Flax man

Community Voices

Sooner or later, everybody pines for the good old days. For example, a preschooler who is waxing nostalgic might say, “Things were better back in the day. All of my meals were brought to me, and I didn’t have to bother with this nonsense of sitting at the table. I didn’t even have to ...

Support Tom Caron in the Bike MS

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’ve signed up for Minnesota MS TRAM – a fundraising ride that changes the world for people affected by multiple sclerosis. I’m going the distance with my training and commitment, and I hope I can count on your support as I prepare for this incredible experience. This ...

A parade of progeny

Local Columns

There was almost an air of concern in my mom’s voice as I wandered back in from my morning stroll to the end of the dock to watch the sunrise and inspect the shallows. A few quick casts of the neon green fly line sporting a beadhead pheasant tail nymph connected with a handful of small ...

Say what?

Local Columns

Allow me to wine a bit! I want to wine because life is too short not to wine. If life is so short, why are so many wines made across the planet. One person can’t possibly taste them all. So I didn’t have to wine, wouldn’t it be better to just produce about 2,000 wines rather than over ...

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ — To sing or not to sing?


One of the better ideas to come out of the Reformation was the notion of community singing of hymns; it might be odd to consider, but congregational hymn-singing represents only 25% of the history of Christianity, coming into existence around the early 1500s. It was a way (so thought ol’ ...

A Fourth of July reminder

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On July 3, 1947, the day before Independence Day, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: “God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate tomorrow. “May they remember how ...