Country Gardens: Bugs in the garden

July 30, 2014
Here are some pests that have been recently spotted around the area, and Jeffrey Hahn, a University of Minnesota Extension entomologist, explains what to do about them. These will probably show up in your garden year after year, so it ...

From Where I Sit: Queens of summer

July 30, 2014
Tell me, girls, doesn’t every woman want to be a queen? It’s part of a female’s natural psyche.  We want to be queen of something, somewhere, at some time in our life. We covet those sparkly, though rather tacky, rhinestone ...

Time Passages: Quiet heroine of Fort Ridgely

July 29, 2014
When you read about the historical accounts of the two attacks that happened at Fort Ridgely (Nicollet County) 152 years ago this month on Aug. 20 and 22 during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, you naturally focus on the ...

Things I Have Learned: Heroes and legends

July 1, 2014
Today’s wisdom: “Heroism is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe I was a hero once. It was a fleeting moment but one I recall today ...

Pet of the Week: Isabelle

July 1, 2014
A little about Isabelle Isabelle is a gorgeous female cat of unknown age. She has not yet been spayed but she is up to date on her vaccinations. Very talkative and loves attention, Isabelle will be a great lap cat! ...

In Your Garden: Accent plants

July 1, 2014
Bunkey has never been of the school that plants grasses, that is, accent grasses. His philosophy is that grass belongs in the lawn and not in the flowerbeds. Last week, Petunia dragged him on a garden tour that featured grasses ...

The emotional power of a flag

July 1, 2014
U.S. Flag Day was in June, on the fourteenth. I’m a bit of an anarchist so I struggle with my relationship with flags. They hold such emotional power that they frighten me. Flag stories intrigue me, however. I’ve been in ...

Country Gardens: Growing mint

July 1, 2014
Mint is one perennial everyone should have at least one plant of. Even if you just grow it in a pot and plant as an annual. You can use it for tea, many salads and drinks throughout the summer. Dry ...

Start snapping! Cookbook photos sought

July 1, 2014
The corn is knee high and that means we at the Senior Perspective are gearing up for our next cookbook. Like in past years, we will be looking for some “extra spice” from our readers in the form of photos. ...

In Your Garden: When bad bugs happen to good gardeners

July 1, 2014
Horrors, there are holes in the hosta leaves. The phlox leaves have white spots on them and there is some yukky looking yellow stuff on the mulch. Don’t panic. The holes are probably from slugs. In other plants it is ...