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Mavis Fodness
Luverne Homecoming King Mark Robinson was surrounded by three friends intent on unscrewing the decorative nut on top of the scepter he received during the coronation ceremony. The mom voice in me told me to see what shenanigans these teenagers were up to. I quickly snapped a photo of the foursome,...
Mavis Fodness
Since March, the empty nest stage I thought I crossed into last September has not been the experience I envisioned. As the last of the four children chose to join the Air National Guard and set off to basic training a year ago, I pictured tackling those back-burner projects to keep my mind off no...
Mavis Fodness
Naming an animal is not at all unusual. As a child I named every cat — along with a special chicken or cow. Giving an object a name is a little more unusual. In elementary school I gave my first band instrument, a clarinet, the name Clarice. Clarice the Clarinet. I grin at the thought. You might...
Mavis Fodness
Naming an animal is not at all unusual. As a child I named every cat — along with a special chicken or cow. Giving an object a name is a little more unusual. In elementary school I gave my first band instrument, a clarinet, the name Clarice. Clarice the Clarinet. I grin at the thought. You might...
My first listen to audiobooks involved placing a cassette into the car’s player. I traveled about a half hour to and from work in Worthington, sometimes late at night, and would listen to various stories instead of the same music on the radio. Thirty minutes is not a long time to listen to the...
 Auxiliary President Dianna Tomlinson presents service banners to Bryan Fodness (left), Adam Fodness, Mavis Fodness, Tara Vander Steen, Dan Vander Steen, Jessy Hoven and Saul Hoven on Memorial Day.
Diane Tomlinson’s letter was unexpected and it’s message simple: “We would like to present your family with the Blue Star Banner that signifies you have a child or children actively serving our country in the military.” Eight Rock County families received window-sized service flags from the Dell...
Do you remember the gold stars elementary teachers would place on well-done assignments? I loved the way the stars would twinkle as the teacher handed the papers back to us students. We were all excited when that star was included on our assignments. Sometimes it wasn’t a gold star but a sticker...
This summer Bryan and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It will be a time to look back at the events in our lives and prepare for an event I knowingly prepared for three decades ago — becoming a grandparent. By the time the “I dos” were uttered, Bryan and I planned on starting a family...
The amazing impact of one person   By Mavis Fodness My desk faces the north windows in the newspaper office on Main Street, and I often look out at the sunshine, the snow or the rain as I search for words for a story. If I focus beyond the weather conditions, I can clearly read the business sign...
I became the unsuspecting envy of friends when I recently made a stop in Waco, Texas. It was more than a year ago that I wrote about my fascination with a PBS food show and my wish to visit and eat at the restaurant where the show is filmed. In that column I expanded my road trip fantasy to include...

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