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People said I was crazy traveling in October of 2021 internationally. Maybe I was, but I will never regret it. Visiting Greece had always been on my bucket list, so when my friend Kim asked me to go, it didn’t take long to say, “Yes!” even though my husband Brad wasn’t interested. So, with h…

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Question: I really liked your recent article about the dangers of putting your feet up on the dash while driving and air bags. With the way vehicles are changing, can you talk about the other air bags, like side curtains and such? Thank you.

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When most citizens think about elections, their minds think of their own experience: entering their polling place, signing in on the roster, receiving their ballot, voting on their ballot, inserting their ballot in the ballot box, and then receiving their “I Voted” sticker. However, the most…

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A few weeks back I had a person say to me, “You sure love to fish. You must be a very patient person.” 

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Life was incredibly hard for an average person in the years to come immediately after the Vietnam war ended. Everyone was poor and    I’d suppose sometimes when you have nothing, little common things that we take for granted can become treasures.

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With the looming fear of food shortages, skyrocketing gas prices and with the recent baby formula shortage, which is hopefully behind us, it may have crossed people’s minds to become more self-sufficient … be a prepper of sorts. 

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I usually prefer to write about humor, but lately the funny bone seems broken or buried so far under my permanent fleshly winter coat that it can’t find it’s way out. That leaves me wondering if I need to revisit the past when almost every day seemed like a comedy show.  

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Driving south on Hwy 83 this evening, I found myself in the midst of the beautiful sand hills of North Central Nebraska.  The sand hills of this area cover an area of several hundred square miles, and lie as a great barrier between the states of South Dakota to the north and Nebraska to the …

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“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” ~Romans 10:15

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Most people have heard the phrase, the times they are a changin’.  Many people would know that these words are the lyrics to an iconic Bob Dylan song and the name of his third studio album released in 1964. Coincidently, the year Dylan released this iconic album and sang about so much change…

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‘Tis the season for graduation parties! This time of year was always my favorite when our kids were graduating from high school. Largely in part to the grad parties, and of course the grad food!

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Before becoming a parent, it’s hard to imagine that you would be saying things like “No, you cannot use a long hose to the bathroom so you can stand in the living room and pee” or “Please don’t put that up your sister’s nose again.” Or even after they are a bit older, “I’m late today because…

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“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) Really? A time like this?

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In 2015, I started the Pine County Attorney’s Office Facebook page at a time when very few county attorney’s offices in the nation had a social media profile. I had high hopes for the intersection of social media and government. I viewed it as a forum where elected leaders could engage with …

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As most have heard by now, the 2022 Minnesota legislature has adjourned with no agreements on how to use the surplus. The first thing to remember is that this was not a budget year, so there will be no shutdowns. The surplus could have been used for supplemental spending or tax cuts, but tha…

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We’re right in the middle of what I call Graduation Season. Like many other local churches, our congregation dedicated this past Sunday to honoring and celebrating with our graduating senior highers. Next Friday is commencement and, in the meantime, seniors are caught up in the frenzy of fin…

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Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings. Nature starts to come alive again, the animals are bringing forth a new generation of cuteness for us to admire and some of us already have that first batch of produce sprouting before it goes into the garden. After the long and dreary winter, …

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THIS IS CLEARLY a wonderful time of year as the weather warms, trees come to life, and the early flowers start blooming. Fishing season is open and all the water sports come alive.

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You could call Minnie a “pandemic puppy” or a “birthday puppy” or just “I need a big dog again” puppy. Or you could blame social media I guess. I saw her on a friend’s post, showing pictures of her puppies, available for a rehoming fee. 

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The sun finally made an appearance this past weekend, and while the rest of Pine City was out enjoying garage sales, I was content to hop on the lawn mower and get the yard cleaned up as the first signs of spring/summer had appeared in my backyard. Some people think I’m a little weird when I…

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It was a particularly beautiful and sunny January day when we found ourselves some 1,600 miles away from our cold and snowy home in Northern Minnesota. We were standing on a rocky overlook in Big Bend Ranch State Park in far south-western Texas, looking out over the Rio Grande River below. T…

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The oddities of life, we all experience them. They may include the humorous, the frustrating and the miserable. Oddities make us scratch our heads and cause us to question people with a roll of our eyes. 

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     I DON’T RECALL a time in my life when the word “anxiety” has come up so often. It shows up with staff at the newspapers, friends, our families, and from what I read and see, it’s a worldwide concern.

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Bruce and I have been an indirect part of this Pine City community for over 30 years as he has pastored the Hustletown Community Church. Throughout those decades we have had the opportunity to get to know people through the church and events such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries, graduat…

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