All I Want For Christmas

Back in 1973, I was a mere toddler when Merle Haggard hit No. 1 on the country music charts by crooning, “If we make it through December, everything’s gonna be alright….” The song popped into my head the other day as I was leaving the car repair shop with a snappy new battery and a…
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Let It Snow!

I was nearly giddy with excitement when the Nixle alert came across my phone Friday morning warning of a Winter Weather Advisory. For once, a predicted snowstorm is arriving on a weekend and I can sleep in, instead of shuffle out of bed early to shovel snow and get to work. As a reporter who…
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Fishing Frenzy Leads To Fish Fry

Little more than a week ago — when Worthington was in the midst of its first winter storm of the season, the snow was falling, the ice was accumulating and the visibility was declining — our staff photographer returned from a photo shoot and told me the walleyes were biting on Lake Okabena. I was…
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A Grandmother’s Treasure Rediscovered

I’m not sure when I first heard the story — perhaps Mom had shared it with me long ago, perhaps I’d heard it for the first time last month. We were walking through an antique store in Alexandria, killing time when the wind blew too fierce to even think about fishing like we’d planned during…
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Just Call Me Country Bumpkin

“They call us country bumpkins For stickin’ to our roots I’m just glad we’re in a country Where we’re all free to choose ’Cause I was country, when country wasn’t cool…” I was 10 years old when Barbara Mandrell’s hit song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” hit the top of the country music…
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