A Blonde’s Perspective: Is it a normal part of aging, or early onset?

August 29, 2015
Do you ever think you may have early signs of dementia? In this edition of the Senior Perspective, I wrote a story regarding the Brainerd Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held in Brainerd on Sept. 26. I ...

My Perspective: School time stories sought

August 25, 2015
It is back-to-school time. Most kids in the state are preparing for the new school year, and a handful of school districts have already started. For our family, this school year has a special meaning. Our youngest, Easton, is starting ...
A clever way of re-purposing an old mattress box-spring, used in the gardens of Caroline Petefish of Alexandria.

Boomer’s Journal: The ultimate recycler

August 2, 2015
A clever way of re-purposing an old mattress box-spring, used in the gardens of Caroline Petefish of Alexandria.
My mother recycled “tin foil” and bread bags like there was no tomorrow. I continue that recycling trait with pride. I just ...

Country Gardens: The art of tomato pruning

August 2, 2015
When growing tomatoes you may notice side shoots, otherwise called “suckers,” that form on the main stems and leaf stems. You may have heard that you should pinch those off, and many have told us this is the way to ...

In Your Garden: Bird watching

August 2, 2015
Petunia has been feeding birds for years. Her feeders are right outside her dining room window so she can watch birds as she eats.  The other morning, she was finishing her second cup of coffee while Bunkey was shaving. He ...

Country Gardens: Many Faces of Marigolds

June 29, 2015
Marigolds are available in three varieties: African, French and signet. From grand and flamboyant to diminutive, marigolds add an unparalleled burst of color to the sun garden and attract pollinators. Marigolds are often used to deter pests, such as rabbits ...

Featured Pet: Buchanan

June 29, 2015
Buchanan is a male, tabby kitten who arrived at the Brown County Humane Society with his siblings in June. He is still nursing with his mother and will be available in the middle of September. Check with Brown County Humane ...
Rachel’s dad playing softball on the farm. Contributed photo

Softball on the farm

June 29, 2015
Rachel’s dad playing softball on the farm. Contributed photo
Home plate was the bald spot on the lawn, in front of the old wood shed. First base was a rock that should have been taken out before the grass started ...

In Your Garden: Garden monsters

June 29, 2015
     Petunia has had it with her present flower bed. She has weeded and weeded and still those darn weeds pop up some other place. Being a novice gardener, she was happy to take any plant people wanted to give her. ...

Country Gardens: Grow your own salad

June 1, 2015
Flowers and ornamental plants may be a feast for the eyes; a salad that is grown in your yard is a feast for the body. One of the best parts of growing your own salad garden is versatility. You can ...

Boomer’s Journal: Water from the well

June 1, 2015
A tin cup filled with water from the well…I can taste it. There was nothing like it for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Our old tin measuring cup hung on the windmill, dangling from a hand-formed wire ...

Trapping gophers

May 1, 2015
Minnesota, aptly named “the Gopher State,” clearly had its start in Grant County where most pocket gophers resided during my childhood and teen years. My father’s idea of paying for a post-secondary education had everything to do with gophers and ...