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Frankford Town Hall, once the stone school that celebrated 100 years in 1967. 
Frankford Town Hall, once the stone school that celebrated 100 years in 1967. 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:04 PM
  • Clan’s swimming hole not for the faint of heart
    After the scorcher we had this past week, all I’ve been able to think about is swimming. It’s one of the Clan’s favorite things to do during the summer, but of course our luck always has us going on the coolest, breeziest weekends of July and August, so naturally we never made it when it was hot this weekend. We toughed it out and survived though — thank goodness for air conditioning!
  • When you think of someone who enjoys gardening, the first thing that comes to your mind probably isn’t superhero. Yet, gardeners may just have the power to help save the world.
  • More happenings in 1976 in Spring Valley
    Considering the last column had to do with the graduating class of 1976, we continue with whatever else might have been happening in Spring Valley, according to the Tribune, in the spring of the year.
  • Speedy tent take-down keeps Clan dry on numerous camping trips
    Camping at least twice a year has been a Clan summer tradition since 2003. In that time, we’ve camped all over the state, and, of course, experienced a great deal of bad weather along the way. 
  • Torii Hunter provides  insight on baseball — and life
    The ballpark can be a type of sanctuary, a venue insulated from the surrounding world to showcase the talents of baseball players in a tradition that is, as the saying goes, as American as apple pie. 
  • Cops killing citizens. Citizens killing cops. Individuals mowing down others in mass shootings. Suicide bombers detonating their explosives in crowds. The last few weeks have been full of enough horrifying events to overwhelm many people.
  • 1976 was the year of celebration locally and nationally
    Front page of the Tribune:  “Class of ‘76 gains independence!”
  • Grateful older brothers weren’t in charge of naming
    I think there comes a time in every young person’s life when they begin to really appreciate their parents. 
  • Forget broadband, what about phone service in rural Minnesota?

    Although there is a push to bring rural Minnesota into the 21st century with improved broadband, many areas are still struggling to keep on a level playing field for 20th century technology — the landline telephone.

  • It wouldn’t be surprising if data showed a large number of Americans searched the meaning of Brexit after Great Britain voted to exit the European Union last week. The decision by the United Kingdom has global implications as financial markets tumbled, putting a dent in retirement funds for millions of Americans, and raising the threat of a looming recession.

  • As many of you have probably heard by now, my sister, Joanna, is going on a mission trip to Guatemala this summer. You might have seen the article published here about the fundraiser she created to raise money for drilling a well in the village she and my mom would be visiting. I know some of you donated and I’d like to thank you for helping make fresh water a reality for this village. It really means a lot to them — and to Joanna!

  • Bluff Country has gained a couple distilleries, a vineyard, a hard cider production plant and plans for a brewery in the past five years. It may seem like a new trend, but the developments actually harken back to a century ago when breweries were located in several area towns and a distillery produced rye whiskey in Forestville.

  • In the 16 years that Dad has been keeping bees in the backyard, we’ve gotten used to having them around. We don’t flip out anymore when they fly around our faces (although when they get caught in long hair that’s another story). But one of the hazards of keeping bees on the property is that the chances of getting stung go way up. We’ve learned to watch our step in the yard and to give the beehives a wide berth when the bees are going back and forth. Still, stings happen.

  • When Sen. Al Franken visited Kingsland two weeks ago, he was interested in talking about science, technology, engineering and science (STEM). However, the conversation kept drifting into other areas, ranging from American culture to creativity. That’s what happens when you include faculty from the art, music and English departments in a roundtable.

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