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Donna Overby of Detroit Lakes has always loved decorating and baking for Christmas, but in 1996, she found herself in a bit of a holiday funk. Her kids were all grown up and moved away, and she'd lost her parents. It would only be her and her husband, Bob. "I'd kind of lost my Christmas spirit," said Overby, who says her husband took notice that their house seemed a bit...unfestive. "He says, 'Aren't you even going to decorate for Christmas?', and I said, "No, what for? It's just us."
It's been a while now since we put a man on the moon, and as if that hasn't been cool enough for humans to brag about for decades now, we have only become more sophisticated and brilliant in our technology since then. So with all of our country's wealth and intelligence, why is it we can't seem to stop scammers from hitting up our grandmas and grandpas over the phone? Compared to so many other feats we've been able to accomplish, this would appear to be really doable, wouldn't it?
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The average age expectancy in the United States is 78, so using that, we've only got 78 Thanksgivings to enjoy with our families in our lives. Several of them are gone for most. For many, time is ticking for us to have this holiday with our children while they are young and don't have a choice but to spend it with us. Life and jobs will get in the way of some of those grown children and grandchildren coming home for Thanksgiving, which means that number of 78 continues to shrink. For others, parents are growing older and that's a worry.
If one were to listen to the barrage of phone calls and emails this newspaper has received over the last week, it would be appear as if we are in cahoots with the Democratic Party and are just finally being outed by the angry, betrayed public who at last has caught onto our political agenda. We didn't run a big photo of Donald Trump on the front of our newspaper Wednesday along with a story on his presidential victory, and according to "disgusted" callers, that's because we are nothing but left-wing media that "can't get over the fact that Trump won." Yep, they caught us.
Since Tuesday's election, it appears people are losing their minds. Anti-Trump protesters are rioting in the streets in a way never seen before following a presidential election; there are reports of white children and teenagers tormenting minorities with racial slurs in schools in a way this country hasn't seen in several decades. Colleges are offering therapists and even therapy dogs to students who are having too hard a time coping with the outcome of the election. Do you know who is to blame? The presidential candidates themselves and their campaigns.
Friend Bill recently repeated humor heard during drought years about it being so dry two trees were fighting over a dog. Luckily this year's fall rains have been plentiful in much of the region, giving plants good moisture heading into winter. Watering before freeze-up during dry spells is included on the following checklist of final tasks to prepare yard and garden for winter.
Social media during election season is brutal. It's a time when people unfriend each other based on political views or will publically spar with otherwise amiable acquaintances over issues they will never make an actual effort to help change. Some have the ability to remain civil, but for others, social media brings out the very worst side of them - the angry, harsh, swearing-like-a-sailor-fresh-off-the-ship side. It is what it is.
Jane Eastes of Battle Lake took the top honors in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 15th Annual Photography Contest. Winners were announced at the awards presentation held at the Washington Square Mall on October 16. Her photo, Nature's Drilling Rigs was chosen out of 108 entries. Its unique subject, stunning details and color captured the judges' attention. The People's Choice Award went to Full Moon Swans submitted by Patti Doeden. This award was determined by public voting during Tamarac's Fall Festival and National Wildlife Refuge Week at the mall.
A corrective story to one this newspaper published earlier this month: Local veterans groups spoke out about funding cuts it was seeing for its military funerals, which is indeed the case, but the article stated the cuts were coming from the state, when in fact they were federal cuts. Half a million dollars was sliced from the federal budget--money that was traditionally used to send National Guard members trained on the specifics of conducting a Military Honor Funeral.