Obvious We are from the Midwest

Years ago we went to upstate New York to a dance camp hosted by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason at Ashokan.  We had SO much fun.  Although Molly grew up in Washington state,  she had spent time in the Midwest on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Show.  When Ken and I danced a polka Ken swung me ALL around the floor as other East Coast folk danced mainly in place.  After the dance Molly commented, …

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No Ring for Judith

Once our relationship became serious – Ken planted more carrots which need thinning,         and I moved my perennial flowers to Turtle Lake – we had a conversation about wedding rings.  I saw no need for a ring.  Ken would have to take it off to make pots, and wear off his skin when gardening.  I, with my short stubby fingers never saw a ring that looked good on my hands or …

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The Cherry Pie Story

Years ago when Ken was making pots on  Thanksgiving  weekend,  a stranger came up and banged on the door.  He was having car trouble and knew exactly what tool he needed for the repair.  Ken had the tool and followed the man down to the highway so he could bring back the  tool after the repair. The man got under the car, fixed the problem, thanked Ken and offered him one of the pies the …

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Ken Compliments Judith

Years ago when Ken and I were dating. Ken told me all the attributes of all his former flames.  At some point I grew tired of this and  I asked Ken, “And what about me?” Ken promptly replied, “You’re durable.” Not exactly romantic, but coming from Ken that was a compliment!

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The Kindness of Strangers at Ken’s Death – They Got it

Even in death Ken had what our friend Kevin calls a “teachable moment.”   The deputy sheriff from Polk County came to write up the report.  He was quite amazed at our house, and that Ken had build the thirty foot chimney and wooden circular stairs and bent wood railing. When he got downstairs he asked about the blue corn in the racks drying.  Then he said, “Wow.  He probably saved seeds and didn’t do those …

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Ken Keppers Obituary

Ken Keppers Obituary   Ken Keppers died December 19, 2017.  After scans in July indicated cancer, he sought alternative health care.  He died as he wished – at home.   Born November 15, 1952 in St. Paul to parents Ralph and Patricia (Billy) Keppers, Ken grew up in White Bear Lake and Shoreview, Minnesota, and attended St. John’s and St. Odilia’s Elementary schools and Totino – Grace High School.  He graduated from Bemidji State University …

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Ken Story – The Final Chapter

Ken’s story – The Final Chapter   Since many people did not know Ken was sick, and want to know what happened, here is the story.  About a year ago Ken went to the clinic because he had a lump on the back of his neck.  They told him if it persisted or worsened he should come back.  In July he went back and a scan indicated lymphoma with tendrils reaching to his spinal cord.  …

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