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White receives national volunteer recognition award
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News briefs - July 28 edition
Highway 71 resurfacing begins south of Wadena to Bertha July 25
Wadena Scout earning Eagle rank
Wadena Babe Ruth team headed for 13-15 state tournament
Blazers top Angels with ninth inning surge
WDC Babe Ruth club will meet DGF or Litchfield in state opener
Speer hired as GM, publisher of Northland Outdoors
Pirates capture 7 on 7 title at Nevis
William "Cookie" Helmbrecht
Michael Charles Brakefield
Betty L. (Powell) Shiflett
Jennie-O Turkey Store announces new hire
Tri-County Health Care scores well in national wellness initiative
Gray Horse Quilt Shop opening in Wadena
Larry's Family Pizza finishing extensive remodel
Star Tribune names NJPA a 2016 Top 150 Workplace
Entertainment briefs - July 28 edition
The Abiders to perform Friday at Sounds of Spirit Lake
Old School to perform at Staples Music in the Park
'Annie Get Your Gun' performance coming up in Park Rapids
Alan Godage & Sundown to perform at Staples Music in the Park
Church briefs - July 21 edition
Birth announcements - July 21 edition
Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad
Perez graduates from Rochester Community and Technical College
Living Faith: A full house beats a good flush, I always say
Your letters - July 21 edition
Must vehicles have hoods?
AgeOptions partners with AmeriCorps for in-home care for vets
Be alert, it's election season
Letters - July 14 edition
Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail
Ruffie drumming counts up in Minnesota
Northland Outdoors Television to debut on Fox Sports North across Upper Midwest
AgweekTV: Bringing Up Bison
Signs all point to a good fishing opener in area
June 18, 2010
Saying goodbye to the PJ and my byline
"I thought you were in Hawaii?" is a question I've been asked a lot lately. Not yet, but almost. I'll be married in a week. By the time the paper hits the streets on Saturday, I'll no longer be an employee of the Pioneer Journal. My first day at the PJ was June 22, 2006. I arrived...
June 18, 2010 - 2:26pm
June 11, 2010
Bachelor pad is simple and Spartan -- for now
Man may not be able to live by bread alone, but it appears milk, pop, apple juice and water are sustenance enough -- at least for a bachelor. These meager staples were the only contents of the fridge when I visited my fiance in Hawaii in May. Fortunately, after a long plane trip,...
June 11, 2010 - 11:21am
May 7, 2010
Change brings fear and excitement
The first words I heard about my future home in Hawaii were "nice, I like it" from my fiance an hour after he set eyes on our rented condo April 7. He arrived in Honolulu the evening before, too late for a walk-through with the realtor. I had to wait until late the next afternoon...
May 7, 2010 - 10:34am
April 8, 2010
A fan of the fans in April
April is the season for fans to admire the players on the diamond. It's also the season for those not inclined to don foam fingers to admire the fans. The passionate souls whose hearts beat the colors of their favorite team may occasionally frustrate friends and spouses, but it's...
April 8, 2010 - 8:22pm
March 26, 2010
Adding a little spice to my life
Little did I know when my brother's best friend from high school e-mailed me last spring how much spice would be added to my life. A year later, an engagement ring is on my finger, I've been house hunting in Hawaii and I've made two trips to New Mexico, where my fiance calls a condo...
March 26, 2010 - 11:47am
February 25, 2010
Winter Sara runs into summer Sara
I lead a double life. Actually, it's more like my life is divided in two. There's winter Sara and there's summer Sara. Winter Sara drives a car that can twirl on the ice with the agility of an Olympic figure skater. Sensible clothes like corduroy, tights and sweaters comprise the...
February 25, 2010 - 8:54pm
January 15, 2010
The dress belongs to us, gentlemen
Sorry guys, but the dress is ours. In a world where gender stereotypes are disappearing, the dress remains under feminine domain. From sundresses to Sunday dresses to little black dresses to the mother of all dresses -- the wedding dress -- gowns in all shapes, sizes and colors...
January 15, 2010 - 10:28am
December 3, 2009
Sweeping cultural changes covered in the pages of old PJs
If I was a man of consequence in Wadena in 1949 I would be known as S.M. Hacking. If I was a married woman in 1969 I wouldn't have a first name. These are a just a couple of cultural oddities I've observed since I took over writing the "Living History" column in May. Every week I...
December 3, 2009 - 8:29pm
October 2, 2009
Showers, baby preparation part of being auntie
September was dry, but for me it was filled with showers. No umbrellas were required, though. Just lots of presents wrapped for baby. Auntie is a title I will soon hold so that means parties where grown women ooh and aah over diapers, onesies, Boppy Pillows and whale-shaped tubs....
October 2, 2009 - 10:27am
A simpler time on the swingset
Whether it's made from a rope looped around a tree or a slab of rubber chained to a metal bar, a swing is just the thing to take summer into fall. I was reminded of how much I enjoy swinging while taking a walk through Tapley Park Sunday evening. The shiny new swing set surrounded...
September 2, 2009 - 2:59pm
August 5, 2009
Memories of that special Hewitt home
Sweet-scented pineapple weed is a certain calling card for my favorite summertime memories. Whenever I catch a whiff of this chamomile cousin I feel like I've just stepped out of my family's blue Oldsmobile onto the driveway of Grandma and Granddad's Hewitt home. The heady scent...
August 5, 2009 - 2:48pm
July 8, 2009
Home-grown pesto a convenient delight
Fresh herbs make summer cooking fragrant and fun. A taste of basil from a pot outside my door along with other herbs generously supplied from parents' yard liven up pasta dishes and more. Over the holiday weekend I cooked up a variety of herbaceous delights. A pasta recipe clipped...
July 8, 2009 - 1:46pm
June 10, 2009
Dad: a surprisingly complicated creature
Father's Day cards define dads by six basic topics -- sports, lawn care, tools, beer, recliners and the remote control. While a chord of truth can generally be struck with most dads on at least one of these themes, the punch lines don't tell the whole story. A dad is a very complicated...
June 10, 2009 - 3:29pm
May 13, 2009
Walking on the wild (Wadena) side
Please don't kill me. The little walking man is lit up and beckoning me to step through the crosswalk. I just want to get from the Boondocks corner to Larry's Family Pizza. This plea for help may be a little on the dramatic side, but there are times when being a pedestrian in downtown...
May 13, 2009 - 10:47am