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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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Building dedicated to free expression, role of journalists creates lasting impression
    During a long weekend in Washington, D.C., one of the sights I made sure to see was the Newseum on historic Pennsylvania Avenue just off the National Mall near the White House. My interest was in the news focus, but the museum has a broader role — to promote, explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
  • 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. 
  • Resentment, not money, fueled voting
    More than half a million dollars in campaign spending didn’t do much to change the outcome of the District 28B race. On the other hand, a candidate who barely spent any time in Minnesota carried the district in the presidential election Tuesday, Nov. 8.
  • Biggest loss this election may really be shared sense of reality
    Our newspaper has never run a story investigating the integrity of an election — until this year. That’s because in 2016, the election process somehow became an issue.
  • Much more at stake for voters than who becomes next president
    The toxic presidential election is in many ways overshadowing — even distorting — other matters of importance in the upcoming election. As noted in this column last week, there are issues, and concerning trends, that are more important to rural voters, yet rural voters often become reduced to stereotypes only interested in the most divisive parts of a campaign, an accusation that simply isn’t true.
  • Rural angst more real than Trump
    With all the fatal flaws dragging down Donald Trump, he still has some appeal in rural areas of Minnesota. Some may say his supporters have the same fatal flaws — they are narrow-minded, divisive hicks who want to turn back the clock.
  • Calm down: Whatever happens in the election won’t be catastrophic
    “Basically, Trump is everything wrong with America’s culture, and Hillary is everything wrong with our government,” Janae Petitjean, 19, a North Carolina community college student who will be voting for the first time this year, told the Boston Globe recently. 
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