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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 was burning. There was a large pile of wood chips smoldering, and that accounted for the extra smoke. Directly next to this pile was a cut up pile of brush. On top of this pile was a scruffy, defiant looking brown baby bird. He was chirping to beat the band and there was a rather intense quality about him. He didn’t seem scared, he seemed cranky. Someone had cut down his home, and dragged him out to the dump, and he was irritated and probably more than a little hungry.

I looked at my husband.

My husband looked at me.

“We should really just leave him here,” said my husband.

I was inclined to agree. It’s generally best to let nature take its course when it comes to baby birds and other wildlife. It was sad, but this little guy probably wasn’t going to make it through the night. If the smoke didn’t get him, then certainly some raccoon or other predator would.

Then I found myself suggesting that we should at least move him away from the fire. We looked around for a suitable place to leave the little guy. Then we looked around for something to use to pick up the bird and move it. The little angry bird continued to demand food as we discussed what to do. And as you can probably guess, his pleas got to us. Going against common sense, we brought Angry Bird home and set him up in an unused cage. We fed him egg yolk from an improvised bottle, and he settled in and slept through the night.

I half expected that I’d find him dead that morning, but a bit after sunrise he started to chirp. A lot. Angry Bird was hungry again- baby birds have an extremely high metabolism, and it quickly became clear that this little guy was going to require frequent feedings. The raw egg yolk wasn’t really doing it for him this morning, so I did some internet research to come up with a better meal plan. Angry Bird now receives frequent feedings of softened kitten chow, chopped up hard boiled eggs with ground up eggshell, and cut up night crawlers. Angry Bird seems to enjoy the night crawlers best and has started to reject the other menu options. He lets me know when he is hungry, and sleeps through the night. My husband and I do not intend to keep hi .....
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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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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, May 9th, 2014
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Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Kay Scarpetta are my detective heroes. Since I love to read mystery novels, I start to think of these characters as real people who are exceptionally bright and who have family, friends and even hobbies! ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
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Spring has Sprung!! The week before Easter we weren’t so sure about that… In fact, we thought we might have to wear stocking hats instead of Easter bonnets. But now the bloodroots are blooming and the woods will soon be a carpet of white flowers ..... 
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A View from the Woods: Earth Day changed my life

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
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I was 17 in 1970, a junior at Osseo High School lying on the outskirts of the Minneapolis suburbs. Our former small town school was bursting at the seams, with over 2,000 students coming from the massive developments of ramblers that had overtaken po ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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The Working Mom: The never-ending winter

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Oh Mother Nature…Give us Minnesotans a break, please! We have shoveled, plowed, and scraped long enough and it is time to let spring take center stage---we are tired of Old Man Winter hogging the spotlight. Have any of you put your winter boots a ..... 
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