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Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:30 PM
A list of “the 15 coolest towns in Minnesota you’ve probably never heard of” created quite a bit of excitement among area residents recently because three local communities were named. Spring Valley came in at No. 7, Chatfield was 12th and Rushford was 13th.

  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • In our recent journey through Germany’s Luther Country, we found the second of the three major displays in Wittenburg. We had so enjoyed the first one in Berlin that we were determined to see all three of them.

  • Quality time is spent watching birds spending quality time
    At home, I listened to a saucy blue jay. I’ve discovered that describing a bird’s song or call is akin to describing a wine. I watched as a father oriole fed a begging baby. The fledgling and the females are less adorned in colorful feathers than a male Baltimore oriole. I spent quality time watching birds spending quality time.

  • Immerse yourself in wildflowers at Iron Horse Prairie
    After looking at some summer destinations in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains the past few weeks, I figure it’s time to check out an easy day trip to a place you’ve likely never heard of near Hayfield.

  • ‘Song from Somewhere Else’ is familiar story with beautiful spin
    There’s a kid in your class who’s just plain weird.

  • Most alumni of ’93 state softball team still living in area
    If anybody is going to complain about the weather, don’t do it to me. I love the hot weather. I’d rather be hot than cold any day! I’ll be doing my complaining sometime around mid-January.

  • Our towns may be ‘cool’ even if their community newspapers aren’t
    A list of “the 15 coolest towns in Minnesota you’ve probably never heard of” created quite a bit of excitement among area residents recently because three local communities were named. Spring Valley came in at No. 7, Chatfield was 12th and Rushford was 13th.

  • This morning I met a biker who was just leaving town after what was obviously a weekend of biking for him and his family. He was wearing a serious-looking arm cast. I told him that I hoped his arm injury was not a result of biking, and he said that yes, unfortunately it was.

  • Watch out for traffic heading to total solar eclipse
    We’re back with more on the total solar eclipse this week. Unless you’ve been living under a log, you’ve certainly heard of the “once-in-a-lifetime” total solar eclipse that will travel across the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 21.

  • Players from southern states dominate college baseball
    I had a lot of fun with this week’s article, starting with the NCAA baseball tournament.

  • Chapter book an enjoyable challenge for summer reading
    Remember when your best friend stepped into your life?

  • Garage door opener needs more inspiration
    I’d been fixing to do that. Fix the door, that is. Apparently, the wind had caught a metal screen door of our house and had sprung the mechanism that brought the door to a polite close. Fixing to do something is my way of saying I’d be unlikely to undertake such a repair, but I fooled myself by doing it. It had been so much fun that I hoped I’d never have to do it again. It had been a day of the doors. I should have been listening to music provided by The Doors as I went about my tasks.

  • Local news reaches far in modern media environment
    It’s better than being featured in a tweet of President Trump, Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald told me last week about one of our news stories featured in a tweet of Vince Bertram.

  • Visiting LutherCountry is like attending a college class
    It’s difficult to know where to start when trying to describe the portion of our European trip that took us to visit sites celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. There was so much to absorb that it was truly information overload.

  • Glacier National Park is an iconic American park
    Last week, we headed west right here in this “Journey vs. Destination” column and gained a good amount of elevation, putting ourselves in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. We learned tips for an easier visit during the park’s busy summertime season.

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