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I had a busy week last week, to say the least. Besides the normal work-related, day-to-day things, Mary and I took in our grandson’s spring band concert in Redwood Falls, and by week’s end I headed out for the annual fishing trip to the Missouri River. The band concert was a combined concert...
When in China ... Chopsticks become traveler's challenge Sitting in a Chinese restaurant (actually located in China!) I stared down at the steaming platter of beautiful food in front of me and carefully picked up the chopsticks. My three American dinner companions had already begun eating. They...
Working in my landscape, I notice that the majority of my “weeds” are actually tree seedlings. I see that to be a fact in many landscapes. Pulling those tree seedlings when they are small is not difficult. The trick is to pull it out, not pull it off. If you didn’t get some root with the stem, it...
Working in my landscape, I notice that the majority of my “weeds” are actually tree seedlings. I see that to be a fact in many landscapes. Pulling those tree seedlings when they are small is not difficult. The trick is to pull it out, not pull it off. If you didn’t get some root with the stem, it...
being a mom to turn you into your own mother. The older I get and the older my children get, the more I see and hear my mother in my house. Mostly I sound like her. “House cleaning is thankless work,” I heard myself say last week. “Tomorrow I can do it all over again, and no one will notice unless...
The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on July 3, 1952.   Members Of The 47thDivision Are Due To Be Discharged Soon   To Release Men By Point System After August 15   Best news to reach Rock county this week was the word that the local national guard unit members are coming home....
I’ve shared many conversations with Jere Ohme over the years, but one now stands out in my mind. Ohme passed away at the age of 71 on May 3, and my thoughts instantly bounced back to a brief give-and-take we shared during an Adrian High School football game more than a decade ago. The conversation...
Sometimes believing the glass is half full allows an experience to take on a positive vibe. Spring 2018 has certainly been a memorable one with its below average temperatures and the snow that kept falling into mid-April. On the farm in rural Hardwick, I know spring is in the air through the sounds...
Mary and I, like most grandparents, try to get to as many of our grandkids’ events as time allows. Last Wednesday was one of the times that we weren’t able to make one of those events. Time was a factor as was distance. Our eighth-grade grandson had a baseball game in Montevideo, so as you can...
We had a PERFECT day on Saturday. I just couldn’t go fast enough to do my whole list, but I gave it my best. Yes, the gardens are tilled and I planted until I ran out of daylight. The crops that need to be planted while the soil temperature is cool are onion and related alliums, broccoli, cabbage...

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