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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.

  • When you think of someone who enjoys gardening, the first thing that comes to your mind probably isn’t superhero. Yet, gardeners may just have the power to help save the world.
  • Looking forward to food, photos  and fun at the Fillmore County Fair
    As you will notice in our paper this week, there’s a week full of fun coming up at the Fillmore County Fair. From the 4-H exhibits to the commercial displays to the grand stand events, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Avoiding suspect trees, mosquitoes outdoors
    Getting outdoors is wonderful on most days. Well, OK, I’m kind of picky. (I see the shock and dismay on your faces. You’re thinking, “Say it ain’t so! I always thought of you, Lisa, as a total outdoors person. What could possibly keep you indoors?)

  • Torii Hunter provides  insight on baseball — and life
    The ballpark can be a type of sanctuary, a venue insulated from the surrounding world to showcase the talents of baseball players in a tradition that is, as the saying goes, as American as apple pie. 
  • It wouldn’t be surprising if data showed a large number of Americans searched the meaning of Brexit after Great Britain voted to exit the European Union last week. The decision by the United Kingdom has global implications as financial markets tumbled, putting a dent in retirement funds for millions of Americans, and raising the threat of a looming recession.

  • As many of you have probably heard by now, my sister, Joanna, is going on a mission trip to Guatemala this summer. You might have seen the article published here about the fundraiser she created to raise money for drilling a well in the village she and my mom would be visiting. I know some of you donated and I’d like to thank you for helping make fresh water a reality for this village. It really means a lot to them — and to Joanna!

  • This past week I’ve eaten more than my share of the strawberry harvest. My parents’ neighbors had a beautiful crop this year and my mother, a few friends and I did our part to utilize every single sweet berry. My consumption was simple – a bowl of berries topped with real whipped cream every night after supper. A few made it into my breakfast one day, but mostly, I just enjoyed the berries in their natural state, fresh off the farm.

  • Bluff Country has gained a couple distilleries, a vineyard, a hard cider production plant and plans for a brewery in the past five years. It may seem like a new trend, but the developments actually harken back to a century ago when breweries were located in several area towns and a distillery produced rye whiskey in Forestville.

  • In the 16 years that Dad has been keeping bees in the backyard, we’ve gotten used to having them around. We don’t flip out anymore when they fly around our faces (although when they get caught in long hair that’s another story). But one of the hazards of keeping bees on the property is that the chances of getting stung go way up. We’ve learned to watch our step in the yard and to give the beehives a wide berth when the bees are going back and forth. Still, stings happen.

  • A recent Saturday was super-hot with a heat index of around 100 degrees. It made for good weather to kick off the swimming pool season, but not so much for other outdoor activities.

  • When Sen. Al Franken visited Kingsland two weeks ago, he was interested in talking about science, technology, engineering and science (STEM). However, the conversation kept drifting into other areas, ranging from American culture to creativity. That’s what happens when you include faculty from the art, music and English departments in a roundtable.

  • While everyone else is getting some time off and enjoying their summer vacation, the Clan is still at it.

  • A Polish proverb says, "When opportunity knocks, some people are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers."

  • U.S. Sen. Al Franken showed his wit, geographic knowledge and artistic skills Friday during a stop at Kingsland Public School. Kingsland graduating seniors also got a chance to probe his mind for insight on his job, his relationships with others, his opinions and even his comedy.

  • My family is into games. This explains why my grandma has so many card games, dice games, and tabletop games to play with us. But we’re picky about the games we play, and I’m not just talking about board games here. We like playing lawn game too, but we have standards.

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