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Getting ready to plant your gardens

By Karen Johnson,  U of M Extension Have you put much thought into your garden yet this year? Now is a great time to take a soil sample, consider plant placement within the garden, and to get started planting some of the cool-season germinating vegetables. Do you know what the nutrient levels are in your…

Letter to the Editor

Say yes to biofuels, no to unfair mandates I own and operate Land O’Lakes Oil and Propane in Kimball – providing fuels in this community for 92 years – and I am writing to you today to let you know more about how an E15 mandate would hurt my business and hundreds of other retailers.…

Expect temps in the upper 50s with some chances of rain

Mark Anthony Meteorologist It was a hot Saturday across the state with Red Flag warnings issued for much of the state. Most of the region had highs in the 70s and 80s on Saturday. However, portions of southern and western Minnesota hit the lower 90s. Fairmont hit a hot 93 degrees at 5 p.m. on…

Childhood friendship

I’m going up north this week to the home of my mom and dad in Schroeder. Even though I moved from there 37 years ago, it still feels like I belong there. I’m going to visit one of my best friends since Kindergarten. She was also the Valedictorian of my graduating class. Thirteen years of…

Finding a new me

By Jill Pertler Yesterday I changed a light bulb. It was the overhead one at the entrance to our basement stairs. I had to use a stepping stool in order to reach it. That light bulb has burned out many times in the 20 years since I’ve lived in my house, but this was the…

Looking forward to 60s and 70s and no snow

Could the snow that we received on Sunday be the last snow this season? Much of the region saw some snow on Sunday. Anywhere from a trace on up to a dusting of snow were common across the area. Temperatures were chilly for this time of the year as highs were only in the 30s…

April hanging on to 50s for highs and 30s for lows

We have been very fortunate the last few weeks as we have had great weather for our weekends. This past weekend was no exception. We had lots of sunshine on Saturday with highs in the 50s very common. The wind was also quite light making for a beautiful day. On Sunday, much of central and…

The real guilt of grief

By Jill Pertler If grief itself weren’t bad enough, she often is accompanied by another formidable beast. I’ve encountered him lately, and his name is guilt. Before I go any further, please suppress your instinct to tell me I shouldn’t feel any guilt because I loved fully, madly, and deeply, and went above and beyond…

Our connection to each other

I recently heard the word Ubuntu. If you are not familiar with this term, it means “I am, because we are.” The story I read was about a group of children playing outside. A person had a beautiful basket of fruit that they placed under a tree across the meadow. They told the children that…

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