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First off, a special thanks to Bill and Marla Adams from Dodge Center, who sent me some lovely stories about geese in response to my last column. It is always nice to hear about braver souls than I, … more
The other night I walked outside and smelled spring in the air. It was actually the odor of a cow manure lagoon being pumped out, but on the farm that can be synonymous. It brought back memories of … more
Exercise is widely considered to be the answer for weight loss, heart disease and diabetes prevention and overall health. When the topic of cancer comes up, exercise is not usually mentioned as a … more
The business of artificial sweeteners is built on the idea that no- or low-calorie sugar substitutes will help you lose weight. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. Research has repeatedly shown … more
This is a picture of my dad from 1984. I grew up with horses, but my dad did not like them very much. As a young kid he would take me to look at horses. He would wait while I rode them. And he would … more
There is nothing I fear more on this earth than geese… well maybe snakes, but geese are the more intimate threat. Because here in Minnesota geese are everywhere. Geese are at the park, in the … more
We live a short distance from Erin, Tennessee. This is a small town established in the mid 1800’s by Irish immigrants. In the 1840’s the Irish potato blight had destroyed the main food source on … more
No matter when Easter Sunday falls in the year there is one constand that we here in Minnesota can nearly always rely on, and that is that there will probably be either snow or mud. As a child I … more
Lose Weight this Way Lose weight for your health. Covid-19 infection effects people with co-morbidities more so than people without. Co-morbidities are underlying illnesses or diseases that a … more
Vitamin D supplements, as reported on in the National Library of Medicine and the Reviews of Endocrine Metabolic Disorders journal, can cut the risk of death from covid-19 by 51% and reduce risk of … more
Seasons in Minnesota, and the rest of the Midwest, and wild. You’ve got Per-Witner, WInter, False Spring, Second Winter, maybe Spring, construction season- also known as Summer, and Fall. False … more
Dyers Creek. I drive past it quite often near our place in Tennessee. We have went kayaking up and down it numerous times. It is very quiet in the evenings and we enjoy the cranes that hunt for fish … more
DECORAH, Iowa— Area residents have been named to the 2022 fall semester Dean’s List at Luther College. Josie Ramler, senior of Dennison Annalie Piller, junior of Kenyon Kaitlyn Vold, … more
After a three-year hiatus thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rice County Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting the return of the Rice County Horticulture Day on March 11 on the campus of St. Olaf … more
As public health and law enforcement agencies continue to struggle to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues plaguing our society, they are also looking at ways to address each case as … more
Aaron Osborne, a Rice County Probation Officer, has been named the 2023 Best Supporting Agent by the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties. The award, according to a … more
Living on a family farm means you have a collection of items that can be much older than yourself. Last summer my wife had one of her interior decorator friends do her magic on our newly remodeled … more
Recently the Twin Cities got slammed by a ton of powder snow fall; while I was at work in the office. It was not snowing when I left home but started after I got there. Because of the snow a lot … more
Over the past two years (2021 and 2022), more than 1,650 professional and amateur athletes have collapsed due to a cardiac event and 1,148 of them were fatal. Recently, Buffalo Bills football player … more
It started out with the big stainless steel refrigerator in the farm house in Minnesota this summer. It was huge and over ten years old. I remember I had to remove the doors to get it in the house. … more
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