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Boomers Q & A Profile

■ Ida Fuller

Age: 72.

Live: “I’ve lived in Brainerd for about 50 years.”

What are you doing at The Center today (Feb. 11): “I volunteer with Lutheran Social Services in the cafeteria for five hours a day washing dishes, setting the table, taking out garbage and harassing the customers.

“I started volunteering to do this when the senior center was located downtown, so about 30 years. I enjoy it and I like the people. It gives me something to do to get me out of the house.”

Funny story: “There is one man who always asks me to come by his table to entertain them. He does that because I was teasing him about dancing on the tables.”

Family: Late husband Richard, five children, “close to 20” grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pets: “I have a cat. Her name is Mama and she is about 11-12 years old. She was in this house when my husband and I moved in. She just moved in with us.”

Do you shovel your own snow: “Yes and this morning (Feb. 11 after the Brainerd area received 6.5 inches of snow) the snow plow came by three times after I had finished. I’ve shoveled snow forever. I get it done usually once 2 inches falls but this time I waited and I did a little last night and then finished it this morning. And when I get home tonight I’ll have to do it again. Shoveling snow gives me something to do.”

Biggest puzzle you’ve done: “I do a lot of 1,000 piece puzzles. I just finished one and now I’m doing an angel puzzle with 1,000 pieces. I’m hoping to finish it up by the end of the week. I did three puzzles last week but they were small.”

Favorite card game: “Spider Solitaire. I play it on the computer. Nine out of 10 times you don’t win. Those are my odds.

Greatest achievement in life: “I worked for the Brainerd Salvation Army for 20 years. I retired about 11 years ago. Now I just volunteer on Fridays with the food shelf.”

If you could be a flower, which one would you be and why: “A rose, because they smell pretty and it has thorns, to represent my feistiness.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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