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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) is just around the corner. Don’t let the day pass to celebrate the life of a man committed to civil rights and peace by baking his favorite food: Pecan Pie. King’s birthday is January 15 and MLK Day is always the third Monday of January. This year MLK Day…

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The parking lot at the lake was full when we arrived, chasing a hot rumor that fish were biting.  The other side of that coin reads, “You should have been here yesterday.”  I believe in the adage, “When the wind is from the east, the fish bite the least,” or “When the wind is from the north,…

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I love the feeling of being all cozy during winterIt’s called Hygge. 

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I didn’t expect to see this small hawk fly across a double highway in small town but my eyes were immediately drawn toward it. Its wings were alternatively flapping and gliding like so many others of the same genus, but what was it doing in town? I figured that out when it approached the Qui…

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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If you’re anything like me, you may have dropped a New Year’s resolution or two in your lifetime. You might say you plan to lose 50 pounds, or you might claim that this is the year you’re going to get that promotion; unfortunately, things don’t often pan out that way for most. 

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Happy 2020 to you all! Have you stopped writing 2019 on checks (if you still write those) and other documents? It always takes me a while to catch up with the new year.

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Every year, I try to make a guess at new food trends. This year I’m having trouble.

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We wanted a fresh fish Christmas dinner. After a Christmas Eve dinner of heavy ham and all the fixings, including too many sweets and then a Christmas breakfast the next morning that was heavier than a boat anchor, my wife Nancee’ and I decided to check out a local lake for panfish since the…

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“Boy, that’s a lot of media,” said Donald Trump at a recent rally in Minneapolis, looking to the press gallery. The crowd instantly erupted in a collective “boo” without another word being said. “They are so dishonest, and frankly, they are so bad for our country,” he continued.

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Did you have a good Christmas? Were you able to spend some time with friends and family? Did you survive the umpteenth retelling of that embarrassing story from your childhood?

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For as long as I can remember we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with chocolate. 

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The best thing about dogs is that they start out as puppies. Full of energy, cuter than just about anything on the planet that put smiles on faces and leave laughs echoing through the air. The worst thing about dogs is that their life span is way too short.  Right now I have both sides of th…

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Well, Christmas is knocking on our doors. I hope you are ready and are able to spend time with friends and family, which is the best gift one can receive. Throughout my newspaper career, I have run the following editorial, the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, reprinted here becau…

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There are times when the holiday season doesn’t feel entirely too special. Maybe it’s that you’ve been so busy with work your brain forgets to relax, or maybe the loss of a loved one makes celebrating feel like an impossible task. Every year, many people fall into this mindset, and it’s hard…

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For some odd reason, I’m more excited about Christmas this year. I can’t figure out why. I’m as busy as I usually am. In the past, I have to give myself a pep talk, saying, “It’s almost over and you can do this. And, Christmas is fun!”

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I have a favorite little window in my house I always look out of on my way upstairs. It’s a story and a half and allows me a nice view of nearly 5 prairie acres we own. With the recent full moon everything outside was lit up with the arrival of fresh snow as I meandered up the stairs about 2…

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I find that being an introvert often turns out to be an advantage when it comes to politics. I don’t hang out in the bars, I don’t go to parties, or events (unless they pertain to the paper of course), and even when I’m fishing, I go it alone most of the time. Because if this, I seldom hear …

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We are in the home stretch for the holidays now. Less than a week until we get to spend time with family and friends. After that it’s a hop, skip and a jump to the new year 2020 and the new decade.

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We just took our third deer this season but not exactly the way we had planned. My son Josh hit it with his new Ford F150 pickup truck. We were headed north after a snowstorm to hunt the last day of the 2019 Wisconsin deer season. It was about an hour before sunrise as we passed through a sm…

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I very rarely get sick anymore. Believe me when I say I literally knocked on wood after typing that. I believe in eating healthy and taking vitamins, but other than that, I don’t necessarily go out of my way to prevent illness. But, with what seems to be everyone else in our winter wonderlan…

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Everyone loves a basic sugar cookie.  You really can’t go wrong. Sugar cookies are versatile and they’re easy to make into something special. As much as I loved all the fun and new recipes at Christmas, as a child I liked the basics. When it came to the cookie platter, I’d go for the sugar c…

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The Funnel, Deer Mountain, Bear Claw, Wolf Valley, The Lake and now The Foothills are names we have given the places where we deer hunt. It’s usually the first guy who harvests a deer at that spot who gives the place its name or the person who found it. Naming a place makes it a subject for …

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I vividly remember those nights in Rockton after a heavy snowfall. From as far back as I can remember, my dad would gear up, step out in to the dark and start his monstrous red snow blower. Well, it seemed monstrous to me anyway. 

