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A Little Of this, A little of that. ~ 6/20/16


By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

I can read your mind. Want to test me? O.K. I’ll tell you two things that you wish you had more of. TIME AND MONEY! Easy question; easy answer! Of course, I’m not really a mind reader. I’m just an astute observer of human behavior. All of us want more time and money. That’s why there are sales every week in stores. Remember when after-Christmas sales used to be the big thing? Remember when 50% off was really a big deal? No more, my friend. Today I don’t get excited unless an item is 80% off. 90% is even better!. My husband jokes that I am so cheap that I expect stores to pay me to take merchandise off their hands. Silly man, I am somewhat realistic. Still I always check the “free box” at garage sales.

Now about saving time. My first wrist watch was a Disney Cinderella watch with a light blue band. I loved that watch because it made me feel like a princess and I could “lord” it over my siblings who had not yet learned to tell time. It also gave me an air of sophistication as if I had a busy, important schedule at the palace. I wonder what ever happened to that watch. I bet it is worth big bucks on eBay right now.

Of course, that watch never really made any difference in my life. I could watch the time and tell the time, but I couldn’t make any changes in it. No, adults were in control of my childhood time. They told me when to wake up, when to eat, when to do my homework, when to brush my teeth and when to go to bed. I couldn’t wait to be an adult so that I could be in control of time.

School was even more controlling about time. School had bells and tardy slips. The only slack time according to the clock and calendar was summer vacation. I got up when I wanted and got to stay up later. Schedules were based on fun. It was time to make hollyhock dolls. It was time to go swimming. It was time for strawberry shortcake or sweet corn or watermelon. Time was on my side in the summer.

What a shock it was to go back to school. To go back to the tyranny of the clock and the calendar. “Time marches on” unless a sporting event “stops the clock” or politicians decide we should go on daylight saving time. Everyone complains that there is never enough time, and they boast about how busy they are. I guess it makes them sound important and irreplaceable. This is the Midwestern work ethic. No on wants to be accused of being a slacker!

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The mystery of the marker tree deepens

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Loyal readers may recall that I wrote in my March 21 column about a distinctive tree that lives in the far corner of our woodland. The vertical trunk takes a right angle turn at about four feet high, grows horizontally for about eight feet, and then ..... 
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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

The Rainbow Ribbon It has been quite a few years since I have attended an elementary school awards ceremony, but watching the elementary track and field day recently in Lanesboro sparked a great memory. At the awards ceremony, the children who do ..... 
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A Little Of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

Now that I have contacted the Witness Protection Program, I can publicly state that “I AM NOT FOND OF RHUBARB!” Neither will it be necessary for any of the organizers of the Lanesboro Rhubarb Festival to punish my family members. My husband ..... 
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A View From the Woods - A bear visits Duluth

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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A black bear visited the city of Duluth about this time last year. According to Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune, workers at Duluth City Hall saw the bear in front of their building the morning of May 5, 2015, about fifty feet up in a tree. He sl ..... 
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The Working Mom -Hooray, hooray, it’s finally May!

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

The first of May holds many meanings depending on who is looking at the calendar. For some it means that it is time to appreciate your mom on Mother’s Day. For many moms, it is a time to reminisce about the day you became a mother and that speci ..... 
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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, an ambassador

By Sue Ommen

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
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Gilbert is clearly an ambassador for service dogs wherever he goes. His gentle nature has a calming effect on those who need a little solace. Our friend and neighbor, Esther, had a small stroke, and has been recovering in the local care center. Ev ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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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 in ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Soil health depends on organic matter

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
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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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