A week from next Tuesday, Feb. 4, do something most people don't bother to do. Go to your local precinct caucus - Republican or Democrat/DFL.
Take a little time that Tuesday night to seek out and spend an hour or two with your like-minded neighbors.
In a recent column I expressed hope for the 2014 election campaigns, made up of fair and open exchanges and presentation of contrasting candidates and contentions.
That didn't get off to a very good start.
It was toward the end of a cold December Sunday. I don't remember much detail, but I believe the outside chores were done. The only radio in the house was tuned to the only station that played through the nighttime static.
I share the thanks expressed by other writers at this time of year. Thanksgiving, like our recently expressed appreciation of veterans, ought to be year-around for all of us. We, in this lakes area, have so much to be thankful for.
On Sunday an opinion columnist labeled last week's election (primarily referencing the Twin Cities) as an education election. I believe she was in part referencing the learning experience with the new ranked choice voting.
There seems to be much for we non-Catholics to like about the new Pope Francis. We don't grant much earthly deity status to our pastors, synod bishops or denomination leaders. It seems most other sects or religious groups don't, either.
We are ever reminded that life is fragile. Also, we are reminded almost daily to expect the unexpected.
Yesterday I awoke, thinking that the first priority was to finish up and send in this week's column.
In response to last week's columns, all of the facts I learned came from Minnesota newspaper articles.
I relied on the following:
• AGCO is simply unable to find employees for its new expansion in Jackson, Minn.