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Overall, EOTC fair deemed a success
VIDEO: Scenes from the East Otter Tail County Fair
DNR to stock muskellunge in Gull and Fairmont chains of lakes
AgweekTV: Growers say wheat will help meet rising world food demand
West Fargo woman injured in Otter Tail County crash
Zebra mussels confirmed in East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County; Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas counties
Region 14C Tournament kicks off on Friday
Alexandria ends Perham's run at Sub-State 14 Tournament
Centaurs walk off in pitcher's duel
Buzz continue run with 7-5 win over Detroit Lakes
William "Cookie" Helmbrecht
Bella Bonita Bloom
Norah Danielle Erickson
Hank Lee Engle
Ezekiel Jesse Sipe
Adaline Elise Hagen
Two OTC dairy farms honored for superior cow care
Whisk from Scratch officially opens
New retail store opens in Ottertail
New radio station offers Christian Catholic viewpoint
Helmer Companies selling publications to Forum Communications
LTE: Foster Grandparent program designed for older volunteers
Debbie's Digest: Bucket list pared down by one now
LTE:50 percent of Minnesotans protected from e-cigarette aerosols
Relay more than just a fundraiser
Debbie's Digest: Precision required
Richville plans summer fun events
Author to sign copies of latest historical book in Perham
Minnesota comedian Mitzie Calgaro still learning the ropes of her craft
Nyberg sculpture on the road to Byron from Vining
Dent Daze goes super hero style
May 27, 2015
Cousin’s foolproof gas
“Cousin,” which is what I’ll call him, is gone now, so I can tell stories about him, I guess. Were he here, I think he’d enjoy them, so here goes… This story involves Cousin and the farm gas barrel. He turned 16 just after I did, and his parents bought him a car...
May 27, 2015 - 5:04pm
May 15, 2015
Buffering, binge-watching blues
The latest word to enter our vocabulary is: “binge-watching.” Binge-watching refers to the tendency on our part –now that we can internet-wi-fi-stream movies and television stuff from Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix – to start something and become intoxicatingly addicted...
May 15, 2015 - 11:54am
April 24, 2015
Hemped up about ditch weed
This is a headline I saw recently: “Minnesota senator worries hemp would lead to legal marijuana.” I have several thoughts regarding this. Over the years when I was in the HVAC business, most of my skills seemed to involve not figuring out technical things, but figuring...
April 24, 2015 - 12:26pm
April 16, 2015
Family trees, Viking hands and DNA
I’ve been doing a lot of research into my family tree. You know, collecting information on grandparents, building some rudimentary family trees myself. Most of my heritage has already been worked out for me, by others who have put in a ton of work on it. There are some immediate...
April 16, 2015 - 1:24pm
April 8, 2015
Band-ing together at Ft. Bliss
It was 1968, early spring. It was prophetic that the airplane delivering a load of us fresh recruits to El Paso, Texas—Ft. Bliss— for Army basic training had to circle the city for an hour and a half because of a sand storm. And sandy it was. Each evening, when we returned...
April 8, 2015 - 4:12pm
March 11, 2015
Twine’s ‘clear’ story
So, it’s 1969. Me, Tex and Twine are sitting in a five-foot steel culvert buried beneath a couple layers of sandbags that served more for psychological relief than anything. If a 122-mm ChiCom rocket scored a direct hit on us, there weren’t enough sandbags in Vietnam to save...
March 11, 2015 - 2:52pm
March 4, 2015
Sewing the seeds of spring
Spring is coming. You can tell because the seed catalogues are arriving. Every year, about this time, it seems constructive to put down in words what I learned about apple trees this past year. After 35 years of wrangling the darn things, I would have thought that I would have...
March 4, 2015 - 3:14pm
February 18, 2015
Finally! Another family get-together. What with being gone and everyone being busy and just all the stuff that pulls a nuclear family into atomic breakdown, it has become increasingly hard to get all the germs in one house. Meaning: It has become clear to me that whenever more than...
February 18, 2015 - 4:25pm
February 12, 2015
Energy tips from an ol’ HVAC pro
For those of you unfamiliar with my past, I serviced and installed heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products while doing business as Lindy’s Hardware in New York Mills. Then I designed an HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) program for the tech school in Wadena,...
February 12, 2015 - 1:09pm
February 4, 2015
Frozen creeks and stiff cheeks: memories of youth
It’s important to get some of the really old memories of when we were young down on paper now. One of the earliest things I remember is from when I was probably six or seven, and my brother Mark was five or six. It was spring, probably early March or late February (in northeast...
February 4, 2015 - 3:24pm
January 28, 2015
Getting out a message across crossed wires
I just read that, 100 years ago, in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made his first long-distance telephone call. Although no one knew it at the time, it would be the beginning of the death of Western Union telegraphs. Western Union, which sent its first telegraph message in the late...
January 28, 2015 - 3:58pm
January 14, 2015
Bobcats common in the area, though rarely seen
Bobcats are one of the most elusive and secretive native species of mammals common in Minnesota. Not very well understood by most people, fewer still ever observe them. Granted, they are mostly nocturnal by nature, but rest assured these amazing animals are more numerous than many...
January 14, 2015 - 4:52pm
The Prairie Spy: When the remedies are worse than the ailments
Every Sunday now, I cannot resist looking at the paper and checking out the latest flu map – you know, the one that shows where it is hitting the hardest. At the moment, Minnesota seems to be kind of in the middle, numbers-wise. Anyone I talk to says they hate to go into a clinic...
January 14, 2015 - 4:50pm
January 7, 2015
The Prairie Spy: These are a few of my favor-ite films
In keeping with doing something memorable with the New Year, I’m making a resolution (another one, just like the other ones) to watch once again some of my all-time favorite movies. Here they are, in no particular order, although I must confess I have some extra fondness for this...
January 7, 2015 - 2:36pm
December 11, 2014
The Prairie Spy: Without study hall, where can kids get into trouble?
A recent area newspaper gave front-page importance to the fact that the local high school was not going to offer a study hall. Further reading of the article seems to indicate that, in fact, there has been no study hall for some time. I didn’t know you could do away with something...
December 11, 2014 - 4:12pm