Author Archives: Lisa Drew

Tri-CAP Receives $25,000 Donation from Stearns Bank and the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation

Tri-CAP is honored to receive a $25,000 donation from Stearns Bank and the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation. This generous donation will help to support Tri-CAP’s work providing opportunities to many local families working to increase their economic security. About Tri-CAP Tri-CAP is a private, non-profit, Community Action Program founded in 1965. Serving Benton, Stearns, and […]

Tri-CAP Receives Otto Bremer Trust Grant for $55,000

Tri-County Action Program Inc. (Tri-CAP) is pleased to announce they have received a $55,000 grant from Otto Bremer Trust. These funds will help support the Tax Program that Tri-CAP administers at many sites. Tri-CAP’s mission is to expand opportunities for the economic and social well-being of our residents and our communities. We have 70+ staff […]

“Legend of the Old Crowe”

I have always appreciated a good tale. My Dad and Grandpa could readily spin an impromptu yarn, a dubious talent spawned by their Swedish heritage. The Vikings of old were fond of their legends and Nordic sagas. Notations on their nautical maps even ended with, “beyond this point there be monsters”. I grew up in […]

Take A Look At Your Home

Tri-CAP’s energy advisor program seeks to improve your homes heating and electrical burden. With a little information, you can look for some of the same signs that an energy advisor looks for. In only about five minutes, you can make many valuable observations. First, be advised that the two biggest enemies of your home are […]

Wistful Time

Have you ever witnessed an older person sitting in a chair and staring out a window? Sometimes they remain there, unmoving, seemingly for hours. Whatever could be happening? When I was ten, we lived by a small lake surrounded by wooded hills and about a dozen homes. The pond was Indianhead Lake and the area […]

Moving Day

Once again I move. Things will look different, be different. The landscape and the people will change. Life will change. I will miss the old and hope the new is a great adventure. One thing for sure, with rare exception, all of us will re-locate in our lifetime. I have moved eleven times, four with […]

The Flow

Have you ever experienced the sensation of being in the flow of things, in tune with life, in perfect harmony with the state of affairs? For many who revere the fall season, it may be possible to attain such a blissful state. Check out the essential components . . . it is the heart of […]

Lillian’s Song

It’s easy for me to write about fall. In “Moby Dick” Herman Melville wrote that all things in nature carry a greater meaning, the wind, waves, storms and creatures were merely a mask covering a deeper, epic meaning.   In his way of thinking, everything was a pawn in the greater conflict between the forces of […]

Nordic Saga

Each of us holds dear what is important, however, that thing of great value is not necessarily universal. Let me share a case in point. I visit diverse families in the course of doing my job as a home energy advisor – many are Scandinavian. Recently I met an 86 year old Norwegian who lived […]

The Long and Short of IT

How long do things live? Here’s the list. Bristlecone pine tree – 5060 years. Giant tortoise – 255 years. Asian elephant – 86 years. Blue Macaw – 119 years. Horse – 62 years. Dog – 29 years. Cat – 38 years. Black bear – 30 years. Whitetail deer – 4.5 (wild); 25 years (captive). Greenland […]