Columns

Sesame Street character needs news reporting lesson

It’s rare for a community newspaper columnist to have subject matter take a follow-up turn. I’m considering myself fortunate regarding the Sesame Street Muppets. Earlier this month, …

Marijuana use by teens

Understanding what teens are thinking can be a mystery for any parent or family member. It would be much easier if teens came with a set of instructions or were more open in their communication. …

Character through creativity

A whirlwind trip to Duluth and all of our creative juices are bursting. We took our daughters for a two-night getaway to the serene, waterfront location in downtown Duluth. Our eldest’s best …

Cyclamen

My hubby and I are hosting an international student from Spain. Her mother decided to leave her tropical home and visit her daughter — in Minnesota in January. Uff da. Her first ever trip to …

Night games

While rinsing the lunch dishes last Saturday afternoon, I glanced out the window and watched a squirrel hustling across the lawn toward the rows of evergreens near the road. As I gazed at the pines, …