The Wintertime Trifecta

We Minnesotans like to complain about the weather, this I know to be true. It’s either too hot or too cold. There’s too much rain or not enough, too much snow or not enough, too many days when the sun doesn’t shine. And then there is the wind; always we seem to have the wind.…
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A Christmas Wish Too Big To Fill

Dear Santa, I know you’re real busy and there’s no time to waste. You probably won’t read this, you’re in such a haste. After all, you have lists to make and check twice, and then to remember who’s “Naughty” and “Nice.” The elves are bustling with much to complete, and Rudolph must be readied to…
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Playing Chicken With The Squirrels

There never seemed to be a lot of squirrels around the family farm when I was growing up. I think they all knew the place was home to three boys who were always on the lookout for target practice. If it wasn’t the guys controlling the squirrel population, there was always a dog or two…
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The Last Man

I was sitting in my car Monday morning, scrolling through work emails, when I saw LeRoy Luitjens’ name appear in the subject line of a message. LeRoy — the World War II veteran and one of the last two members of the Glen’s Coffee Clique Last Man Club at Luverne — died Sunday. He was…
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Unplugged

How many of us, if we had to give up our smart phone for a day — perhaps a weekend — could really, truly give it up? I ponder this as I see people driving down a busy city street, or worse — I-90 — while texting or scrolling through a social media app. I…
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