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Procrastinate (proh-kras-tuh-neyt): Meaning to put off until another day or time; to delay. I learned to dislike this trait back when I was a 4-H’er, staying up late the night before a project was to be judged at the Nobles County Fair. Posters — posters about health and safety and youth leadership — those were…
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The Life Of An Addict

Hi! My name is Julie, and I am an addict. I wasn’t quite ready to admit it to myself but, umm, some people in recent months have shined a spotlight on my addiction and called me out. Well, OK, so it was just one person. It was my mom, OK? She was the one. The…
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The Thrill Of The Hunt

Oh, how I love these days when the sun shines, clearing away the remnants of winter’s snow drifts and luring me outdoors for leisurely strolls through the trees and the dried prairie grass. I enjoyed such a day not long ago with my four-legged friend, my always faithful canine companion, Molly. Molly will be 13…
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Frozen Lakes And More Fish Tales

A few weeks ago, Nephew Matt invited me on an ice fishing expedition to one of southwest Minnesota’s lakes. It sounded like a fun day with his 6-year-old, my great-nephew Brody, about to experience his first ice fishing outing The plans were in place — we’d meet at the lake in the morning and I’d…
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A Walk In The Woods

There’s something peaceful about going for a walk outdoors. Minnesota winters don’t often afford me the opportunity — I’m not a fan of ice and, well, sinking into snow drifts isn’t that appealing either. A string of warmer days and a mild and hazy afternoon, however, had me walking outdoors on Saturday. Sure, there was…
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