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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:00 AM

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.


    We’re solidly into summer now, so most days it gets pretty warm outside. Some people think that one of the best parts of summer is the sunny days. I’m of a slightly different opinion. My comfort zone is actually somewhere between 65 and 72 degrees — if there’s a breeze, better yet. I really don’t like being hot, sweaty, and sticky.


    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 recently talked with the Twins’ organ player, Sue Nelson, and she gave me some positive feedback on her colleague, the Twins’ DJ, Tim Miller. Then she told me how he frequently “nudges” her over her headphones when she is visiting with fans, and she misses her cue to play her music. Sue Nelson plays her warm, traditional, baseball organ music from the Two Gingers Pub, located on the third level, right behind home plate. That is the perfect place for Sue to play, where her many friends and fans can visit her during the game. And every game she makes new friends and gets some new fans. She sits perched on her bench, overlooking Target Field; filled with enthusiasm — and oh so bubbly — she can talk about anything, and she wears the happiest smile at the ballpark.

  • Interstate 90 is the main east-west thoroughfare through southern Minnesota. The four-lane highway has a speed limit of 70 miles per hour to get people to where they want to go in the quickest time. The only real bends in the road are two large curves to edge up closer to Rochester near the airport. The aim of interstates is to get near larger cities to make it more efficient for the greatest number of people, although they also tend to avoid the heart of cities to avoid wasting valuable travel time for people passing by the cities.

  • Last week I talked about how very, very busy the Clan is going to be this summer. I specifically mentioned the camping we have planned, but we’re also going to be gardening and doing all the other things we do in the course of a regular year. I specifically mentioned school as one of those year-round things, and I’m sure a lot of you were thinking, “Wait a minute, don’t you quit school for the summer?”

  • Even though the Twins started out slowly, and they have had a recent slump, they are doing well overall and having fun – something that didn’t happen much in the past few years. I love Ron Gardenhire, but I know that Gardy and his staff were burned out. The new coaches are great, and brought a fresh new look to a clubhouse that had grown stale. I like Paul Molitor. He is a friend and a great manager, but I don’t consider him the life of the party.

  • Today I was going over the family calendar with Mom and Dad, looking at what we had lined up for the summer. I wont go into detail about what kinds of plans we have made so far, but let me just say: Oh. My. Goodness.

  • If you have already read the story elsewhere in this newspaper about the sale of this company, you realize I now have an exit strategy. It appears much more predictable than my entry into the newspaper business, although one thing I have learned over the years is that nothing is entirely predictable.

  • A few weeks back, I was excited to see a short article in the paper about an upcoming martial arts tournament that Yennie Martial Arts, a local martial arts studio, was hosting. Why was I excited? Well, partly because that’s the martial arts studio that the Clan attends, and we were going to attend the tournament.

  • Before my father was in the newspaper business, he worked for advertising agencies, either independent firms or departments of bigger companies. Maybe that role colored his outlook on branding, but I still remember a funny story about a driving trip we took from our home located east of here to Colorado.

  • This past week I was thinking about how home schools compare to public schools. I could get into some complicated argument about which is better, but that’s an enormous and complex subject and I obviously have strong opinions about it. Instead I just want to look at a few of the ways that my home school is similar to a public school.

  • The narrative on the future of small towns seems to be undergoing a subtle change away from the gloom that dominated the storyline in recent years to a more complex view that includes several reasons for optimism.

  • Now that I’ve devoted some time to the great things Mom has found at garage sales, I should say a few words about some of the other things she’s brought home from the city-wides. 
  • During a conversation with a local woman who is interested in getting young people to vote and become more involved in the political process, a comment she made stunned me for a moment. She said that the parents of young people today have never seen effective government in action.

  • Last week I brought up garage sales. They’re a big topic to tackle in one go, though, so instead I’m writing a series of articles about them and what they mean to the Clan. To us, garage sales are very important. If you read my most recent article, you’ll have an idea of how thoroughly my mom scours town when she goes to the citywide garage sales. She has a very serious, dedicated approach to it. With that kind of attitude, she has to have had some sort of success.

Right to Marry

The Supreme Court made a historic ruling as they declared same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Do you support their ruling?


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