This week we will introduce you to Dean Pedersen, a fellow member of Hines Alumni. Sgt. Pedersen served in the US Army. He and his wife, Betty, live in Valley City, North Dakota with their children, Matthew and Jen Pedersen, and Sarah and Mike Lerud and grandson Jack. Dean is blind due to an enemy grenade injury he received while he was serving his last two weeks in Vietnam in 1969. After surgeries and hospital stays he went to the Hines V.A. and entered the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center where he stayed from October 16, 1969 until March 27, 1970. Dean has been a memberRead More →

What a morning…… 8:00 I made a snowman. 8:10 A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman. 8:15 So, I made a snow woman. 8:17 The nanny of the neighbors complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest. 8:20 The gay couple living nearby grumbled that it could have been two snowmen instead. 8:25 The vegans at No. 12 complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with. 8:28 I am being called a racist because the snow couple is white. 8:31 The Muslim gent across the road wants the snow woman toRead More →

By Gary Traynor It was a calm June morning in Rice Lake, WI to which the lake has the same name as the town in which we reside. Our place is located on the northeast side of the lake called Big Fish Bay,which may have gotten its name from the large muskies caught in the area. I was planning on an exciting morning with my large guide dog Reuben, a five-year old solid black long haired GermanShephard who absolutely loves to go fishing. Reuben has his own way of participating in this fun-filled activity. When I cast, he tends to do a front paw jumpRead More →