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Real Bites: Fitness Fridays


Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children.

Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been said from generations of journalists. Press time poses the threat of a deadline, viewed as a conclusive and terminal goal by many in the industry. And, then we start the process over again 52 times a year.

So, on Fridays, I decided that it would be a great opportunity for our children and myself to bond while I attempt to get some work done throughout the day.

Leading up to Friday, June 20, 2014, I asked Olivia and Landon if they would like to ride their bicycles from Fountain to Preston on the Root River State Trail. With elation, they agreed.

That Friday morning, we packed up all of the things we need for that day, loaded into a backpack that I would carry upon my shoulders, and we started the 12 mile trek downhill toward Preston.

And, we saw a lot of interesting things along the way. Around the intersection of the trail and Highway 17, we saw what appeared to be a 4-foot-long rattle snake skin shed and draped across the bike path. We saw deer prancing to and fro. Of course, we saw farms full of moos, barks and meows.

When we arrived in Preston, we head straight to the office and our children helped me gather the recycling from all of the workstations throughout the office so we could prepare for recycling pick-up on Monday. Work hard, play hard, right?

Then, they were off to basketball camp at the Fillmore Central Elementary School for a few hours while I got some work done.

It was one of those days in which you realize how dependent we are upon automobiles. When you don’t have the luxury of hopping in a car and driving to your destination, you begin to realize how much you can take it for granted.

After basketball camp, we trekked back down the hills of Preston to The Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe. I know our staff at the newspaper regularly hikes up St. Anthony Street to the establishment throughout the workweek, so it’s a fan favorite at the Journal.

Thus, I figured this would be a great place for our children to get a healthy and delicious meal before we head up to the Preston Swimming Pool for a couple hours.

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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Lights, action, camera! Mothers and sisters are the stars of Pop Culture in books, movies, and songs. Think “Little Women” and “I Remember Mama.” Woe to the person who speaks ill of someone’s mother. Double woe to someone who forgets moth ..... 
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the War ..... 
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Shangri-la

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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We pack a lunch, wildflower book, camera and bug spray to be ready for anything, and head over to Choice, the tiny settlement on County Road 43 between Mabel and Rushford. There we meet up with several carloads of Harmony Garden Club members and the ..... 
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Luscious Lemon Bars

By Judy Thomas

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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Computer on. Check. Microsoft Works on. Check. Brain. Absent and blank. That being said, what do I do now? Since we celebrated Easter and we’re on the lighter side, chicks and bunnies come to mind. One of my daughters and family are very active ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - A baby bird, the folly of man, and rhubarb cake

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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The Sunday before last, my husband and I drove out to the tree dump. No particular reason, we didn’t even have any brush to dump. But I had noticed that the fire from the tree dump seemed particularly smoky that evening, and I wanted to see what wa ..... 
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The Working Mom: Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how many ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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The last week of April was a bit on the cool side and more or less relatively damp. But Mother Nature made a few changes so many of our farmers found their way into their fields when the sun reappeared, the weather warmed up, and the soil became wor ..... 
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The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how man ..... 
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