Grant savors the great outdoorsPublished 6:17am Monday, September 30, 2013
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, when coming to the Fergus Falls area for hunting, appreciates the great outdoors in this area of west central Minnesota.
Grant is back in the news with publication of a new book, “I Did It My Way.”
While football is the dominant topic in the book, Grant also devotes a chapter to his outdoor interests. He’s had many of those outdoor experiences in Otter Tail County and the surrounding area.
For more than a quarter century, Grant has hunted for deer and has been successful with hunting buddy Milt Aasness at deer stands south of Foxhome, just across the county border in Wilkin County. That’s where Aasness owns land, near the Otter Tail River.
“Bud is now 86 and his doctors tell him he has the body of a 50-year-old person,” said Aasness. “He’s in incredible shape and takes no medication.”
Aasness said that Grant enjoys a spectrum of outdoor activities, including goose hunting in North Dakota, hunting and fishing experiences in Canada and enjoying the outdoors in his home state of Wisconsin.
Grant was the keynote speaker in 2009 in Fergus Falls during Men’s Night at Legacy Hall on the M State campus. The event is used to emphasize healthy lifestyles.
“Sadly, some of my friends who were smokers and who didn’t take care of themselves are no longer with us,” said Grant. “As we get older we all need to reinforce staying active while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
In the late 1940s Grant forged a friendship with the late Fergus Falls native Ev Faunce. Both played football at the University of Minnesota. Faunce, a halfback, not only ran the ball but also completed some passes to Grant, a wide receiver for the Gophers.
Faunce and Grant played for legendary Minnesota Gopher coach Bernie Bierman. Two of their teammates were all-Americans Clayton Tonnemaker (center) and Leo Nomellini (tackle).
Each summer Grant and Faunce reunited with Gopher teammates at a resort near Brainerd. Faunce always reminded Grant about Bud’s duck hunting each fall, even during their U of M college days that included Gopher football practices.
“Bud has always been fascinated by nature and things nature-related,” said Dennis Anderson, outdoors columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Anderson said that Grant also is gracious when meeting people at various hunting locations. He also goes the extra mile for those seeking autographs.
One time, after pheasant hunting near Presho, S.D., in the south central area of the state, Grant had lunch with fellow hunters at the town café. A group of boys came in seeking Grant’s autograph. One of them was a boy in a suit and tie, since it was first communion day.
“Bud carried Vikings stickers in his billfold and gave one to each boy, signing his autograph with a purple pen,” said Anderson.
“He ran out of stickers before he could give one to the youngster in the suit. So Bud goes out to his truck, grabs his Vikings cap, brings it inside, signs it and puts in on the boy’s head. A class act.”
Needing a quart
of Meadow Gold
“You’re never too young and never too old to need your quart of Meadow Gold.”
Those words were the slogan, in 1953, for Meadow Gold grade A homogenized milk. This ad reappears in the August/September 2013 edition of “Reminisce” magazine.
Prior to milk being homogenized, cream rose to the top of milk. With glass bottles, cream was spooned out of the creamer top.
In 1901 the U.S. Patent Office granted Continental Creamery Company of Topeka, Kan., a trademark for the name Meadow Gold. In 1997 Meadow Gold Dairies was acquired by the Southern Food Group based in Dallas, Texas.
For many collectors, old milk bottles have a nostalgic quality that reminds people of life in the 1950s and previous decades.