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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:44 AM
This early in the legislative session, the easier bills tend to move forward through the Minnesota legislative process. Among those are a buffer bill that corrects a controversy, a fireworks bill that is surprisingly controversial and a fantasy sports bill that should be more controversial.

  • This past weekend, I was a little surprised to wake up in the morning, not to the usual noise of kids stomping around upstairs, but to someone hammering in the living room.

  • This early in the legislative session, the easier bills tend to move forward through the Minnesota legislative process. Among those are a buffer bill that corrects a controversy, a fireworks bill that is surprisingly controversial and a fantasy sports bill that should be more controversial.

  • When you think about the things my family has to do, I bet sharing isn’t on the top of your list. But with 15 of us, sharing gets to be pretty darn important. I wouldn’t go so far as to say we share everything, but we do share many things. 

  • A man, although never identified, made the news earlier this spring when he tried to be a good Samaritan to a 9-year-old boy who lost his dog. The reason he made the news, though, is because the initial fear was that he was up to something no good.

  • I was very excited to realize that this week marks one year since I wrote my first article for this column. It’s a little hard to believe it’s been that long already — I can still remember the day I first approached Dave Phillips about starting this column, and it certainly feels like that was only a few months ago, not 12! I’ve been saving newspaper clippings of all my articles, however, and I’ve checked them to be sure. Too Hick to be Square is having its first anniversary, and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Last week’s column about the health of residents in Fillmore and Houston counties noted that the results don’t follow trends in other rural counties of Minnesota. One reason could be that we aren’t as rural as we think.

  • Last year I wrote a “signs of fall” article, and now that spring has arrived, I thought it only fair that I do the same for this season. Of course, the things I associate with spring are likely quite different from what you’d think of — but that’s what makes this Too Hick to be Square.
  • Fillmore and Houston counties continue to defy the trends when it comes to the health of local residents. A recent survey of national county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Houston County is ranked fifth in Minnesota and Fillmore County ninth in the state in health outcomes.

  • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

  • Rural Minnesota is losing a community hub — the local grocery store — in many towns. Between 2000 and 2013, Greater Minnesota lost 14 percent of its grocery stores. In southeastern Minnesota, the decline was 12 percent.

  • Too Hick to be Square: What's in the Clan's garden?
    The snow is gone. The grass is getting green again. Spring has come.

  • The mythical town of Lake Wobegon created by Garrison Keillor is “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” In many ways, Minnesota holds up to those impossible standards as the state regularly tops, or places high in, surveys measuring such conditions as health, education, voter turnout and, recently, the economy.

  • Home schooling is as big a part of the Clan experience as are canning, gardening, beekeeping, and the other activities we do. In fact, it’s a much bigger part, because if we didn’t home school, we probably wouldn’t be able to do all those other things. Home schooling is one of the biggest things that makes the Clan what it is.

  • Some of you may remember back to a time eight or 10 years ago when the Clan was a little smaller and we were a lot younger. In those days, whenever Mom went somewhere, we went with her. Trips to the grocery store were pretty complicated, and we used to do a lot of hand-holding. I often hear people tell me they remember seeing us all standing in a row in the grocery aisle. If you’re one of those people, chances are good you’ll remember the red jackets as well.

  • “Water is gold, and it is getting more valuable,” says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy.

Voting Rights for Felons

Currently, felons in Minnesota must fulfill their probations or parole before having their voting rights restored, but some Minnesota senators believe these voting rights should be restored sooner for felons who are no longer incarcerated. Do you agree?


 

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