When I retired from metropolitan daily journalism after 35 years-30 of them on the St. Paul Pioneer Press I had my priorities firmly in place. My oldest son and I were seeking a restaurant and checked out quite a few before arriving in Crosby and the then Sundown Café.
At first glimpse I commented that any city with a lake in the middle of it had to be a good place to live. The second day I laid eyes in daylight on the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library and the medical complex. This place had everything I had come to consider important!
At the time I had no medical problems I knew of, but was aware that situation wouldn’t last forever. Serpent Lake and the woods and countryside surrounding the city were something I couldn’t afford to buy. Nobody could… But it was the library that made up my mind. It was operated by people who shared my passion for the written word, whether created on a very old Royal typewriter or on a state-of-the-art computer.
The restaurant didn’t work out. But nearly 15 years later, I still have a house in walking distance of the library, the lake and the medical complex. And they are all still at the top of my lifestyle priority list.