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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:05 AM
We had a wind chill of 17-below this morning, brrrrr. It’s hard to believe that the next few days the temperature is forecast to be in the upper 30s, and even into the 40s. Isn’t that what we love about Minnesota? We get a couple different seasons in the same week.
  • Valentine’s Day good time to  acknowledge all kinds of love
    Flowers, chocolates, poetry, hearts and jewelry . . . when you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s your weakness? 
  • Check out uses on Upper Mississippi NWFR
    In August of 2016, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (NWRF) released 23 revised draft Compatibility Determinations (CDs). They re-evaluated uses of the refuge that were determined to be compatible with the refuge mission.
  • We had a wind chill of 17-below this morning, brrrrr. It’s hard to believe that the next few days the temperature is forecast to be in the upper 30s, and even into the 40s. Isn’t that what we love about Minnesota? We get a couple different seasons in the same week.
  • It’s all about who you ‘dallied’ with
    It’s all about who you know.
  • Peregrine falcons find spring homes at Mayo Building
    Peregrine falcons nearly went extinct due to the excessive use of pesticides. When DDT was banned in 1973, recovery efforts began for many threatened species, including the peregrine falcon. 
  • The unpacking from our recent trip to Thailand seems to be finished, and things have mostly found their spots in our house or been shuttled off to the friends for whom we brought them. One of the pieces of paperwork that remained on my desk was a few more notes about the trip, so it’s time to deal with some of those.
  • Social media frustrations growing
    Do you enjoy interacting with friends and loved ones through social media? I’ve found long-lost college and high school friends through Facebook and get to see images from the lives of others through Instagram. I don’t Tweet or Snapchat, but I don’t think I have enough time to keep up with more social media than I do already.
  • Lake discoveries are underground ‘jewels’
    Living in a karst area as we do, it’s fun to tour Mystery and Niagara caves in season. It’s also fun to hear about wild caving trips, where experienced cavers explore and sometimes enjoy pushing beyond cave passages that are known.
  • Winter continues, dance teams doing well
    Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? I don’t think there is any question about that, at least here in Fountain. Yes, and therefore six more weeks of winter. 
  • ‘Audacity’ takes look at how Obama transformed America
    If you can’t say something nice…
  • Minnesota weather doesn’t come with an owner’s manual
    I was working in St. Cloud, Minn., in January. It rained. That wasn’t right. I awoke in the morning and staggered outside into a frigid day. I stared at a beautiful crystal. I was so taken with its charm that I nearly forgot that my car was encased in it. 
  • Solving that annoying problem may just be key to enlightenment
    Through trial and error, I finally got a computer that had been acting up last week working again. At least for now it is fixed, although I’m not completely sure the problem is solved for good.
  • Wearing black shows respect, makes packing easy
    It was really easy to pack for this year’s trip to Bangkok. Before we left, a friend there reminded me to bring only black, white or grey for my wardrobe. So, instead of trying to color coordinate a mix-and-match wardrobe for the trip, I just went through the black section of my closet and pulled out a few items. Before we left we went to a discount store and purchased a couple of grey and black t-shirts for our early morning exercise jaunts and I grabbed black shoes. Rather than agonizing over the clothing decisions, which is not always easy, my own personal packing was finished.
  • Iowa’s Effigy Mounds featured on new quarter
    Not only will we be discussing Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette, Iowa, this week – we’ll also be getting into the world of coin collecting. How on earth do those two worlds intersect, you might ask? A new quarter featuring Effigy Mounds National Monument is being released in February with events planned for both the monument visitors center and also in Waukon, Iowa. I’m so excited for this.
  • School trivia game takes unexpected twist
    Are you getting as sick of the weather as I am? The schools had another snow day, but luckily it came on a Wednesday and didn’t require any schedule changes, at least not day/date re-scheduling. Some of the starting times for the ballgames on Tuesday were moved to earlier, which really worked out great. How nice to be walking out of the gym and heading home at 8 p.m. 
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