A new baby, family, warmer weather and Chick-fil-A

A fun five-day trip brings me closer to my southern home

One day, a couple of months ago, my husband asked me if I would want to fly south for a few days to visit my family in Texas and Louisiana. To use ‘80s lingo: DUH! Heck yeah, I wanted to go. The timing was perfect, as my niece was due to give birth to her first child. Talk about surreal. […]

Healthy for Life

December’s light leads the way with rays of wonder and joy

Happy greetings to everyone! Can you believe it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas? And it’s everywhere I go! I hope that the light of the season’s spirit is keeping you bright and energized. If you are feeling frazzled, you may want to try this: Take two handfuls of clean white snow and put it on your face. It […]


Sally celebrates the season with fake snow and flashbacks of motherhood

Greetings and Sallytations! Another day in the life of Sally in Florida. So, there are many blocks in our little compound and I was chosen to be block captain. My job as block captain of Sugar Loaf Lane is to mainly deliver the monthly newsletter to each home. Another duty is when there are special events, I have the tickets […]


Massage may help with depression

How do you define “depression”? The dictionary defines it as “a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.” That’s a clear definition for something that affects many people today. While some people know they have […]

Grown on The Range: Farm to School program is helping area students grow

AURORA — The history of farm to school in Minnesota is generally traced to the 1990s, when a state bill was introduced that supported Minnesota-grown foods in school meals, but we have a much earlier example of farm-to-school right in Virginia. The Independent School District of Virginia established a school farm in the early 1920s on the 80 acres where […]

The Lost Puppy Case Files:

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I betcha you were wondering where I’ve been. Maybe not all your life, but at least for the past few months. Well, I’ve been busy. You know, the usual. Bouncing off walls, pulling all the stuffing out of my bed, chewing any exposed wood in sight, harassing the cat, trying to figure out why Big Brother is watching me. I […]

December weather outlook

Snowy start may not last all month

A fellow in Ely asked me to investigate the effect of the Laurentian Divide on the weather. Those of us from the Mesabi or Vermilion Ranges know the divide seems to split storms coming in from due west and blunting those from the south. The big question will be if it is the continental divide itself or the elevation difference […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) No time for a catnap — yet. You might still have to straighten out one or two factors so that you can finally assure yourself of the truth about a troubling workplace situation. Stay with it. VIRGO (August 23 September 22) News from an old friend could lead to an unexpected (but nonetheless welcome) […]


Sally is thankful for family, friends and her two front teeth

Greetings and Sallytations! Happy Thanksgiving week! This is the week we should be grateful and thankful. I guess I’ll start with being thankful for my two front teeth. Last week, I had my husband throw in a frozen pizza for a quick dinner. It came out pretty dark and almost burnt looking. He said he followed the directions to cook […]

Out of thre Blue

Thankfulness. It’s something that increasingly seems to be lost in our ever-escalating “me” society. Maybe it’s the pot calling the kettle black for I know I have my moments, but as the pendulum swings further towards narcissism, as our country’s history continues to be revised, derided, and twisted to fit convenient political narratives, the more ungrateful and unhappy people tend […]

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