Readers of this column may recognize the name of Charles “Chuck” Humphrey. He’s the former resident of Verona, N.D., who now lives in Pocatello, Idaho, and who often writes “Neighbors.”

But there’s bad news about him. When he was back in North Dakota last spring, and while he was repairing the deck on the house he owns in LaMoure, he fell and broke his right hip bone.

An ambulance took him to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where he had surgery.

Now Chuck writes “Neighbors” that his injury “almost” is just a memory.

“I resumed riding a bicycle in September, and I’m able to go on 30-minute walks without a cane.”

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Way to go, Chuck!

And one more thing: Chuck says that when he returned home from the hospital, he was able to eat and sleep well despite the injury “thanks to my wife Jane’s TLC.”

Yes sir, neighbors, you can’t beat a wife’s TLC in making you feel better.

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Chuck also fills “Neighbors” in on his history.

He grew up in LaMoure County and graduated from Verona High School in 1960.

He attended North Dakota State University from 1960 to 1964, majoring in general agriculture and earning a bachelor of science degree in it. He took classes in the dairy science building, which later became the horticulture building and now houses geosciences.

In 1977, he was named head of the NDSU Agriculture Communication Department for the Cooperative Extension Service, which was located in the basement of Morrill Hall. He held that position through 1988.

In 1992, he and Jane moved to Pocatello, where he joined Idaho State University, of which he now is professor emeritus of human resource development.

Chuck and Jane celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary last May 15.

“We go to Lincoln City, Ore., on the coast, every May (to see if the Pacific Ocean is still there),” Chuck writes. “We celebrate by eating fried oysters and clam chowder and we walk on the beach.”

And they get back to Verona-LaMoure whenever they can.

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