The Nature Nerd

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Distinctive convergent ladybugs

Ladybugs often get lumped into one species. We have about a dozen species in our Northwoods, but few people attempt to learn them. Of these, the convergent ladybug is one of the most distinctive and most common. Some ladybugs have names based on the number of spots. Unfortunately, counting the number of spots rarely will identify them. Some types of […]

The Long Line

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Say hello to fall with a cozy celebration with friends

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” —Winnie the Pooh The evenings are getting shorter and there is a distinct chill in the air. The kids are back in school. It is sweatshirt weather. I have found myself embracing fall’s sudden appearance with open […]

Parents give children the skills to manage their emotions

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When my child has intense emotion, should I stay or should I go? It was December 8, and I had taken five of my children to the store to buy their oldest brother a gift for his 19th birthday. After entering the store, an Angel Tree stood before us. My beautiful 5-year-old Ginger had been wanting to pick a name […]


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Massage may help with what ails you

I recently attended a family wedding in the cities and had a wonderful time. It was nice because we got to visit and, unlike a funeral, it was a happy time of joy and celebration for the young bride and groom. While we were visiting that day, I had two separate conversations that revolved around massage. They just happened. I […]

What’s on my Mind

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Staying out of the spotlight

Crummy photos—that’s what’s on my mind. I received a very upsetting letter in the mail a few days ago. An unforeseen bill? Notice of legal action against me? No to both—it was my new driver’s license. My birthday was in August and it was time to renew my license. All the necessary paperwork was in order, and I was the […]

Kudrle Farms: a bountiful homestead

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Scott and Nicole grow specialty crops and raise meat

HIBBING/VIRGINIA — This 38.5-acre patch of clay near the Hibbing airport used to be an Appaloosa horse farm. Now, it’s a specialty crop farm yielding produce, meat chickens and turkeys, honey, and, in a better year, hops for beer. There’s no electricity or running water here, just a tiny lowland spring. This is part of Kudrle Farms. Scott Kudrle grew […]


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LEO (July 23 to August 22) An opportunity that you hoped would open up for you remains closed. Stop wasting time scratching at it. Something else you’ll like will soon make itself apparent and accessible. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Congratulations. You’ll soon hear some positive feedback for all the hard work you recently put into a project. A […]

Temps may cool; drought will stay

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 It’s been a topsy-turvy summer in Minnesota. We’ve gone from extreme drought in parts of Koochiching County to almost normal conditions for parts of Pine County. Splitting the difference to balance both sides, I offer the stats from the Duluth … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

Healthy for Life

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Welcome to September: active days, counting the minutes

  September greetings and happy Labor Day wishes to everyone as we enter the month that has been affectionately known as the “last hoorah of summer!” September is time to take advantage of these wonderful foods: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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Jody Rae’s takeaway from her getaway: Just breathe!

While hiking at the scenic Houghton Falls near Washburn, Wisconsin, Jody and her daughters came upon what is called Echo Dells (pictured above). According to Jody, the woods gave off a dark and mysterious aura, almost like an enchanted forest. Jody’s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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