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Minnesota Starwatch for June 2021

By Deane Morrison, U of M June has three big events in store for us: the summer solstice, the last of 2021’s three supermoons, and a partial eclipse of the sun. First up is the solar eclipse, which will be in progress at sunrise on the 10th. Here are the times when the eclipse will…

Temps above average with chances of showers

The weather was very pleasant for most locations for the fishing opener here in Minnesota. We had some spotty showers on -Saturday in parts of southeastern Minnesota, otherwise the rest of the state was quiet. Temperatures were generally in the 70s on -Saturday with lots of sunshine and fairly light winds. By Sunday, temperatures climbed…

Sweet casual conversations

By Sandy Holthaus Last Saturday, I went to the All-City Garage Sale. The weather was gorgeous! It was a perfect day. It was as if everyone wanted to be outside in the sunshine enjoying our “new normal.” All these phrases that we never spoke of just over a year ago. I have to say I…

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…

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