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A hay bale that fell off a truck seems to be a second derailment – the theme of the day. LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
A hay bale that fell off a truck seems to be a second derailment – the theme of the day. LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
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Monday, February 08, 2016 8:08 AM
A week ago Saturday – while the weather was unseasonably warm and there was no thick blanket of white on the ground – I took a drive to the Mississippi River at Brownsville and Reno. In addition to simply seeing one of my favorite areas on the river, I had an ulterior motive; I wanted to see where exactly the Canadian Pacific (CP) train had derailed, sending a few cars into the icy river.

  • Why should I expect anything different? It’s Minnesota right? I haven’t been back home more than a week and already I’m greeted with 10 inches of snow and a bunch of cancellations. Move on Bill, you said it before, “It’s Minnesota.”

  • A week ago Saturday – while the weather was unseasonably warm and there was no thick blanket of white on the ground – I took a drive to the Mississippi River at Brownsville and Reno. In addition to simply seeing one of my favorite areas on the river, I had an ulterior motive; I wanted to see where exactly the Canadian Pacific (CP) train had derailed, sending a few cars into the icy river.

  • I walked outside on sunny day. A sneeze sneezed me.

  • Bookworm Sez: Share author’s journey through ‘Year of Yes’
    For far too long, you’ve been holding back.

    Opportunities have presented themselves and you’ve passed on them. Chances have leaped in front of you and you skipped them, but you’re not sure why. Some days, you feel like you’re in a 10-foot-deep rut. In the book, “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes, you’ll see how to get out.

  • Fads come and go in every culture, including our own. It seems, however, after many years of visiting and working in Thailand, that here fads are like the moon, on a regular schedule of waxing and waning. While most fads do last a little longer than one lunar cycle, nonetheless it seems there is always something new creating a lot of attention in the culture.

  • Well, here we go. This is the last WEB column from Texas this year and the last one as a homeowner in the “valley.” As everyone probably knows, we sold our place down here and will be back to being “11/12ths” Minnesotans. We do plan on coming down here again next year, but only for about a month and we’ll be renting.

  • Lately, I’ve had a bad habit of leaving my column writing until the “last minute,” sometimes so late I’m typing words on my opinion page just minutes before I have to send it to press. It’s one of my greatest sources of professional shame. My lack of planning not only stresses me out on production day, but also causes extra stress on other staff members, on one who has to proof my page before it gets sent and on another who is waiting to send it on to our printer.

  • It’s not every day southeastern Minnesota gets exciting news about a potential land acquisition in the area by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

  • Birds fly over with such certainty.

  • My husband's favorite meal is ironically one that's pretty easy to make. I told him it was also “the Logan Meal” because it's generally from ingredients my son, Logan, raises.

  • Bookworm Sez: Savvy preteens, fantasy-loving  adults will love ‘The Night Parade’

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    You’ve grown up hearing that, and it barely makes sense. Two wrongs actually just make things worse and there’s nothing correct about that. In the new book, “The Night Parade” by Kathryn Tanquary, setting things straight might be the hardest thing you’ll ever do, anyway.

  • In a recent issue of Departures magazine, I was reading one of my favorite features. It is always on the last page, and has only a few words and a few large photos of objects. Titled “Necessary Luxury,” every month it is devoted to a celebrity telling what possessions she or he finds both luxurious and necessary.

     
  • Been watching the weather real close these past few days and, of course, for sure, in the next week. Daughter Roberta Jo is on her way to Texas right now with our son Jim’s pickup. She’s going to help us move back to Minnesota and we will be heading out from here on Monday, Jan. 25. 

  • When you think of February, the hearts, cupids and red roses of Valentine’s Day may come to mind. But I’m here to let you know February reaches around and beyond that this year. What? Is that a sigh of relief I’m hearing from those who are not so sentimental? Actually, any of these events that follow might make a nice Valentine’s month gift to a special outdoors person in your life.

  • The January weather was cold, making the terra really firma.

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