The Pinke Post

How Vergas Hardware and this column are related

 
Katie Pinke met Vergas Hardware owner and reader of The Pinke Post column, Paul Pinke. An Agweek reader brings the column to Paul Pinke each week. Submitted photo

Katie Pinke met Vergas Hardware owner and reader of The Pinke Post column, Paul Pinke. An Agweek reader brings the column to Paul Pinke each week. Submitted photo

 

I started this column four years ago this month. Agweek management at the time asked for a name for my column and I didn’t know what to call it. The name of my blog, The Pinke Post, was given to my column.

I asked how often I should write and the feedback was “weekly.” Now, 200+ columns later, here we are.

In the summer of 2016, I went from a contractor to full-time employee of Agweek and the column continued. What I didn’t know was that by using my married name, Pinke, in my blog starting in 2007 and my column starting in 2015, would connect me to my husband’s relatives and their German ancestry.

Five years ago, I received a Facebook message from a cousin to my husband and father-in-law who sent me photos of handwritten notes from her late father showing the Pinke family lineage from Germany to Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota in the late 1800s. It was the most information any of us ever had or knew of my father-in-law, Eldon Pinke’s grandfather, Henry Pinke, and his brothers.

We looked at the information, talked and did nothing else with it. We haven’t created an ancestry.com account or tried to connect the dots anymore to relatives.

But last Saturday morning in Vergas, Minn., connecting this column to relatives came to life without any online messages or ancestry research. While I was with a colleague capturing the Maple Syrup Demonstration Day at Maplewood State Park, my husband, two daughters, mother-in-law, and father-in-law were in nearby Vergas for the Maple Days festivities and enjoying pancakes with plenty of real maple syrup. 

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