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Police Scanner - Aug. 25 edition
Four candidates file for WDC School Board
Murder, kidnapping charges await man accused of killing Watkins' 5-year-old
Living history: Wadena County population shrinks
Property Transfers, Marriages - Aug. 18 edition
WDC harriers hunting for personal bests
Twins should have sights set on 2017
Wadena State Bank golf team triumphs
Wolverines have veteran talent in tennis ranks
Senior baseball state tournament coming to area
William 'Bill' Bretz
Joan N. (Asselin) Marquardt
Cyber Cafe offers safe space for teens
Lunde Auto Sales opens in Wadena
Karvonen Funeral Home adding cremation services
Henning woman accepts new NJPA position
New coffee, boutique shop to open on Highway 10
Railroad Days celebration is this weekend in Staples
England Prairie Show Days return this weekend
50-year marriage focus of Long Lake Theater's musical
Madhatters to perform 'Twelve Angry Men' this weekend
Bluffton Hometown Days kicks off Thursday night
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Birth announcements - Aug. 18 edition
Perkins graduates from Northwest Technical
Extraordinary encounter with stranger enlivens parish pilgrimage
Area students graduate from Bemidji State
State legislature frozen in dysfunction
Your letters - Aug. 18 edition
Bad ideas to improve VA services
Can a vehicle be sold without a VIN plate?
It's here: The coming workforce squeeze
State waterfowl season to begin Sept. 24
Anglers exceed Mille Lacs walleye quota, season continues anyway
DNR offers tips to private forest owners dealing with storm damage
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail
August 14, 2011
Ole Yurho reflects on the barn
From his easy chair inside the old farmhouse, Ole Yurho listened to the wild geese honking their way back north overhead. It was spring again, and he heard them, and he thought of many things. His age, he thought about that a lot, because it seemed to be the blame for most of the...
August 14, 2011 - 11:32am
August 6, 2011
Weather brought back memories of Vietnam
Once the weather gets up into the high 80s, regarding both temperature and relative humidity, you all are getting a free visit to the conditions we were exposed to daily in Vietnam. It's doubtful that you understand, but it was really worse than this, because at night, it never...
August 6, 2011 - 1:40pm
July 31, 2011
Unrest in the appliance ranks
Over the years, I've come to depend heavily on General Electric the Washing Machine, and on his ability to command The Appliance Army of the Basement. Lately, though, in much the same way General MacArthur ran amuck in the Korean War because he wanted to invade China, General Electric...
July 31, 2011 - 9:41am
July 23, 2011
Grandma's fantastic electrified blanket
As I struggled the other day with a diesel engine on a tractor, and realized I was losing the battle, it occurred to me that this shouldn't be a surprise. Any examination of my ancestry turns up some folks who have either not cooperated gracefully with new technology (I consider a...
July 23, 2011 - 2:42pm
July 10, 2011
The great chicken slaughter of 2011
The best thing that can be said about butchering chickens is? Wait! I don't think there is a best thing that can be said about butchering chickens. Eating one, yes; butchering one, uh uh. When the phone rang eight weeks ago, and I answered it, and a friend said: "I've got extra...
July 10, 2011 - 9:24am
June 26, 2011
Dreams change as one reaches retirement
We were in Duluth last week, at Park Point. Park Point is a strip of land just big enough for a road and houses on either side; it separates the harbor from Lake Superior. They hold a Park Point garage sale every year, and it has turned into a family gathering. Everyone brings some...
June 26, 2011 - 1:02pm
June 19, 2011
Circumcision: let's get to the point
Circumcision is back in the news. San Francisco and a couple more cities in California want to ban it. To me, it seems a topic loaded with reasons that say it should be left alone. Circumcision is like the tip of an iceberg; there's so much more going on out of sight that you cannot...
June 19, 2011 - 6:34pm
June 12, 2011
The wood tick in church conundrum
I sat in church last Sunday and marveled as I usually do at how one's mind tends to ramble past thoughts much more freely there. Is it the austere tones of the interior decorating? The largeness of spirit? The communion with fellow human beings? Maybe it is telephones that don't...
June 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
June 5, 2011
Differences of opinion along the bell curve
"I just want to thank you," I said to the older gentleman whose house I had come to, back when I was in the plumbing and heating business. He had asked me to come and give him a price on what was then a revolution in the heating world, the Lennox Pulse furnace, the first 90-plus efficient...
June 5, 2011 - 10:23am
May 29, 2011
Would DDT kill bedbugs in New York City?
"It's the bedbugs, you know," My True Love said to me at the breakfast table just the other day, as we were discussing her upcoming trip to New York City. Sure, I said, yes, I said, uh huh, I said, one eye on my breakfast, another on the newspaper, yet a third on the day before me,...
May 29, 2011 - 9:43pm
May 22, 2011
Prices just keep going up, up, up
When I was a teenager, one of my most dreaded people encounters was with someone who was old, like me now. Why was that, you ask? How kind of you to inquire. It was because to me at that age most oldsters seemed interested in only one thing: The price of goods and services. "I remember...
May 22, 2011 - 10:24pm
May 15, 2011
Flashbacks on prom night
This goes back, way back, to a spring day when, as if to remind me that life wasn't already whizzing by at light speed, there came into the farmyard a long black limousine. It stopped and lurked right outside the front door of the house. Right there in front of our door. Big black...
May 15, 2011 - 5:10pm
May 8, 2011
A hot stock tip from Shorty
The stock market has been in the dumps so long, I've almost quit studying it. Almost. Truth be told, even those of my friends who used to nonchalantly bring up the subject of their individual stock purchases have quit. They were so sly about it, too. I miss those sly little conversation...
May 8, 2011 - 9:11pm
May 1, 2011
Tiptoeing around Ms. DoubleWide
"I read about you on the InterNet," I said to Ms. Widerthanthou, the new Energy Star refrigerator that hulked in the corner of my kitchen. And I had. I wasn't prepared yet to let her know all I had learned. Appliances are a lot smarter than you think. If anyone should know that, it's...
May 1, 2011 - 10:03pm
April 24, 2011
War and religion cycle repeating itself
(I wrote this in 1991. I reran it in 2006. Now it's 2011. We are directly involved by definition in a war with at least four Muslim countries. Presidents George the First and the Second have come and gone, and, blame them as we might, we can blame them a bit less in light of the fact...
April 24, 2011 - 1:15pm