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Letting go of emotional investing patterns

March 5, 2016 When the Fed raised short-term interest rates in December, did you feel obligated to buy, sell or change your investing strategy solely on that knowledge? The urge to make an investment decision is... more »»

Ask a trooper

March 3, 2016 Question: If driving a commercial vehicle and stopped, what documents are needed to present to the trooper? Also what do they look for if a truck is weighed? Answer: I will list what is covered in a... more »»

Women may need extra steps on the road to financial security

March 3, 2016 International Women‘s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women‘s achievements. more »»

Savor the flavor

March 2, 2016 “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2016. more »»

People are like wine

March 2, 2016 As I continue to delve into the interesting subject of human nature and the fascinating world of wine, I find some interesting similarities. Yes, in many ways, people are very much like wine. more »»

Birds on the brain

March 2, 2016 It seems like the invasion begins earlier and earlier each spring. I don’t mean the foul-mouthed political campaigns. I’m talking about the arrival of migratory waterfowl. more »»

Childhood memories

February 29, 2016 Part IV: A continuation of Ella Junette Kalberg Velde’s memoirs, “We Moved to the Woods” We children were kept busy during the summer months picking the many kinds of wild fruit that grew within... more »»

Editor's column: Clean water won’t happen without some changes

February 27, 2016 Why do we continue to take our most precious natural resource for granted? Why, when we hear southwest Minnesota has some of the most polluted lakes in the whole state, the general public seemingly... more »»

Books, books and more books

February 27, 2016 Last week I was bemoaning the fact that I’ve been really, really behind on my reading. more »»

On the Porch…

February 27, 2016 According to information from Fort Snelling, after the War of 1812, there were three main parties involved in the upper Mississippi fur trade: American Indians (primarily the Dakota and Ojibwe), the... more »»

How should you respond to market ‘correction’?

February 26, 2016 As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correctio. more »»

Your Health Ahisma: The daily practice of non-violence

February 26, 2016 We currently live in a world full of negativity in the media — whether it be disease, war or political scandals. It is easy to turn off the television and not have to listen to the negativity. more »»

Ask a trooper

February 25, 2016 Question: What is the law about a disability parking certificate/tag that hangs from your rearview mirror? The instruction sheet that is mailed out by the MN Dept. more »»

Duck, duck, lame duck

February 24, 2016 Over 60 years ago I first heard of lame-duck sessions, but those referred to Congress, at least that is what I remember. more »»

Chia for your heart

February 24, 2016 When you hear the word “chia” your thoughts probably turn to the goofy chia pet that you can plant and have quickly grow to look like hair or wool on a ceramic figurin. more »»

What type of person are you?

February 24, 2016 I think it’s a question that stops our hearts and throws our minds into pure dizziness. more »»

Haystack craftsmanship

February 24, 2016 The story goes that a farmer was bringing his new bride home after their wedding ceremony. more »»

Watch for changes to the FAFSA

February 24, 2016 If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and... more »»

From the archives

February 23, 2016 The debate as to whether or not to share more from my archives is over…I’m doin’ it! Skimming over some article headlines was the tie-breaker. more »»

Childhood memories

February 22, 2016 Part III: A Continuation of Ella Junette Kalberg Velde’s memoirs, “We Moved to the Woods” “We had no special church there yet, but visiting pastors, mostly Swedish ones, would come hold... more »»



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