In the age of the internet, I think it’s fair to say most of us have friends or family scattered all over the country.

So it’s Sunday today, Valentine’s Day, dad’s birthday and who doesn’t like Sundays, Valentine’s Day and birthdays? Especially if they’re on th…

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How many times do the words “she loved to do cross-word puzzles” appear in obituaries? The answer is, often.

Gazing into the eyes of my nursing baby is one of the most tender memories I have of being a mother. I spent almost 12 years of my life nursin…

When I first started covering Aitkin County Board last year, I almost immediately discovered a quirk of Aitkin County Health and Human Service…


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I was talking with a good friend the other day, an old friend from Waukenabo. We talked about the weather, how much snow and cold we have, the…

If there’s been one constant since the COVID-19 pandemic began – outside of the constant uncertainty, that is – it’s been the call to keep spo…

Early in Minnesota’s statehood, the United States government signed the 1837, 1854 and 1855 treaties with Ojibwe nations in the central and no…

I’ll be the first to admit that finding a balance between work and play is a challenge.

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In 1991, the Wetland Conservation Act was passed in Minnesota. Its goal was to protect the state’s valuable wetlands through ‘no net loss’ of …

It’s holiday time, and there’s some pieces of music that are just engraved on my brain by now.

Have you ever felt like nobody was there? Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere? Have you ever felt like you could disappear?

I am writing this week in honor of my friends, master gardener Felicia Forder and ‘Plant Aitkin’ champion Jim Matteson.

I remember when I was little seeing a picture hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen of an old man praying. The colors are calming. I used to sta…

As we all sit down and give thanks this week, chances are there are some changes around your holiday table.

So last weekend was our deer hunting opener. Hunting buddies start talking about it a couple weeks ahead, get excited, brag about past kills, …

There is nothing like the first snowstorm of the season, especially when it’s a big one.

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