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Otter Tail County evolves with emergency management plan
Study names MN as second best run state in nation
Stacked storm packed a windy punch, but not much snow
Dakota Access 'fully committed' to completing pipeline using current route
Additional street improvements considered for city of Ottertail
Yellowjacket grapplers run away with Kaatz Memorial
Detroit Lakes wins the Jackie Mann Invitational
Yellowjackets rebound with strong win over Park Rapids
Perham girls fall to Barnesville in HOL opener
Perham boys hoops connect in season opening rout
William J. Cole
Diana Lynn Aker
Lana Christine Koll
Beckett Anthony Heminsley
Silas Robert Dickerson
Arvig to hire 200 workers
Ottertail's Hilltop Lumber breaks ground on new showroom
Perham's Second Hand Rose blossoms in new, bigger space
Bongards buys Main Street building in Perham for new cheese store
Nest takes flight: New coffee shop, kitchen retailer opens in Perham
Angel of Hope vigil canceled
Ottertail's Otterdazzle is Saturday at community center
Gobble Wobble 5K in Perham onThanksgiving Day
Holiday Tour of Homes benefits school foundation
2016 East Otter Tail County 4-H honors members during annual meeting and awards program
Debbie Irmen column: Nothing replaces first-day-of-school freshness
No solution in sight to approve tax relief
No matter what, oil will move
LTE:Letter presented to OTC commissioners on Star Lake Casino
Be safe on county highways over Labor Day
Director: Talented cast performs "Little Shop of Horrors'
A Center for the Arts will feature Flamenco and Mediterranean Music from Spain: Las Migas
The Rose Ensemble brings program about Jerusalem to Detroit Lakes
Kirkbride Art and History weekend is Sept. 16-17 in Fergus Falls
Another kind of 'dance fever'
the prairie spy
January 14, 2015
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
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
May 31, 2014
Column: Giving ‘shotgun wedding’ a whole new meaning
Do you want to know what a great wedding is to a guy? Do you really, really want to know? Well, stay tuned. Here it all comes. From a guy. Who just attended the wedding of his nephew. First, and most importantly, a great wedding is someone else’s other than your own. I could...
May 31, 2014 - 7:57am
May 16, 2014
Column: A good friend gone, but not forgotten
Yesterday, I deleted Stanley B.’s phone number from my cell phone. I’ve deleted phone numbers before, but not for this reason. His brother called me two days ago and informed me that Stanley, at the age of 77, had passed away. Stanley and I have talked on the phone for the...
May 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
May 9, 2014
Column: Spending our lives (and possibly our deaths) on hold
“Please hold for the next available operator/clerk/account-administrator/technician/helpfulpersonwhoknowseverythingbuttellsnothing.” Life on hold, that’s what we’re living now. As if being placed on temporary leave from our lives by a nonhuman recording isn’t bad enough,...
May 9, 2014 - 9:56am
May 1, 2014
Column: Wife-carrying and other weird customs
There are some really weird customs in the world. Here in the U.S.A., we don’t go in much for really far-out rituals and behaviors, although some might say giving a 16-year-old a license to get behind the wheel and direct a two-ton missile down the road a little bit “out there.” I...
May 1, 2014 - 12:56pm
April 24, 2014
Column: A pile of wood is money in the bank
With all the things that have to be done now that warm weather is here, it gets a little overwhelming. It would, all things considered, be a good time to take up serious drinking. Since that doesn’t help, one must prioritize. So. First things first. There’s a pile of...
April 24, 2014 - 11:53am
April 17, 2014
Column: How not to talk to women
“Do you know we’ve been together now for five years?” said My True Love to me the other day. Now, I’m no lawyer, but on the other hand, I didn’t ride the turnip truck across the border and hang on over some pretty bumpy roads just to fall off over a leading question like...
April 17, 2014 - 11:45am
April 10, 2014
Column: Mud may be the only thing worse than snow
I’m tired of winter. I’m tired of cold weather. I’m tired of firewood (which is all gone). I’m tired of snow. Snow on the roof, snow on the driveway, snow on the front step, snow on the lakes. Snow that melts. And freezes. And drifts. And comes again. And melts some more....
April 10, 2014 - 2:02pm
April 3, 2014
Columns: Further fond recollections of Norway
Here are my last impressions of just a couple more things about my recent trip to Norway. The bread! Every grocery store has a long shelving unit laden with unsliced, pretty loaves of the most wonderful, crusty, fresh bread. Want it sliced? Every store also has a slicing machine...
April 3, 2014 - 1:21pm
March 21, 2014
Column: My week in Norway, Part I
I’m just back from a week in Norway, where My True Love and I stayed with her daughter, who is married to a Norwegian man. Here’s what was fun and memorable about Norway. It’s hilly, bordering on mountainous, and everywhere rocky and wooded. Straight roads almost do not...
March 21, 2014 - 11:05am
February 20, 2014
Column: Music player skips tracks and how-to instructions
The instructions weren’t simple. They were as far away from simple as they could be. I had a cell phone now with three gigs of storage capability; why then shouldn’t I just move some music onto my phone, the better to listen to if I ever go on an airplane somewhere. That’s...
February 20, 2014 - 2:06pm
February 13, 2014
Column: How ‘bout them apples? Tree growing tips
It’s a sure sign that spring is coming when the seed catalogues arrive in the mail. I’m in constant contact with a local nursery about apple trees, because I’ve got so many of them growing here on the farm. I’ve been bugging the nursery lately about not stocking so many...
February 13, 2014 - 10:59am
January 23, 2014
Column: ‘The Banger’ versus my mailbox
With each new snowfall, finding my mail becomes more and more of a problem, due to a snowplow driver who shall remain anonymous but whom I shall name “The Banger.” The Banger comes with each new snowfall, you see, driving one of those big orange gravel trucks with a salt-sand...
January 23, 2014 - 12:46pm
December 12, 2013
Column: Where ‘haywire’ comes from
The word “haywire” has of course come to represent a machine or situation that has ignored all of the three laws of conservation of energy and proceeded into chaos. As laws go, there should be another one, which would state: “Any situation with more than one moving part has...
December 12, 2013 - 1:47pm