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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:20 AM

The emphasis at the Capitol this legislative session is Greater Minnesota. Legislators from both parties and Gov. Mark Dayton have all been voicing their commitment to rural Minnesota this session.

  • My family has this thing for weapons. Ever since I can remember, we’ve had toy swords and guns lying around the house. They’re something we can’t really do without. My family can get a lot of enjoyment out of a day spent outside swinging swords around and yelling, “Bang! You’re dead!” at each other. I can remember spending some afternoons playing incredibly epic Wild West games, but those are probably equaled in number by the times we’ve engaged in full-scale battles and charged at each other with swords.

  • There’s been a lot of concern, expressed in this column more than once, about children not spending enough time in nature. Research has shown that a typical child spends 38 hours per week consuming media outside of school. Interviews with children up to age 9 revealed their attitudes toward natural elements, such as rain, wildflowers, birds and trees, showed fear, rather than appreciation, caring or enjoyment.

  • I recently took a break from the newspaper world and took a week-long “staycation,” a vacation where I had no plans to travel or even go very far from home.

  • A few weeks ago I wrote that we’d been hiking the Superior Hiking Trail last year and had gotten about halfway through the 300-mile trail. The plan is to finish it this year. Last weekend we hiked the first of seven 30-mile chunks of trail that we’ll be covering this summer.

  • Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States in the mid-1800s, wasn’t an extremely strong president, according to historians, but no one is going to demand that Fillmore County change its name.

  • As summer continues past its halfway point (did you hear the catch in my voice – umm, in my writing – as I typed that?), I’ve come to establish a late afternoon routine that I enjoy very much, cruising.

  • While much has been written and broadcasted about the positive aspects of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court vote allowing same-sex marriage, a letter to the editor penned by Nathan Davidson of Grand Meadow that appeared last week in the Bluff Country Reader put a different spin on this historic event. Being a “middle of the road” type person, I enjoyed reading Nathan’s perspective on this very controversial issue and feel this side needs to be addressed as well. 
  • Several years ago, a student approached me about starting a regular column featuring the poetry of high school students in one of our newspapers. She was a bit surprised I said yes, because her mother had warned her that she would probably be met with rejection.

  • I plopped down in an easy chair. It was comfy, bad springs and all, and the perfect perch for me to enjoy reading a Steinbeck book I’d checked out of the library. Something made a sound as I sat down. It was the sound of something breaking. Just then, my mother walked into the room.


    A Confederate flag flown on the back of the Hartland Fire Department truck during a weekend parade in Albert Lea has sparked significant backlash against the display. The large Confederate flag and an equal sized American flag each dominated one side of the back of the truck during the Independence Day weekend parade held Friday.


    Most of the kids in the Clan like to read. Not all of us would devour a 500-page novel in a rainy afternoon (I would…), but we all like reading. We also enjoy listening to audiobooks, especially at breakfast time or when we’re all working together at the kitchen table. Our all-time favorite audiobooks to listen to are the “Hank the Cowdog” stories by John R. Erickson. Available in print and as audiobooks, these books are very, very funny. They’re a combination of good clean humor and hilarious characters and situations that I can’t recommend highly enough.

  • It has always seemed to me that every year I mentally note that summer is almost here when Memorial Day rolls around. June doesn’t move by very quickly — and neither do I — but nonetheless it does disappear. Suddenly, it is the Fourth of July, and I realize before I can really get a handle on it, Labor Day will arrive. Usually, this happens whether it has been a good summer so far or not.


    Earlier this month I had an opportunity to listen to a speech that State Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) made during a breakfast luncheon. The second-term legislator reviewed the bills that came out of the recently completed legislative session. He also provided his thoughts on where our state was going and issues that need to be addressed in upcoming sessions.


    In the spring of 2013, I wrote a column suggesting the time was right for Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage. After it was published, I was prepared for repercussions.


    I’ve been staring at my computer screen for about a half hour, trying to come up with some entertaining story, some piece of wisdom or even words of nonsense that could at least fill the page.

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