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Beverly Cleary turns 100

April 30, 2016 Earlier in April one of my favorite authors turned 100. When I was a kid, Beverly Cleary introduced me to a then 4-year-old bratty little girl named Ramona Quimby. more »»

On the porch

April 30, 2016 May is Minnesota Museums Month, a 31-day celebration of the more than 500 historic sites, art museums, zoos, gardens and science centers across the state. more »»

Bittersweet ending for VB star, scholar

April 30, 2016 The 2016 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete winner has mixed feelings about the upcoming May 7 commencement at SMS. more »»

Consider donating stock instead of cash to charity

April 30, 2016 Giving to charity is an important financial priority for many people. Most often this takes the form of donating cash or material goods to a favorite nonprofit. more »»

Books and beyond

April 28, 2016 Library Patron I spent some time with books in the reference section at the library to learn more about one of my favorite holidays as a child — May Basket Day. more »»

No added sugar?

April 27, 2016 According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, we should limit our total daily consumption of added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day. more »»

The story continues

April 27, 2016 Don’t you hate it when you finish reading a really good book? It doesn’t make any difference what you’re reading because if it’s good and it ends, you have this feeling, it’s too good to end. more »»


April 27, 2016 It’s been nearly two decades since I began to do this silly writing thing. During that time, folks have often asked if I had considered publishing a collection of my selected works. more »»

Can you make your investments less ‘taxing?’

April 27, 2016 Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. more »»

Teaching kids about the environment

April 26, 2016 OK…I’m struggling here. I’m more behind than usual. Hey…I know what you’re thinking “if she got anymore behind she’d be going backward!” Not even going to argue with you on that one. more »»

Village of Florence rich in history

April 25, 2016 Many villages sprang up along the railroad lines as the rails stretched across the barren prairie, bringing new life and hope for good times and good fortune. more »»

Editor's column: Minnesota’s a bit emptier without our Prince

April 23, 2016 Prince screamed a lot on stage, but he didn’t exactly “scream” Minnesota, did he? His stage persona was all over the place. He was flamboyant and flashy. He was loud and glitzy. more »»

Exercise and Hoopla

April 23, 2016 I’ve just completed my third week of trying to eat a little better. more »»

He’s all talk — and that’s a good thing

April 23, 2016 About this time of year, the questions begin to come. more »»

On the porch

April 23, 2016 The Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros Bagels is the latest chain in Marshall to open. more »»

Ask a trooper

April 23, 2016 Question: With all this attention to distracted driving recently, I know that a person can “talk” on a cell phone while driving if they are 18 years old or older. more »»

‘A spoonful of sugar’

April 20, 2016 Nothing in my diet has changed so much as breakfast. Of course I don’t remember much about eating as a baby, but from early in my childhood it was mostly mushy-stuff. more »»

Ballpark fare

April 20, 2016 Baseball and the spring sports season brings the crack of the bat, the smell of freshly cut grass and the aroma of grilled hot dogs and popcorn wafting through the air. more »»

To blend or not to blend

April 20, 2016 Do you think blending is a good thing? Well, you might respond by saying: “It depends on what’s going to be blended — that is, mixed together. more »»

Field work fever

April 20, 2016 Somewhere in a dusty family photo album is a snapshot of a 9-year-old me working on our disc harrow. more »»



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