Going home: reflecting on an old farm and memories past

My mom and I recently returned from a camping trip that brought me back to my hometown of Esko. Mainly, we went to catch up with old friends. Mary grew up on the opposite side of the gravel road and had been my very best friend since first grade. Her mother, Irene, was good friends with my mom and had […]

Grown on The Range

Cultivating a local food system in northeast Minnesota

Executive Director David Abazs of the University of Minnesota Extension Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (Northeast RSDP) is no stranger to exploring—and applying— models for sustainable agriculture. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Abazs has spent more time working from his farmstead in Finland along Lake Superior’s North Shore. “I was up late, tilling cover crops into the soil. We only […]

Being uncomfortable can be okay

Make a plan, get out there and do the hard things!

“Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer.” I have a record player in the camper that plays a lot of Nat King Cole (I was born in the wrong generation). And while I listen to him, the words of this song ring true. Summer has been lazy this year. The […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on: Butterfly wing art

Have you ever studied the wings of butterflies? Their wings frequently have images with interesting shapes and patterns. The hairstreak butterfly in the photograph accompanying this column is a tiny butterfly and is rarely noticed. However, its wings show an interesting image. Use your imagination a little. To a predatory bird, the little hair-like features on the back of the […]

Healthy for Life

Soak your soul with positive rays radiating love and tranquility

Welcome to the soul of our August month as summer settles in its place. Our sights may be shifting forward with some people beginning new adventures or others seeking rest or refuge. May your time be filled with hope and good intentions, blessed with guidance and grace, and brimming with August’s treasures and gifts bearing peace. How much time do […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat’s energy levels should be rather high these days, and you might do well to tackle any tasks that still need doing. This will clear the way for those upcoming projects. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Someone’s criticism might not be as negative as you perceive. Actually, it could be helpful. […]

Healthy for Life

Keep moving forward with summertime’s guidance and grace

Hello, people. Welcome to our life in the month of August. Hopefully as our learning experiences continue throughout this lifetime, it most relevantly seems to be all about what works best for us as individuals. We hear of so many options to take when we are looking for a particular health remedy, cure, food plan or exercise routine. It is […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A job-related move might hold more positive surprises than you’d expected. Go into it with confidence, and look for all the advantages it offers. Then decide what you’ll do with what you find. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Driving yourself too hard to get something done on a deadline you set up can […]


Be creative; start small You will not regret it!

A picture of tranquility. Kayaking at sunset on an Ely-area lake. Submitted photo.Research shows that nature is a fountain of healing for our physical, mental and spiritual health. Contact with the natural world is proven to reduce symptoms of depres… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Shelley Valentini retires after 29 years at UWNEMN

Executive director change takes place at United Way NE MN

Shelley ValentiniCHISHOLM – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) will experience a changing of the guard this week as longtime Executive Director Shelley Valentini retires and current Community Impact & Engagement Director Erin Shay step… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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