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Christmas 2015 is tomorrow, and while everything around us seems to be changing, at least the Christmas story remains the same. I noticed at least one other thing that hasn’t changed. It seems the Christmas shopping list has stood the test of time and modern technology. With the advent of the...
  It’s Thanksgiving week so we tend to spend a little more time than normal thinking about those things we are thankful for. Because of everyone’s work and family schedules, our family celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend. The time worked out well because it was also the weekend of the youth...
  By Rick Peterson, Tollefson Publishing General Manager Are you kidding me? Affordable health care, my A$$. This column is in no way a reflection on our local insurance agents. In fact, I can’t imagine the guff they are taking as the annual renewal time for health insurance is upon us. This is the...
    Results of unscientific test on three-lane Highway 75 yields 4-minute average OK, it’s been a couple, maybe three, weeks since Highway 75 went from four lanes to three with the center lane being a turn lane. Many locals are probably still opposed to the change. When it was first announced that...
  Well, both the Rock County Pheasants Forever banquet and the Minnesota pheasant hunting season opener have come and gone since my last column. To give you an update, the local Pheasants Forever chapter hosted one of its most successful events in recent years. Credit for that success goes to the...
  I like to think after 38 years of marriage I know when my wife, Mary, is playing a mind game with me. Recently, however, I discovered she has me right where she wants me even though I think I am in control. Case in point. I was getting ready to watch the first Minnesota Vikings game of the season...
  In August the Ken Burns documentary, “The War,” was being rebroadcast on public television across the country. I happened to be going through the channels one evening and was lucky enough to come across the film and found myself watching for hours. The reason I figured the “The War” was being...
  So the other morning I was going through the channels on television. I ended up landing on the History Channel and the show was about where words and sayings came from and how they got their start. I learned that the saying “Good Bye” actually got its start from that saying “God be with you.” The...
  Did you feel it this past Sunday and Monday? I bet you did, and you more than likely said, “Oh my! There’s a touch of fall in the air.” If you did, you would be right. Fall, football and pheasant hunting are just around the corner, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. The first day of fall isn’t...
  I started my last column with the words “Mary and I.” The column was about the two of us babysitting our granddaughter. I use those three words, “Mary and I,” from time to time generally because we do almost everything together, except hunting, fishing, golfing and watching TV. So today the three...

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