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Since becoming an empty nester, I’ve noticed changes in how the household operates without children at home. No one tells Mom milk is needed. The shoes piled in the entryway belong to one adult (not me) and the family dog is starved for attention. Bree is a 10-year-old chocolate Labrador we’ve had...
By Mavis Fodness There’s nothing better than feeling less worried about your children and everyday events. Turmoil built in my head and heart as I worried about my youngest child for his eight weeks of basic military training (or Basic Mom Torture). My only contact with Adam during that time was...
Praying mantis sightings in Luverne are rare, according to scientists who say the northernmost region for the insects is Missouri.
As a child growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, I couldn’t wait to see the latest horror flick. Movies like “The Shining,” “Christine,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Friday the 13th” would garner excitement. These movies featured a creepy bad guy who was out to hurt teenagers or their family members...
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Warning: Words printed in italics convey true feelings. Come mid-October residents with Minnesota driver’s licenses may have trouble boarding an airplane or entering military bases or federal buildings. This could include my family as we travel to San Antonio, Texas, for Adam’s graduation from...
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In my completion of daily horse chores, I often hear the familiar honks of Canada geese as they pass overhead. This spring, however, there was one honk that sounded a little different from the others. I am fairly certain it was Gary greeting me. Two summers ago my family unknowingly fostered a...
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“Back to the Future” is one of those movies I have watched again, again and again. Despite its futuristic title, it’s a movie that brings me back to the past. I was a college sophomore when the film debuted in theaters July 1985. I didn’t see the movie during its first release. I purchased the VHS...
There’s a downside to planning two life events on the same day. It’s over way too soon. Last month my family celebrated a high school graduation and a wedding all on May 22 for the two youngest children. My last column was all about May 23 — how I longed for the day after the exhausting weekend....
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May 23 will be a joyous day even though it lands on a Monday this year. It will be the day after my youngest child graduates from high school. It will also be the day after my youngest daughter is married. How these two events came to be scheduled on the same day can be blamed (in part) on the...
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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...
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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...

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