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Deja vu moments

Sooner or later, if we’re fortunate enough to live through our childhood years and then cap that first period when we blaze through our teen years, face young adulthood and wander into midlife …

Dust off your lederhosen

“O’Zapft is” translates to “It is tapped” from the Bavarian dialect of German. The mayor of Munich, Germany, has announced these words every year since 1950 once …

Deputy Dropps and the rum runner

In the 1920s, Benton County’s interest in the laws pertaining to the maintenance of law and order in the era of Prohibition varied. Personal opinions ranged from “Send every moon shiner …

Honey ‘resi’due list

Crop residue, by definition, is the vegetative material left behind after harvesting and often includes leaves, stalks, straw, pods, cobs and roots. Like many things in the agricultural world, …

A first glimpse at the Northern Lights

Do you remember the first time you saw the northern lights dance across the sky? I can still recall my first aurora borealis sighting in central Minnesota. It was last Monday. With reports …

That Teff kid

Addressed variously as Don, Donnie, Donald or “that Teff kid who ended up in New York,” our friend never quite divested himself from his identity as a rural Minnesotan. He joked that when …

Talk to strangers, it is good for you

In an age where smartphones and bright TV screens provide an instant shield from unwanted social interaction, talking to unfamiliar faces often seems like more of a chore than an opportunity to make …

A rise of unruly students

Be kind. Don’t pick on her (or him). Everyone isn’t as lucky as you are. No fighting! A little different, but she (or he) probably has a special talent that’s simply not flaunted. …

Living with black bears

One of the best parts of living in Greater Minnesota is taking in the natural world all around us and the fascinating wild creatures that call our part of the state home. Eagles, deer, turkeys, …

The fair won

Picture this: Sweaty masses of human beings indulging in alcohol and fried foods while milking demonstrations and reptile shows occur simultaneously on one of summer’s hottest days. I am …

Meaning in names

Published in the Star Tribune Sept. 5 was a story of a genuine entrepreneur: a person who’s willing to discover the appropriate (perfect?) name for someone else’s child — not …

Allergic to the world

In contrast to Minnesota’s harsh winters, it seems locals in the state take advantage of every opportunity to discuss the beautiful summer weather and various outdoor activities fit for the …

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