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Go on a blind date...with a book

February 20, 2016 With my waning interest in reading as of late, I decided to give it a jump-start of sorts by taking a couple of novels on “blind date. more »»

On the porch

February 20, 2016 James J. Hill was a railroad tycoon responsible for greatly expanding railways in the country’s northwest. more »»

6 basic steps to legacy planning

February 20, 2016 What long-term impact do you want to have on the people and causes that are important to you? Legacy questions are tough and estate planning, an essential part of documenting your intentions, can b... more »»

Ask a trooper

February 18, 2016 Question: Is it legal to hitchhike in Minnesota? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 169. more »»

Heart healthy chocolate?

February 17, 2016 As one holiday that features chocolate hearts ends and is replaced by one that includes chocolate eggs, we find a LOT of chocolate on the store shelves this time of the year. more »»

How much?

February 17, 2016 Economics is interesting — especially when you bring the individual’s need to “have something” into pla. more »»

Cabin fever

February 17, 2016 Late winter can be a dangerous time of the year up here in the Northland, and not just because of the risk of overdosing on televised presidential primary debates. more »»

Editor's column: Coyote hunt ugly? Not so fast

February 13, 2016 I live in the country. On some nights, when the air is still, I can hear them. Coyotes. They howl, the little bastards. It ticks me off. Scares me a little, too. more »»

Power-watching K-dramas

February 13, 2016 For the last few months, I’ve been engrossed in Korean dramas, “K-dramas,” as I’ve called them. Mainly I gravitate toward the “slice of life” romantic comedy show. more »»

On the porch …

February 13, 2016 Happy Valentine’s Day! The photograph featured this week is the cover of a vintage Valentine’s Day card from the museum’s collection. more »»

From butter, to leader

February 13, 2016 It’s not every student who has a likeness of their face carved into a block of butter. But then again, Sabrina Ley is not your average studen. more »»

Age and medicine

February 10, 2016 You can call me “old,” but don’t call me “elderly.” For some reason “old” seems OK, as it merely refers to a number of years. more »»

It’s all about food

February 10, 2016 The results of a recent survey were interesting and a bit shocking to me. more »»

Taking care of the heart

February 10, 2016 Diamond, flowers, chocolates or a hug for your favorite person. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up — a day set aside to tell those dear to you how much they mean to yo. more »»

The big day

February 10, 2016 Just when one Big Day — Super Bowl Sunday — is over, another Big Day looms ominously on the horizon: the momentous occasion known as Valentine’s Day. more »»

Childhood memories

February 8, 2016 Part I: Going through my keepsakes recently, I came across the following account written by my mother in the 1960s, describing her family’s move north in 1904 from a prairie farm outside Hanley Fall... more »»

Your Social Security benefit statement

February 8, 2016 It’s that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. more »»

Editor's column: Don’t underestimate the power of a good Buddy

February 6, 2016 It was 1991. I was a freshman in college. My plate was full — new friends, work study, baseball. Plus, I had my cool job as a sports writer at the Independent. My life was full. more »»

Merging finances when you begin a life together

February 6, 2016 When a couple makes the decision to bring their lives together, it’s inevitable that their financial lives will become intertwined. more »»

How to be popular

February 5, 2016 I was definitely not popular in school, especially middle and high school. I had glasses, braces, short permed hair my freshman year and was painfully shy. more »»



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