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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 ...

Farewell to a friend from New Ulm

It happened again last week. I had to say goodbye to a good friend. It is something that seems to happen all too frequently lately. Maybe that is a sign of getting old you have a lot of old friends.But, this one died much too young.You probably didn't know Bruce Fenske. He was the long-time ...

Never any fake news in the FCR?

You have probably been hearing a lot about "fake news" lately.Even President Donald Trump has been making a big deal about all the mainstream media creating a lot of fake news mainly calling stories about him which he doesn't like, "fake."Is this a new thing? No.Some sort of fake news has been ...

Blue Earth ‘gains’ another church

You know, when I first came to Blue Earth, nearly 10 years ago, I?was struck by many things in this nice little community.One of those was the number of churches. When I first drove around town, it seemed there was a church everywhere I looked.I saw seven grouped together just near the downtown ...

Making sense of health insurance

The healthcare insurance industry is in a bit of a turmoil, as everyone knows who keeps up with the national news.And, for us average Joes trying to figure it all out, well, it is darn near a full time job.If you have insurance through a group plan at your work, a single individual insurance ...

Will they come if the city builds it?

It still is difficult for some folks to understand there is a housing shortage here in Blue Earth and the rest of Faribault County. You drive around and see for sale signs all over and think, "Hey, there are homes for sale here. What are you talking about?"But there is a shortage of the types ...

Honorable mention stories of 2016

I can hardly believe that our list of top 10 stories for 2016 does not include three stories that each involve millions of dollars.One would think that any story involving those kinds of big-money numbers would automatically make the list. I would for sure think that.But they didn't. They are, ...

All of Minnesota voted for Clinton

So did you feel that disturbance in the Force last Tuesday? It was almost as though a million people cried out at once.OK, enough with the Star Wars references. I have obviously seen those movies one too many times.The disturbance in the Force and the crying out of millions of people at once ...