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A furnace emergency

February 5, 2014 It was one of those jarring, middle-of-the-night announcements that smacks a guy with all the subtly of a gigantic bubblegum bubble bursting in his face. “Wake up!” urged my wife, nudging my shoulder. more »»

Chocolate temptations

February 5, 2014 The store shelves are filled with all kinds of sweet treats to satisfy any sweet tooth. more »»

February is American Heart Month

February 5, 2014 Heart disease is a major problem. Most of us likely know someone who has a problem with heart disease. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. more »»

Saving P.L. Travers

February 1, 2014 A few weeks ago, Ross and I went to see the movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” While in the lobby after the movie, I was asked by another movie patron if I was going to write about this. more »»

It started with the bees

February 1, 2014 Funny how a career can be traced back to a particular event. Take Sam Tutt, for instance. more »»

Valentine anxiety

January 29, 2014 That peculiar holiday is fast approaching wherein we guys must express our deepest, most innermost feelings in the gushiest way possible to our significant others. more »»

Make Sunday super

January 29, 2014 Whether you’re a football fanatic or couldn’t care less, we can all unite around one thing on Big Game Sunday: the foo. more »»

The international scrap system

January 28, 2014 Lyon County recycling coordinator There’s a book out there called “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade” that I want to get a copy of. more »»

Editor's column: Why are you screaming at me, Richard?

January 25, 2014 We’re a week away from the biggest, most over-hyped sporting event of the year: the Super Bowl. more »»

Adventures with Android

January 25, 2014 I have slowly been getting used to having an Android phone. Now I know it’s not one of those flashy iPhones but so far it’s doing the job. more »»

Tablet troubles

January 22, 2014 I don’t know why I did it. Perhaps I was afraid of not being “hip.” Or maybe I secretly thought I wasn’t being tortured enough. The rationale I finally used was that I deserved it. more »»

Cold-weather activities

January 22, 2014 Living here in southwest Minnesota, the summers are very short compared to the colder times of the year. I try to make the most of every warm, sunny day; even if it means I’ll be mowing our lawn. more »»

Soup to warm the soul

January 22, 2014 As I was using up some leftover turkey and making soup for supper, my daughter asked a question regarding the “broth” I was using. more »»

Who said girls can’t play basketball?

January 20, 2014 PART I: The following column was first published in the Lyon Tale, the Lyon County Historical Society’s newsletter, in January of 199. more »»

Editor's column: Bells, whistles and a sheet of ice

January 18, 2014 Lou Nanne is on the committee charged with raising money for athletic facilities at the University of Minnesota. more »»

Taking in some anime

January 18, 2014 I’ve been channeling my inner geek lately by watching some anime. I never watched an anime program until a little more than five years ago when I started borrowing some from Ross. more »»

Eyes on the mission

January 18, 2014 When you say the word “accreditation” around a university, people understand. If you’re not accredited, you might as well shut the doors. “If we’re not accredited, we lose Title IV federal funding. more »»

Our own silent medical conditions require recognition

January 18, 2014 Medical information and misinformation appearing in our collateral reading is often discarded, but it actually may be valuable to us as participants in our own health. more »»

Government lessons

January 15, 2014 Everybody talks about the government, but no one ever does anything about it. This is simply human nature, I suppose. It’s a lot easier to criticize something than it is to change i. more »»

Get creative with citrus

January 15, 2014 This time of year, we find the number of clementines, oranges, lemons and grapefruits (just to name a few) are so abundant that it seems impossible to figure out what to do with them all. more »»



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