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A little of this, A little of that.


By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Once upon a time in Idaho, a potato grower whose farm was near the Oregon border decided that frozen foods were the wave of the future. Although a high school drop out, he had business sense and was willing to take a risk. He talked his brother into becoming his partner, and they bought a frozen food factory for $500,000. They named their company Ore-Ida because of its location. Soon they were selling frozen French fries. I imagine that all of us have eaten some of their product!

It was a profitable business, but this frugal farmer, Neef Grigg, hated to waste anything. The leftover shred from the fries was being sold for a pittance for livestock feed. Innovative Neef invented a new product to use the leftover shred in a more profitable way. In 1954 at the Fontaine- bleau Hotel in Florida, he debuted his new product. He smuggled in 15 pounds of this new food and bribed the chef to serve it for breakfast. It was a hit! Thus tater tots, literally meaning “baby potatoes”, were born.

They were introduced to the public in 1956. Eventually 3.6 billion were sold annually. People ate them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They became the staple of cafeteria food. In the Midwest, home of the hot dish, tater tot hot dish quickly became a favorite. Tater tot hot dish recipes were printed in church cookbooks. Creative cooks varied this recipe to suit the tastes of their family.

Thus, Danielle Olson and Scott Fisher held a tater tot hot dish bake off. Each made their mother’s recipe. Neither recipe won an award, but there was plenty of hot dish to go around. People either love or hate this dish. I love it; my husband not so much. Of course, those cool people in California and New York mocked us living in the “fly over country”. We felt sorry for them and continued serving this dish at home, school, and church dinners.

Ore-Ida laughed all the way to the bank. In 1965 they sold their company to the Heintz Corporation for $30 million! Now we, who were mocked in the Midwest for our provincial taste in food, can enjoy a good laugh at other parts of the country. The “Tot is Hot” in so many new ways!

They are filling in for tortilla chips in nachos (tot-chos) and filling in for pepperoni as a pizza topping (tot-zza). The humble tot is sometimes wrapped in bacon. stuffed with cheese, or coated with buffalo wing sauce when served as an appetizer! Restaurant chefs are making their own tots from s .....
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A View From The Woods - Soil health depends on organic matter

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Soil isn’t just dirt. It turns out that soil is a living organism. Billions of organisms like bacteria, algae, yeasts, insects, worms, bugs and fungi are present in soils, with as many in one teaspoon of healthy soil as there are people on the ear ..... 
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Looking for the silver lining

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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When I think back to when my son was younger, there were many times that he would be upset with me because I would share the “silver lining” amongst the clouds. He would want to be mad about something and I would flip the conversation to a lear ..... 
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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, a lovable, playful friend

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
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Gilbert loves people, especially children, and they love him. Why wouldn’t they? Gilbert is a fine specimen of a dog with a shiny black coat and a quirky, fun personality. His intelligence shines through his bright eyes. People are drawn to Gilber ..... 
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Wykoff news

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Columnists

John Rezarch resigned recently as Public Works Director/head waste water supervisor for the City of Wykoff. Misty Heusinkveld and Cindy Erding spent the weekend visiting Bethany Erding in Washington, D.C. Some have tulips in bloom and others hav ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.28.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
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A little bit of magic happens in Houston, Minn., every Tuesday and Thursday. Mature women wearing street clothes converge on the community center. They climb the stairs to the second floor and begin placing folding chairs in a semi-circle. Then t ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
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Marker tree On a warm, sunny March afternoon my daughter and I decide to sneak in a walk back through the woods to check on the maple syrup taps. We slide into rubber boots because the ground is beginning to get soft. We head off down the trail, en ..... 
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The Working Mom 3.14.16

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Mar 11th, 2016
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Butter, bread, and gadgets As a good Norwegian girl, my menu often consists of something with bread and butter and my hips have said “thank you” for many years. We moms are always hearing about what food is good for our family, bad for our f ..... 
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Sue's Muse - 3.7.16

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
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Easter eggs This column is a reenactment of one of our favorite family holiday traditions, dyeing Easter eggs. The evening is planned after checking everyone’s schedules to make sure the night is free. Then there are the usual hasty preparations; ..... 
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