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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:47 PM
A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, N.D., are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Mich., are state capitals.
  • A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, N.D., are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Mich., are state capitals. 
  • These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn't. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix. 
  • My mother decided she wanted to travel and visit with friends she hadn't seen in some time. But that meant a long trip, and a great deal of planning. She wanted to travel from a farm 10 miles south of Chatfield, all the way to Douglas, Minn. 
  • We are in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, but many people prefer to ignore the evidence. I, personally, am in the midst of reading about it, especially two books by Elizabeth Kolbert: "The Sixth Extinction," which came out in February of this year and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe," copyright 2006. 
  • The 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed last week by President Obama, strengthens the farm safety net and ensures vital nutrition assistance for hardworking children and families during tough times. It closes loopholes and achieves much-needed reform, saving billions of taxpayer dollars. 
  • I have been reading the article about proposing a veterans memorial and its location. 
  • Imagine lacking electricity or telephone service at your home or business. Admittedly, it's a hard thing to do. Not long ago, though, the services we now view as essential utilities were anything but. While today we take for granted this type of connectivity, many Minnesotans still lack reliable access to the essential technology of our day - broadband Internet. 
  • I believe that I have found a way to deal with the money-hog corporations that put their destructive greed ahead of humanity itself. It's a seldom-used practice called "shunning." Only living humans can change; man-made creations cannot. 
  • Last weekend my cousin came in from Albuquerque, N.M., and we left Minneapolis-St. Paul for a quick road trip to see my brother in Decorah. 
  • Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new sub-discipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects of the human experience. 
  • My family is kind of a subsection of the normal middle class Americans that don't need Obamacare so badly. We have folks that are retired and on Medicare, others that are 60ish and still working, so they have group insurance and then we have those that are 30ish and 40ish with little ones (or not) and group plans through work so they are fine insurance-wise. 
  • "Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy....six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work..." 
  • In the fall of 1994 I became coordinator for the United Methodist "Meals on Wheels" program. Now, 19 years later, you have new coordinators, Dwaine and Kathy Kamnetz. I kept a list each year of those who carried this program. 
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