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Not too long ago, I took a road trip with a friend and my daughter up around the North Shore. A nice weekend drive. My daughter, 9 at the time, was a pretty good road trip guru in training. She knew that you use the bathroom at every stop, you have snacks on the ready, you stay quiet during …

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Historical society celebrates 20 years of great memories

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I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

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Have you ever heard of snapdragon? It’s a game that used to be quite the holiday tradition. Here’s how you play. You put some raisins – and maybe some figs and almonds – into a big bowl of brandy. Then you light the brandy on fire and watch it glow with blue flame. Now you take turns reachin…

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Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, this pandemic persists, in part due to resistance to the vaccine. While I do not support vaccine mandates and believe in personal freedom of choice in health matters, it is important that people make sure they are basing their decisio…

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“Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.” In his younger days my husband often took young boys on camping trips, and he composed this opening sentence as a warning to the boys that whatever the wea…

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Happy Constitution Week! The U.S. Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, is a highly discussed and debated document, but one gets the feeling that most people who do so have never taken the time to read the dang thing. I strongly, strongly urge you to spend a couple of hours with …

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“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” ~ Douglas Adams

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I know I have told you this story before. But even now, after two decades, it still doesn’t seem quite real – how an ordinary fall day became one of the turning points in our American history. 

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As students return to school, toting backpacks, notebooks and pencils — one thing students (and teachers) should bring with them is an understanding of their religious rights and how religious practices play out in a public school setting. 

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Every migraine sufferer knows and understands the word “trigger.” Every trigger is different for every person. Mine happens to be scent. Anything from scented garbage bags to perfumes, air fresheners to candles. Smells I used to love. My own perfume – which I haven’t been able to wear in yea…

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The Vikings are off to a rough start in the preseason. It looks like another up-and-down year, and a long season for us hapless fans watching from our TV sets or in the stands at their Minneapolis stadium. 

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the idea of the Overton Window lately. It’s a simple concept, but it does a good job, in my opinion, of clarifying how people’s views of what are acceptable, normal or even possible can change over time. 

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I was so inspired by our editor’s recent take on coffee that I had to respond. I was introduced to that “beloved bean” by my mother when I was only five years old. She would place a rusk (definition follows) in a saucer, butter it, then pour steaming hot coffee and a little sugar over it. Th…

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Last year, so many Americans found new appreciation for the work farmers and ranchers do to hold our food supply chain together. And there is much more that we must do in Congress to make sure that this important work is supported.

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DID YOU KNOW there is one county in the State of Minnesota where graduating students in public and private schools get a two‑year free tuition to a community college? 

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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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“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it ...” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ~ Ferris Bueller

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to …

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Earlier this month, I spent the Fourth of July with Minnesotans in Aurora, Gilbert, Ely, and Duluth. Across our state, we walked in parades, shared meals at picnics, and watched incredible fireworks --— celebrating the great American experiment in democracy as it entered its 245th year.

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Gary Wertish praised President Joe Biden for signing an executive order that encourages more competition in the marketplace.

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The other day I got a tune stuck in my head that I couldn’t place for the life of me. Has that ever happened to you? It drives you crazy, like an itch you can’t scratch. This one was a weird little synthesizer ditty, something from childhood. 

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