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A seamstress, a knitter, a reader

How pleased I am to do long time friend Aldice Boen's story today. I first met her back in 1935, when we were both teenagers.

Aldice was born in 1917 to Warren and Okre Prall, in Elbow Lake, Minn. They lived in Hankinson, N.D., where she graduated from high school. Aldice took part in the musical things like the choir. She has two sisters. They moved to Wadena in 1935.

Aldice met Bob Boen at a party. In 1938, Aldice and Robert (Bob) Boen were married. They lived in Wadena while he did his stint in the service. They have a son and three daughters.

The Boens became the owners of the Wadena Milk Company until homogenized milk came in. Boens introduced Cass Clay milk to this area.

In 1954, they started the Fresh Freeze business in Wadena, putting up the building as well as the house behind it. Aldice spent many hours there. Bob died in 1984.

During the years Aldice has never once been without jobs to do. During the early 1940s, Aldice worked as a burner in a shipyard in Portland. The Boens traveled in the states, as well as living for a time in Florida.

An artistic ability has kept projects coming for Aldice. She excelled as a seamstress, at knitting, cooking, decorating her home and much more. She is an avid reader of mystery stories. Aldice enjoys life around her wherever she lives.

An independent streak a mile wide is one of Aldice's traits. She is interested in many things. She stays abreast of the news, what her children and grandchildren are doing, as well as her town. She said: "Wadena is my town. It is where I live, the place I have always come back to."

The fact that Aldice has given up her big house for a Fair Oaks Lodge apartment hasn't changed a long-standing Saturday appointment, when family comes to have breakfast with grandma. She knows the little ones in her family.

Family adjusts to the situation, and they are always there. Aldice will hopefully be entertaining family again at her apartment in the near future.

An interesting sidelight was left out of Grace Steinkraus's story last week. She is addicted to catalogs, all kinds from everywhere. She said, "A catalog is always there when you want it."

Ten catalogs came to her mailbox the day I did her story.