If you suffer from miserable-itis, Minnesota is the cozier place to be

Greetings and Sallytations! So, I’ve been sick with some serious crud this past week. I should just call it “miserableitis.” This is a combination of bronchitis and laryngitis. Add to it a twisted, sprained foot and a bunch of other mishaps and you have miserable-itis. One thing I’ve discovered, it’s cozier to be sick in Minnesota than Florida. I look […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on:
Life beneath the snow

VIRGINIA – Do you ever look out at the snow in the forests and fields and wonder what is going on below? Believe it or not, this can be a very busy place. Many animals spend the winter months under or within the snow. They have good reasons. First, beneath the snow is a relatively warm place. It always seems […]

March outlook: More cold is on tap

Back in March 1954, the space race was going on internationally between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and here in the Northland, a television race was going on between KDAL 3 and WDSM 6. Both were vying to get on the air first with a VHF signal. TV at first was a wealthy person’s toy. At the end of […]

Out of the Blue

Reason No. 196 I love my wife: She hates Nebraska! This may seem a little off the wall, but that’s kind of the gist for this column, so bear with me. My disdain for Nebraska goes back over 35 years. I was just a wee lad when the mighty Cornhuskers came to Minneapolis in the fall of 1983 and obliterated […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A stressful situation drains some of your energy reserves. But you soon bounce back in time to finish your tasks and enjoy a well-deserved weekend getaway. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to throw a party for friends and colleagues, and surprise them with your dazzling domestic skills. You […]

Experiencing AWE!

It’s good for you

The Hegman pictograph—situated on a granite cliff face between North Hegman and Trease lakes in the BWCA—painted by Ojibwa Indians who lived in the area long ago. Photo by Jody Rae.Sometimes you have to put in some extra effort to not let an adventur… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

March 1 is National Minnesota Day

Celebrating the culture, people, traditions of my new home

Three of Jennifer’s children fish from the dock on Lake Esquagama on a summer day. Submitted photo.Not only is Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it is also the land of the common loon and the hotdish; the land of hockey and walleye, Minnesota N… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


Massage: Is it a necessity or a luxury?

 I was having a conversation with a client and it went like this… We were discussing how some people view massage as a luxury. Whereas, others believe it’s a necessity. Many people have implemented massage into their lives as an integral part of… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Out of the Blue

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” – Victor Hugo

 Years ago in the early days of this paper, I used to do a lot of random thoughts-type sports columns when my focus was a little more scatter-shot. I haven’t done one of those in a while. I’d say it’s because I have a wife to keep me focused and… Please register for a free account or log in below […]


 LEO (July 23 to August 22) Sure, you can roar your head off over someone’s failure to keep a promise. But the wiser course would be to ask why it happened. Be prepared for an answer that might well surprise you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

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