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Missing slippers found in backyard (obviously)

Not to beat a dead horse of a different color, but we've seen this story before. An especially valuable, not to mention comfortable, piece of Up-North American history goes missing. Stolen. Pieces...

 

Enjoying some winter in summer and fall

It's that time of year when local farmers' markets are overflowing with every imaginable kind of vegetable. Like going to the grocery store when you're famished, shopping at the market can be an...

 

Movin' on

An old cliché I used in my traveling days in the 60s comes from a country western tune. I would say to Bart or Wiggy or one of my many other hitch-hiking buddies, “Like Hank Snow, I’m movin...

 

Live alien lights

We saw the light. By 'we' I mean our family unit. Like a scene from E.T. or some other space opera/odyssey from the late 20th Century. A pop-culture invasion. Minus Ringo. As far as we could tell, he...

 

Labor Day sales

Once upon a time Labor Day was celebrated with parades featuring marchers from the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the Bricklayers Union and my favorite, the one union I belonged to, the Hod-Carriers...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Reflections from a Master Gardener

Last month, the Carlton County Master Gardeners met at the home of local master gardener Doug McLellan. Before offering us a beautiful spread of homegrown refreshments, Doug led the group on a tour...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Dogs and longevity

I once had a Norwegian Elkhound named Jethro. I aptly named him Jethro Bodine after a character on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Jethro could never make up his mind if he was going to be a brain...

 

As easy and difficult as pie

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of tips for young women to stay safe outside. Anything from “Don’t wear your hair in a ponytail, because it’s easier for an attacker to grab it,” to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 23, 2018

The learning curve

It’s been nearly a month since we bought our Tesla. I can count on one hand the number of times I have driven it. I still have five fingers and I think I have been behind the wheel four times. This...

 

Recognizing the humanity in the arts

We all have our own ideas of what 'the arts' means. Some think of symphony orchestras, others picture painted masterpieces and others think of carefully crafted literary works. Maybe you think of...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Ask a Master Gardener

Last week I was enjoying some time with our grandson in his Rochester backyard, inspecting the progress of a small vegetable garden we had planted in early June. We had just discovered the umpteenth...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Jerry Jeff and a Tesla

Folks, please bear with me for just one more year. You are not alone in the musical world if you love country and don’t know Jerry Jeff Walker. He may be the ultimate singer/songwriter from Austin...

 

Write in Kurhajetz in November for SWCD

My name is Russell Kurhajetz and I am asking for your vote as a board of supervisors member representing District 2 of Carlton County's Soil and Water Conservation District. Because of timing, I am running as a write-in candidate. Sadly this means...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 9, 2018

What the jet stream has to do with you

When it comes to the weather, we are currently the lucky ones, because we are in the area covered by a dip in the jet stream, keeping the very hot, humid weather to the south of us. Earlier in July,...

 

School supplies?

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." Moose Lake isn't New York City,...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Bee friendly

It's amazing how important the little things are. Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat. Here in Minnesota, many crops including apple, blueberry, cucumber,...

 

Glimpse of 1918: automobile club is formed

Life 100 years ago in 1918 was progressing, despite World War I raging in Europe. People at home were supporting the troops. More and more people were switching to automobiles, although horses were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sharing the road

My favorite scene from the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” appears near the very end when the two bank/train robbing outlaws are perched behind a large boulder. One of them turns to the...

 

It's the small things

As I flipped through pages of the Star-Gazette, eyes peeled for an interesting picture to include in the Historical Reflections section, a headline at the top of the first page caught my eye — “An...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Scotch day

I have never had a problem reconciling the vision of a large red-headed, big-bellied guy with a bottle of Scotch in hand, wearing a skirt in lieu of pants. OK. Technically they are called kilts, as...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 19, 2018

The verdict is in ...

... and it's unanimous: the flower pots at the courthouse in Carlton are stunning, beyond a doubt! This is the third summer of the beautification project initiated by the Carlton County Extension...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Liar, liar, pants on fire

One of the things that bothers President Trump’s adversaries the most is his continual stream of lies. In reality, his antagonists, both foreign and domestic, could do themselves a big favor by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Three of a kind

In the past three weeks, wedding bells were ringing in Brainerd, Minn., Ojo Caliente, N.M. and Lead, S.D. Not for me but for three of our family friends. In poker you could say about these three weddi...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Worthy of observation and appreciation

Bugs. Insects. Creepy crawlies. These are just some of the names used to describe the enormous biomass of living creatures we share the earth with. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Coming soon: the Annual Kettle River Garden Tour

For over 20 years, the Carlton County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with area gardeners, have hosted the Kettle River Garden Tour. The tour is a very popular event, with attendance at about 150...

 

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