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Answer Man: One more Mother’s Day brunch

May 13, 2019

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, the day each year when Answer Man and Answer Mom go out together for brunch, then spend an hour or two afterward cleaning up misused apostrophe’s (see?) on signs, menus and flyers from one end of the Med City to the other. (Father’s Day is time for Rochester’s annual commaoscopy.)

Some moms, like “Mom of three wonderful sons” who wrote me this week, have to work into mid-afternoon, though, and will miss brunch. I asked readers to help me find some late-running brunches. I’ve shared a few already, and here is one more, courtesy of the brilliant (she reads my column) and thoughtful Kim Nickander:

Uncle John’s Bar & Grill, near King’s Marina on Lake Zumbro, offers Mother’s Day specials from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The specials include steak, shrimp and surf-and-turf, for prices all around the $20 level. If you don’t want the specials, you can also order off the bar menu and dinner menu. Uncle John’s said to have some of the best broasted chicken around.

It all sounds great, and the flyer even meets Mom’s standard for apostrophical excellence. That’s what I call a win-win.

Mom asked me to share the history and origins of Mother’s Day, which was first organized in the U.S. as an antiwar observance in June of 1872. The main organizer was none other than Julia Howe, the composer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Mother’s Day didn’t become an official national holiday, though, until 1914. Today, almost 50 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day, though not all of them in May, or even in spring.

Make sure you celebrate your mom tomorrow. You wouldn’t be here without her!