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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:55 AM

Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States in the mid-1800s, wasn’t an extremely strong president, according to historians, but no one is going to demand that Fillmore County change its name.

  • A few weeks ago I wrote that we’d been hiking the Superior Hiking Trail last year and had gotten about halfway through the 300-mile trail. The plan is to finish it this year. Last weekend we hiked the first of seven 30-mile chunks of trail that we’ll be covering this summer.

  • Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States in the mid-1800s, wasn’t an extremely strong president, according to historians, but no one is going to demand that Fillmore County change its name.

  • My family eats a lot of jam. It’s one of our favorite spreads, and since we have toast for breakfast almost every morning, we go through an insane amount every year. Mom has to put up between 150 and 200 quarts to last us — and sometimes we’re running pretty thin by April.

  • Several years ago, a student approached me about starting a regular column featuring the poetry of high school students in one of our newspapers. She was a bit surprised I said yes, because her mother had warned her that she would probably be met with rejection.


    A Confederate flag flown on the back of the Hartland Fire Department truck during a weekend parade in Albert Lea has sparked significant backlash against the display. The large Confederate flag and an equal sized American flag each dominated one side of the back of the truck during the Independence Day weekend parade held Friday.


    Most of the kids in the Clan like to read. Not all of us would devour a 500-page novel in a rainy afternoon (I would…), but we all like reading. We also enjoy listening to audiobooks, especially at breakfast time or when we’re all working together at the kitchen table. Our all-time favorite audiobooks to listen to are the “Hank the Cowdog” stories by John R. Erickson. Available in print and as audiobooks, these books are very, very funny. They’re a combination of good clean humor and hilarious characters and situations that I can’t recommend highly enough.


    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.

Fair Season

It is officially fair season! Have you been to a county fair yet this year?


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