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Disappearing in a cloud of dust

It’s been interesting reliving the days of the infamous Dust Bowl of the 1930s this past summer. (I say past summer because fall officially started this past Wednesday, Sept. 22.) With the lack of rain, this summer was pretty dry and that translated to a lot of dusty conditions, especially ...

Now the story behind all the pics

I had to work a lot of extra hours last weekend, after having put in a lot of hours during the week, as well. I’m not complaining, just stating the facts. Now, before you might start feeling sorry for me, let me add that it was not exactly hard, physical-type work. I wasn’t pouring ...

Some vivid memories of Sept. 11

Like many people who were adults in 2001, I have a pretty vivid image of the events of Sept. 11 of that year. I watched it all unfold live on TV, and like everyone, I was shocked that this attack on U.S. soil could actually really be happening. And, I remember wondering what the heck was ...

Life in a small town is pretty great

Once again, I had someone ask me why I live in a small town. The question came from someone I have known for a long time, and who has lived in a larger city pretty much all of his life – at least in the suburbs of a large city all of his life. I understand the question. I spent most of ...

Editor confesses to odd addiction

I have had an addiction most of my life. I am addicted to reading newspapers. You are probably not shocked. I have, after all, been a newspaper editor all of my adult life. I love to read daily newspapers, as well as small town weekly newspapers – from towns I am familiar with and ones ...

You got it! More Cheers and Jeers

It was just a month ago that our Cheers and Jeers column ran in this space. One would think there would not be enough items to warrant another one so soon. But there is, trust me. A Cheer goes out to the Main Street Quilting Society, a group that meets together and also works separately ...

I get ‘interesting’ mail, phone calls

I get a lot of what could be termed “interesting” mail and phone calls here. And, by mail, I mean both letters via the U.S. Postal System and letters via email. The last week or so was no exception. So, I thought I would share a couple of these communications, or at least portions of ...

They were at the fair to help out

OK, I have to admit, despite what I wrote last week in this space, I had a lot of fun at the Faribault County Fair this year. Part of that was because there was quite a bit of interesting entertainment throughout the four days of the fair. However, an even bigger reason I had a good time at ...

Just trying to be a little neighborly

I have said before that I have always been interested in learning someone’s “story.” More or less learning their “story” means finding interesting things about their life. For instance, where they grew up, went to school, places they have lived, how they met their spouse. Things ...

I sure love going to the county fair

Well, this is it. After missing last year, the Faribault County Fair is back. It is the 160th time a county fair has been held here in our county. The 160th edition of the fair was supposed to be last year, but then, we all know about why that fair never happened. So, this year’s fair is ...