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Overcome the ick factor

Making jelly from high bush cranberries smells like old, sweaty socks from a bus load of summer Olympiads. Fiddlehead ferns look like tentacles from alien octopi.

by Travis Grimler

As I see it 0424: the baking and the breaking

We all have fond memories from our youth. One thing I remember clearly and dearly from many years ago is bread baking.
Both grandmothers, my mom and a few of my aunts baked it, too.

by Pete Abler

Last Windrow 0424 -The question

This time in late April or early May the question would come. The question was one that I waited on through my high school years.

by John Wetrosky

Patriot Perspective 0424: How does our district compare?

One of the most challenging topics to communicate about in public education is finance. The constant debates that are a necessary part of our democratic system of government create many misperceptions about the numbers.

by Chris Lindholm

Merry Christmas and Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
We have ended our Happy Lent time of preparation to celebrate the second most honored Christian holiday.

by Pastor Kate Stangl

Potential tax savings

Perhaps we should pass another amendment to our U.S. Constitution. Maybe we could eliminate an entire branch of our federal government (Congress), since it doesn't seem to be working any longer and has simply become a subsidiary of the executive branch.

Thank you

A special thank you to the following people who helped me out last Wednesday when my vehicle rolled over.

Fiscal responsibility

Thanks to the fiscal responsibility of Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators, Minnesota has a true budget surplus for the first time in more than a decade. This is in stark contrast to the years of budget deficits under Republican leadership.

Far left talking points

In the letter to the editor, A. Martin from Merrifield continues to spout the lies and talking points from the far left, which wants us all to believe that Republicans, the Tea Party and conservatives want the less fortunate to go hungry.

Inspiration: Heightened awareness

The Apostle John chose an interesting format in recording the works of Jesus.

The Last Windrow: Goal accomplished with crawdad feed

It's a long way from a pork chop to a crawdad.
I grew up never traveling much more than 30 or 40 miles away from our farm home. A trip to Sioux City, 24 miles away was looked on as a big event.

by John Wetrosky

Cracker Barrel: Ultimate satisfaction

I know what you're thinking. Having read the title of this column, your mind has turned to thoughts of physical pleasure. The joy of sex, perhaps, or eating a delicious meal, or buying something you've been craving for months and months.

by Craig Nagel

Vogt's Notes: Celebrating a marriage milestone

Fifty years. A half century.
That's a long time.
Can you imagine being married for that many years?
I certainly can, and I believe many of you readers can as well. Perhaps many of you have already celebrated your golden anniversaries.

by Nancy Vogt

The Last Windrow: Will Twins win pennant this year?

Wes Covington is on third base, Eddie Mathews is on second base, there are two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Milwaukee Braves are behind seven to five.

by John Wetrosky column

Political games being played

The House recently passed something that a number of legislators refer to as a "Garbage Bill." Others are calling it a "Bailout Bill." Either nickname is well-deserved.

Thanks for a great snowmobiling season

Now that the snowmobile season has come to a close for another year, the Ideal Sno Pros Snowmobile Club would like to thank the following people who made it a good year locally.

Wrestling show a success

I was so happy to see a great turnout for the wrestling show. Family entertainment and money went to a good cause.
Great names of the industry. Hometown gal Mystik Sexton announces the final match.

Garden Expo 2014

I would like to thank the registered participants that attended this year's Garden Expo on Saturday, April 5, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

As I See It: Humans and nature

I guess it's human nature to wonder so much about nature - no pun intended.
We certainly have a curious relationship with the world around us - and by that I mean everything that exists besides us.

by Pete Abler

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