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History evolving: Becker County museum to become children, science museum
Al Franken, 'Giant of the Senate': Minnesota Senator visits Detroit Lakes, talks career pathways
Survival of Sears and Kmart is in doubt
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Otters' late charge falls short in state opener
Area gymnasts ready for state USAG
Mom's fight with cancer shaped the attitude of LP-A's Raaen
Good luck at State, Raiders!
Ninth annual old-timers wrestling tournament
Essentia Health-St. Mary's births
Planning will help you see green in retirement
An evening of music and storytelling: Chinese entertainer Gao Hong to perform Thursday in NYM
Wednesday matters: Everyday prayers
Column: Beware of "Can you hear me?" scam calls
Friends & Neighbors
Ryan Hanson Homes has new licensed realtor
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Joins Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes
Back in business: Audubon Liquor Store purchased by brothers-in-law
Norby's recognized for 90 years of membership
L&M Fleet Supply earns honor from Cub Cadet as one of the top dealers in America
Full WE Fest lineup announced
'Beauty and the Beast' debuts to magical $350M globally
Women on a roll: Female directors dominate at Fargo Film Festival
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Donna Mae Graffis
Lyle E. Donley
Jeffrey M. Webber
Irene Leona Johnson
Ronald "Sam" F. Samuelson
Letter: 'Extreme vetting' is a sham--we're already as safe as we can be
Letter: Eken says attack against him by fellow senator was 'flat-out lie'
Another Republican wedge issue to divide Minnesotans?
Letter: 'Repeal and replace' plan means tax cuts for the rich, fewer health benefits for the American people
Now is the time for next Farm Bill
Signs of spring: The lark and pasque flowers
Brad Laabs column: There's still quality lake ice for fishing
Waiting for Woodie Camp: Young waterfowlers can attend free, weeklong summer camp
Blane Klemek column: Pileated woodpecker can hollow out trees like a buzzsaw
Brad Laabs column: Get your poop in a scoop and clean up the lake, anglers!
You've gotta have faith: Christian filmmakers start up business, teaching academy in rural Audubon
My Christmas in Denmark: Different traditions, same feel
Late arrival for New Year's baby: First birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's is Azyloh Roberts
DLHS named 'Safe Sports School'
A $10,000 drop in the bucket: Red Kettle campaign gets big boost from anonymous donor in DL
Pine to Palm
September 14, 2012
Homecoming coronation more damaging than bullying
School is in session, and with it comes a new round of rules and regulations designed more to keep the school out of the paper than to benefit the children. In the latest spate of insincere foolishness, spooked school officials solemnly line up the year's anti-bullying policies,...
September 14, 2012 - 1:17pm
August 31, 2012
Save the planet, buy our soap
My plastic bottle of dish soap claims using their brand "saves wildlife." On the bottle's label, a mama duck cuddles a baby duck in a manner more designed to trigger the human "oh for cute" response than to reflect any actual scene in a swamp. To find out just how buying X brand...
August 31, 2012 - 1:12pm
August 17, 2012
Life is not like the Olympics, it's more like baseball
The Olympics make me nervous.
August 17, 2012 - 3:00pm
July 27, 2012
We're in the 'dog days' of summer
These are the dog days of summer. The term "dog days" dates from ancient times and has to do with the stellar constellations which are prominent in the night sky during July and August. In ancient times, the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, also known from ages past as the...
July 27, 2012 - 3:53pm
July 20, 2012
It's county fair time again
The tradition of a fair goes back to Roman times, when the authorities would declare an intermission of labor and tradesmen from afar sold their wares. In the Middle Ages, fairs were tied to religious holidays honoring patron saints. Not all of the activity on the fairgrounds...
July 20, 2012 - 3:41pm
July 13, 2012
Pioneers were all too human
As my hometown of Fertile celebrated its 125th anniversary last weekend, I found myself in a goofy outfit out in the cemetery playing the role of one of the town's old pioneers, H.L.
July 13, 2012 - 2:26pm
July 6, 2012
Irrational over-preparation can give you party anxiety
A recent survey showed people dread hosting a party even more than they dread a job interview. Not surprising. Just look at the summersaults parents turn to get the basement guest bedroom redone before graduation even though nobody will see the room during the party. Last week,...
July 6, 2012 - 4:16pm
April 20, 2012
A little cultural exchange is a good thing
If the rest of the world were just like us, we imply as we tell another story about somebody driving 40 miles to return a lost checkbook, things would be so much better. Never mind that people who move to rural Minnesota from other parts of the world often find us distant, snoopy,...
April 20, 2012 - 3:41pm
April 6, 2012
An exotic ecology comparison
As the swamp in front of my house in Minnesota springs back to life, I think back to the truly odd history of wildlife in New Zealand. Completely isolated for eons of time, New Zealand developed a strange ecosystem which went undisturbed by man until the first humans arrived in...
April 6, 2012 - 3:56pm
March 30, 2012
You can change the world!
Do you want to do something for your country? Do you long to make a difference? Do you want to make life better for your children, or your nieces and nephews, or your grandchildren? Do you want to leave the world a better place than you found it?
March 30, 2012 - 3:41pm
March 23, 2012
A nice spring; Should we worry?
Nothing like a spell of incredibly good weather to bring out the inherent pessimism of the good folks on the northern Great Plains. As the temperature climbs into the 70s at a time when it could well be zero, the question on the street becomes: "Should we worry?" Should we...
March 23, 2012 - 3:20pm
March 9, 2012
Column: New Zealand change -- the kind in your pocket
New Zealand has nearly eradicated change. By change, I mean the stuff that jingles in your pocket when you come home from town, rattles in the drier, piles up on the dresser, ends up in a tupperware which one lugs to the bank every two years. The ever-practical Kiwis are always...
March 9, 2012 - 3:02pm
February 24, 2012
Fox Glacier - one of Earth's natural wonders
The sparsely-populated South Island of New Zealand lies about as close to Antarctica as you can get without a plane or boat. Yet, it contains a gaudy variety of scenery unseen anywhere else. The crown jewel of the South Island is its remote West Coast, a former gold-mining...
February 24, 2012 - 1:40pm
February 17, 2012
First stop: Mangawhai, New Zealand
First stop in New Zealand: The coastal town of Mangawhai, north of Auckland, on the east coast, looking out towards several islands. We scheduled two days in a small coastal town to wear off any possible jet lag, but the New Zealand sunrise burned off both the coastal fog and...
February 17, 2012 - 4:26pm
February 10, 2012
Gone down under to New Zealand
After fifteen years of loyalty to Arizona, this winter brings a new warm weather destination: New Zealand. By going to New Zealand in February, you don't just escape to warmth, you escape to a new season.
February 10, 2012 - 2:45pm