No mean animals at this farm!

Exploring the Bear Creek Farm with its friendly livestock

“No mean animals at this farm,” Mary Ann tells me as I survey the cattle munching on hay in the snow. She and Shannon Wycoff have had this farm for 16 years. In that time, they’ve crossbred their original Limosins with Herefords. According to, the limousin have built a reputation for being the carcase breed. It produces beef with […]

Healthy for Life

Keep the focus on making better choices for a healthier life

Hello, everyone! As we continue our adventure into the new year, many of us are hopefully trying to keep up or still trying to begin making choices that are healthier and helpful to our everyday life. If your body has any type of weakness or imbalance and you are not making the right food, beverage and other lifestyle choices, you […]


Make massage part of your new year

How is the new year going for you? Have you added massage to your wellness list? It will help you make 2021 a healthier year for you. Remember my last column where I talked about getting back to the gym as part of my stress reliever? Well, I did and boy did it feel great! I must tell you I […]

“I love the fight of a big fish”

Jody Rae’s incredible fishing adventures in the Florida Keys

I have recently returned from spending 16 balmy days in the Florida Keys where I had the opportunity to stay with friends in Islamorada. Islamorada is known as the sport-fishing capital of the world. The Florida Keys hold some beautiful sights, but one of the best is that of a big fish on the surface, while out on the ocean […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Apply yourself to completing your task despite all the distractions that might be interfering with your work. Then reward yourself with a weekend of fun shared with people who are close to you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A business agreement from the past might need to be looked at again. Use this […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on: Trees’ winter challenges

Our Northwoods are spectacularly beautiful during the winter when everything is mantled with fresh snow. The trees seem to bear the load without effort. But have you ever thought about the snow from the point of view of the tree? The trees might not be so happy! We all know that snow can be heavy. We experience this shoveling our […]

What’s on my Mind

Random reflections

A little bit of everything– that’s what’s on my mind Usually, when I sit down to write my column, I have something in mind that I want to share. This time, however, I am lacking direction and incentive. I’ve tried every delay tactic, waiting for inspiration to guide me on my writing quest. So far, nothing. So, as I’ve done […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Although the Lion might see it as an act of loyalty and courage to hold on to an increasingly shaky position, it might be wiser to make changes now to prevent a possible meltdown later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your gift for adding new people to your circle of friends works overtime […]

Grown on The Range

How lovely are thy branches…at Wegner’s Tree Farm

Carl Wegner stands next to a Siberian fir at his tree farm near Blackberry, Minnesota. Submitted photos.BLACKBERRY, MN — I took off on a winter Saturday in search of an Iron Range Christmas tree farm in tiny Blackberry, Minnesota. My GPS took me down… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

What’s on my Mind

How to get what we wish for

 Wishes and acceptance—that’s what’s on my mind. I don’t make new year resolutions—instead I make wishes. Wishes give me a little leeway since there could be other factors involved to help me along. Resolutions make it seem that it’s all up to … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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