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After Thanksgiving, I’m ready for crunchy food after an abundance of soft, mushy food.  Let me explain. First, Thanksgiving is a much-anticipated meal. Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn soufflé, green bean casserole, and warm baked rolls? They all mak…

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Deer season, pheasant season, duck season and now ice fishing is knocking on the door. But how safe is the ice and how can you know what’s safe and what’s unsafe. To get all the answers, techniques and methods of checking ice I had to contact the Fish Whisperer, Jon McCorkle and here is 70 y…

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Sometimes, I think that certain ailments are like a “hard reset” of sorts for the human body. It always seems that stressful situations build up causing my brain to “reboot” in the form of a migraine. When I do get one, they’re bad - really bad. So bad, in fact, that I’m incapable of doing a…

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A Happy Thanksgiving to you. I hope you get to enjoy the company of friends and family over a meal and drama free conversation.

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I try not to mess with my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. We make the same things every year: slow-roasted turkey with Grandpa’s famous stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet baked yams, my mom’s green bean casserole, and my corn soufflé. If I tried to change anything my family would fire me,…

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The Deer Shack is no more. Our residence for the Wisconsin deer season, an old mobile home in the woods with no water or electricity, was sold by the owner right before the deer opener. We are now a homeless bunch of deer hunters and the deer season is just around the corner. We are definite…

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I believe there is a fine line between complaining, and constructive criticism. In any profession, people make mistakes, miss the mark, or otherwise fail to reach certain subset standard according to the company, the customer, or whoever it may be. It’s how those shortcomings are addressed t…

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Old dogs and old men can surprise you. Don’t mistake snow on the roof, Grey Hair, because if there is a fire burning in the fireplace or in the heart, that old man and old dog could leave you speechless. That’s what happened on our last trip to North Dakota.  Nala is the old dog in this scen…

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Just the other day, I saw something that I never thought I would be excited to see. I was driving past Horse Lake and saw a complete, thin sheet of ice covered in a dusting of snow and my face turned into an eager smile. Ice fishing is nearly upon us.

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For those whose remember spending hours in classrooms working on the flourish of your letter “l” and getting the curve of the lower case “g” just right, a trend in recent legislation may make your efforts relevant once again.

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My main household duties for the last three decades were chief grocery shopper, chef, and “magician of all things food.”  Well, that ended abruptly.  Our kids have flown the nest and it’s just my husband and me. Apparently, we don’t eat very much.

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Birds are all around us. We watch them migrate; we sit for hours at windows and observe them at bird feeders. We look up when spring and fall flights pass overhead and sound off in large flocks. We observe them through an early evening sky, feasting on insects while diving and soaring throug…

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One of my first issues that needed addressing in my writing when I started as an editor was opinionated voice. I didn’t dip my toes into the waters of journalism; I dove in headfirst. So, in my first few stories I had no idea that opinion in the media is a no-no and wrote mine in a sentence …

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Well, Halloween and fall are over, Christmas and winter are coming up soon. Oh, and there’s that slight detour for Thanksgiving to deal with. 

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I just saw my first snow of the year in ditches from the storms that pounded Western and Central North Dakota mid-October. We had heard reports of water, water everywhere and found it to be true. Besides being the gateway to the west and home to prairie winds, North Dakota is also in the hea…

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I was recalling some of the Halloweens of my youth and remembered an incident that occurred in the fall and scared the Dickens out of me. I’m not sure what category this falls into: horror, comedy or adolescent stupidity, but here is my tale of the night my friends and I knocked on the door …

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This will be my first Halloween without any kids at home. Whose candy stash will I raid? 

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Around this time last year, my wife and I decided to go see one of our favorite bands, Blue October. They were set to play at First Avenue in Minneapolis and we were more than excited to go. “Alternative rock” is really the only genre you can try to squeeze them into, but they range from lou…

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We just had six puppies on the porch. It was Briar’s first litter, albeit unplanned. In 1976 I had my first litter, also unplanned.  That’s two mistakes in nearly 50 years of owning, raising and breeding dogs. Science claims dogs were not originally a mistake. There is archaeological evidenc…

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Going through my many, many emails one day, I noticed I had a press release from NASA Night Sky Network. The title of that article reads, “The Messenger crosses the Sun: Mercury transit 2019.” 

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“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”