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Tjepkes graduates from UM-Crookston
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Area students graduate from MSUM
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Friends & Neighbors
Dan's Service Center has new service advisor
MN gas prices down 2 cents
Arvig Donated More Than $450,000 Back to Communities in 2016
Economic Development Summit scheduled for March 3
Prepare your budget for closing costs when buying a home
Picture perfect images: Lakes Area Photography Show opens this weekend at Washington Square Mall
Celebrate Women's History Month
Vince Neil coming to Shooting Star March 3: Motley Crue frontman to perform solo set for Mahnomen fans
That magic touch: ‘Experience the extraordinary’ with Craig Karges at Ulen’s Top Hat Theatre
Ski, snowshoe or hike by candlelight at Maplewood Saturday
Dell D. Holm
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Lee Hamilton column: The threats to our democracy
Letter: Trump is my president
Letter: DL City Council way out of line with projects to be funded by new sales tax
Letter: Becker County jail should be built by local craftspeople
Detroit Lakes Tribune editorial: Don't believe your lying eyes, just believe us (wah-ha-ha!)
Blane Klemek column: Energetic, cheerful chickadees make for good company
Brad Laabs column: Ice fishing gets tricky now, but it's not over yet
Finding springs is a wintertime thing: New DNR app gives you a chance to help with groundwater research
DNR says burn debris now--EMDASH--restrictions will happen soon
Blane Klemek column: Trumpeter swans are a huge Minnesota success story
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
August 20, 2015
Aunt Wendy comes to visit
It was always a very big deal when my uncle Johnny came to visit. Johnny was a bachelor who drove a convertible and he was always laughing and chuckling. There weren’t many convertibles around in those days and when Johnny came, we always piled in and sat on top of the back seat...
August 20, 2015 - 5:45am
August 13, 2015
Connected to everyone in the world
I know you — you are a friend of a friend of a friend who has a cousin in China who made the straw hat I’m wearing. In 1929, Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story called CHAINS in which he introduced the idea of “six degrees of separation.” The theory is that everyone is a...
August 13, 2015 - 5:45am
August 7, 2015
Men in shorts are disgusting
Years ago when I was a teenager with a summer job as a carpenter’s helper, I wore shorts to work on a hot summer day. When I arrived at the job site, the boss took one look at my shorts and said, “Go home and put on a long pair of pants. We don’t wear shorts on this job.”...
August 7, 2015 - 5:25am
July 30, 2015
‘Life is short, have dessert first’
Should you eat dessert first if you want to? Why not? Well, maybe there is a reason why not. In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, psychologist Walter Mischel conducted some experiments on what he called “delayed gratification.” His question: would the ability to delay gratification...
July 30, 2015 - 5:50am
July 23, 2015
These wet spots are my tears
When is the last time you sent or received a genuine handwritten letter, sealed in an envelope, stamped and posted through the U.S. Mail? Not lately I’ll bet. People who send them get sincere thanks and a letter back. People who get them smile when they pick them up at the mailbox...
July 23, 2015 - 5:25am
July 17, 2015
What happened to my baseball cards?
You’ll never hear a sadder story. Ricky chewed bubble gum and collected baseball cards from the time he was seven until he graduated from high school. He had all the great ones: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Stan Musial, Bob...
July 17, 2015 - 5:10am
July 9, 2015
Smoke has lifted: I can see clearly now
In the last days of June, smoke from Canadian wildfires in Saskatchewan created a haze over eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. The smoke was the result of over 100 fires started by lightning in the dry northern forests, carried by high altitude winds out of the northwest....
July 9, 2015 - 5:10am
July 1, 2015
Now grandpa has a new leg
Years ago, when he was a young man, Ted was operating a huge earth moving machine working on the Garrison Dam. He had an accident and lost a leg. He was fitted with a new leg and lived a long, successful life as a pilot, businessman, farmer, and family man. When he died, there were...
July 1, 2015 - 5:20am
June 24, 2015
Gray hair: A rude awakening
For me it was a rude awakening. Three of us were lined up to get our out-of-state North Dakota three day fishing licenses. I was third in line. So I got out my 2012 Minnesota driver’s license listing my date of birth, sex, height, weight, color of eyes, and (I thought), color of...
June 24, 2015 - 5:15am
June 17, 2015
Amazing art show on the rails
Yesterday I got stuck waiting at a railroad crossing while a very slow freight train crept by. It wasn’t a train of oil cars or coal cars, it was a long, long train of covered freight cars — metal cars for hauling heavy duty loads like automobiles — the kind of railroad cars...
June 17, 2015 - 11:41am
June 11, 2015
How many borrr-ing articles do you read?
If you are easily bored, this is a good column for you to read. Some folks have told me this column helps them go to sleep at night. I am happy to help with whatever works for you. Eartha and I were driving down the highway last week, parallel to a freight train going the same...
June 11, 2015 - 5:55am
June 4, 2015
Patience, patience, patience
The engine had been sitting dormant in a cold shed all winter long. Now it was time to get it started for the season. But it wouldn’t. One by one, we checked for reasons. It wasn’t old gas, it wasn’t the carburetor, it wasn’t the starter, it wasn’t the battery. What was...
June 4, 2015 - 5:00am
May 28, 2015
Bad luck gets the blame and a bad rap
I’m not a golfer, but I did mess around with the game a long time ago. I didn’t play much, and I didn’t play well. About the last time I golfed, I was approaching the final hole from about 125 yards out. I pitched the ball and it looped nicely, bounded in front of the green,...
May 28, 2015 - 5:45am
May 21, 2015
Do you mind if I take this call?
Just last week I read a list of questions you should never ask while you’re interviewing for a new job. At the top of the list was, “Do you mind if I take this call?” Would anybody who truly wanted a job actually ask a question like that during an interview? If I were the...
May 21, 2015 - 5:45am
May 14, 2015
TIME’s pick of Kardashian shameful
Shame on TIME Magazine. Last week I got the double April 27 - May 4 issue of TIME. The entire issue is devoted to identifying the 100 most influential people in the world. TIME breaks the 100 into categories: the artists, the icons, the leaders, the titans and the pioneers. It is...
May 14, 2015 - 5:45am