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  Cancer can be a blessing. I read those words in Brenda Winter’s column a year ago when she wrote about her cancer diagnosis. Now I know what she means. … It took me awhile though. My mom was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer on May 28, and I can assure you, I didn’t consider it a blessing...
  I started my last column with the words “Mary and I.” The column was about the two of us babysitting our granddaughter. I use those three words, “Mary and I,” from time to time generally because we do almost everything together, except hunting, fishing, golfing and watching TV. So today the three...
Saturday marked the beginning of what is one of my favorite times of the year. Tournament time at the Luverne Country Club does mean the golf season is winding down for some. To me it means the time has come to usher in the most intriguing events the LCC has to offer. It started with the Senior...
  Summer is well under way, and the busyness is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Whether you have kids or grandkids to chase around, are busy with seasonal work responsibilities, or just trying to keep up with making the most of summer’s long, hot days while they are here, I bet that time is...
  My garden has excellent soil for growing melons, and the vines are loaded with fruit. Often I’m asked how to know when a melon is ready to pick. When the tendril opposite the stem to the fruit dries up, the melon is ripe. Then you want to harvest that melon soon or it will rot or be attacked by...
  The last time we met in this space I shared some thoughts about my first-born grandchild — a girl born to my son and his wife on June 1.  Well, believe it or not, this week’s thoughts are about my second-born grandchild — a girl born to my daughter and her husband on July 5. Evelyn Ann arrived...
A season of change is in store for the Luverne Cardinals and every other football program in the state of Minnesota. Not only will the Cardinals be moving up one class (from Class AA to AAA), they no longer will be competing for a conference championship during the regular season. Under the...
Luverne’s Suzie Walgrave is still kicking. In the early 1990s, when I was still a fairly new scribe here in Southwest Minnesota, I recall being amazed by the prowess of a young member of the Luverne Tae Kwon Do Club. It was Walgrave who captured my attention back then. She joined the local club at...
  At this point in summer, our potted “gardens” of flowers are developing marvelous color. In a couple of my pots, I have a plant or two that are becoming a bit aggressive about how much space they want, so I get my pruning shears and give them some needed discipline. That must be done to keep...
      By Mavis Fodness Someone likens the feeling of turning 50 to that of a youth mastering riding a bike without training wheels. Remember the feeling of freedom and independence? That feeling has been building inside me for the past half century. It becomes official on Saturday. I will be 50....

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