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St. Patrick’s Day


Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Features

By Connor Benson

Every year on March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. Why is it called “St. Patrick’s Day”? Saint Patrick was a patron saint who lived during the fifth century. Saint Patrick is very well known for the legend that explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the native Irish clover. He is said to have died March 17, around the year 493. What began as a religious feast day over a 1,000 years ago for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival, celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods, shamrocks, a whole lot of green, and all things Irish.

According to History.com, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was March 17, 1762, which took place in the U.S. There are more than 100 parades across the U.S. Waukon, Iowa is known for its famous St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities. Nearly 500 million gallons of green beer are consumed in the U.S on this day.

The Shamrock is the national emblem of Ireland and is considered the good-luck symbol. The shamrock is a leaf of a clover and a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The original St. Patrick’s Day color was blue. However, because of Ireland’s reputation as the Emerald Isle, green was adopted as the national color and appears on the Irish Flag. Many wore the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage.

Each year, thousands gather to share the traditional meal corned beef and cabbage. Cabbage has long been an Irish food, but corned beef was introduced at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. Traditional Irish bands are still very popular today, still using the same instrument used centuries ago. Some instruments are the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, tin whistle, and an ancient drum. After being conquered by the English, many Irish turned to music to help them remember important events and to hold on to their heritage and history. Many of these traditions still happen. The Chicago River is dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day. Many people still get into the spirit by dressing in green and consuming green food and drinks.

The St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun is known for his sneaky tricks. Most likely, the idea of leprechauns stem from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men with magical powers to serve good or evil. Among the most popular of bel .....
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Chatfield Charitable Event

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Charitable Event Pictured here is Kadin Hill, left, and Henry Gathje, right. Kadin is working to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease which affects 29 million people across the country, including his friend and teammate Henry Gathje. He ..... 
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January unemployment rate steady at 3.7% Employers cut 5,000 jobs

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Features

ST. PAUL – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota held steady at 3.7% in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9% in ..... 
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Gas Buddy

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

February 15- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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Home repair loans and grants available

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

With warmer weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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Bradley honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LANESBORO, MN, February 15, 2016 – Walter Bradley, 102 Sheridan Street South, Lanesboro, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding fin ..... 
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Semcac senior dining to open at traditions

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Semcac Senior Dining will re-open in Preston! Meals for seniors will now be available at Traditions of Preston. Beginning on Monday, March 7, meals will be served to senior citizens on Monday thru Friday each week. Arrive at 11 :45 a.m. for noon s ..... 
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Gas Buddy 2.29.16

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Features

February 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 18.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.63/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national averag ..... 
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Putting the “international” in International Owl Festival; March 4-6, 2016

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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By Karla Bloem, Executive Director of the International Owl Center Most people find it hard to believe that a rural community with a population of only 979 could host something more international than a lutefisk supper. But Houston, Minn. (or sh ..... 
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