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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Winter Boredom? Not Possible

“I can’t wait for winter to be over!” “I’m so ready for spring!” Have you said this, or heard someone else say this to you recently? I have — several times in just the past couple of weeks in fact. I suppose it might have something to do with our desire to have a “white…
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Baffled And BeanBoozled

When Niece Katie showed up at the Buntjer family farm on Christmas Eve, she was carrying a Rubik’s Cube — the colorful square toy that plagued my youth and proved I will never possess the patience for such mind games. Katie had done a fair job messing up the color combination, but hadn’t quite figured…
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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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