On evacuating—and returning home

Sometimes travel isn’t planned or desired, but having a community eases the struggle Larrie Wanberg Features Editor The unprecedented Thomas Fire on the Central California Coast spread impending anxiety across all generations of those who experienced the threat of evacuations from surrounding wildfires. For me, in an assisted living facility recovering from hip surgery in Santa Barbara, the order to evacuate came at noon in the dining room where “grab-and-go” bags were handed out for what possessions one can carry as evacuations began. Normally for residents in assisted-living centers, pre-arranged plans at admission carry a contingency plan for re
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Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg, 1920–2021, contributed features to The Norwegian American for many years, drawing on eight decades of life experience highlighted by three career recognitions: as a researcher through a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway in 1957; as a health care provider in behavioral science through a 27-year military career and awarded upon retirement in 1981 the highest non-combat medal, the Legion of Merit medal; as an educator, through a 50-year career in college education, culminating in the 2010 Public Scholar award at the UND Center for Community Engagement. Wanberg passed away in May, 2021.

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