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Opinion

Ann Bailey explains why she's thankful for agriculture in professional and personal life.
"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Katie Pinke looks at the positive impact of 4-H on youth.
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"I like that we are still discovering creatures previously unknown to us even though we are supposedly firmly into our golden scientific age. It’s a good and humbling reminder of our place in the order of things. ... I marvel at a God who would create us in his image, but still take the time to fashion the prehistoric-looking conger eel — it’s real, look it up! — for purposes I will never comprehend."
To connect teens with adults, Northwood Public School along with a community healthcare partner held its first Multi-Generation Trivia Night with 14 teams participating. Katie Pinke was a part of the last-place team and shares the wins she still experienced between friends and three generations of her family.
So just what makes our elections so special? I credit all of those who are involved in the elections, from the volunteers at the local precinct to the election officials on up to every level of government.
One of the most significant lessons my dad taught this farmer’s daughter was to lead by example.
Even a pastor needs divine reassurance every once in a while.
"Native people are not in the past, we are in the present and we are in the future. Here’s a story we are making."

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I know most people tend to generalize when they speak about the “media.” It’s really just human nature. But I can assure you that working for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, Perham Focus and Wadena Pioneer Journal is nothing like working at larger media organizations.
Jenny Schlecht reflects on the little irritants on a farm, like the dust from pushing cattle or unloading corn and how it can affect parts of day-to-day life.
"(I)n the Lutheran tradition ... We believe all believers are one big collection of saints, and we especially are grateful for those saints who precede us in death and now guide us from the other side of eternity. The observance of All Saints Sunday is a venerable tradition that can evoke a lot of emotion."

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