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Historical Snowstorms and Blizzards
I've written about the Children's Blizzard today, but decided to put it into Reprint because of the focus on history. I'm very glad that the blizzard we had over the weekend did not kill 250-500 peop...
1/13/13 at 7:20 PM Lutefisk and Other Questionable Food-Like Substances 10/3/12 at 2:35 PM
The Whole Story in 12 Words 9/25/12 at 9:24 AM
1888: The Children's Blizzard
This month marks the anniversary of one of the most horrific events in Midwest history, though after 125 years quite a few people don't remember it at all: the Children's Blizzard of 1888, which recei...
1/13/13 at 7:17 PM 1960: Westbrook Short on Water 9/30/10 at 11:00 AM
1960: Grandmother Saves Three-Year-Old 9/29/10 at 11:00 AM
Christmas Market Tour 2012: Quedlinburg
The next stop on the 2012 Christmas market tour is Quedlinburg. Situated on the Bode River at the foot of the Harz Mountain region in western Saxony-Anhalt, Quedlinburg at first may be a typical tow...
1/7/13 at 11:41 AM
The Music Man...and Me
When I was young, my parents had a reel-to-reel tape player. Do you know the kind I mean? It was one of those giant machines that played reels of tape from one spool to the other, kind of like those...
7/15/12 at 12:07 PM
Local government lobbying costs up a bit
Local governments slightly increased their spending on lobbyists last year. A report State Auditor Rebecca Otto issued Monday showed local governments paid $8.2 million to lobby state officials, up 0...
6/25/12 at 11:04 AM Local officials ask state for more flexibility 1/23/12 at 6:53 PM
Courts, local governments seek shutdown funding 6/28/11 at 4:54 AM
Irish meets Danish in these Aebleskivers
Maybe I could call these billowy, soft balls of goodness Irish pancake puffs. The batter is traditional Danish Aebleskiver, only better. These aebleskivers start with Aunt Else's Aebleskiver Mix, a bl...
3/16/11 at 6:06 AM Eat Hearty with Wild Rice Salad at an Earth Day Eve potluck 4/20/10 at 6:05 AM
A really delicious weekend 3/29/10 at 9:48 AM