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Life is like a box of conundrums

“Conundrum: co-nun-drum; noun. A confusing or difficult problem or question.” There you go, the official dictionary meaning of the word conundrum, a word that has been a favorite of mine for many years. One of the reasons it is a word I have always liked is due to one of the additional ...

No Thanksgiving? Still be thankful

What? No Thanksgiving? Who’da thunk it? Remember back in June when we were wondering if there was going to be a county fair, State Fair, Giant Days or any other Faribault County town celebrations because of this pandemic thing? And then there wasn’t. Did you ever think back then that ...

To wear a mask or not wear one?

It has been roughly eight months now. Eight months since our daily lives changed. So, how are you coping? If you are like me, you have learned to adjust. But still, you are getting a little weary of it all. I know I am. For instance, I now carry a mask or two in my coat pockets, another ...

Time again to salute “Our Heroes”

With Veterans Day on Wednesday, you will see that once again we have published a magazine to coincide with the day set aside to honor all the veterans of our country. The magazine is titled “Our Heroes” and it is a special salute to some of the heroes of Faribault County. This is the 18th ...

For what it’s worth, my two cents

Maybe you noticed it too, in the town or city where you live. Or in the town you live nearby, if you live in the countryside. An increase in people out and about enjoying the great outdoors this past summer. I guess they say it was because of the coronavirus pandemic. People couldn’t gather ...

Enjoy all Minnesota has to offer

There is a very special place in Minnesota.It is a serene, soul-refreshing, beautiful and unique hideaway from civilization. It is almost mystical.It is 1.1 million acres of pristine wilderness called the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.Perhaps you have heard of it. Maybe you have been there. Many ...

An interview with the ‘Big Guy’

During Giant Days this year, I had the unusual opportunity to interview one of the giants of our community. In fact, it was with 'the' giant of Blue Earth, the jolly green one.Here is a transcript from that interview.Me: Thanks for allowing me to visit with you Mr. Giant. Or may I call you ...

A 50-year reflection on Pride

I am going to assume that most of our readers were around in 1969. For those of you who weren't, pay attention. For those of you who were, do you remember what event took place on June 28, 1969?Would it help if I gave you a location? The Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York ...

Joe Wilkins’ new book has themes that hit close to home

There are perks to being a writer with other writer friends. You sometimes get to view their work before it hits the shelves.Recently, one of my college mentors, Joe Wilkins, wrote a new book called "Fall Back Down When I Die." It just hit the shelves, and I could not be more honored to be able ...

Sunday liquor sales a big question

Liquor stores across Minnesota now have the opportunity to be open on Sundays both the ones which are privately owned and the city-owned municipal liquor stores.For all 159 years that Minnesota has been a state, sales of liquor on Sundays have been prohibited. That is just for off-sale, where ...