Tonka, so the children could learn to ride.
“The first time I put a bridle on Dusty, she jerked her head, and broke my nose,” she said.
She encouraged the boys’ passion for racing street cars, which they have passed along to their children.
She and daughter-in-law Dawn participated in the powder puff races at Canby, Minn., Raceway and won. Kevin’s daughter Maria has become a legend in her own right by aggressively participating in races against the guys.
Several years ago Janet married Marvin Kalsbeck, a welder and jig maker by trade. They made their home near Big Stone Lake in Minnesota.
After a devastating illness, Marvin died. Suddenly, she was alone for the first time in her life. Kerry and Dawn successfully rallied to move his mom to Mobridge.
Twin sister Janice lives in Tolstoy and they visit often.
“You can’t be intimidated by life,” she said. “Sometimes you’ve got to take life by the horns!”
And the aquatics center to be built in Mobridge could be just the place to finally learn to swim.
JANET KALSBECK’S RECIPES
4 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp. salt
4 eggs (well beaten)
2 to 3 Tbsp. yeast
12 cups flour
Microwave water and sugar for 5 minutes. Mix in large bowl with butter and salt. When cooled to lukewarm, add eggs, stir well. Add yeast and flour until soft dough is formed. Let rise. Punch down as needed. Let rise twice. Shape into buns or rolls in greased 9-inch by 13-inch pans. Let rise overnight.
3 sticks of butter
4 cups vanilla ice cream
(If ice cream is unavailable use half and half and 1 cup of white sugar.)
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
Bring to a boil. Pour evenly unto rolls. Bake at 375 degrees: buns for 15 minutes, rolls for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
1 bag (2 lbs.) frozen hash brown potatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
If making double batch use 1 can cream of chicken and 1 can cream of celery soup
1 small carton sour cream
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup shredded cheese
1 onion (chopped)
salt and pepper (to taste)
2 cups cornflakes (optional)
1/4 cup butter
Thaw potatoes. Combine all ingredients except cheese, cornflakes and butter. Put in 9-inch by 13-inch pan or casserole dish. Put cheese, cornflakes and butter on top. Sprinkle with bacon bits. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Recipes for Happiness
for sheer delight:
assorted children, any size
Mix with all your might
A pinch of helpfulness and loyalty galore, a dash of patience and a smile.
Faith and stir some more.
Sprinkle kindness over all for happiness and health.
Garnish it with love supreme.
What you have is Wealth!