lori sorenson

Grocery store discounts put math-challenged Dutch girl in coupon quandaryBecause I grew up the daughter of an English teacher, I’m blessed with a firm grasp of the English language and my grammar is (mostly) flawless.It’s come in handy for things like school term papers, scholarship essays, job...
Lori Sorenson
Several weeks ago, my sisters and I and my parents planned holiday dates for the Kroontje Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. While we were busy entering the dates into our smartphones, Mom made an off-hand remark that stopped us mid-text. “It’s a blessing to be able to plan for the future,” she...
Lori Sorenson
We have another almost-licensed driver in our household, which is about to have a profound effect on the grownups in our family who currently chauffeur him to practice, social outings and other obligations. I say “almost” and “about to” because the kid is 15 and has passed his behind-the-wheel test...
Lori Sorenson
The college kid is back on campus, and while he’s four hours from home, we’re only a text message apart (or cell phone call if there’s a real emergency). So heading back to college doesn’t carry the weight of “good-bye” that my college days did. I had a dorm phone on the wall that placed calls to...
Lori Sorenson
Snag, the family cat, enjoys a relative life of leisure, existing both indoors and out, depending on her mood and the weather. Mostly, she’s been queen of the jungle, commanding respect of the local birds, bunnies and pocket gophers. But lately she’s been challenged by a stray Tom who travels from...
Lori Sorenson
Good health is both a blessing and a choice. We can’t prevent all physical ailments, but we can certainly make choices that give us an edge toward better health. Rich DeSchepper and Verlyn Van Batavia are two 70-somethings in Luverne who are living proof that staying active allows for an active...
On May 4 four blue eggs appeared in the nest resting on the brick ledge outside our front door.
One of my Memorial Day projects was to clean up an abandoned robin nest that had been built on the porch. It took only a few minutes to rip the tidy round nest from its perch on the brick ledge and scrub away the mud with Dawn soap and water. There, in the span of five minutes, went an entire week’...
Lori Sorenson
Dear neighbors, Hang in there, the kid will get his driver’s license next year Dear neighbors: This is an open letter to all of our neighbors, whether you are just up the road or across the section (or two or three sections away). Since we moved here nearly a year ago, we’ve really grown to love...
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...
Lori Sorenson
My college son spent some time over his Easter weekend volunteering for the Rock County Historical Society. It was an assignment for school, and he was grateful that Betty Mann had some work at the museum that he could help with. Somewhere in the process of clipping and filing information at the...

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