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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 is a hardcore rhubarb user, as is most of his family. They use it in pies, cakes, muffins, breads, bars, jam, coffee cake, and even ingest it straight in rhubarb sauce. My sister, Barbie, as a child would steal rhubarb along with her friend, Patty Hanson, and eat it raw dipped not in sugar, but SALT! They have serious sour and salty taste buds. Perhaps it was the lure of “forbidden fruit”, because they would steal sour green apples and eat them the same way.

My taste buds prefer sweet and salty foods. Before all rhubarb lovers unite against me, I need to explain that I hate grapefruit (yes, even pink grapefruit), Brussels sprouts(no matter how much the food network carries on about them), and limes. The large amount of sugar needed to make grapefruit edible to me cancels out any health benefits. So, “Rhubarb Sisters”, please don’t think I am picking on you. I understand that you are a much loved singing group known for your sense of humor. Rhubarb must be your favorite food, and I have heard that you harvest it under a full moon. Then you make ketchup, chutney and salsa from your stash. You also freeze it so you can get your fix any time of the year. I have also heard that you transport it across state lines. Is “rhubarb running” dangerous? Do you hire armed guards to protect your stash? Is there a sordid underbelly in the quaint, charming town of Lanesboro that revolves around the “rhubarb trade”? Inquiring minds wonder.

Is the “Rhubarb Festival” a front to meet buyers of your product? Do you these buyers pretend to be tourists? Are there secret bidding wars for hundreds of pounds of premium rhubarb needed to make to make expensive wines? Do you have a cartel? Are the “Rutabaga Brothers” your friends or your competitors? Just for your information, I hate rutabagas, too! The smell of them cooking is stinky and vile. Is it just a coincidence that both rhubarb and rutabaga start with the same letter or a clever code? I personally know one of the “Rutabaga Brothers”. His name is Lee, and he seems harmless enough. Do you hire lobbyists? Do you have government officials on the take? All these questions have given me a splitting headache. I think I need a drink.[Read the Rest]

A View From the Woods - A bear visits Duluth

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Columnists

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
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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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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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