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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:49 AM

Confusion has reigned in Spring Valley since the local solid waste service recently changed its schedule. Some residents have had their garbage totes out the wrong days and their recycling totes out the wrong weeks for the every-other-week recycling service.

  • Confusion has reigned in Spring Valley since the local solid waste service recently changed its schedule. Some residents have had their garbage totes out the wrong days and their recycling totes out the wrong weeks for the every-other-week recycling service.

     
  • I have to admit, when I see Jolly Old Saint Nick, I am about as giddy as a 5-year-old. Hearing the jingle bells on his boots and hearing the “ho, ho, ho” of his greeting sends my heart racing.

     
  • Divining the mysteries of the economy seems to be about as reliable as reading tea leaves. Even among experts, there are different answers on how the economy in the United States is doing. Ask the average person, and the answer varies even more, depending on location and other circumstances.

     
  • For the Birds: Time spent in nature brings memories of loved ones

    One of the best things about being a writer is that it gives me reason to go places and do things. An eager eye wants to see things near and far.

     
  • The darkest season seems particularly cruel this year. Bitter cold and snow came shortly after Halloween. A string of deaths, including leaders in communities from Rushford to Spring Valley, continues. The announcement of the closing of Alco stores in Caledonia, Cresco and Spring Valley bolsters a trend of downsizing the business presence in our small towns.

     
  • At some point, life slaps all of us with a good reminder that shifts our perspective. Personally, I have been slapped with several of these reminders over the years. And today, I want to pass a few of them along to you.

     
  • Buildings in downtown Rochester are reportedly being sold for millions of dollars, some more than twice their estimated value, likely a result of the $6 billion Destination Medical Center project that is just getting underway. DMC isn’t just about real estate speculation, though, as new hotels, senior housing units and office buildings are already going up in Rochester in anticipation of the growth the project will bring.

     
  • Last week, the theme of the comic strip “Pickles” (drawn by Brian Crane) hit way too close to home. Of course I must admit this is often the case because the two main characters, Opal and Fred, seem to be about our age. Like us, they are dealing with some of the irritations of aging.

     
  • Geology. It’s kind of a crazy thing when you really think about it. It’s the process by which factors – such as long-ago, huge glaciers, to name just one factor, or the lack of glaciers  – can create very different looking landscapes and a variety of squiggled lines on a topographic map.

     
  • Brick Heck, the youngest child on ABC’s “The Middle,” isn’t someone most kids would want to emulate. He’s socially inept, has several odd behavioral traits and makes the library his favorite destination.

     
  • I was getting a hotel room. I'd stayed there before. They offered a continental breakfast, but it was a cooked continental breakfast.

     
  • People often yearn for the good, old days. Maybe it is all the election noise, but people say our country is going downhill and we are losing sight of the values that guided us in the past.

     
  • Homecoming week at the University of Minnesota is always fun, but it is especially so when the weather is great. This year, last Saturday, was another one of those perfect and special occasions when we had tickets for the football game.

     
  • The general election is almost here. It’s a time of year most people despise, except those who are running for office and the very few who thrive on politics.

     
  • That’s how the old saying goes – and I’m sure we can all relate. Recently, it’s been the situation with my glasses.

     
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