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My father-in-law is a farmer. He grew up on the family farm in southwest Minnesota, where his dad grew up, too. Blessed by fertile soil, the farm has provided for the family for several … more
State Senator Crabtree’s recent article on the wonders of the new state housing infrastructure program demands a rebuttal. This $200 million program took $50 million in federal COVID relief and … more
“Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have been young enough … more
During his life, my old friend Rod Nichols wrote many poems for my radio show. Though Rody passed a few years ago, his poetry remains. He has a favorite haunt that he loved to write about. This is … more
A warm bowl of soup is a classic comfort food, especially when the weather turns colder or if one has a cold. The strong association between soup and comfort hasn’t been lost on researchers. … more
Any time I think of New Years, I can’t help but think of New Year’s resolutions. You probably have some on your mind right now. Most resolutions I hear tend to lean toward a bettering of self: … more
I've often mused about how easy it is to communicate today versus a century ago. My daughter has lived abroad for the past decade or more. When we want to communicate, we are a text message away from … more
A seizure can b e most frightening for a family member, friend or anyone to witness. However, for some people with epilepsy, seizures may be fairly common and not unexpected. Roughly one in 10 people … more
What has changed? I certainly hope that Gevo will come to Lake Preston; it would be a great benefit to all the county’s corn producers and the county in general. What has changed from three years … more
During the holiday season, we are surrounded by many gifts. I’m sure we can all remember growing up and not being able to sleep the night before Christmas. The anticipation and the excitement for … more
At last, they had made it! The three brushed the layer of dust from their fine robes and opened their travel bags. Caspar removed a shiny piece of gold. Melchior found the bundle of frankincense. … more
As they say in Ireland, "a happy Christmas to all" or phonetically in Gaelic, "Noleg Shona" ’Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house, Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The … more
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holidays despite the last-minute snow. We traveled before the snow hit and then stayed around home and enjoyed a white Christmas. We had Christmas at my mom’s … more
For generations, home ownership has been a goal that families plan for, budget for and work hard to achieve. Thinking back to when Ashley and I were newlyweds and planning for a family, we dreamt of … more
Christmas time is a time for giving. It is a joy to give as well as a joy to receive. If we are honest, some gifts “hit the spot” more than others. Some keep our attention longer. Some we hold … more
Could the “Underlining Elegance” of this Christmas season be “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men?” No other better underlining came to my sewing room (my mind). In our turbulent world today, we … more
“How much longer ‘til Christmas?” Mom likely grew tired of my incessant question; it seemed to me like Christmas would NEVER come! “It’s only two weeks away,” she replied patiently, then … more
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