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Local Columns

Scout out the drought

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 ...

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

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

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

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 ...

Gimpy girls

My wife and I recently went away for a few days simply because it was summertime and we felt the urge to “get out of Dodge” even though we hadn’t broken any local ordinances and Marshall Dillon wasn’t out to arrest us. As usual we left Sandy, our Golden Retriever, in charge of the ...

Long lasting relationships

As we all know, there needs to be a balance in life. So easy to say but, oh, so hard to do! Again, we all know we need to eat as healthily as possible, right? And again, easy to say but so hard to do! We love those foods that have nourished us since whenever — so what if they are laden ...