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Let’s call it spring


By Loni Kemp

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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As the Winter That Drove us Nuts began to wind down, I found myself ecstatic at the first March day to attain 40 degrees.

I put on my gardening overalls and a sweatshirt, with no jacket or hat, just to get in the mood. I was about to uncover a bit of land not seen since December.

Despite the valiant and repeated efforts of our snowplow guy, nothing had succeeded in removing the two-inch layer of ice on our driveway. It was laid down by the worst of so many storms, the blizzard that started off with rain and slush. Topped with dense and wind-polished snow, preserved for months by consistently frigid temperatures, that ice had annoyed and even terrorized much of the region. Now it was exposed and slick, but it was beginning to show signs of decay from the warmth. I was determined to break its hold.

A flat narrow shovel that was never good for digging in the dirt, as it lacked a point to break through the earth, has become my prized tool for driveway scraping. With the sun blazing down, I started where the blacktop peeked through and began to break up the ice chunks and shove them off to the side. I got a nice rhythm going, not bothering to totally clear the area since the sun and warmth were also working, but aiming to speed up what would otherwise take many days to melt on its own.

Our steep and long driveway often requires four-wheel drive in the winter, and occasionally we have to drive down to meet visitors who park close to the road. We, after 30 years of this, are well experienced in the sequence of “slow—accelerate a bit—now don’t let up on the curve—ok now ease off.” Yet we too got stuck more than once without sufficient traction. Tired of the threat of having to carry groceries up the long cold drive, I was determined to liberate our driveway before the inevitable cold snaps to come.

After working up a real sweat, I gazed up and saw a significant expanse of driveway now cleared of ice. And it felt good. The finches were tweeting and the chickadees were calling, while woodpeckers hammered on dead trees to clarify their territorial ownership.

Now for my real inauguration of springtime. I buckled on snow shoes and grabbed my already-sharpened loppers, and headed out to the apple orchard. Skimming over the remaining couple of feet of snow on the ground, I could reach that much higher into the branches of our mature apple trees. I began to snip away branc .....
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Bubble and Squeak

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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“St. Patrick’s Day”. It’s the day one and all claim to have a touch of the IRISH so they can celebrate with the shamrocks and the music of the harps, parades, dances, parties, singing the Irish ditties, stories and, of course, the “drinkin ..... 
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The grand exodus

By Sue Ommen

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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It is winter in Minnesota and the grand exodus has begun. Temperatures have been frigid, freezing our spirits and tempers. We should be used to our northern clime by now, but after balmy summer breezes and breathless fall landscapes, we fool ourselv ..... 
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Waiting for Something to Happen

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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This is the time of year in which we are all waiting for something to happen. That ‘something’ is of course, spring. We’re all eagerly awaiting signs that the arctic landscape has not become a permanent fixture in our lives. Here is what I ..... 
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Bacon Rice Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells.....right up there with b ..... 
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Heath Bar Brownie Trifle

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of special days to celebrate. Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl started the month out on February 2 ... both worthy of celebrating ... at least right up until ..... 
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Your Digital Health

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks ..... 
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A perfect winter day

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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I rose early to make scones and prepare an egg bake. Our company was coming at midmorning and our brunch must be ready to serve. It pleased me to realize that the eggs came from the neighbors, the uncured ham from over near Rushford, the milk from C ..... 
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Musings from the back porch - Cornish Pastie Pie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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The frantic and hectic pace of Christmas, 2013 is but a distant memory, and cold, dark dreary January, February and March lie before us. Could I not be more gloomy and cheerless? Yeah, I probably could as I have to admit, these are not my favorite mo ..... 
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