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Babe the Blue Ox becomes even bluer at 15 below.
AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER Babe the Blue Ox becomes even bluer at 15 below.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 8:36 AM
There was no one in the front pews.
  • Dining options abundant during visit to Bangkok
    One time, when I was traveling alone in Norway, I met some American “oilers” who were working the off-shore oil rigs in the North Sea who were staying at the same hotel. We decided to go out to dinner together one evening, and so we started searching for a restaurant. One of them had only one criterion: it had to be American food.
  • Parks Canada beckons, eh, with free 2017 admissions
    Are you looking for some kind of different destination to visit this year? The New York Times travel section with its “52 Places to Go in 2017” surprised a lot of people with its number-one destination – Canada!
  • Columnist getting lots of feedback from acronym trivia
    I’ve been having a lot of fun with my acronym trivia of Minnesota high schools and based on some of the comments I’ve received from you, so are you. That’s good, I was hoping to get some interaction from the readers, and besides that, it gives me feedback, knowing that someone is reading my article.
  • Children will find books to be uplifting
    Who would you say you look up to?
  • It’s pretty windy up there by the pulpit
    There was no one in the front pews.
  • Water a powerful, yet also fragile, force that can change without notice
    Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, is on view in Lanesboro through Feb. 19. The exhibit attempts to reveal the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how we relate to water. 
  • It’s always interesting when traveling to familiar places to note what has changed. For us here in Thailand, the biggest change is that we are not staying at our friends’ guesthouse. We are back at the condo where we stayed for a few years before that guesthouse was completed.
  • I’m gladly setting myself up to fail
    It is that time of year again when I set myself up to fail - and this year, I’m gladly doing so.
  • Coaching changes not a surprise at University of Minnesota
    The headline in the local daily paper read, “Claeys out at Minnesota.” Are you surprised? So who’s next? The University of Minnesota has certainly had its share of controversies over the past few years. We definitely need to get something fixed, cause everybody matters.
  • Free ‘Science Sundays’ coming to Lanesboro
    You’ve probably already heard about Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. It will be on view in the events hall at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro – along with numerous other water-related activities – now through Sunday, Feb. 19.
  • Birds enjoy feast before doing what normal birds do
    A synchronized flying team flew overhead while I was in Rochester, a city known for its Canada geese. The geese were doing their morning commute.
  • Survey shows teens healthy, but what about data on smartphones?
    Minnesota students seem to be doing quite well according to an ongoing survey, but one has to wonder if it isn’t time to include a seemingly harmless practice — use of mobile devices — into the list of questions answered by teens every three years.

  • Thought-provoking stories shown just once a year on TV
    My wife and I continued a New Year’s tradition this year — a marathon, not of running, but of watching “Twilight Zone” episodes. However, since we have become so familiar with the show’s episodes, which first aired from 1959 to 1964, in recent years we don’t actually watch many of the shows repeated during the annual New Year’s marathon.
  • Get the glitches out early when traveling
    It did seem too good to be true. We had three out of four bags packed and weighed a full two days before our departure to Bangkok. The only things to be added to the last bag were the hanging clothes: I try to keep them on hangers as long as possible so the folds don’t become permanent and need to be ironed out. We had errands run, last-minute calls made, and all was well. We were even up early for the 4:30 a.m. departure from home to the airport. And, for a change, I wasn’t going to do late mailings from the Los Angeles airport.
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