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He’s arrived. Logan William Blenner. My newest grandchild and first grandson. Born in the early morning hours of the April 11 blizzard. Luckily, the wintry weather didn’t hinder his Iowa parents from getting to the Storm Lake hospital before Logan’s 3 a.m. arrival. The weather hindered this grandma...
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In her book, “Girl, Wash Your Face,” author Rachel Hollis answers the question, “How do I …?” How do I pick myself up after a loss? How do I get rid of these looping negative thoughts that enter my head every day? How do I bring more purpose to my life? After reading her book, I’ve determined my...
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The majority of Minnesotans, according to a digital magazine survey, won’t walk a mile to get somewhere. The survey was completed by the Gear Hungry staff, which reviews new tech products for readers. Recently they surveyed 2,200 Americans ages 18-65 to find out how many would be willing to walk a...
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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,...
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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...
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...
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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