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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 10:01 AM
  • Solving that annoying problem may just be key to enlightenment
    Through trial and error, I finally got a computer that had been acting up last week working again. At least for now it is fixed, although I’m not completely sure the problem is solved for good.
  • Celebrating 150 years of never keeping our collective mouth shut
    In recent years, concerns expressed at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention, which was held last week in the Twin Cities, centered on technology. That theme has faded from prominence in recent years as most newspapers have come to terms with the changing electronic environment, which can still include ink on paper as a means to provide information.
  • Common sense not always obvious
    President Donald Trump boasted just before his inauguration that his cabinet picks have “by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.”
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Spring cleaning in the electronic age
    It wasn’t the rain on Christmas that prompted my wife and I to do some spring cleaning recently. The rain, which brought slippery roads, ice and other winter problems, wasn’t really a sign of spring, as we all know. However, this winter we are attempting to de-clutter our home by reducing some of the things we have collected over the years.
  • Minnesota enigma leaves world hanging, but has powerful message
    The rest of the world is finding out what Minnesota has known for decades — if you want to honor Bob Dylan, don’t expect him to cooperate, at least not in the way you would expect. 
  • The sins of journalism have always centered on items such as inaccuracies, sloppy reporting, plagiarism, conflicts of interest and misrepresentation of news. However, a new one has emerged, although it isn’t a practice of real journalists: Inventing stories and disguising them as the reporting of actual news agencies.
  • Detailed dress code now antiquated
    The visible piercings, including a nose ring, didn’t necessarily disqualify a woman who came in for a job interview a couple years ago. However, the flip-flops on her feet moved her application to the bottom of the pile. 
  • Halfway through the “A” firearms season, reports from deer hunters were mixed. Opening weekend with warmer than normal temperatures suppressed deer activity to a certain extent, wildlife biologists reported. But by the end of the first week, bucks were beginning to trail after does a bit more. 
  • Special days provide plenty of choices  for holiday shopping, giving, even hiking
    I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday. It’s not that I’m philosophically opposed to the frenzied day. It’s more a practical matter. Our small business can’t afford to take two holidays in a row for all our employees since we still have deadlines to meet and publications to print.
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