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If you enjoy a Honeycrisp, Haralson, SweeTango or First Kiss apple at your local orchard or farm stand this fall, you can thank the University of Minnesota apple breeding program for putting it there.

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Question: I have recently noticed several semi-trucks with lug nuts on their front tires that are pointed and stick out beyond the edge of the cab.  I’m concerned that they could cause damage to other vehicles. Is there a law about this?   

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On Aug. 18, at 5:50 a.m., the Pine County Sheriff’s office received a report that a woman had been woken by her four year-old child who informed her that there was a stranger sitting on the couch in their Brook Park home.

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Welia Health has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Welia Health is in the top 6 percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering emergency care services. 

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Question: Is it legal for farmers to load hay on a state highway? Our neighbor bales several miles of state highway ditches.  To load the round bales he drives down the highway with a pickup and bale wagon.  His son is in the ditch with a tractor and loader.  The son gets a bale on the loade…

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The “Great Pumpkin” is hiding under a sheet at a rural farm in Sturgeon Lake. There are actually several large pumpkins on Jerry Gibson’s farm and their names are Big Bertha, Florence, Albert and Frank.

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Can birds see in color? The answer is yes, but there are qualifiers to this answer.  Research into bird vision and their ability to differentiate colors began back in the early 1970s. In the following decades scientists compared the three kinds of cone cells in our retina; the ones used to s…

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In the Old Testament book of Esther, we read of a young orphaned Jewish woman who was elevated to the place of Queen of a vast land. This took place while the Jews were under captivity to the Persian empire, and were considered but slaves, so it was no small thing for a woman of such heritag…

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Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores have been released to the public and can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Website at https://rc.education.mn.gov/

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Hot and dry weather covered much of the northern hemisphere this summer with drought in China, Europe and the western United States. Here, summer 2022 was good for rain for most of northern Minnesota. Aitkin and Carlton counties were near normal. But, northern Pine County continues to be abn…

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Question: What are the laws or rules when it comes to drivers who tailgate? What can a person do to keep them from putting lives in danger? I haven’t heard or read anything for a long time about the 3 second rule, is that still a recommendation? 

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I use my laptop a lot. Sometimes I type too fast or push delete too many times and the computer locks up. At the top of the screen, I get a message saying, “Not Responding.” I find that extremely frustrating. It slows down progress and my train of thought. But that has taught me a few spirit…

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On Wednesday, Gary and Maxine Meyer attended the Pine County Genealogy Group meeting in Askov at the Mermaid Café. After the presentation and discussion, we celebrated the 25th year of this group. The group meets once a month and covers any number of interesting subjects with members open di…

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Question: I really enjoy seeing these on Facebook and I am hoping you can shed some light on bike laws. I work and live around Glendalough State Park where there are quite a few walking/biking paths. I have seen and been verbally accosted by those whom do not seem to “see” the stop and yield…

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J.K. Rowling in her series of books on the character Harry Potter is still quite popular in our times. One of our granddaughters is listening, reading and watching after many years of popularity.  It definitely is a series on good and evil, many times evil winning out, yet in the end good re…

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Rochester Community and Technical College

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If someone were to ask you how often you get sick of, frustrated, annoyed, or just plain angry, how would you respond?  Sometimes?  Frequently?  Very infrequently? Rarely?  Often?  A lot?  It’s often a very hard to answer question, especially if we’re being honest. 

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We are just starting a series on the Gospel of Luke at Danforth Community Chapel. The angel Gabriel is sent to tell Zacharias that his prayer has been answered and he will have a son through his wife Elizabeth. Their senior status is not an issue with God. John would be great and point peopl…

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Scouting has been a shared pastime for generations. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has offered a solid foundation to over 110 million Americans to grow into adulthood with the guidance and skills that will stay with them through their adult years. 

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Well time surely flies as they say, especially in the summer in Minnesota. I had meant to do an article at the beginning of summer discussing water and sun safety and as well as an encouragement to stay physically active.  However, with one son graduating from high school and another moving …

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Most everyone recalls their school days. Some are good memories, others could be funny and maybe some are not so good. But we all will think back to them at some time or other.

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I have always loved the book of Philippians, largely because of its very positive and encouraging tone.  In the 20th verse of the first chapter Paul wrote, “…it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored…

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Music has played a crucial role in my growth as a Christian and as a Pastor.  Perhaps the first song I ever heard was “Jesus Loves Me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” These simple choruses are profound in shaping our faith and grounding our hope. I find my mind going back to the hym…

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