STAFF BLOG LAGNIAPPE Dear Mason and Millie: Baking tradition continues
For many years, my mother, Dorthy Rickers (aka DotMom), wrote an annual column that was a Christmas letter to her granddaughters, Gretchen and Ingrid. In 2009, I started by own tradition by writing... Posted on 12/17/12 at 4:54 PM
STAFF BLOG THE FARM BLEAT The Love Letter
I never really knew either of my grandpas. Grandpa Buntjer died nearly 20 years before I was born, and Grandpa Kohls died when I was in the third grade.
I know Grandpa Kohls liked to fish, but he nev... Posted on 1/20/11 at 9:13 PM
If the NRA would encourage everyone to get a background check, regardless of whether or not they wished to buy a gun, it would eliminate the chance of the government using that information to confiscate guns.
What will be your farm’s legacy? We often think of our legacy as related to our farm’s financial success. Our legacy will show how we were able to weather hard times — floods, droughts, hot weather, cool weather, low prices, pests, weeds, the farming crisis of the ’80s, changes in production methods and other enormous challenges. Our legacy will show that not only did our farm survive, it prospered. Maybe it even grew in numbers of acres or livestock.
House Ag Policy Chairwoman Jeanne Poppe recently said I was “fanning political flames” over my disgust with the House Democrat majority decision to hand over agriculture and rural development finance decisions to a member from Minneapolis, who I believe, has voted against all but one agriculture finance omnibus bill since 1998.
With tax revenue collections once again exceeding the expectations of state economists, last session’s legislative decision to reform how government operates and live within its means continues to pay dividends.
We made some tough choices last session, but the economy has responded. We’ve exceeded expectations consistently for well over a year, and Minnesotans should be pleased with this economic progress.
Every year my husband and I host a family golf tournament in Worthington at the Prairie View Golf Links. We donate funds to the VFW Cancer Foundation in memory of family members who have lost their cancer battles. This year, the 14th, was the best.
Boni and Mike James, Dousman, Wis.
, June 29, 2012
This past Sunday, June 17th, marked the two-year anniversary of the EF4 tornado that ravaged the City of Wadena —damaging over 400 homes, 20 businesses, the community center, ice arena and our high school. Over many months, hundreds of Minnesotans helped us clear the debris, attend to our loved ones, and cope from this natural disaster. They donated their time, talent, and resources toward our recovery. For that, we remain eternally grateful.
Members of Early Risers Kiwanis, who weren’t able to physically paint on the schoolhouse and front office building, donated to purchase hours given in service by the high school AOK (Art Optimist Kiwanis) Club. The club worked vigorously after school for 34 hours until the end of the school year. Gail Holinka, adviser to the AOK Club, strongly encouraged the service project and even personally picked up the brush.
Curt Pearson, Early Risers Kiwanis
, June 19, 2012
I’m going to do something I said I’d never do, but I think it’s time that I say something about this topic publicly. I was Nobles County Emergency Management Director for four-and-a-half years until January 2011, when I decided to end my employment with the county due to the position being cut to 24 hours a week.
After reading about last Friday’s campaign stop by just-announced GOP candidate for Congress Mike Parry, I have to take issue with the suggestion that his record as a member of the Minnesota Senate since 2010 shows he could “work together with all bodies and listen to different viewpoints to help solve an issue.”
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