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Joyfully, those restricting bonds of winter melt away


Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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As the accursed snow melts away and the ground that seemed buried forever appears, the bonds of winter slowly melt away. Hopefully, no more 10 layers of clothing, no more shoveling and chopping ice or trudging through two feet of snow, and no more icy roads at least until the light of day diminishes once again and our world turns white once more. This is my favorite season when life is renewed and winter is as far in the future as possible.

I feel lighter already even though those extra winter pounds have yet to be shed. It is a feeling of freedom especially this year. Even those bizarre winter lovers have yearned for a friendlier season this year. Enough is enough! Normally dry runs and slow, shallow creeks are rushing with brown, churning water. All that brown ground that has reappeared from under the snow is so welcome. Brown is beautiful. Warmer moisture will soon deliver those new green shoots and those hills and valleys will turn a deep green.

Hopefully, in a few more weeks, we will be able to inhale the scents of spring as farmers return to the fields. Everything from the unpleasant stench of manure applications to the more pleasant aroma of newly turned earth will be in the air.

The new life of spring is so close I can almost taste it. Tender new buds, crocus and daffodils, and green grass will be some of the first signs of nature’s renewal. The new baby calves and lambs will dot the countryside, while they kick up their heels and romp across the pastures in four-legged play. Robins and redwing blackbirds again grace us with their presence. Windy days are refreshing instead of biting.

My horses can feel it. There is a lightness to their step, a toss of their heads, play fighting, and some fancy rearing, twisting and bucking that best not take place under saddle. Although, this time of year a little light hearted crow hopping is to be expected even under saddle and is truly enjoyed by their rider.

I love the outdoors and the experiencing of natural life everywhere.

Alas, this is Minnesota. We will have to endure a few hiccups as winter does not seem to fade away without kicking us a time or two more, but this is April, so it is OK. We know we have once again earned the best Minnesota has to offer.

Rep. Davids bill would exempt social security benefits from Minnesota income tax

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minm. – In an effort to allow Minnesota to join 28 other states that in some way exempt social security income from local taxes, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would provide ..... 
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Agenda 21: How progressives are using deception to destroy liberty

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Those familiar with my articles know I have been warning the folks about the “noose of government dependence” that is being tightened slowly but surely around our collective necks. The radical left and secular progressives want you to think th ..... 
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Time to fix government

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Lee H. Hamilton In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the m ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Miles of smiles

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the community of Fountain lost an icon. For 42 years, Willis “Willie” J. Cambern made his livelihood in the city of Fountain alongside his wife Beezie, a husband-and-wife team owning and operating Willie’s Grocer ..... 
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LifeSource

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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By Gary Hahn, Fountain, MN This is a letter to the editor regarding the Life-Saving gift that people need to know about. April is known as Donate Life month and many activities happen all over the US during this month and throughout the year. As ..... 
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Rep. Davids: Latest tax bill fixes mistakes made by majority party and Gov. Dayton

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch Governor Dayton has signed legislation that eliminates some onerous new taxes approved by legislative Democrats and the governor himself last spring, and allows Minnesotans to claim neededincome tax deductions prior to the April 1 ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Forming habits for the better

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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I’ve had quite a few people ask me how the family energy challenge has been working out, so I wanted to provide an update. On Monday, February 3, 2014, I published a commentary titled “One Moment Please... A Family Energy Challenge.” As I men ..... 
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“Bullying”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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In America chances are, if you are bullied as a child, you will grow up to be a comedian. Groucho Marx told about a swimming pool that was “closed” to Jews. He observed that his wife was “gentile”. He asked, “Does that mean our kids can ..... 
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