COVID challenges keep changing


One of the criticisms used by coronavirus skeptics is that the advice from the government keeps changing. They quote what Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts said in March 2020 and note how different their advice is today. “First they said masks won’t protect you. Then they said everyone ...

Scout out the drought

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Early last fall, as I rolled up over the hill with my buddy behind me closing out the two-truck caravan in our grouse hunt, I was a bit dismayed to see the stretch of public-access grass from yellow sign to yellow sign completely hayed. While it wasn’t a big blow to our day, as we each had a ...

Jan. 6 investigation must be held


The events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol are unprecedented. Never before has a mob broken into the nation’s capitol to disrupt Congress in the midst of its duties — the certification of the election of a U.S. president. This was an appalling event, one that is being described ...

Camden love letters — VCC Company 2713’s first full year

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We have been exploring the history of Camden State Park, our southwest Minnesota wilderness. We learned that after the Dale family sold their Redwood River Valley farm to the State of Minnesota in June 1934, the Federal government approved a State request for an Emergency Conservation Work camp ...

On the porch

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America’s national pastime, baseball, originated before the Civil War, but grew in popularity during the war. In 1871, the first professional baseball league was formed, and by the beginning of the 20th Century, most large cities in the eastern United States had a professional baseball team. ...

Seeing the U.S.A. — and a true wonder of the world

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Many people like to go to the lake in the summer, so in 2021, when I thought about a few days at a lake, I decided to think big. I spent Monday through Wednesday visiting Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Highlights of the trip included a boat ride out to Madeline ...