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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...
If you like warm temperatures, relatively speaking, then 2016 has been your year — so far.  In the months of January through March we've seen increasing above-normal temperatures each month culminating in a balmy 7 degrees above normal for March.  Spring and fall months are weather transition times...
Martha Fick
“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b KJV) Sven and Ingrid were going on a trip to Norway to visit relatives. They were scheduled to leave from the airport in Minneapolis. When they got to the city, Sven went to the headquarters of their local bank and asked for...
Brenda Winter
I don’t know if you know “The Johnny Appleseed Song” usually sung by church youth groups before they eat. It goes like this:   Oh, the Lord is good to me And so I thank the Lord For giving me The things I need Like the sun and the rain and the apple tree. The Lord is good to me Let’s eat!   It all...
George Bonnema
A relatively new annual flowering plant I’d like to feature today is the SunPatiens. Impatiens have been the flowering annual of choice for shade areas, but the old varieties were not happy growing in bright sun. This ”new and improved” class is happy, in fact, prefers bright sun. There are three...

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