My (first) Christmas (as a widow) story




Betty and her snowman. Photo by Jodi.My granddaughter Stacy has a lot of sisu – that stubborn pride that those of us of Finnish descent are blessed/plagued with. If she takes a tumble she hollers out “I’m okay!” before she hi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

Betty (Birnstihl) Pond’s 2012 Christmas letter



Holiday greetings to all my favorite people in the whole wide world, Meet the new man in my life (see enclosed photo.) He’s the strong, silent type. He’s very young, perhaps a little cold-hearted, and he probably won’t hang around … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Moose in Minnesota: Speculation on decline




Minnesota cow moose. MN DNR photo.Introduction to the Moose The moose is Minnesota’s largest wild animal, and Minnesota is one of the few states that have moose. According to the Minnesota DNR website, “It is the largest member of the deer family, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

PetMD offers 8 tips for caring for your pet in winter



 Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in one of the balmier states, you’ve felt the cold chill of winter arrive. For some of us, cold weather is regarded as a mere nuisance; for others, it’s a fun time filled with snowbo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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Impact of tourism in greater SLC


Scheuring Speed Sports testing in Aurora, MN, earlier this month. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.We all know Duluth and the North Shore are amazing draws for tourists, but how much money do tourists and travelers bring to rural northeastern Minnesota? In St… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Lost life insurance? New online search tool helps find lost insurance policies



Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesotans now have access to a new online service they can use to help locate lost life insurance policies or annuity contracts that belonged to a deceased family member. “Many peop… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The benefits of umbrella insurance policies include excess liability coverage



Insurance policies come in various forms. There is a type of insurance to cover everything from motor vehicles to personal health to apartment dwellings. While the majority of people understand the importance of insuring their homes and cars, many m… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Help them help others; be a Salvation Army bell ringing volunteer




The Virginia Salvation Army’s Worship and Service Center is located at 507 12th Ave. W. in Virginia. A free Christmas dinner will be served on Friday, Dec. 23, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Anyone in the community who wants to enjoy a hot meal is w… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The National WWII Museum named No. 4 museum in the United States



 The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana was recognized as a winner in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for museums, ranking No. 4 in the nation and No. 11 in the world. Other winners include The Metropolita… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Veterans History Project highlights veteran artists with new web feature



The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Art of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series at www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-artofwar. html. The presentation examines 19 digitized co… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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