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Troy Christianson
Question:  With all this attention to distracted driving recently, I know that a person can talk on a cell phone while driving if they are 18 years or older. I understand that it is illegal for anyone under that age to be on a cell phone.  Does that apply to a hands-free device such as a blue tooth...
Brenda Winter
I was 29 days into a 30-day anal cancer treatment plan. For the most part, I’d skated through the daily radiation and two doses of chemo without incident. I was a little tired, had a little nausea, and I had a little “sunburn” from the radiation, but nothing major. I began to wonder why I had been...
One of the characteristics of a Postmodern culture is the supreme importance of friendship.  Postmodernism denies the existence of truth. Instead truth is defined by one’s circle of friends. Since universal truth (something for all people in all times) does not exist, truth is nothing more than the...
RIck Peterson
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I am here to tell you this old dog can still be trained. I was on a sales call at Cragoe Realty last week and it’s not unusual for Gene Cragoe and me to get enthralled in a conversation about this, that or the other thing. Well, last week we had...
Mavis Fodness
Story development takes on different forms in the world of journalism. There are timeless stories — those that can be published anytime and entertain readers about a subject. Then there are the fast-breaking stories. These are full of facts about an event or incident. These run in the upcoming...
George Bonnema
Driving through town yesterday, I commented that our spring season is a full two weeks ahead of average.  The flowering crab blossoms are opening and the color of tulips and Virginia bluebells is what I hope to see the week of Mother’s Day. Two weeks less of winter is fine in my book and I am...
Kristi Franken
As the hospice chaplain for Sanford, I am often asked the question, “How can you stand to be around a dying person?” Well, let me see if I can enlighten you, the reader, a little bit about this fear of being around the dying. Death is a part of life and it does not go away. It happens to everyone...
Lori Sorenson
Growing older doesn’t necessarily mean growing up, and we’ll soon be reminded of this when the adult children return from college for the summer. At 18 they became legal adults eligible to vote, buy cigarettes, serve in the military, gamble at a casino and participate in other things reserved for...
Rick Peterson
Now that the NCCA Tournament and the Master’s Golf Tournament are over, it’s back to work for all of you. I include myself when I say that. All I can say is I hope you fared better on your pools than I did. ----- Just an FYI — the citywide trash pickup starts next week. Be sure to follow the rules...
Mavis Fodness
By Mavis Fodness Photo bombing is the unexpected appearance of a person in a camera’s field of view as the picture is taken. Photo bombing can also take on various forms. One form is accidental, such as walking in front of the camera as the photo is snapped. Another can be more of a prank or...

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