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As your state representative, I want to draw attention to the significance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day which occurred recently. This day offers our community a vital chance to get together … more
A half century ago when first I married the B.W., I made a big mistake by almost irritating my new mother-in-law Elsie Pirsig, a fine lady, but one I certainly didn’t want to alienate. So what … more
I might go outside this week. It seems like it’s getting back to being my kind of winter. El Niño is my friend. The weather pattern sweeps warmer waters our way, making winter more … more
Every day, I hear the words “we should have done this years ago.” Estate Planning is extremely important for asset protection, ensuring your legacy, and protecting your family. It’s … more
If only walls could talk, think of the stories they would have to tell. This was the thought running through my head as I drove by the old Ellsworth Junior High as its demolition began on Monday. … more
As we settle into winter and the appearance of that four-letter word that is both cherished and hated, I’d like to take a moment to thank J.W. Elliot. It was Elliot, hailing from Toronto, … more
Well, well, well, it looks like winter has finally arrived! For this winter season, I am considering my official winter start date to be Jan. 12, 2024. That is when it actually snowed more than 1 … more
All journeys begin with a step. I thought about that as I ventured outside for the first time since my left hip was replaced eight days ago. Slowly, one foot in front of the other, I walked … more
“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” … more
During this legislative session, our primary focus has been on passing impactful legislation to ensure that our local businesses thrive by having access to necessary talent. In collaboration with … more
In past columns, I’ve talked about my Finnish heritage. I am half Finnish (on my dad’s side) and one-quarter Swedish, one-quarter Norwegian on my mom’s side. I grew up knowing … more
Any ink-stained wretch (what fancy folks called a newspaper columnist) will tell you that his word hoard occasionally runs dry, and that’s what happened to me recently; fortunately, I am … more
I’ve kind of been at a loss for words. I’m coming off a one-year hiatus from writing this column, so you better watch out. I’m back, and do I have some exciting stories to tell … more
The New Year is a time to look ahead, set goals, and make changes for the better. The best way forward is to glance backward, taking stock of what went well and what can be improved. Then, with … more
I may be in the minority (or am I?), but I am not liking this brown winter. My bald tires appreciate the dry pavement and getting new tires is first on my list for 2024, but I would be thrilled with … more
“Those who love deeply never grow old, they may die of old age, but they die young.” —Benjamin Franklin “By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned … more
For years here in River Falls, I’ve been struggling with the fecklessness of our paper delivery person. Until a year ago, we received the Star Tribune only about half the time. As a pensioner … more
While this is the time of year for reflection, it’s also a time when we should look forward. Families may have celebrated weddings, births and other life changing events – these are the … more
It’s two days before Christmas and I have plenty left to do. Grocery shopping (which you know I hate), present wrapping, cooking, baking, cleaning, writing my Christmas cards (yes, I am behind) … more
Back in the days when I ran newsrooms, I was fond of telling folks that the simplest definition of news is “what people are talking about.” I was reminded of that when I stopped in … more
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