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Ask a Trooper

Question: I have a question about the Minnesota State Patrol Blood Relays. Recently, one was performed from the Twin Cities to Red Wing, MN. Why did it involve three patrol officers? I know this isn’t a great distance and have just been wondering what rules or regulations dictate how this ...

Fat basics 101

For years, we have been told to eat low-fat or fat-free foods, but is this recommendation really the best choice for us? What about those “healthy” fats? The topic of dietary fats can be very confusing, but knowing the difference between saturated, trans, polyunsaturated (omega-3s and ...

Don’t be shy

They were the longest wherever I went. They were subject to constant viewing and continually referencing. They were my feet. In an age when most youth and adult’s feet sizes where within the size range of 6-10, I walked around on size 13s. They were that size in fifth grade and made a ...

Driving the ‘A’

I recently needed to move some large round bales of hay, which gave me an excuse to drive my 1949 John Deere “A” tractor. Certainly there are easier ways to move bales other than with a two-cylinder tractor and a two-wheel cart. But I’m Norwegian, so doing things the easy way is against ...

Health care madness

It seems that I have reached the age where I do a lot of visits with doctors not just in Marshall, but trips to Sioux Falls, S.D., Willmar and Minneapolis. I suspect that I could do a better job of documenting those trips out of Marshall so that I could deduct them on those IRS forms, but it ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Part IV: Lyon County residents were finally forced to admit that they needed aid and finally made application for a portion of the $5,000 appropriated. The Saratoga settlement received $250 from the governor in early March which was distributed among the needy. Many of the county farmers ...

Sense of the hunt

Amid on-again-off-again training for an upcoming half marathon (which will be run at a leisurely pace this year, I can assure you) I found myself headed to the stand in the white glow of my LED headlamp for the opening of North Dakota’s deer archery season. Stiffness in my legs and left hip ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Part IV: Lyon County residents were finally forced to admit that they needed aid and finally made application for a portion of the $5,000 appropriated. The Saratoga settlement received $250 from the governor in early March which was distributed among the needy. Many of the county farmers ...

sense of the hunt

Amid on-again-off-again training for an upcoming half marathon (which will be run at a leisurely pace this year, I can assure you) I found myself headed to the stand in the white glow of my LED headlamp for the opening of North Dakota’s deer archery season. Stiffness in my legs and left hip ...

Stargazing time is expanding

Summer stargazing can be so fun! However, if you have an early wake-up for work the next day like I do, you have to restrict your nights under the stars to the weekend. During most of the summer it’s not really dark enough until well after 10 p.m., making it tough on early risers. Another ...

A missed opportunity in Balaton

The Ralco Technology Campus in Balaton is hard to miss as you drive down Third Street in Balaton. The building and the surrounding grounds use to be the Balaton public school. The students are long gone, but school is still in session. This is a different type of learning environment. Ralco ...

A Sioux Falls Sunday

Sunday saw us in Sioux Falls again as we went to see Studio Ghibli’s “Castle in the Sky,” which was part of a film festival. Six Studio Ghibli movies were being shown in theaters nationwide from June through November. I’ve seen a few of the movies on DVD, like “My Neighbor Totoro” ...

On the Porch

Rees Price was one of the earliest settlers in Monroe Township. He was born in Wales on May 31, 1847, to David and Mary (Rees) Price. The family came to America in 1866 and settled in Goodhue County. From there he journeyed to Rock Island, Illinois, where he worked in the coal mines until 1868. ...

Lessons learned at state fair

Set the table for one more tonight, a friend is coming over for dinner. Well at least in one case it could be your kids’ grandpa. That’s the feeling that a couple diverse acts at the Minnesota State Fair left the audience feeling this week as the fair makes its way to the final stretch, ...

Diversify your investments but consolidate your providers

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers — after all, aren’t two (or more) heads better than one? Before we look at ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Which states have handgun carry permit laws similar to Minnesota’s permit to carry law? Answer: Out of state permits valid in Minnesota: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South ...

Eclipsed

It was the first time it would happen in 99 years and I didn’t want to miss it. I’m not talking about the fact that I finally got the top of my desk organized. We’re talking about the Great, Tremendously Stupendous, Made-in-the-USA, Totally American Eclipse. My wife and I had never ...

Slow cook your way to good nutrition

Want to solve the how-to-get-dinner-on-the-table dilemma as you start back to the routine of school? Dust off that slow cooker! It can be your trusty assistant to making sure dinner is ready in the midst of homework and sports schedules. While you might use your slow cooker more often in the ...

Vignettes

Life is a series of vignettes. Some are good and some are...well, they could be better. But no matter if they are good or need improvement, we are surrounded by an ongoing passage of events that continually shapes our lives. This amazing and simple insight came to me during a recent ...

Safe and successful

A safe hunt is a successful hunt. Every time you ascend the stand, set foot into the grass, or toss out a spread of decoys should end with a safe descent, a return to the truck and a retrieval of those ducks — both fake and real. The quarry means less than the memories of wildlife at sunrise, ...