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Mavis Fodness
Friday night I pinned a large, light blue-colored ribbon on my home office bulletin board. I had won the ribbon hours earlier at the WSCA Championship Show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for horsemanship, placing 10th. Receiving the ribbon marked the end to what I dubbed the “Big Adventure” I...
Fodness earns 10th place at champ show   Mavis Fodness of Hardwick competed at the 2021 Western Saddle Club Association Championship Show Sept. 23-26 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Fodness qualified for the champ show in western showmanship, western pleasure and western...
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Poultry roaming around our farm is a common sight. Over the years there have been ducks, geese, chickens and guineas. Of all the poultry, guineas by far exhibit the strangest behavior. They scamper silently from location to location. Frequently they come up behind you in the yard or in the barn and...
Perched atop the old hog house roof on our farm east of Hardwick, I called my husband, Bryan, on my cell phone. As the phone rang through, I pondered my predicament — I had climbed on the roof to fetch the dog’s frisbee and now I was stuck. My errant throw landed Lucy’s favorite toy out of reach,...
Mavis Fodness
For decades this weekly space has featured personal reflections from our editorial staff. The authors have shared various topics and experiences, and some have talked about cancer — either their own personal battles or those of family members. I’ve read their words, sometimes through tears of joy...
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Monday night, a dedicated group of 4-H horse project leaders assembled new portable bleachers for the horse arena at the Rock County Fairgrounds. It’s no small undertaking. The bleachers arrived last week in a tidy box filled with hundreds of bolts, rivets and aluminum pieces. When assembled, they...
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In the past year I’ve struggled with feelings of uncertainty, unanswered questions and an overwhelming cascade of local, state and federal happenings that have left my brain — well — foggy. Last week, Minnesota Public Radio aired a segment about exactly what I’ve been feeling. Apparently, mental...
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A forgotten influence recently came to mind with the news of Walter Mondale’s death. The memory took me back to Augustana College as an 18-year-old freshman. The 1984 presidential campaign featured Democratic presidential candidate Mondale, and I was one of a small group of Young Democrats on...
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The weekend provided a wonderful time for renewal, and the warm weather gives a glimpse into a bright and wonderful summer — so much different from last year. At this time 365 days ago, the coronavirus pandemic made me stop and evaluate how to safely interact with my grandchildren. It often meant I...
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Author Theodor Seuss Geisel has taken readers on whimsical journeys through Whoville, Kaverns of Krock and the Jungle of Nool, and many other fictional places since the publishing of his first book in 1937. We know Mr. Geisel better by his pen name Dr. Seuss. March 2 is “I Love to Read Day” and is...

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