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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says traditions might change after losing loved ones, but joy and good memories are still possible during the holidays.
Kelsey Waits said few knew her 8-year-old child was transgender.
Justo Mari and son John Mari both died in early November. John Mari had what seemed to be a mild case of COVID-19, but died suddenly five days into his illness, according to family.
The Carrs are one of nearly two dozen families that have taken advantage of Greater Bemidji’s 218 Relocate program, which offers incentives to those who move to Bemidji and work remotely. Tony is a geospatial technician for Boeing, creating flight charts for commercial airline pilots. They moved here from Denver with their two young daughters in June, and are living with Sharon’s parents on Lake Movil until Dec. 14 when they close on their new home.

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It’s a tradition in most families to observe birthdays and mark them in a special way, so it makes sense to me that we do the same on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
In today's "Minding Our Elders" column, Carol says intergenerational living can work for some, but it's important to have realistic expectations.
An Alexandria family is having difficulties getting a new Social Security number for one of their adopted children.
If you still have grandparents in your life, call, write and/or visit them this week. If you do not, share a positive experience, memory or knowledge you learned from a grandparent. Bake your grandma's recipe you miss. And if you're a grandparent, do not miss this opportunity to connect with your grandchildren, in-person, over the phone or by a video call, or in a handwritten letter.
On Sept. 2, Gary Wilson originally from Kasson, Minnesota, who now resides in California, provided his long-lost grandfather, a Spanish-American War veteran, with a headstone at Kinkead Cemetery after resting for nearly 100 years with only a number to mark him.
Rich and Carol Taggart, of Wadena, have been amassing their antiques collection since 1998.

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Education officials pledge to help students recover from pandemic learning disruptions.
The Aho family's art is currently on display at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in the Nelja Generations Gallery Exhibit. "Nelja" is Finnish for four, and art from four generations will be displayed in the exhibit at 24 North Main Ave. in New York Mills until Sept. 4.
Shaun and Mercedes Floerke of Duluth paddled the Voyageurs’ route from Crane Lake to South Fowl Lake.

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