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What do trout and trivia have in common?

Doug and Janet’s knowledge-packed hunting and fishing trip


It was the last weekend of September and fishing for brook trout in area streams and beaver ponds was about to close for the year. Fishing in designated trout lakes remains open until the end of October, so we’re not putting our fishing gear away just yet, but Janet and I wanted to do a little partridge hunting on the […]

CLOSE TO HOME

On finding your true motivation to become a stronger you


I’m going to take you on a short jaunt back in time. In April 2018, my daughter asked me to show her how to do a layup at open gym one night. The first attempt bombed—it had been a few decades since I did one. Second try ended with a loud pop, an ankle turned the wrong way, and me […]

Say what? Burgers and laptops



We were next in line at a McDonald’s restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It was a family vacation and our three teenagers preferred the familiarity of Mc- Donald’s for lunch over the fresh seafood fare my wife and I had. As we waited, the family in line in front of us (who I’m guessing was speaking Pakistani) was attempting to […]

Stop the stigma

Learn how to improve our perceptions of mental illness


 Let’s just start off with this; I have lived with mental illness. I’ve grown up with family members who struggle with mental illness. My career is based upon working with individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse problems… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Healthy relationships matter

Building resilience in the face of traumatic experiences


Who would have thought that prenatal and childhood trauma could lead to teen and adult depression, obesity, smoking, heart disease, cancer and other ailments throughout life? Study after study has demonstrated just that. Such trauma can take many for… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Stop. Drop. Roll.

Tips for putting out an emotional fire


I’m in the kitchen. Face hovering above a sink full of ice-water. Crying ugly, face hot and forehead splotchy. I check my Fitbit watch; the heart rate registers well over 100. “No, no, no,” I’m whispering, but sometimes I cry it out loud. We’ve all b… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Because she needed a blanket



 She was homeless, and just about to be let go from the Wellstone Center in Eveleth. Her time with Range Mental Health Center’s Crisis Stabilization Services was up, and she needed to move on. Staff had found her a place to stay, so she grabbed … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

It’s the courageous conversation



Many of us know someone who struggles with their mental health. At one point in time, that someone was us. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. As we work to be physically healthy, sometimes we have to work to be mentally h… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Silencing Ed

Robyn’s journey through recovery from an eating disorder


Robyn Tomaszewski. Submitted photo.AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story details my experience of eating disorder recovery: Some words and language around eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, as well as metaphors referencing substance use behaviors, may be tr… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

StrengtheningS our parks through public art

NewN animal chainsaw carvings honor Olcott Park’s history


This family of monkeys recently took up residence in Olcott Park. Photos by Cindy Kujala.VIRGINIA — This past summer,s Ro Virginia Parks and Recreation began the process of adding some public art throughout Olcott Park that honors the history of the… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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