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July 23, 2015
Survival of the fittest: immigrating to Minnesota
There’s a lot of focus lately on immigration, and although mostly it’s about the USA-Mexican border, I think maybe there’s something there for us here in Minnesota, too. Specifically, I think there should be a better process to determine whether or not someone...
July 23, 2015 - 2:46pm
July 16, 2015
St. Urho Finnish Wife Carrying Contest a head scratcher of a tradition
The St. Urho Finnish Wife Carrying Contest in Menahga was announced a while back. I think it’s over now, and I haven’t heard who won. I guess I could find out. Is it possible that it might be important? And I don’t know it? The other day I read that the average...
July 16, 2015 - 12:18pm
July 9, 2015
Cherry picking: A metaphor for life, and more importantly, pie
There are several things about picking my cherry tree that are, it seems to me upon further thought, a lot like life. (Yes, it is a cherry tree, here this far north, but it’s a pie cherry, not a sweet one like they grow much further south.) I have a small bucket tied to a...
July 9, 2015 - 12:25pm
June 25, 2015
Thinking about lost items
I was thinking the other day (About this thinking, it was a special occasion; otherwise, thinking always gets me into some kind of trouble, you know?) about all the things that I have lost over the years. Things like pliers, for example. Back when I had the hardware store, I once...
June 25, 2015 - 1:22pm
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