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December 2, 2015 We’re into December, and I was strongly considering spouting off this week about how much I dislike driving on snow and ice. Let’s get that out of the way no. more »»

Advent is a time of waiting

November 25, 2015 At our house, we celebrate Advent as its own season. We move the pieces or open the windows on a few Advent calendars. more »»

What I am thankful for

November 22, 2015 It is so easy to think about all the things I don’t have or the goals I have not reached. I will admit that I often take for granted the many wonderful things that are in my life. more »»

Kenny Gilbaugh

November 18, 2015 GRAETTINGER — Funeral services for Kenny Gilbaugh, 87, of Graettinger, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. more »»

When Santa Claus gets your letter …

November 18, 2015 Next week we put out our mailbox for Letters to Santa. We are anticipating letters from children – young people with a chronological age in the single digits. more »»

How many shopping days?

November 11, 2015 I remember only one occasion shopping on Black Friday. more »»

Let’s talk Christmas movies

November 4, 2015 I have long insisted that Thanksgiving deserves its own anticipation and holiday seaso. more »»

What DNA can do

October 21, 2015 I marvel at the family connections I’m discovering here in Emmet County. more »»

Go Local!

October 14, 2015 We can build it ourselves. That’s the impression I had on the tour of the newly-renovated Excel building Tuesday night. I’ve lived in Sioux City, Vermillion, So. Dak. more »»

Hear what they have to say, even if you disagree

October 7, 2015 Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is coming to Estherville’s Hy-Vee Market Café at 8:30 Saturday morning. I will be there to report on what he says and take photos. more »»

Step up for the children

September 30, 2015 Have the best years of your life now I don’t know everything. Let’s get that out of the way now. Sometimes I’m smart, but I’m wrong a lot, because I take a lot of risks. more »»

Step up for the children

September 23, 2015 The cover story this week is about CASA in Emmet County and how at this point we have only one CASA, meaning only one family of children has someone whose only job is to go to bat for them in the... more »»

Step up for veterans after they come home

September 16, 2015 On these days of Buddy Poppies, I do feel thankful for the veterans I’ve come in contact with. My father put in his 20 years, serving in Guam in the late ‘50s, coming back to Finland, Minn. more »»

How’s your LEON project coming?

September 13, 2015 Remember my column from June 25 about Leon? Noel spelled backward? Leon is a crafted “holiday” marking the halfway point of the year in which many makers and crafters begin shopping for and planning... more »»

Alzheimer’s Disease programming offered

September 6, 2015 Alzheimer’s Association representative Jeanne Steinkamp is back at the Estherville Public Library by popular demand. more »»

Kick me!

September 6, 2015 Last week I talked about the nerds in my house. The fact that they’re nerds doesn’t mean they have their noses in front of a screen or into a comic book all the time. more »»

Fall is approaching

September 2, 2015 What’s not to get excited about fall. The world turns into a magical playground of reds, yellows, oranges and browns. more »»

It’s getting really nerdy in here

August 30, 2015 My house looks small and blue, has a red, British-looking mailbox on the front, and trust us – it’s bigger on the inside. The guys call it Tardis House. more »»

95 years on, still work to do for equal rights

August 26, 2015 Yesterday, Aug. 26, 2015, marked the 95th anniversary of when American women finally won the right to vote in 1920. Thanks to unrelenting work of suffrage activists like Susan B. more »»

Ask a Trooper

August 19, 2015 Q: This week’s #askatrooper question comes from @tehra_drost referring to the picture, at right: (Submitted via Twitter) @Trooperkurtz…What NOT to do? A: Thank you, @tehra_drost, for the... more »»



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