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Wow, Thanksgiving is here already! Where did the year go? 

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Squatting in a cluster of dogwood bushes between my wooded land and the neighbor’s corn field, I peered through my binoculars. I was looking for white-throated sparrows, but was shocked when a little gray and yellow bird with black patches over his eyes flitted onto a branch nearby. His eye …

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No matter what age you are, quitting smoking or vowing to never start is one of the best things you can do for your health. My patients have certainly heard this from me many times. I know this is much easier said than done however. 

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SEVERAL WEEKS AGO I visited the Allina Clinic in Shoreview for a pre-op COVID-19 test. A pleasant experience occurred as I was leaving the clinic.

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Where do bees, butterflies and birds converge?  If we talk about the Bumble Bee, the Monarch Butterfly and the American Goldfinch, then the answer is the humble Milkweed plant.  For years now we have been made aware of the critical role this one plant plays in the life cycle of the Monarch, …

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A snowstorm is always a welcome addition to an outdoor wedding…or maybe not.  My husband Scott and I traveled across Minnesota and South Dakota to the Black Hills on the western border.  We watched the weather and were less than delighted to note we were driving in to the end of the snowstor…

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MORE AND MORE people are advocating term limits for those serving on Capitol Hill in Washington. Many people once they are elected focus on making financial benefits for themselves rather than what’s best for the American people.

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Growing up in a small town, I came to know many veterans. They were my father’s friends. These men, veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, marched in parades, presented the colors for events, sold popcorn during the fair, and were leaders in the community.

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A FEW WEEKS ago, Kathy and I were invited to a brewery in Woodbury to celebrate the life of Robert MacGregor Shaw. We got to know Bob and Virginia Shaw through the Minnesota Newspaper Association where he was manager. Having served on the board of directors of the association, we got to know…

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Life is a constant adventure and the last year was a whopper. Besides being essentially grounded due to the pandemic, my baby girl was pregnant with twins, I changed jobs, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and saw my boyfriend’s father die from COVID-19.

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OVER THE LONG Fourth of July holiday, people were getting out of town with a vengeance, traveling to their cabin, their favorite camping park, or visiting with friends and families.

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You may have heard in the media that a criminal defense attorney has made a motion for a mistrial or a judge has granted a mistrial. As a part of a new Minnesota judge’s training there has been a mandatory mock trial exercise before a jury of law students and 2 veteran attorneys which is int…

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IT’S A WELCOME relief that we are gaining control of the Covid-19 virus through safe practices and vaccinations.

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The spring, summer and fall are looking much brighter. The sun has finally come out and our garden club, spring sports and elementary recess are getting the sunshine and exercise that kids of all ages need so much right now.

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One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. 

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JANUARY 6 WAS a terrible day when domestic violence broke in our nation’s capital. There were five deaths, property damage, security breaches, and our democracy was threatened.

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This Christmas will look different for many. COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc all throughout the year...and continues to do so. 

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Fishing with a six-year-old is anything but boring. That is one thing I can guarantee!

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Well, the verdict is in. Our vacation was definitely well worth the stress that led up to it. 

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Learning new things is always fun. This week marks the 75th anniversary of Japan surrendering to the Allied Forces to end World War II. I am a history buff, I love learning about anything and everything history related. I have studied World War II for years, I have done many reports and spee…

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